Former Oracle, Veritas Executive Resurfaces At eMeter


Former top Symantec and Veritas executive and one-time Oracle heir-apparent Gary Bloom has resurfaced as the CEO of eMeter, a developer of smart grid software for utility companies.

Bloom is the second ex-Veritas executive making a career move this month. Earlier this month, Bloom's former second-in-command, Jeremy Burton, was hired was hired from Veritas as executive vice president and CMO at EMC.

Bloom's career with Symantec was fairly short.

He joined Symantec in mid-2005 as vice chairman and president after Symantec closed its acquisition of storage vendor Veritas, only to leave the company in March of 2006. He was president and CEO of Veritas for more than five years.

Prior to Veritas, Bloom was a 14-year veteran of Oracle, and was often touted as a possible successor to Larry Ellison as chairman and CEO of that company.

Bloom currently is on the Board of Directors of BMC Software and Taleo.

At eMeter, Bloom seems to have stepped away from his traditional role of focusing on the sale of enterprise software and into an emerging market.

San Mateo, Calif.-based eMeter is a developer of software to manage smart grids, which are being implemented by municipal and midsized utilities to monitor and manage their grids to improve efficiency.

The company earlier this week unveiled a new strategic relationship with IBM under which its software will be available preloaded on IBM POWER7 processor-based servers as out-of-the-box appliances for electric, gas, and water utilities customers.