Dropbox promotes former Google engineer to infrastructure lead

Akhil Gupta DropboxDropbox has promoted one of its lead engineers, Akhil Gupta, to vice president of infrastructure, the latest in a series of executive shakeups at the firm.

Gupta has been with Dropbox for the past three years and has helped the company develop its infrastructure strategy. As vice president of infrastructure he will continue to oversee physical and technical infrastructure operations and security, and lead the company’s datacentre scale-out globally.

Before joining Dropbox Gupta spent seven years with Google, managing the search giant’s advertising technical infrastructure.

The infrastructure appointment comes amidst a broader executive shakeup at the cloud storage firm.

Last month the company hired Thomas Hansen, who most recently served as worldwide vice president of small and medium business at Microsoft where he led SME sales globally, to the newly created role of global vice president of sales & channel. It also hired former Twitter product management specialist Todd Jackson as Dropbox’s first vice president of product.

With the new hires Dropbox is looking to bolster its position in the enterprise, the quickest way to gaining seats, against rivals like Box, which heavily targets niche verticals and large traditional organisations as well as startups and smaller firms. Dropbox claims to have over 100,000 business and 400 million users on its platform while Box maintain it has closer to 44,000 organisations as customers.