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Tableau Software, the leader in rapid-fire business intelligence, today announced that it has appointed Brooke Seawell to its Board of Directors. In addition, he becomes chairman of Tableau’s audit committee. Seawell serves on the boards of Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA). As a long-time software executive including positions at NetDynamics and Synopsys, he brings extensive experience in public company finance, accounting, governance and technology company operations.
“Tableau has an opportunity to bring business intelligence technology out of the dark cellar it has been living in for decades and use it to positively impact people’s lives,” said Christian Chabot, CEO and co-founder of Tableau Software. “We’re bringing fast and easy analytics to customers worldwide. Adding Brooke’s experience and talent to our Board will help us drive the company to the next level.”
“Tableau is growing and innovating at such a rapid pace, it’s changing the landscape of business analytics,” said Seawell. “It has the right team in place and will be well positioned to go public when the timing and climate are appropriate.”
Seawell serves on the Management Board of the Stanford Business School. He holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from Stanford.
Tableau has also been building out its management team. Last fall, Jay Peir joined as its vice president of corporate development. Peir spent the past nine years at SunPower Corporation where he led their IPO preparations. Tableau also recently brought Keenan Conder on board as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Conder has an extensive history in high growth public companies including Isilon Systems and Expedia.
Tableau was spun out of Stanford in 2003 when Chabot, Chris Stolte and Pat Hanrahan realized that computer graphics could deliver huge gains in people’s ability to understand information. The company has had eight straight years of record growth, recently announcing that bookings grew 94 percent in 2011. In 2011, Tableau was named by Gartner and IDC as the world’s fastest growing business intelligence company.
Tableau Leadership Team
•Christian Chabot, CEO and co-founder – Chabot co-founded Tableau and has led the company to eight consecutive years of record bookings and customer growth. Prior to Tableau, he was an associate partner at Softbank Venture Capital. Chabot also co-founded and served as CEO of BeeLine Software (acquired by Vicinity Corporation).
•Chris Stolte, chief development officer and co-founder – Prior to co-founding Tableau, Stolte spent six years researching the analysis and exploration of multidimensional databases at Stanford University where he and a team invented VizQL®, the basis for Tableau’s products. He was also the chief technology officer and co-founder of BeeLine Software (acquired by Vicinity Corporation) and is co-inventor on five software patents related to information visualization.
•Pat Hanrahan, chief scientist and co-founder – In addition to his roles as co-founder, Tableau’s chief scientist and Stolte’s advisor at Stanford University, Hanrahan is the CANON USA professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford. He was a founding employee of Pixar (NASDAQ: PIXR) where he was the chief architect of the RenderMan™ Interface. Hanrahan is the winner of two Academy Awards and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
•Tom Walker, chief financial officer – Walker is responsible for finance and operations. He brings more than 17 years of experience across private and public companies. Previous positions include Time Warner and IDC Books (acquired by John Wiley and Sons).
•Kelly Wright, executive vice president of sales – Wright leads worldwide sales with 20 years of experience in sales leadership sales roles. She previously held a vice president position at At Hoc and sales management positions at Southwestern, Inc., Dale Carnegie and Bank of America.
•Elissa Fink, chief marketing officer – Fink leads all marketing for Tableau. Her 20+ year career in marketing includes senior and executive positions at IXI Corporation (acquired by Equifax), Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), TopTier Software (acquired by SAP) and Nielsen/Claritas.
•Dan Jewett, vice president of product management – Jewett has more than 20 years of product management and development experience in a variety of technical and marketing positions. Prior to Tableau he was an early employee at Brio Software (acquired by Hyperion).
•Jay Peir, vice president of corporate development – Peir recently joined Tableau’s executive team. A Stanford alum, he spent the past nine years at SunPower Corporation, most recently as as VP of Corporate Development and Treasurer, where he led their IPO preparations.
•Keenan Conder, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary - A recent arrival, Conder served in executive and general counsel roles in emerging public companies Isilon Systems, Inc. (acquired by EMC Corporation in December 2010), and Expedia, Inc.
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Ranked by Gartner and IDC in 2011 as the world’s fastest growing business intelligence company, Tableau helps anyone quickly and easily analyze, visualize and share information. More than 7,000 companies get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. And tens of thousands of people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableau.com/trial.
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