Holmdel-based Vonage appointed Rory Read as chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors, effective July 1.
He will succeed current CEO Alan Masarek, who is stepping down from his role after six years.
Read joins the cloud communications business from Dell Technologies in Round Rock, Texas, where he’s served as chief operating executive and as CEO and president of its cloud service subsidiary Virtustream.
Read previously served as executive vice president of Dell Technologies’ Boomi, a software-as-a-service integration platform provider. Prior to that, as chief integration officer, he led the September 2016 $67 billion merger of Dell and EMC Corp., creating Dell Technologies, the world’s largest privately controlled technology company.
“Rory is a technology industry veteran with a unique background and strong understanding of SaaS and software. He is a proven leader and the ideal CEO to drive Vonage into its next era of growth,” said Vonage board of directors Chairman Jeffrey Citron in a statement. “With the support of our experienced board, I know Rory will be able to leverage his significant expertise to further transform the business and position the company to create substantial shareholder value. We look forward to embarking on this exciting new chapter together.”
Citron thanked current CEO Masarek and credited him with transforming Vonage from a consumer service provider to a “leading business communications provider operating under a unified, flexible integrated platform.”
“I look forward to working with Rory during this transitional period as we continue to see businesses accelerate their digital transformation, especially to address their business continuity and remote work needs, as well as the increasing need for the remote delivery of services,” Masarek said of the transition in a prepared statement.