7 controversial stories that shook the UK IT channel in 2022

Doug Woodburn
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2) Kaseya CEO's expletive-ridden town hall meeting

What happened?

Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola held a two-hour Town Hall meeting at Datto's HQ in July to welcome the acquired company's staff to the fold. Kaseya closed its acquisition of its fellow MSP tools vendor the previous month for $6.2bn.

Why was it controversial?

Let's just say it was fortunate for Voccola that there was no swear jar in the room, with the unvarnished CEO repeatedly insisting throughout the session that he was "not being a d**k".

Unfortunately for Kaseya, the meeting cemented concerns that Datto's culture - which Kaseya had vowed to keep - was vanishing overnight.

"After the town hall, and the first few days here [at Kaseya], myself and everyone on my team have applied for multiple jobs," one incoming Datto worker who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal told CRN.

"[Voccola] seems completely out of touch with anything going on around him. He was more like a showman than someone who cares about how things are being handled," the employee added.

To make matters worse, Datto founder Austin McChord took to GitHub the next day to blast Kaseya, saying the integration of the two companies so far was like watching a football team you love have its "legs broken" by the new owners. Kaseya responded by accusing McChord of spreading "false information".

Voccola opened up on his leadership style in an interview with CRN after the infamous, expletive-laden event.

Controversy rating: 9/10

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