CA names Otto Berkes as chief tech officer

Otto Berkes: The former Microsoft and HBO exec will join CA on June 15.

A week after folding in agile developer Rally Software, CA Technologies has hired a familiar name to help run it all.

Otto Berkes, a veteran technology executive at HBO and Microsoft, where he helped launch the firm’s Xbox business, will join CA as chief technology officer on June 15. He will report directly to CEO Mike Gregoire.

As CTO, Berkes will be responsible for honing the company’s strategy for helping big corporate clients master the evolving world of digital services. And there’s plenty of honing to do: Once a lead player in the software used by the world’s largest companies, CA has had to scramble as commerce shifted to the cloud and – even worse – open-source technologies.

If in-house innovation is the answer, Berkes could be a key player in CA’s transition.

But not alone: Gregoire is also recruiting a chief product officer, who will oversee everything from mainframe software to mobile technology.

“This is an incredible time to join CA as it is building some of the strongest products in its history,” Berkes said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get started.”