Mountain View based computer software specialist Veritas Technologies has appointed John Abel  as senior vice president and chief information officer, reporting to the firm’s CEO Greg Hughes.

Veritas tipped Abel as an “accomplished technology executive with more than 25 years of experience enabling growth and driving business value at global organizations, utilizing key cloud technologies.”

He replaces Todd Hauschildt, who is retiring from the company.

“John’s experience in the industry coupled with his strength for business partnership and building high performing teams makes him an ideal choice to drive our information technology strategy,” said Hughes.

Abel joins Veritas from Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider targeting the mortgage finance industry, where he also served as SVP and CIO.

Prior to that, Abel spent eight years at Hitachi Data Systems as SVP of Information Technology, where he consolidated multiple enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) and led a transformational customer relationship management (CRM) strategy, which enabled significant growth in the company.

Before joining Hitachi Data Systems, Abel held an IT leadership role at Symantec shortly after it had acquired Veritas. Earlier in his career, he served at JDSU and KPMG Consulting, managing global clients in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.