Rackspace Technology Appoints Srini Koushik as Global Head of New Spin-up - Foundry for Generative AI by Rackspace
June 2023 by Marc Jacob
Rackspace Technology® announced the appointment of Rackspace Technology CTO Srini Koushik as the global head of the company’s new spin-up Foundry for Generative AI by Rackspace (FAIR™.)
In a recent survey by Rackspace of more than 1,400 IT decision-makers, 90 percent of respondents said their cloud modernization efforts are motivated by their desire to leverage AI technologies.
Rackspace Technology has been at the forefront of innovation since its founding in San Antonio in the late 1990s. The company has celebrated a history of industry firsts - as it was one of the first to offer web hosting and deliver a hosted private cloud, to launch OpenStack public cloud in collaboration with NASA. Now, Rackspace is helping customers in their multicloud journey and enabling customer transformation through the rapid adaption of generative AI.
Maletira also praised 35+ year technology industry leader and seasoned visionary Srini Koushik for accepting the role as the global head of FAIR and noted his proven track record of execution.
Koushik has been the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace Technology since 2021 and is responsible for technology strategy and roadmap, thought leadership, information technology, and security. Koushik will retain his CTO responsibilities while leading the FAIR spin-up business.
Before his position at Rackspace Technology, Koushik was General Manager and Managing Partner for Hybrid Cloud Advisory Services at IBM Consulting. He worked closely with CIOs there, shaping their hybrid cloud strategies and fostering innovation. Earlier, he was the CIO & CTO for Magellan Health, where he built an Exponential IT organization that helped the company double its revenue over four years. Koushik was also President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc., a Silicon Valley-based start-up building multi-sided cloud platforms for digital businesses. Earlier in his career, he held C-Level roles at HP, Nationwide Insurance, and IBM.
Koushik has received numerous accolades for his innovative thinking and dynamic leadership. He was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2023 and received the Global Ohio CIO ORBIE®. Koushik has been named an IBM Distinguished Engineer twice and is an inductee into the IBM Academy of Technology. Among his global recognitions include the Sustainable IT Social Impact award (2023), Computerworld Premier 100 Leader (2014), an Elite 8 CIO (2002), and Infoworld’s Top 25 CTOs (2004). Koushik also serves on the advisory boards for GmbH, SustainableIT.org, Platform9, and Clarigent Health.