Howard Elias is President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services. With 2009 revenues of $14 billion and approximately 43,000 employees, EMC is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information.
Elias oversees EMC’s professional services and award-winning global customer support organizations, which provide strategic guidance and technology expertise to help organizations address their business and information infrastructure challenges and derive the maximum value from their information assets and investments. He has overall responsibility for setting the strategy, driving execution, and creating best practices that create an exceptional total customer experience through service excellence. Elias also leads EMC's Cloud Infrastructure Business, helping the company to deliver industry-leading IT cloud services.
Elias, based at EMC headquarters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, is a member of the Executive Office of the Chairman and reports to Joe Tucci, EMC's Chairman, President and CEO.
Previously, Elias was President, EMC Global Services and EMC Ionix, and an EMC Executive Vice President. In this role, Elias was responsible for managing EMC’s Global Services team, and EMC Ionix, the leading provider of next-generation software and solutions to accelerate the migration from physical IT to virtual IT to cloud infrastructures and provide unparalleled insight and control across all critical IT domains in the data center.
Prior to his role managing EMC Global Services, Elias was Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Corporate Development, overseeing all of EMC's marketing, sales enablement, communications, and technology alliances activities. In that role, he was also responsible for Corporate Development and New Ventures, which focused on M&A, new business development, and the integration of acquisitions as well as investments and the incubation of new businesses.
A veteran IT executive, Elias joined EMC in October 2003 from Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was Senior Vice President of Business Management and Operations for the Enterprise Systems Group. Previous to that, he was HP's Senior Vice President and General Manager of Network Storage Solutions. Prior to HP's acquisition of Compaq in 2002, Elias spent a year as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Compaq's Business Critical Server Group and three years as Vice President and General Manager of the company's Storage Products Division, during which Compaq became a leader in mid-tier storage systems. He has also held various senior business and product management positions at Digital, AST Research, and Tandy Corporation. Elias attended Wayne State University and Lawrence Technological University, where he studied electrical engineering and computer science.