Management Team

The Hortonworks team offers an exceptional blend of Apache Hadoop development experience and commercial open source operational expertise. The company is backed by both Yahoo!, the premier digital media company and Benchmark Capital, a preeminent venture capital firm that has backed other successful technology companies such as eBay, Red Hat, SpringSource and Twitter.

Rob Bearden – CEO

Rob is the former chief operating officer of both SpringSource and JBoss, two of the most commercially successful open source companies in history. Rob also served in senior roles at Oracle, where he directed a $1 billion sales organization, I2 and Manhattan Associates. He currently sits on the boards of Black Duck and EnterpriseDB, two successful and well-regarded vendors in the open source industry. Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Jacksonville State University and currently holds the title of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

Herb Cunitz – President

Herb Cunitz brings 25 years of experience building sales, consulting, training, marketing and operations teams for emerging enterprise software companies. Herb is responsible for global sales, marketing and support activities at Hortonworks. Herb was most recently responsible for global field operations for the vFabric Cloud Application Platform division of VMware and was responsible for global sales of the application run-time and data products/services part of the Cloud Application Platform.  Prior to that Herb ran worldwide field operations for SpringSource – an open source software company acquired by VMware in 2009. Herb also spent 10 years at IBM in NY in various positions, including Sales/Marketing Manager for NY and US Marketing Executive for Desktop Operating Systems.  Herb has an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in New York.

Scott Davidson – CFO

Scott brings 20 years of senior financial leadership to Hortonworks.  Most recently he served as the CFO of Quest Software, a publicly traded systems management software company acquired by Dell. Previously, he held strategic financial roles within Citrix Systems and Precision Response Corporation including FP&A, Treasury, Investor Relations and Corporate Development. Before his software focused career, he was a National Bank Examiner with the United States Department of Treasury- Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Scott holds an MBA from the University of Miami.

Shaun Connolly – VP Corporate Strategy

At Hortonworks, Shaun is focused on enabling Apache Hadoop to power the enterprise’s next-generation data architecture. Shaun has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry with experience that spans big data, cloud computing, application middleware, and enterprise open source software platforms. Shaun has a track record of building early stage and midsize software companies into successful market leaders and has held VP and Director level positions at VMware, SpringSource, Red Hat, JBoss, Princeton Softech, HP, Bluestone Software, and Primavera Systems. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. Follow Shaun on Twitter: @shaunconnolly.

Mitch Ferguson – VP Business Development

Mitch has helped to establish and execute global business development and channel strategies with enterprise software companies from early-stage through IPO, including SpringSource, Arbor Software and Vitria Technology. Most recently Mitch started Business Development at SpringSource, which contributed to it being acquired by VMware.  At VMware, Mitch led strategic partnership efforts for VMware’s vFabric cloud platform with companies like Mitch holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. from the University of South Carolina. Follow Mitch on Twitter: @rmfergy.

Tim Hall – VP Product Management

Tim Hall is the Vice President of Product Management focusing on the enterprise customer segment. Prior to joining Hortonworks, he was vice president of product management at Oracle where he was responsible for leading Oracle’s outbound product management team covering the Business Process Management Suite, SOA Suite offerings including Oracle Event Processing, and the Data Integration Suite. Previously, Tim held management level positions at HP, Talking Blocks, and Xpedior. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in Science and Management with a concentration in Physics. Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimHallHWX.

David McJannet – VP Marketing

Dave has more than 15 years of extensive experience across a range of product marketing, product management, and operational functions. Prior to joining Hortonworks, Dave led the product marketing team at VMware for a number of technologies including the Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service project and the vFabric product family. Previously, Dave served as Group Manager, Server & Tools at Microsoft where his team had responsibility for the product marketing and overall performance of the Server and Tools business in Canada.  Before joining Microsoft he held product management roles at webMethods (now SoftwareAG) with a primary focus on Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and middleware products. Dave began his career with KPMG and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McGill University.

Bob Page – VP Partner Product Management

Bob Page is the Vice President of Partner Product Management focusing on the company’s partner ecosystem. Prior to joining Hortonworks, Bob was vice president of analytics platform and delivery at eBay, Inc., where he managed and evolved eBay’s data efforts, data and analytics platforms, applications and services, including one of the industry’s largest Apache Hadoop deployments. Prior to eBay, Bob served as senior director of strategic data solutions at Yahoo!, where he built the Yahoo! experimentation platform, led business intelligence, and the data operations team, among others. Bob holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College.

Dan Bradford – VP Finance

Dan has more than fourteen years of finance experience in the technology industry. Most recently he served as VP of Finance and Operations for Appcelerator, an open source platform for mobile application development. He has also held senior financial roles for JBoss, an open source middleware provider (acquired by Red Hat), BellSouth Intelliventures (now and MindSpring Enterprises (later EarthLink). Dan holds an MBA, Finance emphasis from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Communications, Advertising emphasis from the University of Alabama. Follow Dan on Twitter: @danbradford.

Andy Knosp – VP Professional Services

Andy Knosp is Vice President of Professional Services and is responsible for Worldwide Consulting and Education Services. Andy brings over 20 years of experience in IT, enterprise software, and professional services. Most recently, Andy was Vice President of Professional Services at Eucalyptus Systems. Prior to his tenure at Eucalyptus Systems, Andy has held leadership positions with VMware, Loudcloud, and Procter & Gamble. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University. Follow Andy on Twitter: @andyknosp.

Greg Pavlik – VP Engineering

Greg has more than 15 years of experience in the distributed systems, middleware, and real-time analytics markets and brings proven software engineering management expertise to lead Hortonworks’ product development organization. Prior to joining Hortonworks, Greg spent nearly 10 years at Oracle, most recently as vice president of product development for Oracle’s market leading SOA and integration portfolio where he was responsible for building and managing the development organizations responsible for Oracle’s SOA Suite, governance offerings and Application Integration Architecture (AIA) products. Greg also served on Oracle’s External Research Board, Oracle’s Architecture Review Board, and led technical direction for the company’s Web services strategy and fusion middleware transaction processing infrastructure. Previously, Greg was the principal architect for the Java middleware division at Hewlett Packard and worked on Java Application Server middleware at Bluestone Software. Greg holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.S. also from the University of Pennsylvania. Follow Greg on Twitter: @PavlikGreg.

Jeff Miller – VP North American Sales

Jeff Miller is Vice President of North American Sales for Hortonworks. Jeff comes to Hortonworks with over 15 years of Enterprise Sales experience and has spent the last seven in leadership positions within the top OpenSource Software companies. Jeff was most recently Chief Sales Officer at Virtustream where he doubled year over year bookings in the first 12 months in role. Prior to Virtustream Jeff held leadership roles at VMware and SpringSource where he led the Americas field operations for the vFabric division. Prior to Springsource Jeff also held leadership roles at both JBoss and Red Hat. Jeff is a graduate of Clemson University where he was a 4 year Varsity Letterman for the Clemson Baseball Team.

Ari Zilka – CTO

Ari has more than 20 years of software development expertise and a deep understanding of open source, enterprise software, and the execution required to build successful products. Ari was previously founder and CTO at Terracotta. Previously, Ari was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Before joining Accel, Ari was the Chief Architect at, where he led the innovation and development of the company’s new engineering initiatives. Prior to, Ari worked as a consultant at Sapient and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Ari holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Computer Science as well as in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Follow Ari on Twitter: @ikarzali.

Jamie Engesser – VP Solutions Engineering

Jamie has responsibility for running the Hortonworks Solutions Engineering and in this capacity his team is the primary technical point of engagement for the Hortonworks Customer Base.

He brings almost 20 years as an instrumental player in the growth of many small to medium sized High Tech Companies including VMware, SpringSource, Savvion, Vitria and Documentum. Over this time his primary focus has been on leading technical sales teams focused on middleware, Platform as a Service and data management technologies. Jamie holds a B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University.

Barry Duplantis – VP Customer Success

Barry is responsible for the Hortonworks technical support, premier support services and customer care organizations worldwide. He has spent the last 12 years leading open source services and software organizations. Previously, he held support and services leadership roles Eucalyptus, Alfresco, HP and Opsware. In the early days of Red Hat, Barry led Global Support Services, successfully transitioning a hobbyist and user-focused model to an enterprise subscription-based support business. Prior to his career in open source software support Barry was a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

Brian Marshall – VP Corporate Development

Brian is responsible for Corporate Development at Hortonworks. Brian spent the last 15 years conducting fundamental research on the technology sector from both a buy-side and sell-side perspective. Most recently, Brian was Senior Managing Director at ISI Group where he led its Technology Team. Prior to joining ISI, Brian spent 3 years as a sell-side analyst at Gleacher covering IT Hardware and Data Networking sectors. Prior to joining Gleacher, Brian started a global technology long/short fund and partnered with Jefferies. Before that, he was employed at DE Shaw and oversaw the firm’s effort in the long/short technology sector while managing a substantial fund and team of investment professionals. Brian graduated from Georgetown University in 1996 with a BS in Japanese.

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