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September 15, 2022

Big Data Career Notes: September 2022 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!

Daniel Brennan

Dataiku, the platform for everyday AI, appointed Daniel Brennan as its chief legal officer. Before joining Dataiku, Brennan served as vice president and deputy general counsel of Twitter. He also spent 11 years at Dell Technologies, where his last role before moving on was as director, legal, of its global services business unit.

“I have long been fascinated with the power of software, and nowhere is that power more profound than in the fields of AI and machine learning,” said Brennan. “Dataiku’s platform is catching on like wildfire among global enterprises. This groundbreaking AI technology, along with the company’s employee-first culture, was an incredibly appealing combination, and I am looking forward to playing a part in the company’s growth.”

Steve Brodrick

Alteryx, Inc., the analytics automation company, appointed Steve Brodrick as its chief transformation officer. Brodrick comes to Alteryx from Stanley Black & Decker, where he spent more than 20 years focused on finance and business transformation efforts.

“In an uncertain economic climate, it is more important than ever for companies to streamline services and uncover efficiencies,” said Brodrick. “Having built and led teams that integrated data sets and democratized data and analytic insights to unlock enterprise value, I am now excited to share my experience with Alteryx customers and help them empower their organizations and maximize value with breakthroughs in data and analytics.”

Sean Dwyer 

TheMathCompany, an Illinois-headquartered data analytics and engineering firm, appointed Sean Dwyer as its chief growth officer. Dwyer joined the company from Gartner, where he served most recently as vice president of global business sales, and marketing BU Americas.

“TheMathCompany has been consistently doubling in size year-on-year and has seen tremendous growth in the last six years,” Dwyer said. “I look forward to bringing my experience to lead this growth charter while ensuring that we continue to create unmatched value for our customers as a market leader.”

Ken Exner 

Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, appointed Ken Exner as its chief product officer. Exner joined the company from Amazon Web Services, where he most recently served as its vice president and general manager of AWS Developer Tools.

“Helping customers gain actionable insights from data is increasingly important in a world of ever-increasing volumes of data, and I am impressed with the technology that Elastic has built to power solutions in enterprise search, observability, and security,“ said Exner. “I look forward to leveraging my experience running large-scale cloud services to help work towards making Elastic one of the next great technology platforms.”

Manuel Hoffmann, Ashish Sahu, and Claus Moldt 

Pepperdata, the platform for optimizing big data and Kubernetes workloads, appointed Manuel Hoffmann as its vice president of partnerships. Hoffmann joined the company from FICO, where he served as its senior director of strategic alliances and partner development.

In addition, Ashish Sahu joined Pepperdata as its vice president of marketing. Previously, Sahu served as the head of product marketing and solution marketing at Redis. Lastly, Pepperdata appointed Claus Moldt to the company’s advisory board. Moldt brings years of leadership experience having served as the global chief information officer and senior VP of service delivery at Salesforce and as the chief technology officer and CIO at FICO.

John Harechmak

Hammerspace appointed John Harechmak as its worldwide vice president of systems engineering and customer success. Harechmak will be responsible for leading the solution architect team, overseeing the post-sales implementation and customer education, and ensuring ongoing customer success. He comes to Hammerspace from Cohesity and prior to that, he served in various roles at a number of data storage companies, including NetApp, Nutanix and Nimble Storage.

“For years, organizations have been seeking a way to share data across sites in the data center and the cloud, under one management interface, as one big namespace, and with optimized orchestration – but to no avail. Hammerspace has solved this difficult challenge and is shifting the data paradigm with its very powerful Global Data Environment,“ said Harechmak.

Joel Horwitz

CognitiveScale, the leading platform for AI engineering, appointed Joel Horwitz as its vice president of business development. Horwitz joined the company from Neoteric3D, an independent consultancy firm that he founded.

Before starting Neoteric3D, he served as vice president of digital business growth at IBM. At IBM, he developed and implemented the go-to-market strategy for company products, partner programs, legal agreements, commerce platforms, and digital self-service tools, as well as ensuring partner & acquisition success.

Martin James

Aerospike Inc. appointed Martin James as vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. James will be responsible for driving regional growth and meeting customer demand for the company.

James brings 25 years of database sector experience to Aerospike. Before joining the company, he served as vice president of sales in the EMEA and APAC regions. Prior to Percona, he was regional VP for Northern Europe at DataStax.

Michael Mucha 

Eon, a health data science company, appointed Michael Mucha as its chief commercial officer. Mucha joined Eon from Qventus, where he served as its senior vice president of customer success and chief strategy officer. At Eon, he will be responsible for the company’s commercial strategy and the development of growth initiatives.

“Eon stands to accelerate its already-rapid growth because its Eon Patient Management and Care Management platforms simultaneously address the clinical and financial challenges that providers face in tracking incidental and actionable findings,” Mucha said. “We have a large and happy existing customer base, a group of customers who are seeing meaningful clinical and financial value every day. That’s because we help them identify and treat disease proactively. We reduce the administrative burden on care team members. And we are actively helping our partners recover from the financial pressures of what is now two-plus years of pandemic-driven volume suppression.”

Robert Potts

Yellowbrick Data, the leader in distributed data cloud architecture for data warehousing, appointed Robert Potts as its vice president of North American sales. Potts joins the company with deep experience in tech, SaaS, and databases both on-prem and cloud from a 20-year career at companies such as Net App, Dell, EMC, and Snowflake.

“Yellowbrick has several key differentiators in the data warehousing market, and I’m excited to help expand the company’s North American business opportunities,” said Robert Potts, VP of North American Sales, Yellowbrick. “Enterprises have a heightened need for predictable cost models, cloud flexibility, and top performance. Unlike other options in the market, including Snowflake and other legacy data warehouse solutions, Yellowbrick allows customers to deploy in their own public cloud account, on-premises, or at the edge. I’m looking forward to helping customers achieve their goals with Yellowbrick’s modern data warehouse.”

Wendy Steinle 

Domo appointed Wendy Steinle as its chief marketing officer. Steinle brings executive leadership in business-to-business tech marketing experience to Domo, including serving at least six years at Adobe where she led new cross-functional go-to-market strategies.

“Domo represents a perfect trifecta of opportunity. It has an extremely passionate customer base, differentiated business-critical technology, and a vibrant culture powered by dedicated employees who love doing what’s right for customers,” said Steinle. “The need for better, more informed decision making and action continues to accelerate. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to the Domo team and helping customers of all sizes drive exponential impact by realizing the full value that data and Domo can deliver to their business.”

Steven Stone

Rubrik, the zero trust data security company, appointed Steven Stone as the head of Rubrik Zero Labs. Stone will lead Rubrik’s new data threat research unit to uncover real-world intrusions from a range of threats. He has over 15 years of experience in threat intelligence with roles in the U.S. military, intelligence community, and private sector, including Mandiant/FireEye and IBM.

“Data and insights are critical for understanding, responding, preventing, and recovering from cyber events. In many cases, the data aspects are the least understood across the threat landscape, and we want to close this delta. Comprehensive threat intelligence will enable organizations to make informed decisions so they can be prepared for a full swath of cyber threats,” said Stone. “I’m thrilled to pioneer the data threat intelligence unit at Rubrik and help to deliver valuable insights to our customers and the cybersecurity industry so that together we can stay ahead of the evolving data threat landscape.”

Elif Tutuk

AtScale, the provider of semantic layer solutions for modern business intelligence and data science teams, appointed Elif Tutuk as its vice president of product. Tutuk will lead AtScale’s global product team, spanning the Bay Area to Boston to Bulgaria, with responsibility for product management, product strategy, design and innovation.

“I’ve worked in business intelligence and analytics for the past 18 years and I’m thrilled to join AtScale, the category-defining leader for semantic layer technology,” said Tutuk. “The advent of powerful cloud data platforms, powerful data visualization tools, and pervasive AI/ML bring the potential to truly democratize insight creation. I see the semantic layer as the missing link that can truly connect organizations to their data assets.”

Michelle Wilson

Cockroach Labs, the company behind the cloud-native distributed SQL database CockroachDB, appointed Michelle Wilson to its board of directors as its first independent director. The former senior vice president and general counsel for Amazon also served on the boards of  Pinterest, Okta, Zendesk and Stripe.

“The database industry is undergoing a tremendous transformation, one that has welcomed a surge of new, innovative solutions to market,” said Wilson. “It’s clear that Cockroach Labs has a bold vision and a unique opportunity to seize the cloud database-as-a-service opportunity. I look forward to working alongside the Board of Directors and leadership team as we continue on that journey.”

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