Mesosphere Announces Appointment of Mike Fey as Chief Executive Officer

Fey brings record of software and leadership expertise; Florian Leibert to transition to new role within the company, as previously announced.
Fey brings record of software and leadership expertise; Florian Leibert to transition to new role within the company, as previously announced.

The Board of Directors of Mesosphere, the enterprise cloud enablement company, today announced the appointment of Mike Fey as CEO. He will take over the role from company co-founder Florian Leibert, who announced in September his desire to recruit a CEO to lead the next stage of growth for the company. Leibert will transition into a new role at the company focused on customers, strategy and technology.

Fey will join Mesosphere at the start of its new fiscal year, on February 1, to help the company define and pursue its next phase of growth, building on the momentum and track record set by the company to date. Fey brings strong enterprise software and cloud leadership and expertise to Mesosphere. Previously, he served as president and COO at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, he served as president and COO of Blue Coat, leading product and go-to-market functions. While at Blue Coat, Fey led the company to aggressive growth, resulting in its acquisition by Symantec in 2016 for $4.65 billion. Fey has also been executive vice president and general manager for enterprise products at McAfee and chief technology officer of Intel Security, where he drove the company’s long-term strategic vision and innovation in the enterprise network, endpoint and analytics security segments by focusing on high-growth market opportunities and field execution.

“I strongly believe in Mesosphere’s mission to create transformative technology that enables organizations to innovate with multi-cloud, IoT, edge computing and machine learning” said Fey. “Mesosphere has a unique platform that will enable the future of compute and is already helping some of the most important companies in the Fortune 500 embrace the cloud. I’m excited to work with Florian and the great team at Mesosphere to deliver significant value to our customers around the world.”

Peter Levine, Mesosphere board member and general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, commented: “After an extensive search with many great candidates, we are delighted to have Mike join as CEO of Mesosphere. Mike uniquely combines technical expertise with business acumen, and he has an impressive track record of success in building and scaling enterprise technology companies. We are confident that Mike is the right leader to take Mesosphere’s business forward.”

Leibert added, “Now is the time to transition Mesosphere from a founder-led company to one headed by someone who has extensive experience leading larger companies into broader markets. I am very pleased to welcome Mike to the Mesosphere team and I look forward to working with him as he applies his technical knowledge, operations and go-to-market expertise to accelerate our momentum and extend the reach of Mesosphere.”

Mesosphere has a team of over 300 employees around the world and has raised more than $250M from some of the world’s leading venture capital firms. According to Inc., Mesosphere is the third fastest-growing software company in the U.S. with a revenue growth of 7,507 percent. The company is also 55th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Mesosphere recently announced the general availability of Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine (MKE), Mesosphere DC/OS 1.12 and the public beta of Mesosphere Jupyter Service (MJS).