Thomas, who holds the title of vice president of storage at Dell, worked at Compaq for more than a decade and held positions in its storage group, Dell spokesman Bruce Anderson said. More recently, he founded Zambeel, a storage company that has since shut down, he added.
Thomas will report to John Medica and Jeff Clarke, who head up Dell's product groups. Russ Holt, the former chief of Dell's storage group, will become co-vice president of enterprise engineering, a group that oversees the design of storage systems and servers.
In the quarter that ended Aug. 1, Dell reported net earnings of $621 million, or 24 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter was $9.8 billion, a figure Dell said was its best to date. During the same period a year ago, Dell reported earnings of $501 million, or 19 cents per share, on revenue of $8.5 billion.