Russell was named vice president of enterprise strategy at Veeam Software, a Baar, Switzerland-based provider of enterprise data management.
Most recently, Russell was vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, where he focused his research efforts on storage strategies with an emphasis on backup and recovery, among other things. Before that, he spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a software engineer and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems storage solutions.
"Dave’s resume speaks for itself; he is one of the most prominent figures in the industry, and to have him join Veeam at such an exciting time in our growth is a testament to the company’s momentum in the market," Peter McKay, co-CEO and president of Veeam, said in a statement. "Over the past year, we have grown at an exponential rate and are doubling down on our success in the Fortune 500 segment of the market where enterprise customers have recognized our platform as world-class for their infrastructures."