July 31, 2023 – SPMB Executive Search, which helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of Sendur Sellakumar as chief executive officer of data platform Dremio in Santa Clara, CA. Leading the assignment were managing partner Kevin Barry and partner Dean Nacey. “From all of us at SPMB, it was a pleasure to partner with you on this search and we look forward to Dremio’s continued success and its next phase of growth under Sendur’s leadership!” said SPMB in an online post. Mr. Sellakumar brings a wealth of experience in the enterprise technology industry and will lead the company in its next phase of growth. “His expertise in driving growth and innovation, particularly at the intersection of cloud, software, and data worlds, will be invaluable as Dremio continues to enhance its offerings across software and cloud services,” said Dremio.
“Sendur’s exceptional leadership skills and extensive background in the technology sector make him the perfect fit to lead Dremio into its next phase of growth,” said Tomer Shiran, founder of Dremio. “His strategic mindset and customer-centric approach align with our vision for the company.”
Under Mr. Sellakumar’s leadership, Dremio aims to expand its customer base, deepen its industry partnerships, and drive product innovation to meet the evolving needs of modern data-driven organizations.
The company’s new CEO has over two decades of leadership experience in enterprise software and data analytics. Mr. Sellakumar has a proven track record of driving business transformation, building high-performance teams, and delivering exceptional results with enterprise customers.
Prior to joining Dremio, Mr. Sellakumar served in a variety of software technology roles at Splunk and ServiceTitan. In particular, he was chief cloud officer at Splunk, a leading data analytics platform. During his tenure there, he played a pivotal role in driving the company’s product strategy and cloud business transformation, growing its cloud business to over $1 billion in ARR with thousands of enterprise customers. In addition, he served as a technology investment banker at Morgan Stanley covering the software sector. Mr. Sellakumar advised customers on IPOs, capital structure, and mergers and acquisitions.
“I am looking forward to working closely with the talented Dremio team to further accelerate the company’s growth and deliver exceptional value to our customers,” said Mr. Sellakumar. “We are committed to helping enterprise customers realize the value of their data in driving business outcomes.”
Founded in 2015, Dremio is an open data lakehouse, providing self-service analytics with data warehouse functionality and data lake flexibility across all of a client’s data. Hundreds of organizations, including three of the Fortune 5, says the company, use Dremio to deliver mission-critical BI on the data lake. As the original creator of Apache Arrow, Dremio is looking to reinvent SQL for data lakes and meet customers where they are in their cloud journey. Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint, Norwest Venture Partners, Insight Partners, and Sapphire Ventures.
For over 40 years, SPMB Executive Search has worked alongside its clients to build executive teams that ensure venture capital and private equity-backed game-changers achieve scale, and position multi-billion-dollar public companies to unlock innovation. Specializing in technology and innovation, SPMB recruits upper management and board members to growth-oriented companies in tech, consumer, and sustainability industries. SPMB has also placed dozens of senior executives at the portfolio companies of leading private equity firm partners including Blackstone, KKR, and TPG.
SPMB Assists Cervin Ventures in Recruitment of New Partner
Tremendous opportunity lies ahead in integrating a set of distinctive human capital solutions that will deliver exponential value to private equity firms and their portfolios. At the core of this drive are private equity talent leaders and executive recruiters who are developing solutions to help clients navigate change and power value creation early in the hold period. Creating value in portfolio investments, to be sure, begins with assimilating the right team, and executive recruiters continue to step up.
Recently SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, assisted in the placement of Daniel Karp as a partner with Cervin Ventures. Suzanne Heske, who heads SPMB’s investment practice, led the assignment. “We are thrilled for our client Cervin Ventures who welcomes Daniel Karp as a partner,” said Ms. Heske. “With a shared focus on finding disciplined entrepreneurs disrupting the enterprise application, infrastructure and tools spaces, Cervin and Daniel’s collaboration will be an exciting one to follow.”
Specializing in technology and innovation, SPMB recruits upper management and board members to growth-oriented companies in tech, consumer, and sustainability industries. SPMB has also placed dozens of senior executives at the portfolio companies of leading private equity firm partners including Blackstone, KKR, and TPG.
Mr. Barry joined SPMB as a managing partner and co-owner in 2004. Having completed over 400 retained searches, he has worked with a number of standout companies that have achieved categorical success in their respective markets. Recruiting CEOs, GMs, and vice president-level executives, Mr. Barry’s clients include Google, eBay, ServiceNow, VMWare, and Salesforce.com. More recently he has worked with Stripe, PagerDuty, Algolia, Major League Baseball, and Airbnb. Prior to joining SPMB, he played a key role at Pierce & Crow, a technology-focused search firm.
Mr. Nacey’s primary focus is creating long-term partnerships with B2B and B2C clients to foster comprehensive executive team build-outs at the board, CEO, and C-level. As an organization matures, he specializes in placing complementary general management, marketing, customer acquisition, revenue, go-to-market strategy / operations, and customer success leadership (CRO, CMO, COO, CCO), while also recruiting people leaders (CPO, CHRO, VPHR) that define, encourage, and reinforce company-wide behaviors and systems to catalyze growth and achieve scale.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media