Citrix Systems has tapped former Microsoft executive Kirill Tatarinov as its new president and CEO, the vendor said Wednesday US time.
Tatarinov spent 13 years at Microsoft before leaving last June as part of an executive management reshuffle. As executive vice president of the US$2 billion Microsoft Business Solutions division, he was in charge of the software giant's Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP businesses.
Tatarinov, who will also take a seat on Citrix's board of directors, starts his new role 25 January.
Citrix had been looking for a new CEO since last July, when longtime CEO Mark Templeton announced his retirement and said he'd stay on until a new leader was found. Templeton left the company in October, and Bob Calderoni, executive chairman of Citrix's board of directors, stepped in as interim CEO.
Although Citrix is still a major player in desktop and server virtualisation, many channel partners believe the company has become overly diversified and less focused on core businesses. Elliott Management, an activist investor that owns around 7.5 percent of its shares, shares this view.
In July, Citrix named Jesse Cohn, senior portfolio manager at Elliott Management, to its board of directors as part of a standstill agreement.
Elliott Management had been pressuring Citrix to sell or spin off non-core properties and make other sweeping changes to its business. Citrix said in November that it would spin off its GoTo line of SaaS apps into a separate, publicly traded company.