The DataGravity leadership team brings a track record of innovation and success in storage technology. Its co-founders, Paula Long and John Joseph were previously founder and executive leader respectively at EqualLogic, a notably successful storage innovator later acquired by Dell. Other DataGravity team leaders are experts with deep experience in storage, virtualization, data management and analytics. As vital supporting players, the DataGravity Board of Directors and investors represent some of the smartest visionaries in technology today.
DataGravity Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Paula brings over 30 years of experience in high-tech innovation to DataGravity. Prior to DataGravity, she served as vice president of product development at Heartland Robotics. In 2001 Paula co-founded storage provider EqualLogic, acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. She remained at Dell as vice president of storage until 2010. Prior to EqualLogic, she served in engineering management positions at Allaire Corporation and oversaw all aspects of the ClusterCATS product line while at Bright Tiger Technologies.
Paula’s executive and technical leadership has been extensively recognized, including the New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Ernst & Young 2008 Northeast Regional “Entrepreneur of the Year” and a national finalist for the same award. She is a graduate of Westfield State College.
President and Co-Founder
With over 30 years of experience applying a customer-focused approach to computer design engineering, product management and go-to-market strategy, John brings deep enterprise and mid-market expertise to DataGravity.
John previously served as vice president of marketing and product management at EqualLogic, leading these functions from the company's initial launch through the successful acquisition by Dell in 2008. He subsequently served as vice president of enterprise solutions, marketing at Dell for three years after the acquisition. Before joining EqualLogic, John held product design and leadership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation and was responsible for all marketing activities for enterprise storage at Maxtor and Quantum. He is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University.
John is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events.
Chief Technology Officer
With more than 20 years in operations and leadership roles with growth companies, David serves as chief technology officer of DataGravity, responsible for leading the technical strategic vision for the company while guiding our product management teams and research and development efforts to better serve the needs of organizations looking for more from their data storage.
Prior to becoming CTO, David served as vice president of worldwide field operations at DataGravity. Previously, David was a member of the senior leadership team at Veeam Software, a leading data protection software provider for virtualized and cloud environments.
David also served as CTO and vp of professional services for systems integrator Hipskind TSG. He also served as CTO for Kane County, Ill., and has held technology leadership roles with various organizations. A graduate of DeVry University, he is a frequent speaker at top tier technology shows and is a recognized expert in virtualization.
Chief Financial Officer
A CPA with more than 20 years of experience in financial planning and analysis, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and systems and system implementations, Kevin is responsible for driving the financial operations of DataGravity as the company’s chief financial officer.
Prior to joining DataGravity, Kevin held the role of chief financial officer for Azuki Systems, Inc., where he led the M&A process of the company’s sale to Ericsson and completed more than $4 million in debt and convertible debt financings. He previously held the positions of vice president of finance at Aylus Networks, Inc., where he completed a $16 million round of venture funding; corporate controller at Casenet, Inc.; and director of finance at Salary.com, Inc., where he helped build the systems and infrastructure to take the company public in 2007.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College, as well as a Master of Science and Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University’s graduate school of professional accounting.
Chief Product Officer
John has spent over 30 years designing and building scalable, high performance, and fault-resilient systems. The systems he’s built have involved technologies like distributed computing, network switching, storage servers, and video editing and streaming. As chief product officer, John leads the design and software development of the DataGravity platform. Prior to DataGravity, John was the vice president of engineering of the VNX midrange storage product line.
Prior to EMC, he held executive and development positions at Acopia Networks, Storigen Systems, SeaChange International, Avid Technology, Ungermann-Bass Networks, and Digital Equipment Corporation. John co-owns nine US patents in various aspects of distributed computing, with a focus on distributed storage systems. John is a graduate of Harvard University.
Vice President of Marketing
Drawing on nearly 25 years of experience leading marketing, product marketing and product management for pioneering data warehousing, business intelligence and search technology companies, Jeff drives marketing strategy for DataGravity.
Adept at core product messaging and positioning, market strategy, competitive intelligence and global field enablement, Jeff possesses a rare combination of marketing skills, organizational leadership and technical background. Most recently, he served as vice president of global product marketing at business intelligence software leader Qlik. Previously, he served on the senior leadership teams directing marketing and product management at search and BI technology pioneers, including Business Objects, Endeca and Ardent/Ascential.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Tufts University and a Master in Business Administration from Boston University. A frequent speaker, he has appeared at the Gartner BI Summit, the Accel Big Data Conference and the Computerworld Premier 100 Conference.
Vice President of Sales
Rich brings 25 years of experience with global sales management, product marketing, and system engineering. As the VP of Sales he is responsible for ramping and managing the DataGravity field sales organization in their mission of business development, channel creation/management, and revenue generation.
Prior to DataGravity, Rich was the Worldwide Vice President of Sales and Services at SimpliVity Corp. where, in addition to his core role of creating and executing SimpliVity’s go to market sales strategy, he led major segments of product development, product marketing, and global support services. During Rich’s tenure SimpliVity experienced record-setting levels in sales growth, pipeline generation, organization scaling and channel network recruitment.
Prior to SimpliVity, Rich served as Area Vice President of Sales for EqualLogic where he worked closely with Paula Long and John Joseph. Rich has also held senior management roles with EMC Corporation, LeftHand Networks, and GreenBytes.
Rich lives in the Boston area with his wife Jennifer and children Courtney and Collin. Rich holds a BS from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an MBA from Boston College.
Vice President of Hardware and Operations
Paul brings 25 years of experience in leadership, hardware engineering and manufacturing operations for high-growth companies to his role as vice president of hardware and operations at DataGravity. He is responsible for defining and implementing the company’s hardware platform strategy, managing its supply chain and driving its worldwide product fulfillment model.
Prior to joining DataGravity, Paul was vice president of hardware and operations at Covergence, Inc., and continued to serve as an operations consultant through the company’s acquisition by Acme Packet, which has since become part of Oracle. Prior to Covergence, Paul was co-founder and director of hardware at Tiburon Networks, and held various hardware engineering leadership positions at Aptis Communications and Shiva Corporation.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.