Big Data Career Notes: December 2020 Edition
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!
Alteryx Inc., an analytic process automation solutions provider, announced that its co-founder and former chief customer officer, Libby Duane Adams, will take on the chief advocacy officer’s role. She will focus on strengthening upskilling efforts for customers to enable a culture of analytics. She will also focus on scaling Alteryx’s presence in academia, including diversity and inclusion in the technology space.
“When Dean, Ned and I founded the company in 1997, we knew it would always be grounded in three things: Customer success, innovation and positive impact on our world through data and analytics.” said Adams.
Hazelcast, an open source in-memory computing platform provider, appointed David Brimley, Gregg Holzrichter, and Dave Salverson as its chief product officer, chief marketing officer, and chief financial officer, respectively. Brimley has transitioned from his former role as a Hazelcast consultant, where he advised the company’s product management function for three years prior to his hiring and promotion to CPO.
Salverson has held leadership roles at Ruckus Networks, Brocade, and Adobe. He comes from Shape Security, a company acquired by F5 Networks for $1 billion. Holzrichter has also held leadership positions at VMware, Virsto, Big Switch Networks, and Aporeto.
Marc Brown joined the board of directors at Tamr Inc., a cloud-native data mastering platform provider. Brown currently holds the role of partner and head of EQT Growth. Before joining EQT, Brown spent 20 years leading Microsoft’s M&A and strategic investment efforts as corporate vice president of corporate development.
“I’m delighted to join Tamr’s Board at this exciting moment in the company’s development,” said Brown. “Businesses are at an inflection point where the technology, and the business imperative to turn data into a critical asset, is quickly coming together. Mastering data at scale is very much attainable today through Tamr’s unique cloud-native solution. The chance to help the world’s largest companies solve their toughest data challenges is a massive opportunity on which I hope to help Tamr capitalize.”
Hazelcast promoted John DesJardins and Chris Wilson to chief technology officer and chief revenue officer, respectively. DesJardins was promoted from his role as field CTO and vice president of solution architecture.
DesJardins has worked for over 20 years with companies including Cloudera and Software AG. Wilson was responsible for leading Hazelcast’s sales organization for the past five years and is credited with delivering growth in sales for the past 16 consecutive quarters. Prior to joining Hazelcast, Wilson served in sales leadership roles at Oracle, Skytree, and Magnet Systems.
Talend, data integration and integrity solutions provider, appointed Elissa Fink and Ryan Kearny to its board of directors. Fink has an extensive background in marketing, including working at Tableau Software for 11 years, where she held the role of chief marketing officer. She also serves as a member on the board of directors at Qumulo, Concora, and Pantheon Platform.
Kearny currently serves as chief technology officer software security company Lassen Peak. He has held several executive-level positions managing product and engineering teams, including serving as CTO at F5.
Excelero, provider of software-defined block storage for AI/ML/deep learning and GPU computing, appointed Edo Ganot as its chief business officer. Ganot will be responsible for developing go-to-market initiatives, sales and partnerships that align with the company’s NVMesh Elastic NVMe software-defined storage product solution with the demand for data storage in the US, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
“This is a rare inflection point in the enterprise IT market where AI, high-performance computing and large database deployments have created an unmet need for faster and cost-effective storage,” Ganot said. “Excelero’s impressive installed base with global Tier 1 players and technology partnerships with industry leaders gives us a tremendous advantage. I look forward to accelerating the partnerships, sales and marketing initiatives that will propel our growth.”
Anodot, an autonomous business monitoring company, appointed Randy Jones as its chief revenue officer. Jones will oversee the expansion of the company’s global business and will manage the full customer lifecycle. He comes from ScienceLogic, where he held the role of chief revenue officer.
“After spending the greater portion of my career in monitoring, I can confidently state that Anodot is the leading autonomous business monitoring platform on the market today,” said Jones. “Legacy systems are simply unable to offer the same kind of real-time critical incident detection for big data at machine speed. The company’s leadership team has unlocked the true potential of an AI-powered, autonomous monitoring platform and I look forward to supporting Anodot in this next wave of growth.”
Security analytics and automation company, Exabeam, announced the addition of former Splunk marketing leader Sherry Lowe as its next chief marketing officer. Lowe will be responsible for managing the worldwide marketing strategy of Exabeam. Lowe built a 20-year career in the technology industry and developed strategic marketing programs for companies such as Expanse, Druva, and Splunk.
“As the cyberthreat landscape becomes more complex in our digital, highly remote world, I look forward to leading marketing in an organization that provides strategic clarity for struggling security teams,” said Lowe. “Exabeam is truly focusing on the customer, and I could not be more excited to join CEO Nir Polak and the rest of the team in broadening the reach of these important messages. With the tenacity that made me one of the first female sportscasters allowed in an NFL locker room and drove my former employers to IPO and acquisition, I am excited to be a key member of the executive team to help accelerate Exabeam’s already impressive success.”
The developer of the continuous intelligence platform Sumo Logic appointed Tracey Newell to its board of directors as an independent board member. She will be responsible for helping to guide Sumo Logic’s growth and market leadership. Newell currently holds the position of president of global sales at Informatica.
“As a cloud-native company, Sumo Logic is already well-positioned to help enterprises scale to meet the demand of digital business, and derive actionable insights more effectively in order to build, manage, and secure modern digital services,” said Tracey Newell, president at Informatica. “I have been following Sumo Logic’s continued growth and success for years, and I am thrilled to join such an experienced and distinguished board and management team as the company scales to the next level.”
WekaIO, a provider of high-performance and NVMe-optimized file storage solutions, appointed George Pamboris as its vice president of product management. Pamboris will be responsible for accelerating the company’s parallel file system to solve their customer’s technology challenges. He brings over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has served in executive leadership roles at EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Amazon Web Services, and Teradata.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to help WekaIO continue to revolutionize the storage industry by developing a product that not only provides superior speed and capacity metrics but that truly improves customers’ ability to leverage the value of their data by reducing TCO and increasing ROI through business outcomes,” said Pamboris. “I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to improve product lines at many top companies and recognize that WekaIO is well-positioned for its own success and to revolutionize the storage industry.”
Panasas, a high-performance computing data storage solutions provider, appointed Brian Peterson as its chief operating officer. Peterson brings over 25 years of experience in sales, business, marketing, and corporate development positions. He currently serves as a strategic adviser at Tack22, a marketing and advertising firm. Before Panasas, he held the role of strategic advisor at Synoptek, a systems integrator and managed IT services provider.
“Joining the Panasas team to chart the next stage of the company’s growth is an exciting step in my career,” Peterson said. “I will lean on my background and relationships established in the technology industry, working with customers, partners, and alliances, to help deliver breakthroughs in research and innovation, and ultimately, transformational outcomes.”
Robin.io, a provider of Kubernetes storage and data management solutions, appointed Henri Richard to its board of advisors. Richard was the executive vice president of NetApp’s field and customer operations.
Before NetApp, he held the role of senior VP of worldwide sales and support at SanDisk. He recently joined Gartner as an executive partner in its Global CSO practice. Richard has built a 40-year career in sales, holding various executive sales positions at companies such as AMD, IBM, Seagate, and Connor.
Swedish company Logical Clocks announced the addition of Mikael Ronström as the company’s head of data, a newly created role aimed at expanding the company’s mission to provide machine learning services. Ronström is the inventor and lead developer of NDB Cluster, an open-source distributed database underlying the MySQL Cluster platform.
“Logical Clocks is poised for tremendous growth and I am thrilled to join the team that has already built a strong platform with NDB as its core foundation,” said Ronström. “I look forward to working closely with customers and continuing to drive inspired solutions at Logical Clocks that will help enterprises solve some of the most challenging problems of today that require integration of large datasets, real time data processing, and machine learning.”
Matthew Stauble joined Alteryx, Inc. as its chief customer officer. Stauble will be responsible for managing the organizations that support customer initiatives following the point of sale. He will also develop the customer strategy for Alteryx.
“As a leader in APA, Alteryx has a disruptive, game-changing platform, a tremendous market opportunity and a wildly passionate set of customers – the perfect recipe for high growth and expansion in the years to come,” said Stauble. “The success of our customers is the fuel that propels Alteryx forward, and it is of the utmost importance that we focus on providing the best customer experience possible to ensure this success. I couldn’t be more excited to join the Alteryx team, and I look forward to supporting our customers in every step of their digital transformation journeys.”
Pliops, a storage hardware acceleration vendor, appointed Eyal Waldman to its board of directors. Waldman is the founder and former CEO of Mellanox Technologies, which was acquired earlier this year by Nvidia for $7 billion. As a Pliops board member, Waldman will help guide the company’s strategy and scale its technology into new use cases.
“Pliops is tackling the most challenging issues that are vexing data center architects – namely, the colliding trends of explosive data growth stored on fast flash media, ultimately limited by constrained compute resources,” noted Waldman. “I look forward to working with the Pliops team as they bring their technology to customers and partners.”
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