Press Release • October 9, 2018

Alation Appoints Steve Kennedy as Chief Revenue Officer and Bob Block as Chief Customer Success Officer; Solidifies Presence in EMEA with New London Office

New C-Level Appointments and EMEA Presence Position Alation to Capture Enterprise Demand for Data Catalogs

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — October 9, 2018 Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today bolstered its executive leadership team with the appointments of Steve Kennedy as chief revenue officer (CRO) and Bob Block as chief customer success officer (CCSO). As CRO, Kennedy will have direct worldwide responsibility for revenue-generating teams, helping to scale sales and mature the partner ecosystem. As CCSO, Block will oversee the customer success organization, ensuring customers have the services and resources they need to thrive.

In addition, Alation is expanding globally with the launch of a new London office, cementing its presence in EMEA, which already includes customers like Allegro, Daimler, HelloFresh, Munich Re, Roche, and Scout24. The London team is focused on a growing Alation’s sales and customer success presence in the region.

Kennedy has a wealth of experience leading and advising companies. He has served as CRO for seven different companies, including three public and four private, leading three private companies to exits of a combined $1 billion. He has a proven track record for growing global sales teams and creating value for shareholders. Before Alation, Kennedy served as senior vice president of field operations for Recommind and has held sales leadership roles at Centrify, Zantaz, Wind River Systems, Sonicblue, and Quantum.

“This is a thrilling time to be joining the Alation team. We are growing at an extremely exciting rate and adding to our team aggressively. Not only are we expanding in Europe, but we are adding to our customer base, and building a team capable of scaling across the globe,” Kennedy said.

Block is an expert at guiding successful customer success organizations through growth, from strategy and thought leadership to support and account management. Before joining Alation, he served as CCSO at Jive Software and was a customer success leader at Limelight Networks, SuccessFactors, IBM, and PwC.

“Alation’s customers are at the forefront of data innovation, pioneering self-service and new approaches to collaboration and governance. I look forward to working alongside these companies as we help them reach their data and analytics goals and they help us continue to lead the data cataloging market,” Block said.

On Nov. 15, Alation will be celebrating the opening of its new European headquarters with a launch party at the historic Churchill War Rooms in London. Reserve your spot for the celebration today.

Read more about data catalogs at Alation online:

About Alation

Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, enabling self-service analytics, cloud transformation, data governance, and AI-ready data. 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 five 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

Alation Media Contact

Lauren Lloyd

Director, Corporate Communication