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October 16, 2018

Big Data Career Notes: October 2018 Edition

Oliver Peckham

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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!

Mark Anderson

Alteryx, Inc. has announced the appointment of Mark Anderson to its board of directors. Anderson is the president of Palo Alto Networks. “We are excited to welcome Mark to the Alteryx Board of Directors,” said Dean Stoecker, CEO of Alteryx. “As we plan for our next phase of growth, Mark’s strong executive experience scaling companies will be a powerful resource for our company.”

“I am thrilled to join the talented leaders on the Alteryx Board of Directors,” said Anderson. “Alteryx continues to demonstrate a strong growth trajectory—a direct result of the company’s success in disrupting the data science and analytics market. I am excited to work closely with both the Alteryx executives and my fellow board members to help build for the next phase of innovation and growth.”

Scott Aronson

Cloudera has announced the appointment of Scott Aronson as senior vice president of worldwide sales and services. Aronson has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software, including senior roles at Medallia, VMware, Pivotal Software, and Greylock Partners.

“Cloudera has demonstrated strong leadership across its suite of products,” said Aronson. “I look forward to working with the leadership team and the sales and services organization to ensure we are delivering the type of customer experience that will achieve sustained sales growth and market leadership.”

Nick Caldwell

Looker has announced that Nick Caldwell has joined the company as its chief product officer, leading the Engineering and Product Management and Design teams. Caldwell previously served as VP of engineering at Reddit and brings over 15 years of engineering and product management experience to Looker.

“I recognized immediately that Looker had built a new groundbreaking kind of analytics framework – a complete platform that leverages data at scale in unique ways that can benefit businesses of all sizes,” said Caldwell. “The flexible platform offers boundless opportunities to build new data applications and seamlessly deliver data into workflows of virtually any business function. I’m excited to get started and to build upon the great work this team has already delivered.”

Mark Gritter

Tintri by DDN has announced that Mark Gritter, Tintri’s co-founder and architect, has joined the new company’s executive team as CTO. Gritter earned his PhD at Stanford, going on to join Kealia, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. He co-founded Tintri in 2008.

“Tintri products have delivered powerful insight and server virtualization capabilities to enterprises for many years,” said Gritter. “With DDN’s broad market reach, significant financial investments, and synergistic data storage technologies, I’m inspired to lead Tintri by DDN’s engineering innovation into broader data management, analytics and hybrid cloud areas.”

Jane Herriman

Jane Herriman, the director of diversity and outreach for Julia Computing, has joined the NumFOCUS board of directors for the 2018-2019 term. Herriman is a PhD candidate in materials science at Caltech and will be rejoining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Lawrence Graduate Scholar.

Jane Herriman says, “NumFOCUS’s work within scientific computing strengthens the open source infrastructure upon which scientists rely, provides infrastructure and support for open source contributors, and helps build a stronger and more vibrant open source scientific computing community. I am excited to learn more about and help support the many valuable open source scientific computing projects supported by NumFOCUS.”

Jen Underwood

DataRobot has announced the appointment of Jen Underwood to lead the company’s community of citizen data scientists. Prior to joining DataRobot, Underwood founded Impact Analytix and held product management roles at Microsoft. She has also served as a technical lead for global system implementation firms.

“While predictive model automation concepts are not new, the extraordinary approach DataRobot applied to the process with built-in best practices and optimizations, as well as breakthrough support for career-driven analytical talent without data science expertise, is truly unique,” said Jen.


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.

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