Mr. Blake Irving, the CEO of web host GoDaddy, has retired. Specializing in catering to SMEs and with head offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, GoDaddy is one of the world’s leading providers and Mr. Irving oversaw the company’s growth through specializing in catering to SMEs around the world. Mr. Scott Wagner will take over upon his departure but Mr. Irving will remain on the company’s Board until June 2018.
Mr. Wagner will take over the CEO role December 31, 2017. He joined GoDaddy from New York City-based KKR in 2013. At KKR he was in the team that initiated investment in GoDaddy. He acted as GoDaddy's interim CEO in 2011 and later took on the company’s CFO and COO roles left vacant when Mr. Irving became CEO. He was made President of GoDaddy in 2016 and was responsible for the company’s marketing, customer care, international markets, and corporate development.
“After more than three decades in technology, I've decided it's time to retire and begin the next phase of my life," explained Mr. Irving. "Over the last five years, we've assembled a seasoned and diverse leadership team, and expanded our reach around the world, now serving customers in 125 countries with purpose-build products – all while doubling our revenue and profits. GoDaddy's trajectory is clear and our momentum strong. It is the perfect time to transition leadership toScott Wagner. I couldn't be prouder of what the company has accomplished, and I am equally excited about what the company will achieve under Scott's leadership."
"GoDaddy is truly a unique company, and I'm honored to serve as the next CEO," added Mr. Wagner. "GoDaddy has become the starting place for getting an idea online, and we've been incredibly successful with nearly 17 million customers around the world. There remains a huge strategic opportunity for GoDaddy – innovating across our product portfolio and technical platform, engaging more frequently with our existing customers, and continuing to serve new geographic markets and customer segments. I look forward to the next wave of GoDaddy's evolution and to creating a unique, category-creating cloud software company that enables ideas to start and thrive online."
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