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January 17, 2017

Big Data Career Notes (Jan. 2017)

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!

Raj Verma

Raj Verma has been named the president and chief operating officer of Hortonworks. He joins Hortonworks from TIBCO where he spent the bulk of his career. He joined the company in 2004 and held a number of different executive positions before ultimately becoming chief operating officer in 2016, his final role at TIBCO before joining Hortonworks.

“Today’s modern enterprises must embrace all data as a currency for growth and to fuel innovation,” said Verma. “I believe that Hortonworks’ superior connected data platforms, in conjunction with its open source model, are the future of software development and consumption. It’s a privilege to join the Hortonworks team and I look forward to working with customers to continue to deliver transformational impact to their businesses.”

Guy Churchward

Guy Churchward has been named president and CEO of DataTorrent. He joins the company from Dell EMC where he served as the divisional president of core technologies. Prior to working at Dell EMC, Churchward was the president and CEO of LogLogic, which was acquired by TIBCO. Phu Hoang, DataTorrent’s current CEO and co-founder, will continue to serve on the board of directors. Churchward’s appointment will begin in February.

“I’m sincerely honored to be part of the DataTorrent team,” said Churchward. “It’s rare you get the opportunity to help shape a fundamental market transformation such as the current desire to harness streaming data in real-time. Every enterprise is focused on creating knowledge from data as it’s created — DataTorrent is uniquely poised to deliver that knowledge to its customers. With a world-class technical team and a maniacal customer focus, DataTorrent’s extraordinary value is already evidenced by their ‘blue chip’ customer list.”

Michael Cleveland

phData has appointed Michael Cleveland to the position of chief operating officer, a new position within the company. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic day-to-day operations for the company. Cleveland recently served as the director of strategy and business transformation at BIAS Corporation.

“Cleveland has proven his ability as a leader,” stated Mac Noland, CEO. “His knowledge, experience, and focus on operational excellence will ensure phData continues to be the best in the industry.”

Christian Rodatus

Christian Rodatus has joined Datameer as the company’s new CEO. He joins Datameer from Enlighted where he served as the executive vice president. Rodatus also spent a number of years at both SAP and Teradata in a variety of leadership positions.

“Datameer has been at the forefront of big data analytics since it first entered the market in 2009 and has been pushing the envelope ever since,” said Rodatus. “I am extremely excited to join the team that not only helped define the modern BI market, but that continues to innovate in ways that will fundamentally change the Hadoop analytics space and, ultimately, how businesses operate.”

George Mathew

George Mathew has been named CEO of Kespry, an aerial intelligence platform provider. For the past five years, Mathew served as the president and COO of Alteryx. Prior to Alteryx, Mathew worked at SAP as the GVP and GM of business intelligence.

“Kespry has quickly and methodically carved out a compelling and highly-differentiated position in the industrial drone space,” said Mathew. “By developing a highly-integrated end-to-end solution that provides customers unique aerial insights and analytical models, Kespry is enabling markets such as insurance, aggregates and construction to imagine new uses that were not previously possible.”


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.