Press Release • December 3, 2019

Alation Announces Eric Chan as Chief Financial Officer and Kiran Narsu as Vice President, Business Development

New leadership appointments reflect rapid company growth

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Dec. 4, 2019Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today announced the appointment of Eric Chan as Chief Financial Officer and Kiran Narsu as Vice President of Business Development.

The additions to the leadership team follow four straight years of triple-digit revenue growth and year-on-year doubling of employees. The expanded positions will support the company’s continued growth for the next three to five years. Alation now has over 150 organizations in production worldwide with the Alation Data Catalog, including market leaders across many industries such as American Family Insurance, Bank of Montreal, Munich Re, Pfizer, and Societe Generale. The company also has expanded rapidly internationally, adding a research and development office in India and a sales and customer success hub in London.


Chan brings more than two decades of senior financial leadership to the company, having served as CFO at Optymyze, Formation Data Systems and Syncplicity by EMC, where he was responsible for the spinout to Skyview Capital. Prior to Syncplicity by EMC, Eric has also held various leadership positions at SuccessFactors and VMware. He leads all aspects of Alation’s global finance and accounting operations.

“I’m excited to join such a high caliber team that has driven really impressive growth,” said Chan. “Enterprises continue to seek solutions that enable data-driven decision-making and Alation is well-positioned to support organizations in their data journey. I look forward to working with our customers, partner community, employees and investors, and contributing to the company’s continued growth.”

The CFO role at Alation had previously been held by Max Ochoa, who will continue as the company’s General Counsel. Both positions’ responsibilities will now be expanded.

Narsu joins Alation with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations leverage new and emerging technologies. He previously served as Chief Revenue Officer at Kasisto and has held finance and leadership positions at Pegasystems, Digital Reasoning, Oracle and i-flex. Narsu oversees Alation’s growing ecosystem of partners and expanding Alation’s use among global organizations.

“What truly excites me about Alation are the transformational business outcomes that customers experience when their people put our technology to use,” said Narsu. “I am looking forward to building on that incredible foundation and working with some of the brightest, most energetic and collaborative people I’ve ever encountered.”

About Alation

Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, enabling self-service analytics, cloud transformation, and data governance. More than 550 enterprises build data culture and improve data-driven decision-making with Alation, including Cisco, Nasdaq, Pfizer, Salesforce, and Virgin Australia. Alation has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list four times, is a 2022 UK’s Best Workplaces™ in tech and Best Workplaces™ for Women, and recognized as a 2022 and 2023 UK’s Best Workplaces™. For more information, visit

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