SAN MATEO, Calif., March 5 — Alpine Data Labs today announced that its board of directors has named Joe Otto as President and CEO. As CEO, Otto will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth, and management of Alpine.
"Joe is an extraordinary leader with a proven track record of achieving strong results," said Tim Guleri, Managing Director of Sierra Ventures and member of Alpine's board of directors. "Alpine's strategic initiatives include driving innovations in Hadoop and data science, driving customer ROI from their analytic and big data investments by using Alpine's products, and building a world-class field organization to take the company's solutions to market. Joe's leadership skills and industry background make him the perfect candidate to successfully drive these initiatives."
Otto brings nearly 30 years of experience to Alpine, including extensive experience building high-performance sales teams and delivering innovative big data solutions to the market. Otto joins Alpine after five years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Services for Greenplum, which was acquired by EMC in 2010. Prior to joining Greenplum, Otto was the Vice President of the Midwest Area for Sun Microsystems, a $1 billion division focused on large enterprises across thirteen states. Previous to that, Otto served as Vice President of Sales for Infolibria Inc., a pioneer in distributed content management rich media infrastructure for service providers, and Synergistics Inc., a leading collaboration software platform for customer relationship management and marketing automation for large enterprises. Early in his career, Joe had significant leadership roles at both Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. At Cisco, Joe was part of the foundation team that established Cisco's Service Provider Business Unit and led telecommunications sales across North America.
"I am thrilled to join the Alpine team," Otto said. "I have seen first hand the tremendous productivity improvements data scientists and business analysts enjoy when working with Alpine's software and big data. I am inspired by the ambitious goal this company has set to be a leader in this next generation of advanced analytics, and I am humbled to be working with such a talented group of people."