Chris Stolte, Pat Hanrahan and Christian Chabot founded Tableau with a simple mission: help people see and understand their data. Joined by other world-class leaders, they have the ingredients to deliver on that mission. They are passionate. They have the experience. They're dedicated to making Tableau a great place to work. They're supported by an engaged and helpful Board of Directors. And they love working with customers.
CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-founder
Christian Chabot is CEO and Co-founder of Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) and has led the company to twelve consecutive years of record sales and customer growth. Under Chabot's leadership, Tableau has grown from a revolutionary idea to make data useful for everyone into one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. With multinational operations in fifteen cities, Tableau has grown to 39,000 customer accounts in 150 countries. The company has been named a "best place to work" numerous times. Christian started his career as a data analyst at Cornerstone Research, a consulting firm, where he first became a bona fide data geek. He is the author of Understanding the Euro: The Clear and Concise Guide to the Trans-European Currency (McGraw-Hill), which he wrote as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from Stanford's School of Engineering.
When asked why he co-founded Tableau, he answers simply, "Making data easy to see and understand is one of the great opportunities of our time."
Co-founder and Technical Advisor
Chris Stolte is Tableau Software's Co-founder and Technical Advisor. Prior to co-founding Tableau, Chris spent six years researching the analysis and exploration of multidimensional databases at Stanford University, culminating in the Polaris system which was the basis for Tableau's first products. This research resulted in fourteen landmark research publications and two large-scale visualization systems. Chris was also the CTO and Co-founder of BeeLine Systems, a visualization software company that developed a revolutionary map rendering system and was purchased by Vicinity Corporation (NASDAQ: VCNT). Chris is a co-inventor on five software patents related to information visualization. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University.
Chris's early career as a database programmer helped him see the problems with existing analytical tools. "I remember writing programs that helped people get data directly in just a few minutes, where they used to wait a few weeks. I was astounded by their responses – they were shocked at being able to get the data so quickly and grateful they could do it themselves. I've never forgotten that."
Chief Scientist and Co-founder
Pat Hanrahan is Tableau Software's Chief Scientist. He is also the CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches computer graphics. His current research involves visualization, image synthesis, and graphics systems and architectures. Before joining Stanford he was a faculty member at Princeton. Pat has also worked at Pixar where he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the RenderMan Interface - a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Pat has received three Academy Awards for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award, and the IEEE Visualization Career Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
When asked what makes Tableau unique, Pat answers, "Tableau's center is really about answering questions with data. A lot of data visualization research is really about making pretty pictures, but we worked with psychologists and graphic designers to understand how people deal with visual data and process it. We create pictures that answer questions, but we do it for businesses that want to know things about their own metrics."
Tom Walker is Tableau Software's Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for finance, operations, administration, human resources, and IT functions at Tableau. Tom brings over 19 years of experience in finance, operations, strategic planning, and acquisitions. Prior to joining Tableau in 2004, he held finance positions at private and public companies including Time Warner and IDG Books (since acquired by John Wiley and Sons). He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Arizona State University, and a master's degree in business administration from Baruch College.
Tom was Tableau's first customer. "When I saw how Tableau helped my previous company with its data analytics challenges, I knew I had to be part of this company."
Andrew Beers is Tableau's Chief Development Officer, and is responsible for product strategy, design, and engineering. During his tenure at Tableau, he has led many of the engineering teams, created new products for the company, and personally written pieces of the product code. Andrew has been at the very heart of Tableau's engineering for most of the company's existence. Prior to joining Tableau in 2004, Andrew ran the engineering group at Align Technology, makers of the Invisalign system, building software to support large-scale customized manufacturing. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he worked in Pat Hanrahan's computer graphics research group.
When Andrew was first introduced to a very early version of Tableau Desktop, he knew he had seen the future. "My previous company and I personally were doing data analysis using old, traditional systems that I knew Tableau would replace. But it wasn't until I got to see under the hood that I realized how incredible Tableau really was. VizQL was a technology that I had to get my hands on."
Elissa Fink is Tableau Software's Chief Marketing Officer. With 20+ years helping companies improve their marketing operations through applied data analysis, Elissa has held executive positions in marketing, business strategy, product management, and product development. Prior to Tableau, Elissa was EVP Marketing at IXI Corporation, now owned by Equifax. She has also served in executive positions at Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), and Nielsen/Claritas. Elissa also sold national advertising for the Wall Street Journal. She's a frequent speaker and has spoken at conferences including the DMA, NCDM, PSAMA and others. Elissa is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds an MBA in Marketing and Decision Systems from the University of Southern California. In 2013, Elissa joined the Board of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA).
Elissa first discovered Tableau late one afternoon at her previous company. Three hours later, she was still "at play" with her data. "After just a few minutes using the product, I was getting answers to questions that were taking my previous company's programmers weeks to create. It was instantly obvious that Tableau was on a special mission with something unique to offer the world. I just had to be a part of it."
Executive VP, Sales
As Executive Vice President, Sales, Kelly Wright is responsible for all worldwide sales and field operations at Tableau, including Direct and Channel Sales in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Kelly also oversees programs including Services, Training, Technical Support, Customer Success, and other sales programs and initiatives. Kelly brings over 25 years of experience in leadership and sales roles. She joined Tableau as the Company's first salesperson in 2005, prior to the launch of Tableau version 1.0.
Kelly previously held roles at a number of high profile companies, including Vice President positions at AtHoc, a venture-backed software company in Silicon Valley, and sales and management positions at Southwestern, Dale Carnegie, and Bank of America. Kelly also spent time at strategic consulting firms Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company.
In fact, it was during her time as a consultant that Kelly saw the need for software like Tableau's. "Tableau is so easy to use. As a management consultant, I spent hours through the night iterating on charts and graphs. Tableau would have allowed me to spend more time answering questions and driving value, instead of spending hours formatting the charts."
Kelly holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Francois Ajenstat is Tableau's Chief Product Officer. Francois Ajenstat is responsible for Tableau's overall product strategy and oversees the product portfolio including product packaging, pricing and product positioning. He is also responsible for evangelizing Tableau's products with customers and partners and incorporating customer and partner feedback into the strategic vision of the Tableau portfolio. Francois brings a wealth of product management experience in the business intelligence industry. Prior to joining Tableau, Francois worked at Microsoft for 10 years in a number of different groups including SQL Server, Office and Trustworthy Computing. Before that, he worked for Cognos Corporation (acquired by IBM) leading strategic alliances with key industry partners such as IBM, HP, and Microsoft.
The first time Francois saw Tableau, over 10 years ago, he recognized the potential to transform the industry and revolutionize how people work with data. "I knew I needed to be part of what was to become an entire new era in business analytics and it's been incredible to be part of the team that is making that vision a reality."
Executive VP, Corporate Development and Strategy
Jay Peir is Tableau Software's Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. He is responsible for corporate strategy, planning, partnerships, and acquisitions. Jay brings over 15 years of experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and business development. Prior to Tableau, he was at SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) where he served in numerous senior roles including VP, Corporate Development, VP, Treasurer, and CFO, and led SunPower's preparations for its Initial Public Offering. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford University.
While at SunPower, Jay had the opportunity to work with individuals determined to make solar a meaningful part of our global energy mix. "I saw that same passion and desire to make a difference at Tableau and knew I had to be a part of the company that is revolutionizing how people see and understand data."
Executive VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Keenan Conder is Tableau Software's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. With 20+ years helping companies solve complex legal issues, Keenan has held general counsel positions with high growth, disruptive companies. Keenan joins Tableau from Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN) where he was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (acquired by EMC Corp (NYSE: EMC)). Previously, Keenan spent over a decade in the travel-technology sector, serving most recently as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of e-commerce pioneer Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). He also held positions at Travelocity.com and Sabre Inc. He began his legal career as a commercial litigator and is a graduate of Wake Forest University Law School.
Keenan has experienced first-hand the acute problems people face in trying to analyze data productively. "Tableau's mission of making data easy to see and understand can be fundamentally game-changing – as it accelerates the time from data analysis to data utilization. I am honored to be a part of the team."
VP, Product Management
Dan Jewett is Tableau Software's Vice President of Product Management. Dan has more than 20 years of product management and development experience in a variety of technical and marketing positions particularly for business intelligence software companies. Prior to Tableau, Dan was an early employee at Brio Software where he served in numerous senior roles including VP, Business Intelligence and VP, System Architecture. Dan helped build Brio to hundreds of employees and thousands of customers and continued through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Hyperion Solution. At Hyperion, he played a key role in market positioning, strategy decisions, and the overall product strategy. Dan holds a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor's degree in business (management information systems) from California State University, Sacramento.
Dan's motivation for joining Tableau is clear. "I want to change the way people think about data. Data analysis doesn't have to be hard, scary, and left to specialists. Everyone has a thirst to understand and a desire to explore. And add to that making it so easy to share and weave data-centric stories, and Tableau is really helping people to further their understanding and get the (data) stories out. Those stories can change the world."