Yahoo veteran joins Go Daddy as new CEO

Infotech Lead America: Go Daddy has appointed Blake Irving as the new CEO.

Yahoo veteran joins Go Daddy as new CEO

Before joining the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates, Irving worked with Microsoft and Yahoo.

Irving will succeed Scott Wagner, a member of KKR who has been serving as interim CEO since July.

Go Daddy Executive Chairman and Founder Bob Parsons said: “Blake Irving’s deep technology experience and his history of developing new cutting-edge products and leading large global teams make him an enormously compelling choice to drive Go Daddy to the next level of its domestic and global growth.”

Go Daddy support nearly 11 million customers — mostly SMB customers in the U.S. and overseas.

Go Daddy said its India customers increased 91 percent in July 2012 compared with July 2011. Since January and through the first seven months of the year, data shows Go Daddy growing new Indian customers by a robust 52 percent. Go Daddy India has set up its customer care facility in Hyderabad, India, which has been in operation since June. A team of local agents, who speak local languages, are now providing Go Daddy’s customer service to Indian customers.

Recently, Go Daddy acquired, a cloud-based financial management application. The acquisition of Outright will assist Go Daddy to offer business management applications in the SME market. Outright provides data-driven and community-enabled business management applications to small business owners. It serves 200,000 customers, mostly small businesses and entrepreneurs.

In addition, the hosting major formed a partnership with DudaMobile to launch mobile Website Builder, a service that automates the integration of Web and mobile sites to save businesses time and expand their customer reach.

“We strive to be the global resource that fuels success for countless entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. As a long time Go Daddy customer, I have seen firsthand an organization that is committed to its customers 24 hours a day and seven days a week and yet there still remains much more we can do to enhance the customer experience,” said Blake Irving.

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