Rancher Government taps Jose Simonelli as professional services leader

On June 4, Rancher Government, provider of secure, certified Kubernetes and container management solutions to the U.S. government, announced the appointment of seasoned government IT executive Jose Simonelli as the new head of professional services and customer experience.

Simonelli joins Rancher Government during a period of significant growth for the company as government customers are increasingly looking to Rancher to help them modernize their legacy IT infrastructures to break free from expensive, proprietary vertical stacks that limit innovation and transition to more modern, interoperable, open source, container and Kubernetes technologies.

Simonelli is a proven technology leader with extensive experience in team building across ecosystem partners and government customers. Throughout his career, Simonelli has been responsible for overseeing the delivery of professional services, ensuring customer success, and driving strategic initiatives in the public sector.

He previously held the position of head of public sector enterprise success at UiPath, Inc., where he led teams of technical account managers, automation program advisors, and client delivery leads. His innovative leadership resulted in significant year-over-year growth and enhanced customer satisfaction.

He partnered closely with product owners to influence the product engineering team, ensuring FIPS 140-2 compliance within the Automation Suite product, enhancing its appeal to highly secure government clients. This allowed for the product to be widely adopted across the DoD and Civilian agencies.

Before UiPath, Simonelli spent 10 years at Red Hat, where he worked his way up to lead highly strategic technical teams within the public sector. He developed strategies to optimize pre-sales operations, led cross-functional collaboration, and provided direction to high-performing teams, driving significant revenue growth.

“We are firmly committed to providing the highest level of service and support to our government clients, and the addition of Jose to our leadership team underscores this commitment,” said Paul Smith, president and CEO of Rancher Government. “Jose’s proven track record in driving customer success and his deep understanding of the public sector make him the perfect fit for this role.”

“I am enthusiastic about joining the team at Rancher Government and combining my experience with the incredible talent here to drive success for our federal customers,” Simonelli said. “My commitment to developing highly technical teams, alongside Rancher’s innovative capabilities, will forge the continued success that our customers seek within their environments.”

Source: Rancher Government

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