Press Release • February 11, 2021

Alation Strengthens Leadership Bench with Appointment of Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Seasoned customer and professional services executive Dean Thomas joins Alation’s executive team to drive customer retention and scalable growth

Redwood City, Calif. – February 11, 2021 – Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, announced today the appointment of Dean Thomas as its Senior Vice President (SVP) of Customer Success. Thomas, an accomplished client success and customer experience executive, will lead Alation’s support, services, and client strategy team, and will be responsible for ensuring every Alation customer is receiving maximum return on their investment.

“As with any business, Alation’s customers are its lifeblood and we are dedicated to ensuring their successful adoption and expansion,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO and co-founder, Alation. “During our talent search, we were hyper-focused on finding an individual who really understands how to support and assess customer health, deeply engage with customers, empower our leaders, and guide customers as they scale in the cloud. Dean checked all of these boxes, bringing a deep level of honesty, empathy and tenacity to boot. These capabilities will be a tremendous asset to our company and the innovative enterprises we serve.”

Thomas brings more than 25 years of advanced customer experience with B2B technology firms to Alation. Most recently, he was VP, Customer Experience at Sumo Logic, a continuous intelligence software company, where he both built and led the customer success organization. In this role, he helped create and promote a culture of being “in it” with customers. Dean has also held customer-centric leadership roles, including VP, Application Delivery and Value Added Services at NICE Systems and SVP, Global Client Services at Merced Systems.

“I’ve always believed integrity is one of the most important qualities of a customer success organization. Our customers trust us to do the right thing and by doing so, we earn their loyalty rather than expect it,” said Dean Thomas, SVP of Customer Success, Alation. “Alation is laser focused on delivering customer value, and I’m looking forward to scaling our talented and passionate customer success team to ensure our customers exceed their business goals.”


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 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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