Two key pre-Christmas executive appointments were announced this morning, one down in Atlanta and the other over in London.
Earthlink has a new CEO lined up. The current CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board Rolla Huff is retiring from that role as of January 13, 2014, although he is staying on as Chairman of the Board for a transition. The new President and CEO will be Joseph F. Eazor, who been EVP and CEO of Global Sales and Customer Operations for EMC and had previously held leadership roles at HP and EDS. Earthlink's choice of someone with a systems-integration and customer operations background surely reflects Earthlink's continuing transition toward the managed IT, the cloud, and the enterprise market in general. Huff has led Earthlink since 2007, when he took over to lead the company out of its earlier failed attempts to leapfrog out of the dial-up business.
euNetworks, meanwhile, is bringing in a Chief Financial Officer. Joachime Piroth will take over the company's financial reins on New Year's Day, 2014. His industry experience includes stints at Mannesmann, LambdaNet, and Versatel, while he was most recently Group CFO of zanox Group. euNetworks' scope has been expanding as it expands its geographical reach and adds scale across its markets. Bringing in a CFO reflects the parallel growing complexity of the finance side.