US cloud business Nutanix hires CLO from EV battery-maker Lyten

Brian Martin replaces Tyler Wall, who announced his retirement in February

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US cloud computing business Nutanix has hired Brian Martin as chief legal officer, ending the company’s search for a new legal head following the retirement of Tyler Wall earlier this year.

Martin joins from electric vehicle battery-maker Lyten, where he was general counsel. As CLO at Nutanix, he will be responsible for all aspects of its legal department. He brings with him more than two decades of legal leadership roles in B2B technology companies.

San Jose, California-based Nutanix provides cloud computing infrastructure and other related services.

Rajiv Ramaswami, president and CEO at Nutanix, said: “Brian has a wealth of experience in driving the ethical and legal achievement of business objectives. We are proud to welcome him to Nutanix as he will guide trust, transparency and compliance with our employees, customers, partners, investors and regulators.”

Martin spent just under three years at Lyten having previously been GC at IT networking business Juniper Networks for almost six years. Prior to that he spent close to nine years as GC at KLA-Tencor and 11 years as an in-house counsel at Sun Microsystems. Before moving in-house Martin worked in private practice at K&L Gates and Eckert Seamans, where he started his legal career.

Aside from practising law, he also currently lectures in law at Stanford Law School and is a director at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and Family Supportive Housing.

He said: “It is my philosophy that through the delivery of strategic and sensible legal counsel, a legal department will provide a competitive advantage to a company. I am honoured to work with the world-class legal team at Nutanix and look forward to helping drive forward the company’s unrivalled innovation and execution.”

Wall, meantime, announced his retirement in February, having been CLO since 2017. Prior to joining Nutanix he was GC at Red Book Connect and at Brocade before that. He also previously held in-house positions at Chordiant Software and Oracle.

The Nutanix hire comes amid a recent wave of in-house tech hires in the US. Also this week, data analytics software unicorn Sigma appointed Ali Harmer as its first GC, while earlier this month data storage business Seagate hired Jim Lee from Maxar Technologies as CLO, replacing Kate Schuelke who joined Credo Technology Group in January.

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