Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:43

Regional roles for Databricks' new dynamic duo

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L-R: Greg Taylor, Ed Lenta and Bede Hacknet L-R: Greg Taylor, Ed Lenta and Bede Hacknet

Data analytics vendor Databricks has appointed Ed Lenta as senior vice president and general manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan, and Greg Taylor to the role of regional vice president of Australia and Southeast Asia.

"Ed and Greg are joining during an exciting period of growth for Databricks in Australia and across the region," said Databricks ANZ country manager Bede Hackney, who joined the company in late 2019.

"With the depth of leadership expertise, these appointments will allow us to continue providing customers with unique and innovative data-driven solutions and expand our exciting portfolio of start-ups, enterprise and government organisations."

Lenta has nearly 20 years of enterprise technology and leadership experience, and joined Databricks from Amazon Web Services (AWS) where served most recently as APJ vice president.

He previously helped VMware establish its ANZ business, and rose to the position of general manager for southeast Asia.

Lenta holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).

"In its short history, Databricks has helped organisations of every size, across every industry transform themselves through data and AI," said Lenta.

"But it's still very early. While every company seems to understand the critical role that data and AI must play in accelerating innovation, staying competitive, and anticipating customers needs, very few have figured out how to do it successfully. I truly believe that Databricks has figured this out".

Taylor joined Databricks from New Relic he worked as JPAC group vice president.

His previous roles include managing director of Marketo, country managing director of BMC Software, and vice president at Oracle Australia

Taylor is also a non-executive director of Mulesoft partner WhiteSky Labs.

He holds a BA in organisational studies from the University of California at Davis (US).

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