Howard Fischer Associates Recruits CEO for DataTorrent

February 7, 2017 – Executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates (HFA) has placed Guy Churchward as president and chief executive officer of DataTorrent. Phu Hoang, the current CEO and DataTorrent co-founder, will remain with the company, reporting to the new CEO and continuing to serve on the company’s board of directors.

Mr. Churchward is joining DataTorrent from Dell EMC where he serves as president of its core technologies division, responsible for redefining the modern data center with a comprehensive portfolio of core storage and data protection solutions. Prior to joining EMC, he was president and CEO of LogLogic, an enterprise log and security intelligence platform company. He has also served as vice president and general manager of the Data Protection Group at NetApp and VP and general manager of BEA’s WebLogic Products Group. In addition, Mr. Churchward has held senior management positions at Sun Microsystems (formerly Tarantella Inc.), The Santa Cruz Operation (formerly IXI), Accenture (formerly Binder Hamlyn) and Olivetti.

Setting Out a Roadmap

“We are ecstatic to have Guy join DataTorrent as its chief executive officer,” said David Hornik, an investor in DataTorrent and general partner of August Capital. “DataTorrent is a pioneer in real time streaming ingestion and analytics. Over the past 18 months we’ve seen high profile multinational enterprises deploy DataTorrent’s solution in 24×7 mission critical applications with tremendous success.”

“Guy’s background and track record of scaling businesses is the perfect fit for DataTorrent moving forward,” added Mr. Hornik. “His ability to set the vision, create a powerful product roadmap and both recruit and build a team is exceptional.”


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“We were fortunate that Howard Fischer Associates introduced me to Guy and I was amazed how aligned our thinking was around the value of Open Source and the importance of continuing to bolster Apache Apex, the open source technology underlying DataTorrent’s commercial solutions,” said Mr. Hoang. “He already has a deep understanding of our technology and how our customers can quickly and simply accrue tremendous value through its use. Guy will help us refine our market leading solution, scale our business and set the strategy for our next chapter.”

“I’m sincerely honored to be part of the DataTorrent team,” said Mr. Churchward. “It’s rare you get the opportunity to help shape a fundamental market transformation such as the current desire to harness streaming data in real-time. Every enterprise is focused on creating knowledge from data as it’s created — DataTorrent is uniquely poised to deliver that knowledge to its customers.”

DataTorrent is provider of real-time big data ingestion and analytics. It is the industry’s only solution for enterprises requiring a high-performing, fault tolerant architecture to ingest, transform, analyze, and take actions on data-in-motion. Its solution addresses the key challenges that have traditionally hampered businesses in the full utilization of big data: time-to-production, ease-of-use, cost-of-ownership, and reliability at the enterprise level.

Howard Fischer Associates, a Philadelphia-based recruiter focused on placing key executives in functional areas, including sales, marketing, engineering, research & development, operations, information technology, human resources, business development and finance, has completed a number of senior level searches for clients ranging from BNY Mellon, Tyco InternationalComcast, Google, Facebook, Juniper Networks, Eastman Kodak Company, Rovi Corp., and Netflix to Penn Mutual, Ticketmaster Entertainment, and Yahoo!

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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