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Pivotal Announces All-Star Leadership Team for Data Business

Sundeep Madra, co-founder of mobile development powerhouse Xtreme Labs; Gavin Sherry, pioneer of HAWQ®; Mark Dunlap, large-scale data and SQL processing innovator; and Sudhir Menon, in-memory data management expert, from the GemFire® team, will lead Pivotal’s Data Business.



San Francisco, November 18, 2014 - Pivotal®, the software company at the intersection of big data, PaaS and agile development, today announced the appointment of Sundeep (Sunny) Madra as Vice President of Product, Data and Gavin Sherry as Vice President of Engineering, Data reporting to Rob Mee, Senior Vice President, R&D and Pivotal Labs. Industry leaders Mark Dunlap, Head of Product for Greenplum Database® and HAWQ and Sudhir Menon, Head of Product for GemFire and Pivotal HD (Pivotal Hadoop Distribution), complete the leadership team and both report to Sunny Madra.

Through Pivotal Big Data Suite, one of the most comprehensive toolsets of industry-leading big data technologies, Pivotal helps enterprises pursue data-driven innovation and business value. With Pivotal’s rapidly growing customer base and strong portfolio of products, the new Pivotal Data leadership team will help customers take advantage of the next era of enterprise computing and will lead a deep-bench of software engineers and product experts to not only extend the capabilities of the Pivotal Big Data Suite but to also build best-in-class data services for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry® platform.

“The rapidly changing technology landscape has enterprises looking beyond legacy data models, analytics and applications to new ways to drive business value and innovation. At the same time, enterprises are grappling with leveraging the cloud, building next generation applications and expanding into mobile markets. Pivotal’s portfolio and people are uniquely qualified to take our data customers on this journey and bridge the gap between data, developers and business,” said Sunny Madra, Vice President of Product, Data.

“Data is an essential and foundational part of a modern cloud platform. This team – Sunny, Mark, Sudhir and Gavin – has a record of building great technology, while also transforming team cultures to deliver products with speed and predictably. I couldn’t be more excited about the roles they have agreed to take on,” said Rob Mee, Senior Vice President, R&D and Pivotal Labs.

Sundeep Madra was previously Chief Technology Officer, Mobile at Pivotal and joined Pivotal after Xtreme Labs, the company he co-founded, was acquired in 2013. He grew Xtreme Labs to over 300 employees, focused on building modern applications for leading global companies and, as CTO of Mobile, helped ensure that Pivotal Cloud Foundry is one of the industry leading platforms for delivering mobile solutions.

Gavin Sherry is an instrumental engineering leader at Pivotal and has in-depth knowledge of Pivotal’s SQL, MPP, in-memory and Hadoop products. Gavin pioneered many of the innovations at the core of Pivotal’s Big Data Suite. Prior to Pivotal, he served as Director of R&D at EMC-acquired big data startup Greenplum where he led efforts around the Greenplum Database.

Mark Dunlap is an innovator in large-scale data and SQL processing, having joined Pivotal via Greenplum. Mark co-authored the VLDB-09 MADSkills paper describing an innovative approach for extracting business value from large-scale data leveraging SQL-based analytics and tools. Previously, Mark led data warehousing and analytics efforts at and formed the Advanced Technology Group at Informix Software.

Sudhir Menon is one of the key architects for both GemFire and SQLFire and has managed the engineering team that built GemFire for the last eight years. As head of R&D for GemFire, he has been responsible for product delivery and has worked closely with industry constituents to further the adoption of in-memory technology in the enterprise. Sudhir holds multiple patents in the areas of scaled up networking systems.

About Pivotal Big Data Suite

The Pivotal Big Data Suite is one of the most comprehensive toolsets of industry-leading big data technologies. It is designed to meet the complex data management needs of modern businesses, including lightning-fast MPP and analytics, a fully-supported, open Apache™ Hadoop® solution, the leading query tool and in-memory, real-time data capabilities to manage and scale the structured and unstructured data that their activities generate.

With comprehensive access to the Pivotal Greenplum, Pivotal GemFire, Pivotal GemFire XD, Pivotal HAWQ and Pivotal HD through a unique, flexible subscription model, Pivotal Big Data Suite lets customers shift their data investment from one capability to another without the additional license costs associated with many single data technology investments. Customers pay only for what they use, giving them the flexibility to store their different kinds of data, analyze it and build next generation apps.

About Pivotal

Pivotal’s Cloud Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley's most valuable companies for over a decade, today Pivotal leads a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software.


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