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September 15, 2016

Big Data Career Notes (Sept. 2016)

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!

Matt Mills

matt-mills-maprMatt Mills has been appointed CEO of MapR Technologies. He previously served as president and COO of the company. John Schroeder, MapR founder and previous CEO, will now take over as executive chairman of the board. Mills joined MapR in 2015 after spending over 20 years at Oracle.

“I am honored that John and the Board have entrusted me with this incredible opportunity. MapR delivers the one technology platform that companies can rely on to bridge legacy systems with next generation applications, enabling real business transformation,” said Mills. “MapR is bringing an end to the compromises companies have traditionally made with technology, by delivering the most advanced solutions at a lower cost. With industry leading solutions and a differentiated, proven business model, MapR is well placed for continued growth.”

Jean English

jean-englishJean English has been named CMO of NetApp. English spent 17 years at IBM where she most recently served as the vice president of global marketing, IBM Cloud. Prior to that she was the CMO of IBM Asia Pacific.

“I am thrilled to join NetApp at such a pivotal time for demonstrating how NetApp’s strategic vision and solutions are helping clients harness their digital transformations,” said English. “I look forward to driving the NetApp brand and meaningful customer engagement that contributes to the success of NetApp and our clients.”

Adam Selipsky

adam-selipskyTableau has appointed Adam Selipsky as the company’s new CEO and president, effective September 16. He will join Tableau from Amazon Web Services where he currently serves as vice president of marketing, sales & support for AWS. Tableau co-founder and current CEO, Christian Chabot, will continue to operate as chairman of the board of directors.

“I’m incredibly excited to join the Tableau team,” said Selipsky. “Tableau has that rare combination of a passionate customer base, leading products, amazingly talented people, dedication to technology innovation, and momentum in the market. The company is positioned to become the new world standard in analytics. I’m honored to join the leadership team and all the great people that have fueled Tableau’s disruption of business analytics. As we add capabilities for our customers, deepen our enterprise presence, and expand into the cloud, our mission remains unchanged – to help people see and understand their data.”

Herb Cunitz

herb-cunitzHerb Cunitz has joined DataRPM’s board of directors. He recently served as the president of Hortonworks and before that spent three years at VMware as the VP of global field operations.

“Herb is a fantastic addition as an independent Member to our Board,” said Sundeep Sanghavi, DataRPM co-founder and CEO. “Industry 4.0, aka Industrial IoT, is already enabling the unprecedented collection and comprehensive evaluation of ALL data from connected things in the manufacturing industry. It’s time for this data to deliver real value. Herb’s deep breadth of experience in the Big Data space and Industrial IoT along with an exemplary track record in building high-growth teams will be instrumental in the new phase of hyper-growth that DataRPM is experiencing.”

Mark de Visser 

mark-de-visserSplice Machine has appointed Mark de Visser as vice president of marketing. He has over 25 years of experience in enterprise technology marketing. Some of his past positions include VP of sales and marketing at iText Software, CMO at Akiban Technologies, CEO at Sonatype, and VP of marketing at Red Hat, to name a few.

“I am very excited to join Splice Machine,” said de Visser. “The explosive growth of the amounts of data that companies are required to process is accompanied by a need to process transactions on that data in real time. Splice Machine offers great value at this intersection and I look forward to working with the team to evangelize its approach to the open source community and to help expand its commercial use.”

Fredy Cheung 

fredy-cheungFredy Cheung has joined NetApp as the area vice president of Greater China. Before accepting this new position he was the CEO of Capital Online Data Service. From 1999 to 2015 he held a number of different positions at Cisco Systems, the most recent being Corporate Vice President, Greater China.

“I am deeply honored to join NetApp’s impressive management team in Asia and to be entrusted with continuing the great work they have achieved,” said Cheung. “Greater China will continue to be a major driver of global economic growth and its technology industry will undoubtedly play an immense role in the country’s relentless journey toward digital transformation.”

Gary Green and Mike Guerchon



Puppet has hired Gary Green as the senior vice president of worldwide sales. He joins Puppet from VMware where he served as vice president of worldwide sales for the network and security business unit. Prior to joining VMware in 2002, Green was the vice president of global strategic sales for Synopsys.

Mike Guerchon has also joined Puppet as the company’s new chief people officer. He held the same position at Okta and also spent close to ten years with Riverbed Technolgy, most recently serving as chief human resources officer and senior vice president of employee services.



“Puppet is growing fast, expanding across the globe, and pushing hard to enable every organization to adopt the transformative innovations that can make technology a competitive advantage,” said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet. “As we accelerate our growth with Gary leading our sales organization and Mike leading our people organization, we have the leadership in place to ensure that we not only grow fast, but do so while maintaining our great culture. I’m proud of where we are today, but even more excited for what’s coming.”


Do you know someone that should be included in next month’s list? If so, send us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.