Former VMware, SpringSource, JBoss Executive Brings 20 Years of Experience to Help Extend Hortonworks’ Leadership within the Apache Hadoop Market
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—January 10, 2012—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop projects, today announced that Shaun Connolly has joined the company’s executive team as vice president of corporate strategy. Connolly brings more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, with a track record of growing early stage and mid-size software companies into successful market leaders. Connolly will be responsible for helping Hortonworks achieve its business objectives by guiding the company’s corporate strategy and identifying new market opportunities for Apache Hadoop.
Connolly will play a critical role in helping the company position and grow the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) as a next-generation enterprise data management solution, helping organizations maximize the value from the wealth of data flowing throughout their enterprise. The Hortonworks Data Platform is a massively scalable, open and extensible platform powered by the most popular Apache Hadoop projects including the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase and Zookeeper.
“With the addition of Shaun to our management team, Hortonworks will continue to make significant strides toward promoting and delivering a more powerful core Apache Hadoop,” said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO of Hortonworks. “Shaun’s experience working with startup enterprise software and open source companies will help us build upon our momentum in the big data industry, further increase our market awareness and continue to accelerate adoption across the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.”
Prior to joining Hortonworks, Connolly was vice president of product strategy at VMware, where he was focused on defining VMware’s cloud application platform vision. Connolly has also held vice president and director-level positions at SpringSource, Red Hat, JBoss, Princeton Softech, HP, Bluestone Software and Primavera Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Drexel University.