Chief Executive Officer
Billy is responsible for the strategy, growth, and day-to-day operations of DataStax. He has 20 years of experience in the database industry in roles ranging from DBA to senior executive. Prior to DataStax, Billy spent 6 years at Quest Software, a provider of systems management software, where his most recent role was VP and GM of the database business unit. Under his leadership, the industry-leading Quest database business grew from supporting traditional relational databases to a portfolio that now includes tools for cloud, NoSQL, columnar, and Hadoop databases, as well as business intelligence offerings. Prior to Quest, Billy led product teams for Embarcadero Technologies' database productivity solutions. He serves as a director of Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA). Billy holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Louisville.
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
As Chief Technology Officer and co-founder at DataStax, Jonathan sets the technical direction for the company and leads Apache Cassandra as project chair. Prior to DataStax, Jonathan led Rackspace's Cassandra team and built the Cassandra community into an open source success. Previously, Jonathan built an object storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding for data backup provider Mozy that scaled to petabytes of data and gigabits per second throughput.
Chief Customer Officer & Co-Founder
Matt is Chief Customer Officer and co-founder at DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™. Prior to DataStax, Matt built and managed the Email and Apps infrastructure development group at Rackspace.
Prior to Rackspace, Matt was at Webmail.us where he worked in various management roles in infrastructure and scalability. Matt holds a BS from Virginia Tech in Computer Science.
Chief Financial Officer
Dennis Wolf oversees all of the company’s financial and operational functions. Dennis has held numerous executive positions with public and private companies including CFO, COO, and CEO. His most recent experience is as chief financial officer and executive vice president at Fusion-io, where he led the company to an IPO in 2011. Prior to that, he was the CFO at MySQL where his leadership proved invaluable to their growth and ultimate sale to Sun Microsystems in a transaction valued at $1 billion. Wolf served as CFO of Centigram Communications, Credence Systems, Redback Networks and Omnicell as well as held financial roles at Apple and Sun Microsystems earlier in his career, giving him a wide range of operational leadership over 30 years. He serves as a director and chair of the audit committees of ALPHAEON Corporation and Codexis Inc.(NASDAQ: CDXS), and has been a director and chair of the audit committee for other publicly and privately held companies including Quantum Corporation, BigBand Networks, Inc., Registry Magic, Inc., Avanex Corporation, Komag, Inc., Exponential Interactive, and Vitria Technology, Inc.
As general counsel, Clint Smith is responsible for the company’s legal affairs, including corporate law, intellectual property strategy, commercial contracts, compliance and litigation. Smith previously has headed the legal departments at UUNET, Macromedia and TrialPay and served as general counsel at open source database provider MySQL AB where he helped lead the company through its $1B acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2008. Clint earned his J.D., and M.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from Pomona College.
Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations
Schweitzer leads DataStax's global sales and services businesses with an emphasis on international and channel expansion. He joins DataStax from SAP where he led the company's multi-billion dollar analytics business, drove significant global growth and dramatically increased the number one market share position. In this role he oversaw the global strategy, go-to-market, operations, business relationships, customer success and sales teams. He also led the successful launch of SAP's HANA database in North America, one of the fastest-growing database software solutions in recent history. Prior to SAP, Schweitzer held senior leadership roles at Oracle and Hyperion, where he led global growth strategies in the U.S. and Europe.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tony is a senior technology marketing executive with over 20 years experience in the industry. He is responsible for all marketing at DataStax. He has held senior management positions at Oracle, Salesforce.com, XOJET, InQuira and KPMG, in the US and EMEA. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin, a Masters in Business from the Smurfit Graduate Business School and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Martin Van Ryswyk
Executive Vice President of Engineering
Martin is responsible for the worldwide software engineering, product development and continued advancement of our integrated enterprise big data platform. He has more than 22 years of experience managing software teams at both small startups and large corporations. During that time, he's brought products to market in a wide variety of areas such as cloud computing, application lifecyle management, database performance analysis, storage management and systems management. Before joining DataStax, he held numerous senior engineering roles, leading the development and go-to-market strategy for enterprise level technology products at Tidal Software, Luminate, EMC and most recently at Electric Cloud. Martin earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of California, Davis.
Vice President of Products
Robin Schumacher has spent the last 20 years working with enterprise databases and leading product management teams. Robin started and led the product management team at MySQL for three years before they were bought by Sun (the largest open source acquisition in history), and then by Oracle. He also started and led the product management team at Embarcadero Technologies, which was the #1 IPO in 2000. Robin is the author of three database performance books and frequent speaker at industry events. Robin holds BS, MA, and Ph.D. degrees from various universities.
Vice President of Human Resources
As the VP of Human Resources, Debbie oversees worldwide people strategy while aligning with key business objectives. She has over 15 years of leadership experience in Human Resources, Finance and Business Administration with a focus on fast-growing technology startups in the Silicon Valley. Prior to DataStax, Debbie held leadership roles at both M-Factor and Guidewire Software where she was responsible for both the HR and Finance functions. Debbie earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of San Diego.