EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Dave Rich is a veteran industry executive known for pioneering and guiding new businesses to success. His areas of expertise are in new business development, managing large scale global change programs and the preparation, transition, and management of outsourcing contracts. Among many roles at Accenture, his most recent role was the Global Managing Director at Accenture Analytics where he was responsible for driving the company’s investments in predictive analytics solutions.
Dave is a frequent contributor of quotes and bylined articles to BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and other business publications, and has presented to C-level leadership forums including the World Customs Organization, SAS Global Forum, and Business Leader Conference in Brazil and Eastern Europe. Dave is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Technology. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas and enjoys spending time with his wife, eight children, and three grandchildren.
Chief Strategy Officer & VP Product Management
Michele Chambers is an entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of industry experience. As the Chief Strategy Officer at Revolution Analytics, Michele is responsible for corporate strategy, product management and product marketing. Michele's passion is helping companies identify new areas to apply analytics that drive high business value and create sustainable differentiation in the market.
Michele was formerly the GM & VP Big Data Analytics at IBM. Her team was responsible for working with customers to fully exploit the IBM Big Data platform including the IBM Netezza appliance via scalable, high performance advanced analytics on IBM Netezza's massively parallel computing platform. Michele was responsible for guiding the vision, strategy, sales and go-to-market for IBM Netezza Analytics.
Michele is the co-author of “Big Data Big Analytics” (Wiley) that helps businesses and IT managers/executives understand the value of big data through practical use case stories along with consumable descriptions of the enabling technology. She holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from Duke University.
Chief Technology Officer
Greg Todd provides strategy, guidance and methods to successfully engage clients with information management solutions powered by analytics. He has worked at numerous Fortune 500 companies to define analytics architectures supporting descriptive and predictive management reporting needs. He has been a technical architect for over 20 years most recently completing a 15 year run at Accenture where he was a Managing Director in their Digital Data & Analytics practice.
Greg has been involved in consulting his entire professional career. He has been to 27 countries and 43 of the lower 48 states over the course of his career and hopes to continue traveling and help Fortune 500 companies create amazing technical capabilities as the business world continues to change and become even more competitive through the use of analytics.
PRODUCT LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chief Architect & VP Research
David Champagne is an innovative technology leader with over 20 years of experience in enterprise and web application development for business customers across a wide range of industries. As Principal Architect/Engineer for SPSS, David led the development teams, created and led the text mining architecture team and was responsible for a variety of open source initiatives. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Software Engineering for LexiQuest, in charge of software development, quality assurance and publications for the company's entire product line. Earlier in his career, David was a systems engineer for Honeywell, and was also a freelance software consultant. He is a 1984 graduate of Southern Illinois University.
Lee Edlefsen is a serial entrepreneur and inventor of high performance analytics. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, Lee Edlefsen was CEO and co-founder of ExaMetrix, the producer of ExaStat, an open source environment for analyzing huge data sets. Previously, he served as Vice President of Development for the Data Analysis Products Division at MathSoft (now TIBCO Software). Lee co-founded, grew, and sold two successful software companies, Aptech Systems — the producers of the GAUSS Mathematical and Statistical System, and TriMetrix — the creators of the Axum technical graphics and data analysis package. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Chief Data Scientist
Sue Ranney is a ground-breaking thought leader in applying Big Data Analytics. She was the co-founder of ExaMetrix, the producer of the ExaStat open source environment for analyzing huge data sets. Sue also served as vice president of development for the data analysis products division at MathSoft (now TIBCO Software), where she co-managed S-Plus releases, and was the co-founder of TriMetrix — the creators of the Axum technical graphics and data analysis package. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
SALES, MARKETING & OPERATIONS LEADERSHIP TEAM
Vice President, North American Sales
John Bardong has over 25 years experience and success in team and customer relationship building, pipeline/sales generation and execution of global sales opportunities in the ERP, data integration, and financial services applications. John's sales management expertise spans perpetual, subscription and SaaS software models with both public and privately held corporations. John comes to Revolution Analytics from Talend where he was VP of North American sales. John also served as Vice President with Informatica and was responsible for the formation of a National Financial Services Vertical that helped grow the companies revenues to $375 million at the time. In an earlier role he was a part of the management team at PeopleSoft that grew the business from $100 million in revenue to well over $1 billion.
John is a graduate of Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, has two daughters and resides in New York with his wife Janet.
Vice President Business Operations
Mark Bruno is responsible for the legal, commercial, financial, and human resources operations at Revolution Analytics. Mark joins the company after 15 years with Accenture, most recently as the global Commercial Director of Accenture Analytics. At Accenture, Mark's expertise in alliance/partner relationship management was instrumental in shaping the complex legal and commercial structures associated with analytics "Platforms-as-a-Service" and other complex transactions with alliance, partners, and clients, and included responsibility for negotiating and contracting more than $2B in software and services transactions with Fortune 200 technology companies. Mark also has 10 years of commercial and program management experience in the Semiconductor, Aerospace and Defense, and Information Technology business groups at Texas Instruments.
Mark served in the U.S. Army at the Academy of Health Sciences and Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Accounting and Business Data Systems and attended Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Mark and his wife, Delia, reside in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas.
Vice President, Partners and Channels
Greg Fuller leads the alliance strategy and business partner efforts for Revolution Analytics. Greg and his alliance team work closely with Revolution Analytics’ sales, marketing, product management and R&D organizations to drive and align efforts with business partners. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics he served as Global Alliance Director at SAS on their efforts with Accenture. In his time with SAS Greg also managed global partnerships with Deloitte Consulting and specific industry relationships with Teradata, IBM, EMC/Greenplum and HP.
Greg has also spent time with Oracle, Deloitte Consulting/Roundarch, CSC, Chordiant and Customer Analytics in roles ranging Principal Sales Consultant to Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining the IT industry Greg worked for several Texas-based banks in Operations.
VP Global Customer Support
Richard Kittler is responsible for Global Customer Support operations including technical support of Sales, product technical support, and sales operations. He comes to Revolution Analytics with significant enterprise IT experience in leading the development of large scale analytics applications involving both R and SAS, and their integration through ETL with commercial data warehouses. Much of this experience was gained at semiconductor manufacturers AMD and Globalfoundries where he was most recently Director/Fellow of Engineering Analysis Systems responsible for analytics to support ramping new products and technologies in volume manufacturing, tracing yield excursions to root cause, and improving productivity of the Design Enablement operation. Prior to this, Richard was SVP of Product Development at Yield Dynamics, a software startup building yield management software for the semiconductor and flat panel industries. He holds a doctorate in Physics from UC Berkeley, and undergraduate degrees in Math and Physics.
Managing Director - International
Neil Miller is responsible for Revolution Analytics' business and growth outside the Americas and is based in the UK. Neil joined Revolution Analytics after 14 years at Accenture where he led the Customer Insight and Marketing Transformation practices in Europe and the CRM and Analytics practices in the UK and Ireland. During this time he led many consulting and managed service engagements in the customer data, enterprise BI and predictive analytics areas across industries helping clients move along the data - insight - action - outcome value chain. His consulting experience is complemented by 13 years operational experience with Lloyds Bank and GE Capital in a variety of sales, account management, organization development and six sigma business improvement roles in the UK and the US. He is a graduate of London University (1985) and has an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (1997). Neil lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and they have two children who are at university — they are therefore enjoying being "empty nesters"!
VP Corporate Marketing
David Smith leads corporate marketing and community relations. With a background in data science, he writes daily about applications of R and predictive analytics at the Revolutions blog, and was named a top 10 influencer on the topic of “Big Data” by Forbes. He is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of R’s tutorial manual "An Introduction to R", and was one of the originating developers of the ESS (Emacs Speaks Statistics) project. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, David was the director of product management for S-PLUS at Insightful, Inc.
David studied Statistics in Adelaide University in South Australia and at Lancaster University in the UK, and lives in Seattle with his husband Jay. Follow David on Twitter as @revodavid.
VP Professional Services
Neera Talbert is a seasoned Consulting executive with over 25 years of experience. Before joining Revolution Analytics, Neera was Director of Consulting Services at SAS. Prior to that Neera was with SAIC and CSC supporting NASA’s manned flight information technology programs. She brings over fifteen years of proven success in the business analytics software industry, as well as ten plus years in management consulting and IT professional services. Neera is skilled at developing and driving services strategy to achieve high performance and organizational change management. She is an innovative and team-oriented leader with proven leadership skills driving consulting service business in global markets. During her career she has launched a program management office, co-authored delivery methodologies, implemented knowledge sharing best practices, developed a partner enablement practice, managed larger consulting service practices, launched an offshore practice, and established college recruiting programs.
Neera is a graduate of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. She has one daughter and resides in Austin with her husband Tony.
General Manager - Asia Pacific
Laurence Liew is a veteran of the open-source, Linux, High Performance Computing, Grid and Cloud communities and has been promoting their use since 1998. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, Laurence was the Director of Platform Computing in Singapore holding multiple portfolios including: R&D Centre Director for Platform's Open Source Grid Development Centre which is responsible for the development and overall product strategy for Platform's HPC management software, Director of Platform's Cloud Innovation Centre helping customers in Singapore and the region to be Cloud enabled, and Platform's HPCCommunity.org Community Manager, a portal for the global HPC community.Laurence graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering, and holds a Master in Knowledge Engineering from NUS.
REVOLUTION ANALYTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CEO, Revolution Analytics
Senior Advisor for Products and Strategy
Norman Nie served as CEO of Revolution Analytics from 2009 to 2012, and today supports Revolution Analytics’ efforts to galvanize the predictive analytics market he helped create over 30 years ago as the co-founder of SPSS. He served as president and CEO of SPSS through 1992 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1992 to 2008. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Knowledge Networks, the survey research firm he co-founded in 1997. Nie is a renowned scholar of political science and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and currently a Research Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, where he also founded the Stanford Institute for Quantitative Study of Society (SIQSS). He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award (1976 and 1997) and was recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for his contributions to survey analytics, as well as his works in political behavior. With a distinguished career in both business and academia, Nie brings strategic vision, experienced management and proven execution to his role on the Board of Directors and as a Senior Advisor.
Robert Gentleman has been an innovator in the statistical computing world for more than 20 years. In 1996, he and fellow University of Auckland (NZ) professor Ross Ihaka released the “R” statistical computing language as a free software package after five years of development. The goal was to offer technology better suited for their statistics students, who needed to analyze data and produce graphical models of the information. Today, R is used by over 2 million people both in academic and commercial settings, and has become the de facto standard for predictive analytics. In addition to his role on the Revolution Analytics board, Gentleman is a senior director in bioinformatics at Genentech (a member of the Roche Group). In his academic career, he has received multiple research grants and has published more than two dozen articles on statistical computing. He holds a BS in mathematics from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Basil Horangic is a partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, which he joined in 2007 to help open the California office — moving from Austin Ventures in Texas, where he was a General Partner. Previously, he held a variety of positions with Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, and Oak Investment Partners. As an investor, Horangic is active up and down the hardware stack, from materials, tools, and manufacturing equipment up to systems, semis, and devices. His companies have sold into network, enterprise, consumer, industrial and healthcare markets. Basil has started two companies, and successfully incubated four others. Horangic is a graduate of MIT with a BS in Computer Science, a BS in Economics, and an MS in Operations Research. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Zack UrlockerZack Urlocker has worked for 25 years in the software industry and has held executive positions in engineering and marketing at a range of enterprise software companies. Most recently, Urlocker held the title of executive vice president of products at MySQL AB, responsible for engineering and marketing the world's most popular open source database. During his tenure at MySQL, Urlocker developed the business strategy that grew the company’s revenue to $100 million annually. He joined Sun Microsystems after its $1 Billion acquisition of MySQL in 2008. Previously, Urlocker held executive product management and marketing positions at Active Software (later acquired by webMethods) and Borland International, where he helped create and launch the award-winning Delphi and JBuilder lines of client/server development tools. Urlocker is a frequent speaker at business conferences on using open source technology for competitive advantage and is the author of the widely-read Open Force blog.