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BlueArc President Speaks Up

After spending more than five years with McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA), Mike Gustafson decided he wanted to do more than run a companys marketing department. So he stepped down as McData’s senior VP of worldwide marketing in May and today was officially named president of well funded NAS startup BlueArc Corp.
(see McData Loses Another and BlueArc Names President).

As reported by Byte and Switch last week, Gustafson will manage BlueArc’s day-to-day operations, allowing chairman and CEO Gianluca Rattazzi to focus on product development and strategy (see Gustafson Leads Exec Carousel). We caught up with Gustafson for a quick chat on his first day on the job.

Byte and Switch: So why did you leave McData for BlueArc?

Gustafson: It’s right in line with my career and personal objectives.

Byte and Switch:To be a company president?

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