Rocket Software Names Milan Shetti as Next CEO

05 October 2021
Co-founder and Current CEO Andy Youniss to Become Executive Chairman
Press Release

WALTHAM, Mass. – October 5, 2021Rocket Software, a global technology leader that develops enterprise software used by the world’s largest public and private sector companies, today named Milan Shetti the company’s next CEO, effective November 5. Milan will also retain his President title. Current CEO and co-founder Andy Youniss will become Executive Chairman, providing strategic insights and guidance to Rocket® in important areas where he has experience and expertise. Andy will also remain on Rocket’s Board of Directors.

“From Rocket’s creation almost 32 years ago, we set out to build a long-lasting software company that would make a difference in the world,” Youniss said. “I am incredibly proud of the company we have built, our 2,500 Rocketeers, the culture we embody, and the core values we live every day. This leadership transition is deeply important to me, and we have been intentional and thoughtful in every step of the process.”

Shetti joined Rocket in 2020 as Business Unit President and was named Rocket President earlier this year, overseeing all products in the company’s portfolio. Most recently, he held senior executive positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), including serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the multi-billion dollar storage business unit and previously as Chief Technology Officer of the Datacenter Infrastructure and Storage divisions.

“Milan is the right leader for this moment in Rocket’s history and for its future,” Youniss continued. “I have the utmost confidence that under his leadership, Rocket will continue to put our customers and partners first, deliver innovation and quality that matters, and enable even more legendary outcomes."

“I was captivated by how Rocket’s culture and technology strengthen each other,” said Shetti. “The connection Andy created between Rocket’s core values and the way we serve our customers and partners is what excites me most about leading Rocket in this next era, as we continue to accelerate the modernization of mission-critical systems and solve our customers’ and partners’ most pressing, highly technical challenges.”

“Andy has done a remarkable job building Rocket Software into a global technology leader, thoughtfully guiding the company’s growth and success. We are delighted to be able to continue working with him at the board level,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of Rocket’s Board of Directors.

“Milan is an established technology leader with deep background in infrastructure management solutions. We are confident his skills and experience will enable Rocket to continue to advance its mission-critical portfolio of enterprise software solutions while furthering the commitment to its customers, employees and business partners,” added Max de Groen, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of Rocket’s Board of Directors.  

Shetti began his career at Sun Microsystems as a software developer and advanced through a technical career path to technical director for the company’s data management group. After Sun Microsystems, Shetti led business development for IBRIX, Inc. before assuming the chief executive position. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in computer engineering from Syracuse University.  

About Rocket Software

Rocket Software empowers organizations to create legendary impact in the world through innovation in legacy technologies. With deep expertise in IBM Z®, IBM Power®, and database and connectivity solutions, Rocket provides solutions that power tens of thousands of global businesses, solving real problems and making real-world impact. Rocket is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in the Boston area with centers of excellence strategically located throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Rocket is a portfolio company of Bain Capital Private Equity.

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