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Hortonworks Appoints John Kreisa Vice President of Marketing

Former Director of Storage Marketing at Red Hat Joins Expanding Management Team

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—March 22, 2012—Hortonworks, a leading commercial vendor promoting the development and support of Apache Hadoop, today announced the appointment of John Kreisa as vice president of marketing. Kreisa comes to Hortonworks by way of Red Hat, where he served as director of storage marketing. 

With more than 20 years of software marketing experience, Kreisa is a key member of the Hortonworks executive team dedicated to meeting the growing demand for Apache Hadoop. As vice president of marketing, Kreisa will focus on enhancing Hortonworks’ expanding presence in the Apache Hadoop community. In addition to his time with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, Kreisa also served as vice president of marketing for Gluster and Cloudera. Kreisa brings a unique blend of open source and enterprise software marketing experience and will help further refine Hortonworks’ marketing strategy for the big data market.  

“Hortonworks is rapidly expanding its management team and we’re excited to add John to our ranks. He has worked with some of the biggest names in open source and will bring valuable, industry-tested marketing experience to the company,” said Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks. “With our recently added talent, Hortonworks continues to expand our management team and we are ideally positioned to enable the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, strengthening and building the community.”

“I am thrilled to join the Hortonworks team. The company has grown exponentially since its inception and will only continue to bring value to the Apache Hadoop community and the big data market,” said Kreisa. “I look forward to increasing Hortonworks’ presence in the market, bringing Apache Hadoop to the enterprise, and planning and executing events like Hadoop Summit 2012, where we’ll have the perfect opportunity to provide a forum for the broader Hadoop community to collaborate and learn.

Kreisa holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Texas.

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is the leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing, and analyzing large volumes of data. The Hortonworks Data Platform provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Together with the Apache community, Hortonworks is making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage, and use. Hortonworks provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs for enterprises, systems integrators, and technology vendors. For more information, visit


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