Citrix announces CEO Mark Templeton will actually NOT retire, plans to stay a few more years

Yesterday Citrix announced that CEO Mark Templeton is not going to retire this year after all, instead making a "multi-year commitment." This is a surprise because a few months ago they officially announced that he'd retire by the end of the year, so this is a definite surprise.

Yesterday Citrix announced that CEO Mark Templeton is not going to retire this year after all, instead making a "multi-year commitment." This is a surprise because a few months ago they officially announced that he'd retire by the end of the year, so this is a definite surprise.

Templeton staying on ends the speculation of who would replace him as CEO. His successor was one of the top questions people have been asking, as well as a source of conversation over drinks at all the industry gatherings. (Names ranged from Meg Whitman to Bob Muglia to AppDetective.)

We don't know why Templeton is staying on. Some have speculated on Twitter that maybe the role is too big to fill, while others responded, "meh, if Microsoft can do it, than so can Citrix."

Templeton is generally liked and has been CEO for 14 years, and he was at the helm as Citrix grew from $400m in annual revenue to $3B today.

This isn't the first time Citrix's search committee gave up and went with Templeton. He joined the company in the nineties and was VP of Sales before becoming interim CEO while the company looked for a permanent CEO. At some point during their search, they must've said, "Hey! How about if you just stay on as our permanent chief?" (Or actually, for all we know, it would have been the other way around, with Mark saying, "Guys, I think I found the CEO—me!"

Personally I like the guy so I'm glad to see him stay on. The only awkward thing is that at Synergy this past May, everyone knew that Mark was leaving and it was very emotional. He got choked up talking to the CTPs, during the keynote, during the interviews. It was all bittersweet. And now next year we're all going to meet again and think, "Oh, sooo... yeah. Hi." (It's like when you run into a friend on the street corner and catch up and then say, 'ok, nice to see you, I have to go,' and then it turns out that you're both walking in the same direction.

On the bright side, any other Citrix execs who were worried that a new CEO would bring in his or her own executive team to replace them can breathe a sigh of relief.

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I'm sure there are a number of factors on why Mark would return, but three stand out for me: 1) Synergy 2014's overall lack of vision (coupled with Steve Daheb's less-than-stellar performance); 2) Citrix's misguided obsession with MDM/MAM, much to the detriment of its core products; and 3) Growing unrest among resellers over Citrix's attempts to marginalize the channel.


If anyone can fix Citrix and re-energize the channel, it's Mark Templeton.


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Maybe just me but that fact he changed his mind reinforces the perception that Citrix as a company has lost its sense of direction.


VMware smells the blood in the water.  I would holster up my guns before it comes back for another attack.


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I was hoping Stephen Fry might be interested in the role. At least he shows a real appetite for technology and could be an eloquent and probing foil for Brad's excellent demos. I read his biography recently and he ran the May Ball society at Cambridge University....so eminently qualified :-)


Seeing Daheb and Courage in a huddle with Brad at Synergy without any sense of excitement or apparent understanding of what Citrix really stand for almost made me cry!!


Really glad Mark is back and hope we see the passion and belief from days of yore.  Some of his keynotes at iForum Edinburgh were high points of my IT career.  We need to see that kind of enthusiasm again. Kick out all the miserable new $$$$ minded senior management types....sack the Marketing idiots who just want to keep changing product names and get back to the core values of Citrix that seemed to die when iForum died 3-4 years ago.


Let's see some real new innovation, not just acquisition fed boredom.  I always liked the idea of being able to migrate individual sessions between XenApp hosts....almost impossible but this is the type of vision that used to make any new product launch from Citrix an exciting event.


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Sign that they could not find anybody that want to drive this wagon...


He's back to sale the company and then retire...


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Fire the board for not planning for this years ago.


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