GoDaddy has named its new CEO, and to our knowledge, he's never killed an elephant. That would be Blake Irving, long-time product guy at Yahoo and Microsoft before that. He will assume the role as of January 7.
Scott Wagner, a member of KKR, has been serving as interim CEO since July, when Warren Adelman (who took over when longtime CEO Bob Parsons stepped down last year) stepped down to assume a new role as Special Advisor for Strategy and Global policy.
"Go Daddy, the industry leader of Web hosting solutions for small and medium businesses, is poised for a promising future," said Parsons, who still serves as Executive Chairman. "Blake Irving's deep technology experience and his history of developing new cutting-edge products and leading large global teams make him an enormously compelling choice to drive Go Daddy to the next level of its domestic and global growth. Go Daddy has made great strides with Scott Wagner as CEO, and we look forward to building on that in the future."
"I'm honored for the opportunity to lead such a talented team and to be a part of such an innovative company," said Irving. "Go Daddy is and will continue to be the hub where businesses can come to life, grow and prosper. We strive to be the global resource that fuels success for countless entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. As a long time Go Daddy customer, I have seen firsthand an organization that is committed to its customers 24 hours a day and seven days a week and yet there still remains much more we can do to enhance the customer experience. This is a fantastic opportunity, and I can't wait to hit the ground running in January."
"Go Daddy is fortunate to have Blake Irving join the team for the next chapter in his long time career as an innovator," said Wagner. "I'm thrilled for Blake and I am thrilled for Go Daddy. We have good momentum on product and our international growth and having someone with Blake's talent and character lead the company will only accelerate it."
At Yahoo, Irving was Chief Product Officer, where he developed the "unified product vision," growing the company to nearly a billion active PC and mobile users. He spent 15 years at Microsoft before his stint at Yahoo. There, he served in various senior executive roles, including Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform.
Irving quit Yahoo back in April.