Rackspace Australia boss Angus Dorney exits to lead AWS par…


Rackspace Australia boss Angus Dorney exits to lead AWS partner Kablamo



Angus Dorney and Allan Waddell

Rackspace Australia’s general manager Angus Dorney has moved on from the managed cloud provider after five years to join cloud engineering specialist Kablamo as co-chief executive.

Dorney joined Rackspace in 2013 as director of operations for Australia and New Zealand before being promoted to senior director and general manager for ANZ just three months later when then-general manager Mark Randall left to join Bulletproof.

In his new role, Dorney will share the Kablamo CEO role with Allan Waddell, who founded the company in 2017. Kablamo cut its teeth working with media companies and delivering enterprise-grade video streaming, but has since expanded to bring its cloud transformation services to enterprise customers.

“Angus has years of local and global IT vendor experience,” Waddell said. “He understands how to rapidly scale and how to turn ideas into rock-solid products and services. He brings operational and strategic brilliance to Kablamo – the fact he’s a great bloke is a bonus.”

Dorney said Kablamo had a huge opportunity in front of it to disrupt Australia’s enterprise IT service providers that typically use “outdated delivery models, such as cheap, outsourced labour, to drive poor outcomes for their customers”.

Kablamo was named as a finalist for the Innovation Partner award at Amazon Web Service’s partner awards in April. The company now has its headquarters in Sydney and Melbourne.

“I see Kablamo very much as the new generation of cloud application partner,” Dorney told CRN.

“The experience I’ve had working in other IT services like Rackspace and [Electronic Data Systems] back in the day and others, it will be very useful as we go ahead and build out this business together.”

Rackspace was named as one of Australia’s “Best Places to Work” in 2016 and 2018 for companies with less than 100 staff under Dorney’s leadership.

“One of the key reasons why Angus coming on board is a huge win for Kablamo is he’s known for building and executing great culture at scale,” Waddell said.

“Kablamo at the moment is in that ‘hockey stick’ moment where we have an amazing customer list and our culture is very unique, so I truly believe in the near future, Angus will enable our service to reach more enterprise clients in Australia which inevitably means scaling that culture.”

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