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VAST Data announces two new executive appointments

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VAST Data announces two new executive appointments

Data storage provider VAST Data has appointed new leadership in a bid to capitalize on market growth.

Marianne Budnik has been named VAST’s chief marketing officer, and will lead the company’s marketing functions including product marketing, field marketing, customer advocacy, communications and public relations, content, creative and brand strategy.

Speaking about the new appointment, VAST Data mentions that Budnik is an accomplished leader with proven success leading marketing organizations at scale for companies including CrowdStrike, CyberArk and CA Technologies, along with nearly a decade in marketing leadership roles at EMC Corporation.

Budnik will partner closely with VAST Data co-founder Jeff Denworth, who will maintain his responsibilities leading the company’s product and commercial strategies.

“I’m honored to join Renen, Jeff and the VAST Data team as the company scales its innovation agenda to power the next wave of AI and high performance computing,” says Marianne Budnik, chief marketing officer.

The company says the plan is for Denworth to continue working closely with VAST’s strategic customers and partners to realize the promise of AI-powered transformation.

“I am excited to welcome these talented domain experts to our leadership team to help us expand our market share and execute on our vision,” adds Renen Hallak, CEO and co-founder at VAST Data.

“With Marianne and Stacey joining our ranks, and with Jeff able to spend more time focusing on our business with customers, we are well positioned for the company’s next stage of growth.”

Additionally, Stacey Cast has been named vice president of global operations, responsible for VAST’s operational processes. Stacey is a technology executive who most recently served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations at, and previously held similar roles at high performing organizations including SentinalOne, Cohesity, Nimble Storage and NetApp.

“I am thrilled to be a part of what VAST Data is building,” says Stacey Cast, vice president of global operations at VAST Data. “This is a unique opportunity and the right timing to build stronger structure and processes for efficiency and scale.”

Budnik, Cast and Denworth each report directly to CEO Renen Hallak.

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