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December 15, 2016

Big Data Career Notes (Dec. 2016)

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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!

Ken Tacelli 

Datawatch has promoted Ken Tacelli to the position of COO. In this role, Tacelli will oversee global sales and marketing for the company. He was recently Datawatch’s SVP of worldwide sales, a position he held since joining the company in May of this year. Prior to his successful business career, Tacelli was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

“Datawatch redefined data preparation with the Monarch self-service platform, which empowers any data user with the ability to unlock information from virtually any source and rapidly make it analytics-ready,” said Tacelli. “And Datawatch is once again leading the industry with its vision for data socialization. The company’s innovative technology and superior customer service make it the ideal answer to nagging data preparation challenges. I look forward to applying my experience at high-performing sales organizations to help Datawatch further identify and capitalize on its unique market opportunity, boost global product adoption, and drive revenue growth in 2017 and for years to come.”

Derek Tan

Derek Tan, the founding engineer for Amazon Redshift, has joined MemSQL as the director of engineering for the cloud strategy and development team. Over the course of his career, Tan spent a number of years at Microsoft, most recently as the principal group software engineering manager. During his time at Amazon, he was the senior manager of software development.

“I’ve enjoyed working at the intersection of cloud computing and big data, and that’s exactly what joining MemSQL allows me to do. The company has always pushed the limits of database technology,” said Tan. “With the introduction of MemSQL Cloud, we’re opening up new and interesting opportunities for businesses needing real-time data ingest and analytics in the cloud.”

Michele Haddad 

Michele Haddad, TIBCO’s SVP of global human resources, has been honored with the Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding performances in the workplace. Haddad has been with TIBCO since 1998 and has held a variety of different leadership positions within the company. More information about the award can be found here.

“Michele’s leadership ensures that TIBCO’s culture contributes to our success. She is business savvy and people smart, and I’m proud that she’s being recognized for her contributions,” said Murray Rode, CEO, TIBCO. “Michele has established many innovative HR programs at TIBCO, such as the TIBCO Women’s Network, while ensuring our global workforce adapts and responds to the growing opportunities in front of us.”

Bill Richter

Bill Richter has been named CEO of Qumulo. Prior to his appointment, Richter was a partner at Madrona Venture Group. He spent a few years at EMC where he most recently served as the president of the Isilon Storage Division. Prior to EMC’s acquisition of Isilon, Richter served as Isilon’s CFO.

“Qumulo is a special company, and the team has done a tremendous job building world-class products,” said Richter. “Customers have been begging for a new approach in a market dominated by legacy vendors and a scarcity of innovation for many years. Delivering what customers want for the modern era of software-centric, cloud extensible enterprise data storage and management, Qumulo was quickly recognized for its disruption. With the team in place, there is no limit to Qumulo’s opportunity ahead.”

Greg Henry 

Couchbase has hired Greg Henry as the company’s new senior vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Couchbase, Henry was the senior vice president of finance at ServiceNow. He also spent a large portion of his career at GE Healthcare where he most recently served as the CFO of Healthcare IT.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the team that will guide and grow Couchbase as it strengthens its leadership position in the Digital Economy,” said Henry. “Couchbase is in a period of significant global growth as an increasing number of the world’s largest enterprises are relying on Couchbase’s technology for their success. I am looking forward to continuing this great momentum and leading new opportunities for the company.”

Brian Goldfarb 

Brian Goldfarb has been named CMO of Splunk. In this role he will oversee the company’s global marketing strategy. Goldfarb joins Splunk from Salesforce where he served as the senior vice president of App Cloud Marketing. Prior to Salesforce, Goldfarb spent a few years at Google as the head of marketing for Google’s cloud platform.

“Splunk is squarely positioned as the leader in helping organizations create valuable business insights from data and is required technology for any data-driven strategy,” said Goldfarb. “Machine-generated big data is the secret for success in IT, security and business operations, and as more and more companies look to the cloud for their data solution, Splunk will continue to grow in importance. I am excited to join the company to help drive growth and to lead a terrific global marketing team.”

Jim Kowalski

Jim Kowalski has joined MapR as chief revenue officer. He joins MapR from Marketo where he most recently served as the senior vice president and general manager of the enterprise business unit. He also spent a number of years in different leadership positions at Oracle.

“MapR has architected a big data software platform like no other on the market,” said Kowalski. “This differentiation is a true game changer that’s proven to help MapR customers achieve unprecedented levels of performance and returns. I look forward to the tremendous opportunities ahead.”

Mike Gustafson

Mike Gustafson has been added to Reltio’s board of directors. Gustafson recently served as the senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital’s Flash Platforms business. In addition to his new appointment, he also serves on the board at Druva and is the executive chairman of ClearDB’s board of directors.

“Reltio has created a revolutionary platform that is changing the way companies manage and use data,” said Gustafson. “Having been around technologies that capture, store and deliver data for over 25 years, I knew instantly that Reltio had something special, and I wanted to be a part of it. My enthusiasm for the company was further magnified by the passion and drive I’ve witnessed from the Reltio team.”

Richard Campione

Richard Campione has joined Splunk as chief product officer where he will direct the company’s product strategy and engineering. Campione was recently the president and CEO of Findly and currently serves on a number of different boards.

“Splunk is helping thousands of organizations achieve digital transformation and is a critical technology for businesses that want to drive real value from data,” Campione said. “I have admired Splunk for many years. The company’s product and engineering teams are recognized leaders in making machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. I am excited to drive product strategy and execution during Splunk’s next phase of growth and to help further product and cloud innovation, market growth and customer success.”

Peter Bierfeldt

Peter Bierfeldt has joined Reltio as chief information security officer. He has over 20 years of industry experience and joins Reltio from Yard 3 Technologies where he lead the Master Data Management, Security, Validation and Compliance Practice.

“The HITRUST CSF gives Reltio an excellent framework for structuring our information security program,” said Bierfeldt. “It improves our already strong security policies and procedures, as we continue to meet the most stringent healthcare data management requirements such as HIPAA and HITECH.”


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