Former Uber data center head Dean Nelson will be stepping in as interim CEO for Virtual Power Systems, replacing Steve Houck.

The software-defined power company also announced industry Peter Gross will succeed William Clough as chairman of the board. Clough will remain as vice chairman.

Dean Nelson and Peter Gross – Virtual Power Systems


Nelson was responsible for building and operating Uber’s entire computing infrastructure, before leaving in mid-2019. Before Uber, Nelson worked at eBay, overseeing the online auction site's data center strategy for six and a half years.

In April 2016, Nelson established Infrastructure Masons, an industry body to promote networking in the data center sector.

"There's a data tsunami coming as the next two billion people come online and global users continue to generate and consume more data with the advent of 5G," Nelson said in a statement on VPS's website.

"This will trigger unprecedented global data center growth. Now is the time to implement software-defined power as data center efficiency will be at a premium and a defining factor in the success or failure of an operation.”

New chairman

Peter Gross most recently led the Mission Critical Systems group at Bloom Energy, a manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells for mission critical markets, including data centers.

Gross praised Nelson saying: "Dean is a visionary with an outstanding track record in growing companies and driving industry-leading innovations.

“I'm pleased to continue William Clough's excellent work as Chairman and support Dean and his team to advance VPS's success."