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July 16, 2020

Big Data Career Notes: July 2020 Edition

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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!

Aileen Black and Stuart Wilson

Collibra appointed Aileen Black and Stuart Wilson to the newly-created role of senior vice president of public sector and chief revenue officer, respectively. Black joins Collibra from Google, where she is credited with building and expanding Google’s public sector. Before Google, she grew her team from four to over 300 at VMware and helped the company’s revenue grow from $8 million to $500 million.

Stuart comes from Alteryx, where he was responsible for the regional sales team and helped the company’s EMEA sales engine to $100 million in ARR and through an IPO. Before Alteryx, Stuart created and managed an EMEA sales team at Proofpoint. He also managed the UK enterprise division at Sophos.

Anthony Deighton

Tamr, Inc. selected Anthony Deighton for the role of chief product officer. Deighton has held leadership roles at Qlik and, most recently, at Celonis. He has built over a 15-year career and will be responsible for leading Tamr’s product strategy. At Qlik, he led the efforts of building Qlik Sense Cloud.

“Data unification is essential for enterprises to maximize the information value they’re getting from their data, leading to better business decisions from smarter analytic and operational insights,” said Deighton. “Tamr represents a massive opportunity to become the leading data management solution that enables enterprises to effectively use data in a way that impacts the bottom line by making better decisions with perfect data. I’m excited to join this highly dedicated and world-class team and accelerate Tamr’s leadership role in the market.”

Luca Grulla

Luca Grulla was promoted to chief technology officer at Signal AI. Grulla started his career at the company in 2016 under the role of vice president of engineering. He brings 20 years of experience leading technology organizations and products. Before Signal AI, he managed tech teams at

“I am thrilled with the appointment and look forward to helping lead Signal AI into the next phase of growth and technological development,” Grulla said.

Gajen Kandiah

Gajen Kandiah joins Hitachi Vantara as the new chief executive officer. Kandiah replaces CEO and Chairman of the Board Toshiaki Tokunaga, who will transition all his responsibilities to Kandiah and will remain as chairman after October 2020. Kandiah spent 15 years at Cognizant, helping the company grown from $368 million to over $16 billion in annual revenues.

“Hitachi is a market leader at the intersection of innovative industrial solutions and IT services, and it is a brand trusted worldwide to deliver business, environmental and social benefits,” said Kandiah. “These attributes give Hitachi Vantara an incredible set of advantages that I believe the company and its cloud and strategic go-to-market partners are only just beginning to realize. The opportunity to lead Hitachi Vantara is a thrilling one. I am confident that if we align our broad portfolio of data storage, analytics, industry-specific solutions and IT services behind a singular vision to delight our clients, we will become a true digital leader.”

Raman Kapur

Raman Kapur joins as its chief financial officer. Kapur has a 20-year career in corporate finance and will manage the company’s financial operations and strategy. Before, Kapur held leadership roles at Moogsoft and Splunk.

“Backing up business decisions with data and analysis has been a cornerstone of my career, and I’m thrilled to join, whose revolutionary platforms are helping companies use AI to drive business value,” said Kapur. “I’m honored to join such a high caliber team and look forward to adding my experience and contributing to the company’s continued growth and success.”

Eugene Lao

Reltio announced that Eugene Lao will take the role of general counsel. Lao currently leads Reltio’s legal division and is credited with streamlining legal processes within the company. Lao is a senior attorney and brings over 20 years of experience providing counsel to tech companies such as DocuSign, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

“I’m truly excited to be at Reltio because I’ve had a fantastic opportunity to build and scale our legal function,” said Lao. “I also get to work with a world-class team of people helping our Global 2000 customers transform their businesses so they can thrive in the experience economy with a cloud-native responsive data management platform.”

George Mogannam

SnapLogic appointed George Mogannam as chief revenue officer. Mogannam’s responsibilities include: managing the company’s field organization, overseeing sales, sales engineering, professional services, customer success, and partnerships. Mogannam has held leadership positions at BlueJeans Network, Actiance, Avid Technology, Crossbeam Systems, and IBM.

“This is an exciting time to be joining SnapLogic,” said Mogannam. “The company brings its proven technology leadership, strategic partnerships, and track record of customer success to the fast-growing enterprise automation market. All the pieces are in place, and I look forward to working with the team to get SnapLogic’s leading platform into the hands of more and more customers around the world.”

Mark Porter

MongoDB, Inc. tapped Mark Porter as chief technology officer. As CTO, he will be responsible for driving the company’s technology mission. Porter is currently serving on the board of directors and will step down to serve as CTO. Before MongoDB, Porter was CTO at Grab, Core Technology and Transport.

“I saw the mainstreaming of the relational database and have been watching how modern companies consume technology throughout my career,” said Porter. “Companies need to develop applications faster and easier and MongoDB is the database that developers most want to use. MongoDB’s document model and flexibility are vital for building modern, mission-critical applications. Instead of scaling their understanding of multiple interfaces, developers can unlock the true value of data through MongoDB’s unified platform.”

Nate Stewart

Cockroach Labs appointed Nate Stewart to its board of directors. Stewart currently holds the position of chief product officer at Cockroach Labs. Stewart will support Cockroach Labs’ mission to develop the perfect database for the cloud.  Stewart started at Cockroach Labs in May 2017 under the role of head of product.

“Customer expectations are rising, data volumes are exploding, and new markets will continue to reward speed. In this environment, developers need a flexible data platform that will enable their plans rather than encumber them,” said Stewart. “We’ve built CockroachDB from the ground up to take full advantage of the nearly unlimited resources available in the cloud. Over the last few years, we’ve helped startups and enterprises build resilient, scalable, and low-latency applications that were too difficult or too expensive to tackle with legacy relational databases. I’m honored to join the board and help continue that effort in my expanded role.

Jordan Tigani

MemSQL tapped former director of product management for Google BigQuery, Jordan Tigani, for the role of chief product officer. Tigani takes over for the company’s engineering and product teams to scale operations and expand its cloud products.

“MemSQL offers me a great opportunity to use both sides of my brain,” said Tigani. “Having been a product manager, an engineering manager, and an engineer, this role fits my background extremely well. MemSQL has enormous potential. It reminded me of BigQuery a few years ago – stellar technology, just needing a bit of polish and focus before taking off into the stratosphere. I’m excited to be a part of that journey.”

To read last month’s edition of Career Notes, click here.

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.