Stanford-backed big data firm Alpine Data Labs appoints Joe Otto as new chief executive officer.

Alpine Data Labs, a US-based big data firm incubated from within fellow big data company Greenplum and backed by Stanford University, has appointed Joe Otto as its new chief executive officer. The firm received backing from Stanford in 2011 when the University took part in a $7.5m series A round. Also involved were Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia. Joe Otto will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth, and management of Alpine. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in building high performance sales teams and bringing big data solutions to market. Otto previously served as senior vice president of sales and services for Greenplum, the big data firm where Alpine was first incubated. He said: “I have seen first hand the tremendous productivity improvements data scientists and business analysts enjoy when working with Alpine’s software and big data. I am inspired by the ambitious goal this company has set to be a leader in this next generation of advanced analytics, and I am humbled to be working with such a talented group of people. This is a very large and dynamic market, and we have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to help enterprises transform and grow their business around data. To me, that is about as exciting as it gets.”

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