SAN MATEO, CA, September 6, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Zoomdata, developers of the world's fastest visual analytics platform for Big Data, today announced Chief Operating Officer Nick Halsey has been promoted to President and CEO. Company founder Justin Langseth moves to Board Chairman where he will focus on technology strategy and strategic partnerships. The company also added veteran industry executive Michael Proia as Vice President of Sales. The moves come as the company is seeing dramatic growth.
Zoomdata’s market traction and technology innovations have garnered widespread recognition. Zoomdata debuted in the visionary quadrant in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms and Gartner also named Zoomdata a 2016 Cool Vendor. In addition, the company was named a Ventana Research 2016 Technology Innovation Award for Operational Intelligence, and received the Top Ranking in the 2016 Annual Big Data Analytics Market Study from Dresner Advisory Services.
“As a technical founder, I’ve known for a while that we would get to the point where we’d want to have an operations-focused executive in the CEO role,” said Langseth. “I’ve been working with Nick for two years now, and am confident he will do an outstanding job. This change will allow me to focus on strategic customers, our partners, and on technology and product strategy.”
Before joining Zoomdata, Halsey was CMO for Keynote Systems. Previously Nick was the CMO and EVP of corporate development at SugarCRM, where he managed the company’s overall go-to-market strategy. Prior to SugarCRM, Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder and CEO of Biz360, an innovator in social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was acquired by Attensity Group, and also served as the founding vice president of sales and marketing for Brio Software, where he helped lead the company to $150 million in sales and to a successful IPO. Nick also served as the CMO and executive vice president of corporate development at Alphablox, guiding it to an acquisition by IBM. He holds a BA from Stanford University.
Proia joins Zoomdata most recently from HAProxy Technologies as VP of Worldwide Sales. He has also held sales leadership roles with VMWare and Hortonworks, where he recruited and led a regional sales team from initial hire to a $60M+annual business in 4 years; helping Hortonworks become the fastest company to reach $100M in revenue (according to Barclays Research) and launch a successful IPO in December 2014. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.