GoDaddy CTO Elissa Murphy Resigns to Join Google

CEO Irving says she was "instrumental" in GoDaddy's evolution

Nicole Henderson, Contributor

April 18, 2016

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GoDaddy CTO Elissa Murphy Resigns to Join Google
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 01: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the website hosting service GoDaddy makes its initial public offering (IPO) on April 1, 2015 in New York City. GoDaddy, which manages about a fifth of the world’s Internet domains will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ‘GDDY’ and priced its IPO at $20 Tuesday night. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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GoDaddy chief technology officer and executive vice president of its cloud division Elissa Murphy resigned last week to join Google.

According to a regulatory filing by GoDaddy, Murphy’s resignation is effective on May 17, 2016.

GoDaddy told Fortune that GoDaddy CIO and infrastructure officer Arne Josefsberg will take over Murphy’s position. Josefsberg joined the company in 2014 after serving as enterprise cloud company ServiceNow and, prior to that, a 26-year career with Microsoft.

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving told Fortune that Murphy was “instrumental in the evolution of the company, and while we will miss her greatly, we wish her the very best as she takes on a new and exciting challenge at Google.”

Read more: GoDaddy Launches Cloud Servers and Bitnami-Powered Cloud Apps Worldwide

Irving worked with Murphy at Microsoft and Yahoo, where she was the VP of engineering. Murphy joined GoDaddy as Irving had committed to changing to face of GoDaddy, including dropping sexist ads. According to a report by Wired, now GoDaddy has more women in technical and engineering jobs than at places like Google and Facebook. Murphy was instrumental in setting up GoDaddy’s partnership with the Anita Borg Institute.

With Murphy, GoDaddy updated its online infrastructure, including building atop software tools like OpenStack, Hadoop and Spark. While some wonder whether GoDaddy will be able to keep up the momentum it has built on overhauling its technology with Murphy, the company will continue to roll out new services in support of cloud. For example, on Monday , GoDaddy said it is building on its existing partnership with Microsoft and is now offering GoDaddy domains and SSL certificates through the Microsoft Azure App Service platform.

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Nicole Henderson

Contributor, IT Pro Today

Nicole Henderson covers daily cloud news and features online for ITPro Today. Prior to ITPro Today, she was editor at Talkin' Cloud (now Channel Futures) and the WHIR. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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