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Citrix Selects Rakesh Narasimhan as Group VP and GM for Desktop Virtualization

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Citrix today announced the appointment of Rakesh Narasimhan as group vice president and general manager. In this role, he will drive strategy for the company’s market-leading desktop and application virtualization business with responsibility for a broad portfolio of products including Citrix XenDesktop® and Citrix XenApp®.

A seasoned tech and business leader, Narasimhan brings more than 25 years of software industry experience to Citrix. Narasimhan spent 15 years at Microsoft serving as general manager for several business lines in the Server and Tools division covering Microsoft Azure, SQLServer, Windows Server, Windows Client, virtualization, storage, data protection and security products. Most recently, he served as president and CEO at InstallFree, a developer of application portability, virtualization and access solutions that delivered Microsoft Office as a subscription-based cloud service to any device. He worked at Oracle in senior roles in the areas of databases, transaction-processing systems and distributed systems.

Narasimhan is most passionate about delivering amazing user experiences to enterprise customers through innovative software, using well-defined architectures. He will leverage the company’s strong leadership in desktop and app virtualization to drive integration across the entire Citrix portfolio. Narasimhan will be based in the Citrix Silicon Valley headquarters.

The appointment of Rakesh Narsimhan brings real industry strength to the Citrix team. Narasimhan has a deep understanding of technical strategy and a wealth of experience leading and transforming large global product teams in high-scale businesses. He is a perfect fit, and I look forward to working with him in what is a key focus area for the company.

– Sudhakar Ramakrishna

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Service Provider Division

Citrix is transforming virtual desktop and app delivery with its industry-leading solutions that can be delivered on-premise or from the cloud. It is an exciting time, and I am honored to join a world-class team that is as passionate as I am for creating innovative solutions that incorporate the entire Citrix portfolio to provide better mobile workforce productivity and success for customers.

– Rakesh Narasimhan

Group VP and GM, Desktops and Apps

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a cloud company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading cloud solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 330,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

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