Dropbox for Business has received its share of criticism for not understanding the enterprise, but the critics might have to turn it down a notch now. That’s because former senior director of product management at VMWare, Rob Baesman, who spent almost a decade with the company, is now leading the charge at the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) provider.
Ilya Fushman, whom Baesman replaces, has flown the coup to become a general partner at Index Ventures, which is an investor in Dropbox. It goes almost without saying that Fushman will be an advisor to his former employer which is now valued at $10 billion.
David Patterson, a spokesperson for Dropbox, tells us that a transition has been in the works for a while. He says that Baesman and Fushman had been working closely together for a year to leverage Dropbox’s leadership in the consumer file-sharing space and to bring it into the workplace.
During that time period some major milestones have been crossed, including winning over 100,000 businesses as customers, pairing with Microsoft as a default for document storage in the cloud, adding features such as Project Harmony which makes collaboration on files seamless, setting the level for privacy by adopting standards such as ISO 27018 and much more.
It’s interesting to note that Baesman, as the leader for Dropbox for Business, will be competing directly with colleagues from his past. There’s Jay Tomlin, who is the Principal Product Manager, ShareFile Enterprise (who wrote him a LinkedIn recommendation) and the team that runs EFSS at VMware which acquired Airwatch in 2014.
We requested an interview with Baesman but were denied at this time. Dropbox promised to provide one as soon as Baesman transitions a bit further.