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Quantum's board of directors recruits former Cisco CIO

19 Dec 2019

IT firm Quantum has snapped up former Cisco veteran Rebecca Jacoby to serve on the company’s board of directors.

Jacoby will serve on the board’s audit committee, as well as the leadership and compensation committee.

“With the company now restored to responsible and accountable governance, and with continued significant shareholder representation on the board, Quantum is turning its focus to growth,” says Quantum president and CEO Jamie Lerner.

“With experience as both CIO and senior vice president of operations at Cisco, a highly respected business leader, Rebecca offers a track record of operational excellence and technology leadership that will be a real asset to Quantum’s board. Rebecca brings greater diversity to our Board, and a technical depth that will be valued.”

Jacoby joins at a time when Quantum is expanding its product portfolio in the fields of high-speed processing and management of video and video-like data, and the long-term, low-cost archive of unstructured data.

The company says that Jacoby’s addition to the board underscores Quantum’s drive for operational excellence.

“With the restatement completed and new governance practices now in place, and with a sharper focus on innovation and profitable sales, Quantum has been on a roll with a brisk pace of new product development,” says Jacoby. 

“This is a particularly exciting time to join Quantum’s board, and I look forward to applying my experience to help Quantum grow and realise its true potential.”

Jacoby served as senior vice president of Operations at Cisco Systems, a worldwide IT networking heavyweight, which was recently ranked fifth best-managed company worldwide in 2019 by The Wall Street Journal.

Jacoby held the position of CIO for eight years and retired from Cisco in 2018 after more than 22 years of service. As SVP of Operations, she led Cisco's global operations, driving profitable growth. She also oversaw various functions including IT, supply chain, security and trust, global procurement and employee services and workplace resources.

Known for her demonstrated understanding of how to drive operational excellence, innovative problem solving and talent development, Ms. Jacoby was recognised by Forbes as a “Superstar CIO” in 2012.

Earlier this year Quantum won two industry awards at the IBC2019 event in Amsterdam.

The F-Series garnered Best of Show from TVB Europe and received the CSI Award 2019 for Best Data Storage Solution.

The awards add to accolades the F-Series earned at NAB earlier this year, where it was named Best New Storage Technology winner in the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards, and also received the ProductionHUB Award of Excellence.