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October 31, 2023

Big Data Career Notes: October 2023 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!

Krish Venkataraman

Dataiku, which provides an AI development platform integrated with built-in analytic and data prep capabilities, has appointed Krish Venkataraman to be its new president. Venkataraman joins the French-American company with a long track record of leadership roles, including most recently being the CFO of Socure and the co-president and CFO of KnowBe4.

“AI and specifically GenAI technology has the ability to transform businesses of all sizes, and Dataiku stands out as the organization to enable this transformation,” Venkataraman said. “The company has made tremendous progress over the past decade developing a powerful AI platform that can fundamentally improve the core of any business. I look forward to working closely with the talented Dataiku team to continue diversifying our market reach and building on the company’s impressive enterprise momentum.”

Brian Weinberger

Sisense, the provider of embedded analytics, has hired Brian Weinberger to be its new senior vice president of global sales. Weinberger arrives at the New York company with more than 25 years of SaaS sales experience from Cube, Salesforce, Segment, Yext, and others.

“I am excited about this next step in my sales leadership journey,” Weinberger said. “Sisense, and its mission to embed analytics everywhere, is the pinnacle of my career. Serving up intelligence makes users smarter and faster. I cannot wait to create an AI and data driven sales team that exemplifies everything our clients want and need.”

Jennifer McAdams

Xactly, the San Jose, California-based provider of revenue solutions, announced the appointment of Jennifer McAdams as to be its new chief marketing officer.

“Xactly is a proven category leader in sales technology, developed by salespeople and for salespeople,” McAdams said. “By rallying sales and marketing together under one umbrella with streamlined processes, common KPIs, and a shared sense of trust, we’re poised to help customers adopt a similar holistic approach and achieve even greater high-quality revenue in the future.”

Abhishek Singh

Log analytics provider Elastic has hired Abhishek Singh to be its new general manager of Elastic Observability. Singh arrives at the Mountain View, California company from Datadog, where he was vice president of product. Previously he led development of AWS X-Ray as a general manager. At Elastic, Singh will spearhead advance of Elastic Observability solutions, such as the Elastic AI Assistant for Observability.

“I’ve been impressed by Elastic’s innovative use of generative AI which allows an organization to use their proprietary data for context awareness that leads to more accurate solutions,” Singh said. “I look forward to working with Elastic to help enterprises break down silos by bringing together infrastructure, application, user, and business telemetry for end-to-end observability on a single AI-powered platform.”

Vidhi Chugh

Cloud master data management (MDM) provider Reltio has hired Vidhi Chugh to be its new head of product management for AI/ML solutions. An AI ethicist and data governance expert, Chugh comes to the Redwood Shores, California company following stints at Walmart, Blue Yonder, Yatra, and All About Scale, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on scalable AI initiatives.

“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Vidhi Chugh, a globally recognized AI visionary, as she joins the Reltio team,” said Manish Sood, founder and CEO of Reltio. “Together, we will further propel our journey of AI/ML innovation to drive 10X improvements for our customers”

Matthew McMullen

Cogito Tech, a provider of data preparation tools and human annotation resources for AI development, has appointed Matthew McMullen to be its new senior vice president and head of corporate development. In his new role, McMullen will focus on driving technology partnerships for AI development, creating technology alliances that enhance the quality of the New York company’s human annotation services, and crafting policies that guide responsible AI growth.

“Every day, headlines trumpet astonishing advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), showcasing remarkable achievements,” McMullen said. “However, as we celebrate this rapid ascent of AI, we often overlook the unsung heroes powering this revolution–the vast, global workforce tirelessly annotating data, ensuring our algorithms think, learn, and adapt.”

Frank Farrall

Data consultancy DAS42 has tapped Frank Farrall to be its new CEO. Farrall, who comes to the Denver, Colorado-based company following stints at Deloitte and Snowflake, brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role.

“Frank’s deep experience in the data analytics ecosystem as well as his track record of growing services organizations to well over $100 million in revenue makes him a perfect fit to lead DAS42 at this stage,” said Julia Senior, a partner at M/C Partners, the lead investor in DAS42. “We look forward to seeing how customers achieve data success under Frank’s leadership.”

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

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