GoDaddy, the Web’s largest platform for small businesses, has hired technology industry veteran Arne Josefsberg as its new executive vice president, chief infrastructure officer and chief information officer. Josefsberg brings extensive expertise in building scalable cloud computing environments, data centers, large-scale operations and information technology systems, and will oversee GoDaddy’s global cloud infrastructure and information systems.
Josefsberg, a long-time Microsoft veteran, most recently served as chief technology officer at ServiceNow, where he led technology advances and drove expansion of the company’s cloud computing strategy. Having built and operated one of the world’s largest infrastructures at Microsoft, he has a reputation as a strategic technology visionary and innovator.
“GoDaddy’s mission to help small business globally is inspirational, and offers a unique opportunity to build a massively scalable infrastructure that serves our 12 million – and growing – customers,” said Josefsberg. “GoDaddy has the size and scale that allows us to reach a previously under-served customer base, and necessitates a global infrastructure that allows us to serve them seamlessly.”
There are an estimated 28 million small businesses in the U.S. alone and 125 million worldwide.2= Of those 28 million, 85 percent of businesses have fewer than five employees. GoDaddy serves more than 12 million customers worldwide, mostly very small businesses looking to grow online.
“As GoDaddy expands our global reach and product portfolio, a world-class and scalable technology infrastructure is critical to our success,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “As a passionate technology executive, Arne brings a long history of creating technology that makes a difference in people’s lives – and that’s exactly what we are doing here at GoDaddy.”
Josefsberg will work alongside former colleague Elissa Murphy, who joined GoDaddy in April as chief technology officer. GoDaddy employs more than 4,000 employees and, over the past year, hired key technology talent from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Google, Yahoo!, eBay and AT&T. GoDaddy has plans to expand into 60 markets and offer products and services in 30 languages by 2015.
Josefsberg graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering Physics at Lund University in Sweden and began his career developing software for military systems.
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