High Profile Appointment Brings Wealth of Corporate Counsel Experience to Help Build a Company of Lasting Value
SAN JOSE, CALIF. September 16, 2014 – Nutanix, the web-scale converged infrastructure company, today announced the appointment of Eric Whitaker to the position of chief legal officer. Eric is a high profile award-winning general counsel with more than 20 years experience in a range of industries. He joins Nutanix from SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK), where he was senior vice president and chief legal officer of the Fortune 500 company. Over his career, he has managed one of the top ranked patent portfolios in the world and developed an intellectual property strategy that resulted in more than $750 million in licensing revenues.
“Eric has extensive experience with all types of strategic transactions, securities compliance, litigation, intellectual property and international expansion – an invaluable range and depth of knowledge that will support us as we continue our rapid growth,” said Duston Williams, CFO, Nutanix. “Eric brings a deep insight into the management and control of highly ambitious companies, and he will be a huge asset to us.”
Eric joined SanDisk from Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) where he was general counsel and corporate secretary. Following the company’s IPO, he structured and negotiated major corporate transactions, developed Tesla’s intellectual property portfolio and formulated strategies for international growth. Prior to Tesla, Eric spent seven years as executive vice president of corporate strategy and general counsel at Lexar where he led all legal aspects of the company’s rapid growth.
“Nutanix has already delivered massive advancements in converged infrastructure, and to be joining the company at this exciting stage in their development is a challenging and very exciting opportunity for me,” said Eric Whitaker. “I am passionate about working with fast growing companies with pioneering technology, and look forward to overseeing a legal strategy that continues to drive Nutanix forward.”
Eric was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the “25 Leading General Counsel” in California in 2011. In 2012, he received the Legal Department of the Year award for his leadership of the legal team at Tesla Motors. In 2013, he received the Legal Department of the Year award for his leadership of the legal team at SanDisk. Eric also serves on NASDAQ’s Silicon Valley Advisory Committee and the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School.
Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making infrastructure invisible so that IT can focus on the applications and services that power their business. Companies around the world use Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software to bring one-click application management and mobility across public, private and distributed edge clouds so they can run any application at any scale with a dramatically lower total cost of ownership. The result is organizations that can rapidly deliver a high-performance IT environment on demand, giving application owners a true cloud-like experience. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on Twitter @nutanix.
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