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 catalog 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.

The need for a modern data catalog has never been more clear, and we are seeing demand across verticals and around the globe with more than 100 production customers, some with thousands of weekly users. Steve and Bob will be instrumental in creating the infrastructure for growth to meet that strong demand, and our office in London will ensure we can capture the strong demand in Europe.

– Satyen Sangani, CEO, Alation

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.

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About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market, leading the evolution of data management from simply managing data to driving data culture. Alation customers leverage the data catalog as a platform to drive data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and cloud transformation. With its powerful behavioral and linguistic intelligence technologies, collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation provides a platform for a broad range of metadata management applications by combining machine learning with human insight to tackle the most demanding challenges in data management. More than 180 organizations are driving their data cultures and improving their organizations’ decision making with Alation, including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, GoDaddy, Marks & Spencer, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, New Relic, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, Scout24 and US Foods.  Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is funded by Costanoa Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, Icon Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit