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DataStax Appoints Steve Rowland as Executive Vice President, Field Operations

Experienced Sales Leader to Help Drive Next Phase of Company’s Growth

SANTA CLARA, CA – October 19, 2015DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, today announced the appointment of Steve Rowland as executive vice president of field operations. Rowland joins DataStax from Apigee and has more than 20 years of experience building high performance teams and strong go-to-market strategies that result in exceptional customer experience.

“DataStax is at the forefront of driving the move to post-relational databases, and Steve’s experience in building and managing high performance sales teams in disruptive markets makes him a powerful fit for this phase of DataStax’s evolution,” said Billy Bosworth, CEO, DataStax. “Steve’s proven track record in executing go-to-market strategies that cross lines of business and IT departments is critically important as we continue to grow rapidly in large, mainstream enterprises.”

“DataStax has done a masterful job driving the adoption of Apache Cassandra as the de-facto fully distributed database for the enterprise in a very short time, and I look forward to bringing my experiences and a point of view to help navigate the company’s future,” said Rowland. “The recent success of Cassandra Summit and DataStax being recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s ODBMS Magic Quadrant are further proof points that there is an immense opportunity that lies ahead for this organization and I am excited to be part of the journey.”

Prior to leading Apigee through rapid growth and an IPO as head of worldwide field operations, Rowland was vice president of field operations for the Americas and Asia Pacific geographies at Blue Coat Systems and served as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at Workbrain Corporation, which was sold to Infor Global Solutions. He spent eight years at BMC Software, where his last role was vice president of sales for a $320 million Global Division. He also held sales management positions at Carrier Corporation, a division of United Technologies Corporation.

Rowland holds a B.S. in Engineering from Texas A&M.

About DataStax

DataStax delivers Apache Cassandra™ in a database platform purpose-built for the performance and availability demands for IoT, Web and mobile applications. This gives enterprises a secure, always-on database technology that remains operationally simple when scaling in a single datacenter or across multiple datacenters and clouds.

With more than 500 customers in over 50 countries, DataStax is the database technology of choice for the world’s most innovative companies, such as Netflix, Safeway, ING, Adobe, Intuit and eBay. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., DataStax is backed by industry-leading investors including Comcast Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital, Premji Invest and Scale Venture Partners. For more information, visit or follow us @DataStax.