Former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, has joined the board of San Francisco based cloud storage startup Dropbox.
Condoleezza Rice is a famous figure, known in almost equal parts for her ferocious intelligence, and controversial role in the Bush administration, which included comments on alleged weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein was thought at the time to possess.
Aside the news of th appointment of Condoleezza, The company debuted Carousel, a photo storage and sharing service, along with the release of its Dropbox for Business offering to the general public, and an Android client for its Mailbox email solution.
BusinessWeek initially reported the board pickup in a longer piece on the company. According to the magazine, Rice’s firm RiceHadleyGates has been an active advisor to Dropbox. TechCrunch confirmed the hire.
What’s interesting about bringing Rice onto Dropbox’s board is how normal it feels. Dropbox needs people with international experience to help it at once deal with foreign governments that have blocked its use — China, for example — and as it works to spread a product developed in one country to others that are culturally different.
Rice certainly posses that expertise. Box, a rival to Dropbox, has also made a recent push to expand internationally. In a market as competitive as this, you can’t afford to not be everywhere.