Craig Scroggie swaps Symantec for NextDC CEO role

Craig Scroggie swaps Symantec for NextDC CEO role

Scroggie taking up the reins as chief executive, Bevan Slattey, looks to focus on day-to-day business

NextDC's new chief executive, Craig Scroggie.

NextDC's new chief executive, Craig Scroggie.

Former Symantec Australia managing director, Craig Scroggie, has been appointed chief executive of Melbourne-based data centre operator ,NextDC (ASX:NXT), to allow former chief executive, Bevan Slattery, more time to focus on the company’s data centre rollouts.

Slattery is now executive director and deputy chairman of the company. In a statement to the ASX, Slattery said the change in leadership would allow him to concentrate on day-to-day operations such as the expansion of the M1 data centre in Melbourne. He added that Scroggie’s “extensive contacts” throughout Australia and Asia would boost NextDC’s sales and development plans.

Scroggie has been linked to NextDC since November 2010 when he joined the board as a non executive director. At the time, Slattery said the reason for hiring a board member with a security background was to give the relatively new company more credentials in the market and because data security was a major concern for companies.

Scroggie resigned from Symantec Australia on May 30 2012 after eight and a half years with the security vendor. He was replaced in the managing director role by Symantec.Cloud's Asia-Pacific vice president, Brenton Smith.

Scroggie was contacted for further comment by Computerworld Australia.

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