Open Source Veteran Brings 20 Years of Experience Building Enterprise-Class Software to Leading Apache Hadoop Contributor
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—January 31, 2012—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop projects, today announced that Paul Cormier has joined the company’s board of directors. As a pivotal member of the open source community for more than 20 years, Cormier will assist the company to accelerate the adoption of Apache Hadoop.
In his current role as President, Products and Technologies at Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, Cormier leads engineering and the product business units. Cormier’s leadership and experience in enterprise technology led to the introduction of Red Hat’s acclaimed line of enterprise products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With a wealth of experience building enterprise-class open source software, he brings unique insight and guidance that will help Hortonworks grow the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
“Paul is a seasoned member of the open source community and his knowledge and insight will help Hortonworks achieve its mission of advancing Apache Hadoop,” said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO of Hortonworks. “We look forward to working with Paul to ensure that Apache Hadoop becomes the de facto platform for storing, processing, managing and analyzing big data.”
“The open source community is closely watching the developments in, and enterprise adoption of, Apache Hadoop,” said Paul Cormier. “I am looking forward to being a part of Hortonworks’ effort to strengthen Apache Hadoop and help the entire ecosystem prosper.”
Prior to Red Hat, Cormier served as senior vice president of research and development at BindView. Cormier holds a Master of Science in Software Development and Management from Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Hortonworks Board of Directors now consists of: Eric Baldeschwieler, Hortonworks CEO, Rob Bearden; Hortonworks President and COO; Peter Fenton, General Partner, Benchmark Capital; Jay Rossiter, Senior Vice President, Cloud Platform Group, Yahoo!; Mike Volpi, Partner, Index Ventures; and Paul Cormier Executive Vice President and President of Products and Technologies at Red Hat.