RapidScale, a Cox Business company, announced today that Duane Barnes has assumed the role of Interim Vice President and General Manager of RapidScale. In this expanded role, Barnes oversees the company’s leadership team that takes care of architecture, solutions engineering, service delivery, software engineering, and customer support operations.

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Through his executive leadership, Barnes has helped build a results-driven sales team of cloud solutions consultants that support channel partners throughout the country. His 20 years of experience in cloud computing, sales engineering, and cloud solutions selling has contributed to the success of RapidScale’s channel partners and their customers. As today’s business landscape continues to shift, Barnes continues to manage the team that further enables many organizations to adapt to an ever-changing work environment through innovative cloud solutions.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely alongside Duane for the last two years, and no one is more deserving of this position. Duane possesses a deep understanding of technology across multiple disciplines, and I’ve always been impressed by his strong business acumen and unwavering dedication to meeting the company’s goals and objectives. We could not ask for a more talented leader who is committed to supporting the efforts of our organization,” said Cox Business Vice President of New Business Ventures Larry Steelman. “Furthermore, during this uncertain time, Duane has been critical in ensuring that RapidScale remains 100% focused on delivering industry-leading customer experience for our customers and partners.”

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Barnes started at RapidScale in 2016 as Senior Vice President and was previously promoted to Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operations Officer. He has held vice president, director, and other leadership roles in top-performing technology companies such as Windstream Hosted Solutions, Open-Xchange, and Intelisys. He also led teams at MPInet, PowerOne Communications, and the Walt Disney Company. He has obtained numerous industry certifications including Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, CompTIA, HP, and EMC.

“I’m thrilled to fulfill this new role and continue to work with a brilliant leadership team that helps partners and companies grow their businesses,” said Barnes. “With today’s current events, the demand for managed cloud services is rapidly increasing and I’m eager to help RapidScale remain dedicated to providing innovative managed cloud solutions and industry-leading customer care.”

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