New leadership appointments reflect rapid company growth
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Dec. 4, 2019 — Alation Inc., the data catalog 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.
“Eric is an exciting addition to the Alation team. He brings the deep financial expertise we need for our next stage of growth and has a strong history of delivering results. Kiran will help scale our efforts to accommodate the growing global demand for Alation and support customers as they build upon the foundation of the Enterprise Data Catalog to transform their organizations and create a data culture.”
– Satyen Sangani, CEO, Alation
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.”
Alation pioneered the data catalog market and today is leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. Nearly 200 enterprises drive data culture, improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, and US Foods. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is backed by leading venture capitalists including Costanoa, Data Collective, Icon, Sapphire, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit alation.com.