As Rackspace's chief executive officer, Joe Eazor is responsible for the company's global strategy and operations – spanning the U.S. and the three other continents where Rackspace maintains offices and data centers.
Joe is one of the most seasoned and effective CEOs in the technology industry, having spent more than 25 years as a technology executive with deep experience running everything from startups to huge divisions of global enterprises. His roles gave him leadership experience across strategy, customer support, product development, global sales and marketing, and mergers and acquisitions. He also knows international operations from his work in China and Singapore. He is an inspiring leader with a strong track record of delivering value to customers, employees and investors.
Prior to joining Rackspace in the summer of 2017, Joe served as CEO of EarthLink, a pioneer of dial-up internet service that he led into profitable new areas of cloud networking. While at EarthLink, Joe transformed its strategy, investing in profitable new products and exceptional customer service. He doubled free cash flow, sharply lifted employee culture scores and achieved a 79 percent CEO approval rating on Glassdoor. In 2016, Forbes named EarthLink one of the 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Joe led the sale of the company to Windstream for $1.1 billion. With that transaction, he delivered significant returns to shareholders during his three years as CEO.
Before leading EarthLink, Joe served as a top executive at EMC, HP and EDS. After HP’s acquisition of EDS, Joe was responsible for integrating that $22 billion business into its new parent. Prior to the acquisition by HP, he led EDS’s Asia Pacific business and offshoring operations while living in Shanghai, China.
Earlier in his career, Joe served as director and senior partner at McKinsey & Company and vice president / partner and board member at A.T. Kearney. He gained experience working with private equity investors as CEO of an Internet portal services startup called Springbow Solutions. He also currently serves on the board of Discover Financial Services.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.