Team

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Peter Schlampp

Vice President of Product

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Peter Schlampp
Peter Schlampp

Peter Schlampp

Vice President of Product

Peter builds category-defining products that make enterprises faster, safer, smarter and more profitable.

At seven years old, Peter laid his fingers on the clicky keys of a TRS-80, and he has been destined since to design products that replicate the magic of that first experience with technology. At IronPort he defined the world’s first Email Security Appliance and saved the world from spam and viruses, then became GM of the Cisco/IronPort Development Center in Bangalore, India. Next, at Solera Networks, he built the first DVR for network traffic, changing the network security landscape with big data. As an early member of the Platfora team, Peter has been leading the charge to put big data in users’ hands — in a beautiful and easy way — to change the trajectory of business.

Ben Werther

Platfora

Founder & CEO

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Ben Werther

Platfora

Founder & CEO

Ben Werther is the Founder & CEO of Platfora. He founded the company to realize his vision of how Big Data Analytics will transform the way businesses use data. Under Werther, Platfora has grown from an idea into one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley and a Big Data Analytics market leader.
Prior to Platfora, he was VP of Products for DataStax, where he shaped the company’s enterprise and Hadoop strategy, and he was the head of product at Greenplum. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Monash University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford.

John Schuster

Vice President of Engineering

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John Schuster

John Schuster

Vice President of Engineering

John is an engineering leader who builds innovative products and incredibly strong teams. He plays to win and has the track record to prove it.

John has built many successful enterprise products spanning a variety of technologies, including analytics, distributed applications and servers, data and application integration, cloud/SaaS/hosted infrastructure, storage, networking, security and more. One of his special skills is his intense focus on people and culture. Prior to joining Platfora, John held executive and leadership positions at snapLogic, Cisco, IronPort and NetApp. He spent his first years as an engineer building early web technology at Internet Middleware Corporation and JPL.

Robert DeMartino

Vice President of Sales

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Robert DeMartino, VP of Sales at Platfora
Robert DeMartino, VP of Sales at Platfora

Robert DeMartino

Vice President of Sales

Bobby is a proven sales leader with a keen understanding of how to bring transformational technologies to market.

Bobby is responsible for growing Platfora’s direct sales operations and strategic partnerships with big data SIs and Hadoop distribution vendors, including Cloudera, MapR, HortonWorks, Pivotal and Intel. Prior to Platfora, Bobby led strategic sales and business development efforts at Greenplum and Virident Systems. He also spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems in various executive leadership roles, where he was ultimately responsible for a $500 million revenue unit and served on the company’s sales leadership council.

Viviana Faga

Vice President of Marketing

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Viviana Faga

Vice President of Marketing

Viviana is a strategic marketing leader with a track record of building successful enterprise brands.

Viviana is responsible for developing and executing Platfora’s outbound marketing and communications strategy. With over 12 years of experience in marketing, product, sales and strategy, she is building the Platfora brand to support continued business growth and market awareness. Prior to Platfora, she was VP Marketing at Yammer and has held product marketing and leadership positions at several companies, including Salesforce.com, Jive Software and Accenture. Viviana excels in messaging and positioning, product strategy, social media marketing and sales enablement.

Mike Asher

Chief Financial Officer

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Mike Asher
Mike Asher

Mike Asher

Chief Financial Officer

Mike is an entrepreneurial CFO with a strong track record of building successful, innovative technology companies.

With an engineering background, Mike has always had a love and appreciation for technology. He began his finance career at Cisco, and then as an executive at a series of Silicon Valley start-up companies focusing on finance, strategy and operations. Prior to Platfora, Mike was VP Finance at Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany), CFO at newScale (acquired by Cisco), CFO at Greenplum (acquired by EMC) and CFO at Appcelerator.

John Eshleman

Founding Vice President of Technology

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John Eshleman

John Eshleman

Founding Vice President of Technology

John is a technologist driven to apply his craft to the next frontier in big data platforms – to make them simple and easy to use.

John began his career at HPTi, where he built many of the world’s pioneering Linux supercomputing clusters. Later, as the first engineer at Greenplum, John built the core of the company’s parallel database engine and subsequently led Greenplum’s engineering efforts.

Kevin Beyer

Chief Technology Officer

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Kevin Beyer

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin has made significant technical contributions to the big data infrastructure we use today.

Kevin’s passion is in making Hadoop faster and more usable for everyday businesspeople. He has over 20 years of experience in building database systems and Hadoop technologies that have improved the performance and scalability of mission-critical data systems for enterprises. As a research staff member at IBM, he created Jaql, a scripting language for large-scale, semi-structured data processing on Hadoop. Prior to the Jaql project, he added XML indexing, materialized view and replication support to IBM DB2. A frequent industry speaker and publisher of more than 30 technical papers, Kevin holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His dissertation is on analytical query processing.

Shea Kelly

VP of People Operations

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Shea Kelly

VP of People Operations

Shea Kelly is an integral business partner with the executive team and leads all things related to people and talent for Platfora.

With a laser focus on organizational culture, Shea drives strategic talent initiatives that enable rapid and smooth organizational scale. With 20 years of experience in global strategic human resources, she creates an alignment between business strategy and corresponding talent capabilities. Prior to Platfora, Shea was SVP Human Resources at Wize Commerce Inc. and has held executive human resource positions at both startups and prominent international companies, including Juniper Networks Inc., Hewlett Packard Co., Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Citicorp and the General Electric Company. She has built a reputation for targeting and growing deeply admired leaders with a distinct set of talents, who are uniquely geared to fulfill the aspirations of the business.

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