Heidrick & Struggles Recruits CEO for Citrix

January 22, 2016 – Heidrick & Struggles has recruited Kirill Tatarinov as president and chief executive officer of Citrix. He replaces Mark Templeton who stepped down as president and CEO after serving in that position since 1998.

With 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Tatarinov has a long track record overseeing product strategy and commercial operations in software and services. His background includes leadership positions at Microsoft for 13 years, including most recently serving as executive vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, he also served as corporate vice president of the management & solutions division. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Tatarinov was a member of the senior leadership team at BMC, where he served as the chief technology officer, as well as holding product and business development leadership positions.

“The board is delighted to welcome Kirill as the new president and CEO of Citrix,” said Robert Calderoni, executive chairman. “Following a thorough review of candidates, the board determined that Kirill’s strong product management background and extensive technology leadership experience make him the right person to oversee Citrix’s innovation and growth strategy.”

Founded 26 years ago and based in Ft. Lauderdale, Citrix Systems is a multinational software company that provides server, application and desktop virtualization, networking, software-as-a-service, and cloud computing technologies. Citrix solutions power business mobility through secure, mobile workspaces that provide people with instant access to apps, desktops, data and communications on any device, over any network and cloud.


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Heidrick’s global CEO search practice includes a team of 90 consultants who provide leadership advisory services and succession planning expertise to clients that include Fortune 1000, FTSE 350, and other marquee global organizations as well as start-ups and small/medium cap companies. Jeff Sanders serves as vice chairman and managing partner of the firm’s North America chief executive officer practice. 

Heidrick has recently filled a number of CEO roles for various companies. The firm recruited Edward D. Breen as chairman and CEO chemical maker DuPont as well as Bradley C. Jones as president and CEO of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), a corporation responsible for operating New York state’s bulk electricity grid. Southwest Gas Corporation also recently tapped Heidrick to lead its search for the new president and CEO of its construction services subsidiary Centuri Construction Group, Inc.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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