Dropbox announced that Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s CEO, Meg Whitman, will be joining its board of directors.
“Meg is a true business titan and has been a trusted friend and advisor to me for years,” said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston in a company blog. “Her experience and judgement will be invaluable to Dropbox as we continue to grow and scale.”
Houston noted Whitman’s experience at eBay where, as CEO, she grew the start-up from 30 employees and US$4m revenue to a tech giant with 15,000 employees and $8bn revenue; and her six years at Hewlett Packard and subsequently HPE.
Dropbox partnered with HPE to build its cloud infrastructure last year. Dropbox moved some of its cloud storage services business from Amazon Web Services to an HPE cloud solution.
“Since HPE is a Dropbox customer, Meg knows our products well. We started discussing Meg taking on a more official role with Dropbox earlier this year and I’m thrilled she’ll be joining the team,” Houston said.
Whitman was earlier linked to Uber’s CEO search but decided to pledge her commitment to HPE. She told CRN that Uber reminded her of eBay in many ways but it was not the right fit. “I think HPE is very special in its own right,” she said.
HPE recorded a better-than-expected earnings results for Q3, with growth in core server sales (13%); SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure sales (200%); and all-flash sales (30%).