Englewood-Cliff’s based OwnBackup, a cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery vendor, announced Oct. 2 Rich Kline joined the company as vice president of solution engineering, in an effort to expand its professional service business to provide customers across the board with disaster recovery plan assistance.
Kline spent 11 years at Salesforce, most recently in the position of group vice president of solution engineering. During his tenure there, he hired over 200 employees and grew the solution engineering team more than ten times from six to 70 people, OwnBackup said.
“I joined Salesforce when it was just 1,800 people,” Kline said in a prepared statement. “By the time I left, the company had multiplied to over 35,000. At OwnBackup, I look forward to building a similarly high-performing team and growth story.”
“With over a decade of experience managing and growing sales and solution engineering teams at prominent technology firms, Rich Kline will join Lihod’s [Vice President of Solution and Service Lihod Rachmilevitch] team to take OwnBackup’s global solution engineering organization to the next level,” OwnBackup Chief Executive Officer Sam Gutmann said in a prepared statement. “This promotion will allow Lihod to continue overseeing the technical support and solution engineering groups, while developing the professional service team.”
OwnBackup said Kline, with Salesforce, has organized the annual Dreamforce charity poker event which has raised over $150,000 for Parkinson’s disease research for The Michael J. Fox Foundation.