July 15, 2014 12:01 UTC

Basho Appoints Executive Team to Lead Enterprise Focus

NoSQL database pioneer adds senior management to drive product roadmap, sales strategy and solutions to increase Riak adoption in the enterprise

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Basho, the creator and developer of Riak, the industry leading distributed NoSQL database, today announced three new senior managers to lead and execute the company core roadmap on creating distributed databases and cloud storage software for enterprises. Peter Coppola has joined as vice president, product; Rob Gillespie as vice president, strategic sales; and Emmanuel “Manu” Marchal as director, solutions architecture in Europe.

“NoSQL databases are becoming the database of choice for enterprises dealing with big data, including industries like advertising, gaming and mobile applications,” said Adam Wray, CEO, Basho. “With Peter, Rob and Manu on board, we are well-positioned for growth in the enterprise market given their expertise of driving product roadmaps and sales in the enterprise software industry. Our new leaders will help achieve our vision of delivering advanced scalable databases for enterprise data needs across the world.”

Peter Coppola, VP, product

Coppola joins Basho as vice president of products to help drive its roadmap for Riak and cloud storage software, Riak CS. With more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software, embedded technologies, networking and digital media industries, Coppola brings a wide range of experience to lead the product roadmap and deliver to the unstructured data needs of Basho’s customers. Prior to Basho, he held several executive positions for Limelight Networks including vice president of products, leading product management and product marketing for the company’s content delivery, cloud storage and interactive advertising lines. Coppola co-founded and was president of Unwired Vehicles and headed up marketing for Wind River’s (acquired by Intel) networking division and product marketing for NetManage. He holds three patents related to content delivery network encryption and currently serves as an advisor to iMemories, Inc.

Rob Gillespie, VP, strategic sales

With deep experience in building and managing teams focused on cloud solutions for large enterprise customers and channel partners, Gillespie will lead Basho’s enterprise sales strategy as its new vice president of strategic sales. He has led sales for several software companies and was most recently vice president of sales at Tier 3 (acquired by CenturyLink). Prior to Tier 3, Gillespie was director of North American channels at Limelight networks, where he leveraged select partners to diversify Limelight’s content delivery products. He has also led regional channel strategy at Akamai Technologies. Gillespie has held sales positions at Keynote Systems, Merant (acquired by Serena), Sterling Commerce (an AT&T company) and CA Technologies.

Emmanuel “Manu” Marchal, director, solutions architecture

Marchal joins Basho as director of solutions architecture for Europe. He brings 15 years of experience in big data, product management, global services organizations and sales. Prior to Basho, Marchal was vice president of services at big data company, Acunu, where he was responsible for worldwide pre-sales, delivery and support. He is founder of one of the largest big data communities in Europe, Big Data London, which currently has more than 3,000 members. Marchal has held senior and executive management roles at several technology companies, including LikeCube (acquired by Time Out), Tideway Systems (acquired by BMC Software), and global systems integrator Atos.

“With the phenomenal growth in unstructured data and adoption of cloud technologies in the last few years, we are exceptionally positioned to capitalize on this trend with our open source solutions,” said Dave McCrory, CTO, Basho. “Our goal is to build a team of proven leaders that can help bring a data platform that encompasses scalable key value data store, cloud object store and distributed search to enterprises, and help support our global customers through this growth. Strong leadership will take Basho through this next level.”

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About Basho Technologies

Basho is a distributed systems company dedicated to making software that is highly available, fault-tolerant and easy-to-operate at scale. Basho’s distributed database, Riak, and Basho’s cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by fast growing Web businesses and by one third of the Fortune 50 to power their critical Web, mobile and social applications and their public and private cloud platforms.

Riak and Riak CS are available open source. Riak Enterprise and Riak CS Enterprise offer enhanced multi-datacenter replication and 24×7 Basho support. For more information, visit basho.com. Basho is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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