"Randy is a highly experienced storage industry executive who brings extensive knowledge and proven abilities that will continue to strengthen our leadership organisation," said Mr. Kelly. "In this role, he will lead the customer service organisation worldwide, as well as strategically support our selling strategy by leading a newly formed solutions engineering organisation. This organisation will allow us to make custom solutions available as part of our overall portfolio. We look forward to his contributions as we continue to build on our leadership position as a provider of world class data management solutions for small, medium, and distributed enterprises."
Prior to serving at Hewlett Packard, Mr. Gast was vice president of global operations and facility security officer (FSO) at 3PAR, where he was responsible for global operations, quality and IT, as well as security clearances and certifications for the 3PAR government group. He also previously served as global vice president of operations at Adaptec, which included manufacturing, supply chain, materials and quality, and at Snap Appliance, where he was responsible for worldwide operations and customer support, and joined Overland's CEO Eric Kelly and senior VP of global sales and marketing Jillian Mansolf as a member of the turnaround team there. In addition, Mr. Gast served at Maxtor Corporation as vice president of operations for the network storage division. He received his BS Engineering degree with honors from Arizona State University and holds a CMfgE certification.
"Overland has built a strong end-to-end suite of data storage products that customers have grown to rely upon," said Mr. Gast. "I'm confident that my experience leading worldwide service organisations will further advance our call centre, installation and onsite capabilities and ensure client satisfaction and service quality globally. Additionally, our investment in a new solutions engineering team will allow us to combine our customer-centric service strategy with custom solutions that deliver and support complex data protection environments."