AI Career Notes: August 2023 Edition
In this monthly feature, we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community – promotions, new hires and accolades. Here's the place to read about the movers and shakers, your colleagues, your friends, and maybe yourself.
Red Hat, Inc., the provider of open source solutions, appointed Andrew Brown as its senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Brown will be responsible for commercial and public sector sales, channel and alliances sales, and consulting services, as well as the company’s global go-to-market strategy. He joins Red Hat from IBM, where he most recently served as general manager of IBM Technology Sales United Kingdom & Ireland.
“I have followed Red Hat’s growth and progress over the last few years and have been impressed by the agility, foresight, and innovative approach that the company and its culture embrace,” Brown said. “I am hugely excited about joining this unique organization and working with our customer-facing teams to innovate, collaborate and scale the hybrid cloud solutions Red Hat possesses in its open source platform approach.”
EnterpriseDB appointed Kevin Dallas as its new chief executive officer and member of the company's board of directors. Dallas brings three decades of experience driving digital innovation and growth at technology companies, most recently as CEO at Wind River, a TPG portfolio company.
"It is an honor and a privilege to step in and lead the company's next phase focused on the intersection of data and AI," said Dallas. “The growth opportunity ahead is significant, and we continue to drive innovation to accelerate our customers’ digital transformations. I look forward to working with our talented team, the Board, Bain Capital and Great Hill Partners to realize the company’s full potential in the growing intelligent systems economy.”
Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, appointed Joanna Daly as its chief human resources officer. Daly has more than 20 years of global HR experience, including HR leadership roles in IBM’s consulting and technology businesses and the company’s compensation and talent organizations.
“I am honored to join Elastic, an organization recognized as a great place to work, to support the company’s next phase of growth,” said Daly. “The innovative spirit that is characteristic of the Elastic brand is what allows Elasticians to thrive and grow and help customers deliver on the promise of technologies like Generative AI—today. I am excited to build on this strong foundation of care for technology, customers, and people.”
Tabor Communications appointed Douglas Eadline as the Managing Editor of HPCwire. Eadline began his career as Analytical Chemist with an interest in high performance computer methods. Starting with the first Beowulf “How-To” document, he has written hundreds of articles, white papers, and instructional documents and videos covering many aspects of Linux HPC, Hadoop, and Data Analytics computing.
Tabor Communications promoted writer and editor Jaime Hampton to Managing Editor of EnterpriseAI. Hampton started with Tabor Communications as an Editorial Assistant in 2021 and was promoted to Staff Writer in 2022. This latest promotion to Managing Editor of EnterpriseAI will allow her to focus exclusively on enterprise artificial intelligence.
Qlik appointed Casey George as its executive vice president of global sales. Casey brings over 20 years of experience scaling SaaS companies and a proven track record of earning customer loyalty and accelerating growth, most recently as chief revenue officer for Talend.
“When Qlik and Talend came together, we created a truly unique best-in-class set of data integration, data quality and analytics solutions that has the opportunity to redefine the industry,” said George. “There has never been a more exciting time to be in the data and analytics space, and I look forward to driving and expanding our leadership with our dynamic global sales organization and incredible partner ecosystem.”
AMD appointed Phil Guido as its executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Guido joins AMD after more than 30 years at IBM where he most recently served as general manager, global managing partner of strategic sales at IBM Consulting.
“I am excited to welcome Phil to our leadership team as we take the next steps in our journey to make AMD the commercial and data center compute partner of choice,” said AMD chair and chief executive officer, Dr. Lisa Su. “Phil brings extensive enterprise and sales experience that will be incredibly valuable as we focus on deepening our enterprise partnerships and accelerating our growth in the data center, embedded and commercial markets. I also want to thank Darren for his transformational leadership as chief sales officer over the last eight years, and I look forward to leveraging his significant industry experience to lead strategic partnerships in his new role.”
2CRSi, a designer and manufacturer of high performance energy-efficient computer servers, appointed Philippe Jeannot as its deputy chief executive officer. Jeannot will manage the entire Group and its subsidiaries and be responsible for all operational, administrative, and sales activities.
"I am very pleased to be joining the 2CRSi group, and look forward to taking the opportunity to support its industrial refocusing. I hope that my experience will be of benefit to the teams," said Jeannot. “As can be seen from my career path, I am committed to improving processes, supporting company transformations and helping to improve their long-term performance.”
Iceotope Technologies Limited, the solutions provider of precision liquid-cooling technology, appointed Simon Jesenko as its chief financial officer. Jesenko joins the company from predictive maintenance specialists Senseye, where he oversaw the company’s acquisition and integration into Siemens.
“We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the market, where the pull towards liquid cooling solutions is accelerating as a result of two key factors: a) sustainability initiatives and regulation imposed by governments and b) an increase in computing power to accommodate processing-intensive applications, such as AI and advanced analytics,” Jesenko said. “Iceotope’s precision liquid cooling technology is at the forefront of existing liquid cooling technologies and therefore places the company in a unique position to seize this huge opportunity. My focus is going to be on delivering growth and financial performance that will increase shareholder value in the years to come as well as building a robust business structure to support this exponential growth along the way.”
Nvidia appointed Melissa Lora to its board of directors. Lora spent three decades as an executive at Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., before retiring in 2018 as president of Taco Bell International. She has also been appointed to the board’s audit committee.
“Melissa is a great addition to our board of directors,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia. “She brings senior management and operating experience, as well as extensive finance expertise, gained in a large corporate setting. We will benefit immensely from her guidance.”
OneStream Software, a provider of corporate performance management solutions to the world’s largest enterprises, appointed Tim Minahan as its senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Minahan joins the company from Citrix, where he held the role of EVP of business strategy and chief marketing officer.
“Having spent the last part of my career helping to transform and modernize some of the largest and most established names in software, I was eager to join a team of hard-charging innovators on a mission to create a new kind of enterprise SaaS company,” said Minahan in a blog post. “And OneStream more than fits the bill.”
IGEL, the managed endpoint operating system provider for secured access to any digital workspace, appointed Klaus Oestermann as its chief executive officer. Oestermann brings a track record for scaling global software businesses while building market positions and brand value. He was selected by the IGEL Board to take the top executive position after being named executive chair of the board earlier this year.
“IGEL has built one of the most respected solutions in the end user compute industry,” said Oestermann. “We stand at the forefront of digital workspace OS innovation, combining engineering excellence with strategic partnerships across top hardware device manufacturers and industry software leaders. As the future of work increasingly turns to hybrid, IGEL is poised to capture a tremendous global growth opportunity. I am eager to work with the IGEL team and its great channel partners to take the company to its full potential.”
Ontotext, the provider of enterprise knowledge graph technology and semantic database engines, appointed Sumit Pal, former Gartner VP and Analyst for Data Management and Analytics has joined the company as strategic technology director. In this role, he will be responsible for educating prospects and customers on the benefits of semantic knowledge graphs and graph databases.
“Ontotext’s technology and solutions are used across the value chain of the most knowledge-intensive enterprises in many industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharma, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Energy and Publishing. Ontotext’s technology enables them to apply cognitive technologies for large knowledge graphs, metadata management and content analytics that is proven in various enterprise environments,“ said Pal. “I am thrilled to join this progressive company and look forward to evangelizing the value that enterprises can achieve by identifying meaning across diverse datasets and massive amounts of unstructured information.”
Snowflake, the data cloud company, appointed James Petter as vice president of EMEA sales. Most recently, Petter spent over eight years at Pure Storage, driving increased revenues across EMEA, Latin America, and APAC. Prior to this, he spent 11 years at EMC, and a further four years at Cisco.
“As a leader, I’ve always adopted the mantra of ‘serve to lead’, and at a company as innovative and disruptive as Snowflake, this will continue to remain true,” said Petter. “Snowflake is at an exciting new chapter in its journey led by developments in generative AI, LLMs and applications, and I’m thrilled to join at this stage and extend these opportunities across EMEA, helping our customers better mobilize their data.”
Accenture appointed Rajendra Prasad as its chief information and asset engineering officer. Prasad will oversee all internal technology development and support for Accenture systems and Accenture assets for clients.
“Rajendra’s deep expertise in artificial intelligence, automation, and intelligent assets makes him the perfect fit to accelerate our internal transformation,” said Paul Daugherty, group chief executive – Technology and chief technology officer, Accenture. “Penelope brings significant experience delivering technology and consulting services, and we are confident her leadership will enable us to unlock new innovations and new possibilities for clients. At the same time, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Gloria Samuels for her extraordinary contributions to Accenture over the years."
GridGain, the provider of the unified real-time data platform, appointed Andy Sacks as its chief revenue officer. Sacks returned to GridGain as its CRO to lead GridGain’s global revenue strategy. He spent several years as an executive vice president of sales at Alloy Technologies, Imply Data, and early-stage GridGain.
In addition, GridGain promoted Lalit Ahuja to the role of chief product and customer officer. Over the last five years in his roles as vice president of professional services and senior vice president of customer services, Ahuja has been key to GridGain’s overall product strategy, matching the company’s ongoing innovations to the evolving needs of the market and GridGain customers.
Elena Schtein was also promoted to chief financial officer at GridGain. During Schtein’s six years at GridGain as vice president of finance, she has adeptly positioned the company for financial health and continued growth despite the global pandemic and times of economic uncertainty.
Cloudera, the data company for trusted enterprise AI, appointed Charles Sansbury as its chief executive officer. Most recently he was CEO of ASG Technologies from 2015 until its 2021 sale to Rocket Software. Prior to that, he was COO of The Attachmate Group from 2011 until its 2014 sale to MicroFocus.
“I am grateful to the board for entrusting me with the leadership of Cloudera, and I am excited about the opportunity to take the company into its next phase of growth as the trusted enterprise AI company,” said Sansbury. “I was drawn to Cloudera for the quality of its team, its world-class customers and its position as a technology leader delivering critical enterprise AI capabilities. With over 25 million terabytes of data under management, Cloudera guides many Fortune 1000 enterprises that are focused on implementing open data lakehouses as a major step toward their expanded use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. I am confident the company will continue to execute on its product leadership position and growth initiatives.”
Amazon Web Services (AWS) appointed Raejeanne Skillern as its vice president and chief marketing officer. Skillern joined AWS from Flex, where she held the role of president of communications and enterprise compute.
Before Flex, she spent over 10 years at Intel Corp. holding multiple leadership positions. Her most recent role at Intel was as vice president of the cloud service provider business unit. Skillern currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Lattice Semiconductor.
Lumen Technologies appointed Ana White as its executive vice president and chief people officer. White joined Lumen from F5, where she held the role of EVP and CPO. Her leadership experience includes 18 years at Microsoft, where she led global HR teams. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was a compensation and benefits consultant at Willis Towers Watson.
"Lumen has a winning combination of leading-edge technologies and talented employees," said White. "I look forward to elevating the critical role of HR, helping build the company culture, and being a part of Lumen's future business success."
QuiX Quantum, a provider of quantum computing hardware based on photonics solutions, appointed Kathy Willing as its chief financial officer. Willing joins QuiX Quantum from Reynen Court, a legal tech start-up based in the US and The Netherlands where she held the position of CFO.
“I am incredibly honored to join QuiX Quantum and to work alongside such an exceptional team,” said Willing. “I cannot think of a more exciting time to join a market leader in the dynamic and rapidly changing quantum computing industry, and I am looking forward to contributing to the future growth and success at QuiX Quantum.”
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