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OpenStack cloud player and its CEO have agreed to part ways, writes CTO Randy Bias.

Randy Bias
Former Cloudscaling CEO Michael Grant.

Former Cloudscaling CEO Michael Grant.

MIchael Grant is out as CEO of Cloudscaling. Company CTO and former CEO Randy Bias will act as interim CEO while a search is conducted.

In a blog post, Bias attributed the shake up to the startup’s need to act , and react, fast to changing market dynamics. He wrote:

“After discussions with the board around future directions and the evolving needs of the company, the board and Michael Grant have agreed that a change in leadership is needed. The first step in that process is to begin the search for a new CEO with experience leading business-to-business cloud product companies through the rapid adoption phase of growth.”

Grant was named CEO of Cloudscaling in February 2011, but Bias has remained the public face — and voice — of the San Francisco company. Just last week he made waves posting an open letter asking Rackspace and the rest of the OpenStack world to support — not ignore — Amazon Web Services APIs. Bias will speak again — on this topic and others — at the upcoming Structure:Europe conference in London.

  1. Michael Grant Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Since there has been some confusion in the press as to my departure, I wanted to briefly clarify that I’m fully in support of this leadership transition for the company. Cloudscaling is evolving into a full open source and next-gen systems business, and while I have an extensive software and enterprise business background, the company needs leadership with experience rooted in open source/systems. So let’s put to rest that this is anything less than an amicable departure driven by the evolving needs of the company.

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