Say hello to the latest additions at SUSE

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SUSE has announced new strategic hires to strengthen its executive team, including the appointment of Werner Knoblich as chief revenue officer (CRO).

Knoblich has been a senior commercial leader in open source for more than two decades. A previous role of his was leading the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business at Red Hat for 18 years, where he grew it from $20m in 2003 to over $1.5bn in 2021. Knoblich will start his new position on July 1st, and report to Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen and work closely with chief customer officer, Imran Khan.

“I’m deeply passionate about open source and believe it’s the best way to operate,” Knoblich said. “In a meritocracy, the best idea wins. SUSE has been a leading open source champion for years and I am looking forward to helping our customers, partners and community.”

SUSE takes pride in its innovative, reliable and secure enterprise-grade open source solutions, relied upon by more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 to power their mission-critical workloads. It is currently strengthening its regional general manager (GM) leadership across four distinct geographies: Asia-Pacific (APAC), North America, Latin America and EMEA. 

This strengthening is in hopes to further improve local collaboration and customer experience. As a part of this, the company welcomes Josep Garcia as regional GM for APAC. Garcia brings more than 29 years of experience, including 16 years at Red Hat where he significantly grew both their channel and direct territories.

“As we continue our path of innovation and growth, it’s important we have the right structure and systems in place.” said SUSE CEO Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen. “Our customers need a single point of contact close to where they are, so we can fully address their needs. Just as important, however, is having the right people to make it happen, which is why I’m excited to welcome Werner to SUSE. He is extremely focused on delivering for customers and getting results and is a great addition to our leadership team.”