OmniSci Leadership Team
Founder and CEO
Todd is the CEO and co-founder of OmniSci. Todd originally conceived of the idea of a GPU-accelerated analytics platform while conducting graduate research at Harvard on the role of social media in the Arab Spring, after tiring of waiting hours or sometimes days for traditional CPU-based platforms to run analytic workflows over hundreds of millions of tweets. He later joined MIT’s CSAIL as a research fellow, under the supervision of Sam Madden and Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker, before founding OmniSci.
VP of Finance
Alan is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting and administrative operations. He was most recently the VP of Finance and Administration at UnitedLayer, a hybrid hosting company with colocation facilities on the west coast. Alan has also held finance roles with Alta Devices, Leadis Technologies, Spansion, Advanced Micro Devices, and was a founder of PracticeFusion, the largest cloud-based electronic health records platform in the United States. He holds a master's degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in accounting, both from San Francisco State University.
VP of Product Management
Venkat heads up Product Management at OmniSci. He joined OmniSci from the CTO office at Cray, the supercomputing pioneer, where he was responsible for leading Cray’s push into Analytics and AI. Earlier, he was Senior Director at YarcData, a pioneering graph analytics startup, where he bootstrapped product and data science/engineering teams. Prior to YarcData, he was a Director of Product Management at Oracle, where he led the launch of the Oracle Financial Services Data Platform, and earlier spent several years at Goldman Sachs, where he led one of the earliest successful projects utilizing machine learning in Operational Risk incident classification. Venkat is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai, and also a certified Financial Risk Manager.
VP of Global Sales
Joe has over 19 years of experience with top-performing software teams and 12 years in executive management across the Americas and the Asia Pacific. In his past, he has maintained leadership roles at Cloudera, where he was the company's Global Sales leader in 2017 and grew revenues in Asia from zero to twenty-five million, Kinetica where he launched the Asia Pacific region to 300% of its number, and Cisco (Tidal Software) where he spent 13 years starting in the inside sales team and working his way up to running America Sales of a 40M business unit. Joe grew up in the Chicago land area and completed his education at Loyola University of Chicago and business leadership courses at Stanford.
VP of Marketing
Aaron is responsible for OmniSci’s marketing strategy and execution, building and leading the team that fosters, nurtures, and enables demand for the OmniSci platform. He comes to OmniSci with more than two decades of previous success as an entrepreneur, building demand for some of software’s most familiar platforms. Most recently he ran the global community for D2IQ (formerly Mesosphere), including leading the launch and growth of DC/OS as an open source project. Prior to that he led the Java Community Process at Sun Microsystems, and ecosystem programs at SAP. Aaron has also served as the founding CEO of two startups in the entertainment space. Aaron has an MS in Computer Science and BS in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
VP of Field Engineering
Mike is head of Sales Engineering, Customer Success, and Support at OmniSci and has over 15 years of experience in technical leadership. He has worn many hats since he joined OmniSci in both pre and post-sales roles and on both the commercial and federal teams. Mike built the worldwide Customer Success and Support organizations from the ground up and is a graduate of Indiana University. Before joining OmniSci, he was in various development and professional services leadership roles at Cisco, Composite Software, and Verizon.
Ray Falcione Jr.
VP of Federal Business
Ray has over 30 years of experience supporting the government mission in the civilian, military and intelligence community. Prior to joining OmniSci, Ray was the Director of Federal Programs at Adobe, Inc., serving national security, law enforcement, Homeland Security and military intelligence customers. Before that he held the position of Vice President at Software AG Government Solutions, a software systems integrator, and served in senior management positions with Brocade, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Ray graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technologies with a minor emphasis in Computer Science and Production Manufacturing.
VP of Industry Verticals
Herfini has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry prior joining OmniSci. She served as the CTIO at PT Telkomsel in Indonesia, the largest Mobile operator in South East Asia, where she had responsibility for the GSM/3G/LTE Network and IT Planning, Operation and Optimization. She then served as CIO and CBO at Indosat Ooredoo, working with key enterprise customers to provide an industry leading telco/ICT solution. She was then assigned as CIO at PT KAI, the largest train company in Indonesia, where she initiated the migration of the new digital ticketing system to serve 400 million passengers yearly. She also was part of the pioneering team that built Starhub, the 3rd mobile operator in Singapore. Herfini has her Bachelor and Master Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from Technische Universitaet in Braunschweig, Germany.
VP of People
Keriann leads the People function at OmniSci. She joined OmniSci from Bain & Company, where she was a management consultant focused primarily on organizational development and go-to-market strategy and later a leader in Bain's internal learning and development group. She spent the earlier part of her career in business development for Partners Group, a private markets investment firm. She is also a proud alumna of Teach For America. She is passionate about making OmniSci an amazing place to work. Keriann has a BS in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member
Todd is the CEO and Founder of OmniSci Inc. Todd built the original prototype of OmniSci after tiring of the inability of conventional tools to allow for interactive exploration of big datasets while conducting his Harvard graduate research on the role of Twitter in the Arab Spring. He then joined MIT as a research fellow focusing on GPU databases before turning the OmniSci project into a startup.
Greg Papadopoulos, PhD is a Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Prior to NEA, Greg was EVP and CTO of Sun Microsystems, where he guided the company’s $2B R&D portfolio. Before Sun, Greg was an Associate Professor of EECS at MIT, where he worked on massively parallel dataflow computing architectures. He also helped found a number of companies, from video conferencing (PictureTel) to computational fluid dynamics (NASDAQ:EXA), and was an engineer with HP and Honeywell. Greg holds an undergraduate degree from UCSD and an SM and PhD from MIT. He also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Moe Kermani, Ph.D. is Managing Partner at Vanedge Capital, focusing on investments in the areas of cloud computing, infrastructure software, security, open source businesses, and vertical market solutions. Prior to Vanedge, Moe was a Vice President of NetApp (NTAP:NASDAQ), a leading provider of enterprise data storage solutions. Prior to that Moe was President and CEO of Bycast Inc., the world leader in storage virtualization software for large scale digital archives and storage clouds.
Board Member & Advisor
Samuel Madden is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research includes databases, distributed computing, and networking. Madden heads the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, and BigData@CSAIL, an initiative to unite researchers at MIT and leaders from industry. Madden received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and is the recipient of awards including an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, best paper awards in VLDB 2004 and 2007, and a best paper award in MobiCom 2006.
Kristina is a Director at Verizon Ventures. She joined Verizon Ventures from Verizon’s Big Data and Artificial Intelligence product team. Prior to Verizon, Kristina was a Director at Intellectual Ventures, where she led investments in machine learning, media, advertising, and gaming technologies. Kristina’s entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and leading two software companies, from their inception to acquisition. Kristina also spent several years on the strategy and corporate development teams at IBM and at NAGRA Innovations. She received an electrical and mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Jeff has served as Nvida’s VP of business development since 2001. He leads our worldwide business development efforts, including overall ecosystem development, mergers and acquisitions strategy, investments, partnerships, and other strategic business relationships and transactions. Previously, Jeff was the worldwide head of corporate and business development at AltaVista, and earlier in his career was a partner with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini where he specialized in corporate and intellectual property law matters. Jeff has a B.S degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and a law degree from Stanford Law School.
George has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial, operations, and venture capital investing experience in high technology companies. George is currently at IQT, the strategic venture capital arm of the Intelligence Community, where he heads up the Enterprise IT investment practice area. This investment area includes companies targeting solutions in Advanced Analytics, Cyber Security, Data Center Infrastructure, Cloud and Mobile focused technologies. Hoyem has led close to 20 investments at IQT across these investment areas. He has also backed, supported, and served on the boards of several dozen emerging technology companies over his career. Mr. Hoyem also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association, the venture capital community’s flagship trade association where he advocates for issues relevant to corporate and strategic investors.
Tom has a distinguished 30-year career in the enterprise software market. Tom is currently a board member for Jive Software, Ombud, ThreatStream, Cloudera and is now an Advisory Board member for OmniSci. Previously he was CEO of Cloudera. Previous to Cloudera Tom served as vice president and general manager of enterprise security at HP. Before HP, Tom served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight, which HP acquired in 2010. Tom led ArcSight through its successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP. Tom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering.
Jeffrey Heer works on visualization, human-computer interaction and social computing. His research investigates the perceptual, cognitive and social factors involved in making sense of data, resulting in new interactive systems for visual analysis and communication. The tools developed by his lab are used by researchers, corporations and thousands of data enthusiasts around the world. In 2009 Jeff was named to MIT Technology Review's TR35; in 2012 he was named a Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Owens is the Child Family Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, John leads a research group with a primary focus on GPU computing. He is an NVIDIA CUDA Fellow, cotaught Udacity's massively open online course (MOOC) "Introduction to Parallel Programming with CUDA" in 2013, and won the 2004 Department of Energy Early Career Principal Investigator Award. John earned PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his BS in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kevin is an experienced technology executive with a strong track record of innovation and delivery in companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals. He is currently the President of Clearbay Technology Inc., an investment and advisory company. Previously, Kevin was the Director – Group Technology Strategy and Operations at Vodafone, where he led the development of technology strategy and R&D for both networks and IT. He also managed Vodafone’s technology security, shared services, global network, and data centres. In his prior role at Vodafone, Kevin served as the CTO of the UK and Ireland. Vodafone is one of the largest service providers in the world with over 400m customers globally. Before joining Vodafone, Kevin was Executive Vice President Business Transformation and Technology Operations at TELUS, one of Canada’s largest fixed and mobile services companies. He joined TELUS in 2000 following the acquisition of Clearnet, where he was an executive. Kevin holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo.