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McData Hires One, Seeks Another

McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA)
filled a newly created executive job this week, while the CEO continues to do double duty as top sales guy.

McData CEO John Kelley installed Paul Rath as the company's Asia/Pacific VP and general manager, while Kelley himself continues to run the companys sales operation on an interim basis. The top sales job has been open for a month, since executive VP and president of worldwide sales Alain Andreoli left November 26 to become president and CIO of startup XIOTech (see XIOTech Names McData Vet CEO).

So is Kelley having so much fun in the sales job that he wants to keep it? Not exactly. He says he hopes to have the job filled next month.

“I’m still looking,” Kelley told Byte and Switch today. “A lot of real good candidates have come in here. We’re looking at a variety of skills -- channel skills, direct sales skills, VAR skills. It’s a pretty broad-based job. There aren’t a million of those people walking around. Things are moving along. We’d like to have a [sales] leader, and we’ll probably have somebody in January.”

Meanwhile, Rath’s hiring will help McData mine the Asia/Pacific market, which is rebounding from the beating it took from SARS last year. “What we’re shooting for is to upgrade our presence in Asia/Pacific,” Kelley says. “Asia is the world’s fastest growing market. Paul came from EMC, and he has lot of industry experience and a lot of experience in the region.”

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