07-27-22 | Press Release
July 27, 2022, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Otava, a global leader in custom and compliant hybrid cloud solutions, today announced that Tom Wilten, Otava’s CFO, has been appointed to the role of Interim President and General Manager to lead the business. This appointment follows Brad Cheedle’s decision to step down from the role of CEO to tend to family matters. Otava’s parent company Schurz Communications will initiate a formal recruitment effort to identify a successor in 2023.
“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to act as the interim GM for Otava,” said Wilten. “Under Brad’s leadership, Otava has successfully grown from a regional hosting and colocation business to a world-class global cloud solutions provider. We greatly appreciate all he has done over the years and wish him the very best. We are excited to build upon this success to continue to grow the businesses through 2023 and beyond.”
Wilten, who joined Otava in 2018 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, helped to build its strategic growth plan and was instrumental in securing the company’s investment from Schurz Communication in 2018. Under his financial leadership, the company has acquired three organizations, Online Tech, Neverfail’s hosting business and NewCloud Networks, which have helped to increase the company’s geographic footprint, solutions portfolio, and customer base. During this time of expansion, the company has doubled its employee count, and more than doubled its revenue.
The management change comes at a time of continued growth for the hybrid cloud solutions provider. Wilten’s decades of financial and strategic leadership experience across the technology, telecom, and cloud landscape will support Otava’s continued success and evolution.
“Tom’s vast industry experience and many accomplishments at Otava make him an excellent leader for the company at this time,” said Todd Schurz, CEO of Schurz Communications. “We have worked closely with Tom for years and know that he and the team will continue to make an impact for its customers with its unique cloud solutions.”
“I am proud to continue to work with the outstanding Otava team that is committed to offering a human approach to technology so that our customers can thrive,” concluded Wilten.
Otava is a global, recognized leader in delivering secure multi-cloud solutions with a personal touch. Its extensive portfolio is powered by world-class technology partners, backed with expert intelligence, and tailored to help businesses and service providers achieve their individual goals while protecting mission-critical data. With its flexible solutions, fortified security, colocation offerings, and professional services, Otava empowers its clients with everything they need to thrive in the cloud and stay focused on what they do best. To learn how Otava can maximize your potential, go to Otava.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
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