During his 19 years at Sun, Cook rose to the level of vice president in charge of U.S. sales. A recent restructuring at the company had moved Cook out of that position and also shuffled his former boss,, into a new role. The restructuring put at the head of North American sales. Youngjohns now leads Callidus Software.
At Penguin Computing, Cook is now vice president of sales and service. "I decided it was a good time to re-examine what I was looking to do and what I had the most fun doing," he said. "I came across the opportunity at Penguin Computing, which is in some ways similar to what Sun was 19 years ago when I joined"--a start-up with fast growth and lots of potential.
San Francisco-based Penguin also has hired Frank Mattson as chief financial officer. Mattson previously was CFO and later president of Scientific Learning, when that company held its initial public offering.
Penguin Computing also hired Clark Roundy, formerly vice of international operations at rival Linux Networx, to become vice president of cluster products.
Cook said his top priority is improving Penguin's visibility. "The biggest challenge we face is awareness of our capability. We have the chance to be the standard cluster company for the Linux world and the enterprise if we do this right," Cook said.
In the future, Penguin's goal is to retool the Scyld software so it makes a flexible foundation for mainstream business software, not just for calculation tasks.