Chief Executive Officer
Pivotal Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz formed Pivotal in 2013, having previously served as Chief Strategist of EMC and CEO of VMware. During his tenure at VMware, he led transformation of the company from a technology leader in virtualization to a category leader in cloud computing. Maritz remains a member of VMware’s board of directors.
Prior to joining VMware, Maritz was President of the Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division at EMC after the company’s February 2008 acquisition of Pi, where he was the founder and CEO. Before founding Pi, Maritz spent 14 years working at Microsoft, where he served as a member of the five-person Executive Committee that managed the overall company, and was responsible for the product development and marketing of the Windows Client.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Bill Cook is the president and chief operating officer at Pivotal. Cook brings more than 30 years of IT industry experience in enterprise software, data warehousing, business intelligence and storage. Prior to Pivotal, Cook served as president of EMC’s Greenplum division and served as CEO through EMC’s acquisition of Greenplum in 2010. Cook was instrumental in growing Greenplum from a startup to helping EMC become a leader in Big Data, including acquiring the gold standard in agile software development, Pivotal Labs. Cook has held many leadership positions, including 19 years at Sun Microsystems where he most recently served as senior vice president of US Sales.
President and Head of Products
Scott Yara is the president and head of products at Pivotal.
Scott co-founded Greenplum and previously served as senior vice president of EMC’s Greenplum division. He possesses a deep knowledge of overall product development and go-to-market efforts, including engineering, product management, and marketing.
Prior to Greenplum, Scott served as vice president for Digital Island, a publicly-traded Internet infrastructure services company, acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001. Before his role there, Scott served as vice president for Internet content delivery services company, Sandpiper Networks. At Sandpiper, Scott helped to create the industry's first content delivery network (CDN), a globally distributed computing infrastructure comprised of several thousand servers, and used by many of the industry's largest Internet services including Microsoft and Disney.
Senior Vice President, Cloud Application Fabric & Pivotal Labs
Rob Mee is the vice president of Cloud Application Platform Group and Pivotal Labs at Pivotal. Prior to Pivotal, Mee co-founded Pivotal Labs in 1989 and served as CEO for 24 years, growing the company into a major provider of software development services for companies ranging from seed-stage startups to enterprise-grade companies. Mee oversaw Pivotal Labs’ acquisition by EMC Corporation in March 2012, and continues to lead and guide the vision for Pivotal Labs at Pivotal.
Senior Vice President and Chief Solutions Architect
Jeff Nick is Senior Vice President and Chief Solutions Architect at Pivotal. Prior to joining Pivotal, Nick served as CTO at EMC Corporation from 2004 to 2012, where he was responsible for cross-product technology strategy and played a major role in setting technical direction for EMC's M&A activities in the areas of cloud computing, software-defined data center and data analytics. As CTO, Nick founded and drove EMC Labs, linking EMC’s advanced research efforts worldwide. In addition, he founded EMC's corporate Fellow and Distinguished Engineer programs, recognizing and leveraging EMC's top technical talent to shape EMC’s technology future.
Nick joined EMC in September 2004 from IBM, where he held the distinguished title of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor that IBM bestows on its IT innovators. During his 24-year career at IBM, he held a wide range of technical leadership positions with skills developed across a broad array of computer technology disciplines, including software development, microcode, systems architecture, clustered and distributed systems, database sharing algorithms, and transaction processing.
Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marist College. He currently holds more than 80 U.S. patents in computer systems technology.
Chief Architect, Application Fabric
Adrian Colyer is Architect, Application Fabric at Pivotal. Prior to Pivotal, Adrian joined VMware in 2009 and served as CTO through VMware's acquisition of SpringSource. He led the AspectJ project at Eclipse.org and oversaw the integration of aspect-oriented concepts into the Spring Framework, helping to grow the SpringSource portfolio into the rich set of projects and products that exist today.
In 2004, Adrian was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 100 young innovators in the world.
Senior Vice President of Research and Development
Hugh Williams is Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Pivotal. Previously, from 2009 to 2013, Hugh was with eBay where he led a large cross-disciplinary team that turned around the Marketplaces business. Hugh's teams conceived, designed, and built eBay’s user experiences, search engine, big data technologies, and platforms. Prior to eBay, Hugh spent 4+ years managing a R&D team at Microsoft’s Bing, 10+ years researching and developing search technologies, and 5 years running his own startup and consultancy.
Hugh has published over 100 works, mostly in the field of Information Retrieval, and two books for O’Reilly Media Inc. Hugh holds nineteen US patents and has many more pending. Hugh has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.
Senior Vice President, Global Field Operations
Scott Aronson is senior vice president of global field operations at Pivotal. Prior to Pivotal, Aronson led VMware’s global channel, go-to-market approach, strategic alliance and service provider relationships. He brings more than 17 years of experience in the technology industry, in areas ranging from networking to storage and infrastructure software.
Aronson has held various leadership roles within VMware, including building and running the North American west region sales organization as well as architecting, building and running VMware’s global accounts program.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy
Leo Spiegel is the senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Pivotal. Spiegel is a managing partner at Mission Ventures, a Southern California venture capital firm that invests in early-stage IT companies which was the lead investor in Greenplum. Previously, he served as president of Digital Island, a provider of global e-business network and content delivery services. Leo joined Digital Island as a result of a merger with Sandpiper Networks, Inc., the world's first content delivery service provider for the Internet, where he was the chairman, president, and CEO.
Chief Marketing Officer
Richard Snee is chief marketing officer at Pivotal. He is also cofounder and advisor at Data Science Central, an online community for Big Data practitioners.
Prior to Pivotal, Snee served as vice president of marketing at Greenplum, where he led Big Data initiatives including the creation of the first Data Scientist Summit in Las Vegas, May 2011. Prior to Greenplum, he led the marketing efforts at IronPort, bringing the email and web security company from a startup in 2001 to a company acquired by Cisco for $830 million in 2007. Richard has held additional leadership positions at Silicon Graphics and IBeam, where he drove market development and technology adoption in the media industry.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert O’Donovan is chief financial officer at Pivotal. Prior to Pivotal, he served as vice president of sales productivity and enablement for EMC Asia Pacific and Japan. There, he supported the APJ theatre in driving growth and improving operational performance through the development and delivery of sales programs, sales training, sales enablement activities and transformational go-to-market strategies. Prior to that, he was CFO of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan.
Vice President, People
Joe Militello leads Pivotal’s Human Resources team. Previously, Militello served as Senior Director, Human Resources at Greenplum/EMC for more than 11 years. During that time, he held HR leadership positions in a wide variety of divisions within EMC, including manufacturing, corporate staffing and storage. In addition, Militello served as a senior business analyst with the corporate development team. Prior to joining EMC, he was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
Militello earned a BS degree from Fairfield University, an MBA from Boston College, and an MSF from Boston College.
Vice President and General Counsel
Andrew Cohen is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Pivotal. In this role, he has worldwide responsibility for legal, governance and compliance issues for the company. Cohen joined Pivotal from EMC, where he held a variety of senior legal roles, as well as led the compliance software business. Cohen earned a BA with honors from Cornell University and received his JD from the University of Michigan. An avid skier and biker, he is married with three children.
Chief of Staff to the Office of the CEO
Jason Hurst is the Chief of Staff to the Office of the CEO at Pivotal. Prior to Pivotal, Jason was vice president of strategy and corporate development at VMware. He joined the company in 2010, after spending nearly a decade in technology investment banking at Citi in New York and Palo Alto. At VMware, Jason oversaw and contributed to a wide array of strategic projects and initiatives including identification, evaluation and execution of acquisitions and investments.