Ron Bienvenu CEO, Nexsan

Replacing Robert Fernander becoming chairman emeritus
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.02.16

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nexsan,BienvenuNexsan, Inc. announced the appointment of Ron Bienvenu as CEO.


He was appointed vice chairman in January and takes on the CEO role effective immediately, replacing Robert Fernander who has been appointed chairman emeritus.
Bienvenu has more than 25 years of industry and leadership experience where he has held several key executive positions, including CEO at Process Software, and founder and CEO of SageMaker, Inc. He is also the co-founder and managing partner at Spear Point Capital Management LLC, which earlier this year played a key role in the separation of Nexsan from Imation Corp.
Fernander has agreed to an intended arrangement to which he will transition from the role of Nexsan's CEO to its chairman emeritus and a member of its board of directors. The transition will become effective pending the finalisation of a separation agreement with Fernander.
"Nexsan has a leading portfolio of storage solutions and the launch of Unity last year has laid the groundwork for continued growth with this truly differentiated solution," said Bienvenu. "The tremendous potential with Nexsan and Unity is what drove our investment at Spear Point, and I am enthusiastic about leading a team that is just as passionate as I am about this company and its opportunity. I am also pleased that we can look to Bob Fernander to continue to provide his considerable industry knowledge and assistance as we grow. I speak for all of Nexsan and the board of directors in saying Bob has laid a strong foundation that we will use to drive significant growth over the coming years."

In further moves following the transition to becoming privately-held company:

  • Dr. Geoff Barrall has been appointed as COO. He was formerly CTO at Nexsan and prior to that founder and CEO at Connected Data.
  • John Westfield has been appointed as CFO, after joining as a consultant in April 2016. He joined from HGST and has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and operational finance and accounting in both public and private companies.
  • Rounding out the executive team are Tony Craythorne, SVP of WW sales, and Victoria Grey, CMO.