NEW DELHI: Ex-Microsoft employee Kirill Tatarinov has been appointed as President and CEO of Citrix, with effect from January 25, 2016. A veteran Microsoft Executive, Tatarinov will also join the Citrix Board as a Director at that time. Interim President and CEO Robert Calderoni continues his role as Executive Chairman on the Citrix Board of Directors, focused on driving execution of the strategic plan for operational excellence, capital structure and portfolio simplification.
With 30 years of industry experience, Tatarinov has a long and successful track record overseeing product strategy and commercial operations in software and services. His background includes leadership positions at Microsoft for 13 years, including most recently serving as Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division where he doubled revenue, increased profitability, led the division’s transformation to the cloud, and managed the global partner ecosystem.
During his tenure at Microsoft, he also served as Corporate Vice President of the Management & Solutions Division where he accelerated product strategy execution, resulting in strong revenue growth. Prior to Microsoft, Tatarinov was a member of the senior leadership team at BMC, where he served as the Chief Technology Officer, as well as holding product and business development leadership positions.
“The Board is delighted to welcome Kirill as the new President and CEO of Citrix,” said Robert Calderoni, Executive Chairman. “Following a thorough review of candidates, the Board determined that Kirill’s strong product management background and extensive technology leadership experience make him the right person to oversee Citrix’s innovation and growth strategy.”
Calderoni added, “It has been a pleasure serving as the interim CEO working with the Citrix team, alongside the Board of Directors and leadership. Our comprehensive business review has set us on a path to drive profitable growth, embrace operational excellence, and refocus the company on our core business – the secure delivery of apps and data. I look forward to working closely with Kirill and the rest of the Citrix executive team in my role as Executive Chairman.”
“I am honored to join Citrix during this exciting time,” said Tatarinov. “Citrix is an iconic company with a world-class brand, innovative products, and a large installed base, including 99% of the Global 500. Citrix is a key enabler of digital business. Across every industry and region, the secure delivery of apps and data is a strategic imperative for organizations of all sizes. I look forward to working alongside Citrix’s leaders, talented employees, and dedicated partners around the world to push the boundaries of innovation and create greater value together.”
The CEO search process was led by a committee of the Board consisting of Robert Calderoni (committee chair), Godfrey R Sullivan and Jesse Cohn, with the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm. With Tatarinov’s appointment, the Citrix Board will be comprised of 11 directors.