Chief Executive Officer
Billy joined DataStax as Chief Executive Officer in May 2011 and propelled the company’s growth from sub-$1M in revenue and 25 employees to more than $100 million in revenue and over 500 employees today.
He championed the company’s early years when it was the leading contributor of code and expertise to open source Apache Cassandra™. Now, he is leading the company’s enterprise expansion as the world’s premier provider of the always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra and designed for hybrid cloud. Billy is an active contributor to the Forbes Technology Council. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of cloud databases, data autonomy, hybrid cloud, AI and distributed workforces, and was most recently at The Economist Innovation Summit discussing AI and data trends shaping the future of global business.
Billy’s 25+ years of tech experience span nearly every part of the database industry in roles ranging from database administrator, to book author, to senior executive. Before joining DataStax, Billy spent six years at Quest Software, where his most recent role was Vice President and General Manager of the database business unit. Under his leadership, the industry-leading Quest database business grew from supporting traditional relational databases to a portfolio that included tools for cloud, NoSQL, Columnar, and Hadoop databases, as well as business intelligence offerings. Prior to Quest, Billy spent a large portion of his career as a software engineer, ultimately moving into product management at Embarcadero Technologies.
Billy holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Louisville, where he was also a scholarship football player for the Cardinals.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
As Senior Vice President of Global Sales of DataStax, Rich is the strategic lead in all aspects of revenue-generating activities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise software industry building and managing high-performance teams from small startups to large corporations.
Prior to DataStax, Rich was the Chief Revenue Officer at Seal Software, the leader in contract analytics and discovery. Rich has also held executive sales positions at Quest Software, which achieved a successful IPO in 1999 and grew revenues to over $900M during his tenure. He then served as Vice President of Sales for Dell and led the Americas sales teams for Dell Software Group. Rich holds a B.S. in business marketing from Brigham Young University.
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Sven is responsible for the worldwide software engineering of our integrated enterprise big data platform. He has more than 20 years of experience managing software teams at both small startups and mid-size corporations. During that time, Sven brought products to market in a wide variety of areas, such as application development, factory management systems, content management and distributed computation systems. Before joining DataStax, he held various senior engineering roles, leading the development for enterprise level technology products at Cimetrix, Scriptics, Interwoven and most recently, Electric Cloud. Sven earned his computer science degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Jonathan is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of DataStax.
He was Project Chair of Apache Cassandra for six years, where he built the Cassandra project and 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.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Success
As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Success of DataStax, Madan leads all global customer success functions and programs comprised of Customer Success, Services, Training and Renewals. He has more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing services and customer life cycle programs spanning acquisition, consumption and retention. Prior to DataStax, Madan served as Vice President of Professional Services, Americas at HP Software, where he transformed service business development teams into a solution selling organization. Madan was also Senior Vice President of Global Services at Genesys and FIS where he developed and implemented customer value focused services. Madan earned his MBA from Andhra University and his B.A. from Andhra Loyola College.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer of DataStax, Cate leads the company’s worldwide marketing efforts. Cate brings more than 20 years of experience building marketing programs for enterprise software companies. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Carbon Black, where she led the corporate and product marketing teams through the company’s successful IPO, and its shift from being an on-premise business to the cloud. Prior to joining Carbon Black, Cate was Chief Marketing Officer of MariaDB, where she built the marketing function, established a new brand identity, led the go-to-market strategy and accelerated commercial adoption. Before MariaDB, Cate led corporate and field marketing at Couchbase, and held leadership roles at Oracle. Cate graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and Anthropology.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert oversees DataStax’s finance, IT, facilities and investor relations functions. Prior to joining DataStax in February 2017, Robert was Chief Financial Officer for Pivotal Software, where he managed all facets of corporate finance and strategy. During his tenure at Pivotal, he led the transition of the company’s business model to a software subscription model, oversaw key compliance initiatives, and helped the company secure over $250M in Series C financing. Prior to Pivotal, Robert spent over two decades at EMC Corporation where he held numerous senior positions that drove positive outcomes across both finance and sales. Robert is a qualified accountant with ACCA (Chartered Association of Certified Accountants) and conducted his studies at the Cork Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel
As DataStax’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Clint is responsible for the company's strategic partnerships as well as mergers and acquisitions. As our General Counsel, Clint is also responsible for the company’s legal affairs, privacy and security. Clint previously served on the management teams at UUNET and Macromedia and was General Counsel and Head of HR at open source database provider MySQL AB, and responsible for Legal, HR and Finance at TrialPay, a venture-backed payments company. Clint earned his J.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from Pomona College.
Senior Vice President, People
With a focus on the global people strategy, Susie serves as DataStax’s Senior Vice President of People. In her role, Susie oversees the entire organization including talent acquisition, programs, business partnerships and operations. Her main goal is to create a positive culture where employees are engaged throughout all stages of their career at DataStax.
Susie has over 25 years of experience in high-tech. Over the last five years, she has led DataStax through hyper growth. Prior to DataStax, Susie lead the people team at Electric Cloud. She holds a B.S. in marketing from Santa Clara University and a M.S. in clinical psychology from Sofia University.
Senior Vice President, Market Development
David serves as Senior Vice President of Market Development for DataStax. David has 30 years of technical and marketing experience. He has held various executive and management positions in marketing, product management and product development. Prior to joining DataStax, David was Chief Operating Officer at AirVM and has held executive positions at Toushay, AvePoint, Quest Software, FastLane Technologies, Hummingbird and Andyne Computing. David earned a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. He also attended graduate school, studying and teaching computer science at James Cook University.