Brian Householder - President and Chief Operating Officer, HDS

Brian Householder oversees the daily operation of Hitachi Data Systems with direct, global responsibility for product management, sales, service, support, marketing, business development, partner development, finance, legal, IT, logistics, business operations and planning. Householder's responsibility is to keep the company's strategy aligned to its goals and vision, and to ensure ongoing loyalty to its customers.

Prior to his current role, he held multiple positions of increasing responsibility in areas such as strategic planning, worldwide marketing, business development, partner enablement, acquisitions, and most recently, as COO. Householder helped lead many key initiatives at HDS, including the company strategy and direction, BlueArc, Shoden and Archivas acquisitions, and improvements to our marketing and partner enablement capabilities.

Householder joined HDS in 2003 from FilesX, where he ran the marketing and product management functions. Prior to that he was at Storage Networks where he served in senior product management and marketing positions. He also worked at The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting and investment firm and was a senior financial analyst at Procter and Gamble. Householder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.