Cannestra comes to Horizon with over twenty years of progressive sales operations and financial experience with an extensive understanding of the hard drive market. As VP of Business Development, Cannestra will be responsible for all facets of business development for Horizon Technology including the strategic partnerships, channel development and acquisition of new business and sales operations.
“We are excited for this opportunity to bring talent of Michael’s caliber on board,” says Jonathan Gerber, Chief Trading Officer. “With his experience in Sales Operations and Finance, we know he will help drive synergies internally while bringing in many new external opportunities.”
“Horizon is an energetic company willing to do the hard work necessary to drive company goals,” says Cannestra. “Ten years ago, I recognized this when working with Horizon through the selling of Seagate hard drives. Today, I am extremely excited to be joining this team which has not lost any of their forward-thinking spirit.”
Cannestra comes to Horizon Technology from Western Digital as Senior Director of Sales Operations for the Hitachi Global Storage Technologies brand where he consistently exceeded sales forecasts by driving demand to high gross margin products. Prior to WD, Cannestra was the Senior Director of Sales Operation at Seagate where he assisted in the creation of Seagate’s software and SaaS company. Cannestra has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of California,
Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University.