SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop projects, today announced that Mark Himelstein has joined the company’s executive team as vice president of engineering. Himelstein brings more than 25 years of experience to the Hortonworks management team and will play an instrumental role in helping the company accelerate the adoption of Apache Hadoop.
Himelstein will be responsible for managing Hortonworks’ skilled and experienced team of engineers, guiding the company’s technology development, focusing on the continued expansion of the Hadoop ecosystem, driving key contributions to Apache Hadoop projects, and maintaining the rapid and innovative pace Hortonworks has kept since launching in July 2011; including the recent announcement of the Hortonworks Data Platform powered by Apache Hadoop. Designed to accelerate the adoption of Apache Hadoop, the Hortonworks Data Platform provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions.
“Hortonworks’ success will always be determined by the dedication and skills of its employees and Mark will make a great addition to our management team. His passion for growing the Apache Hadoop ecosystem is matched only by his tremendous industry experience,” said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO of Hortonworks. “We believe that Mark’s presence will further accelerate Hortonworks’ technical development, enabling our engineers to continue to lead the way in contributing to Apache Hadoop projects.”
Prior to joining Hortonworks, Himelstein was the CTO of Quantum Corp. Previously, he was the vice president of Solaris Engineering at Sun Microsystems, where he led the Solaris team to several major revision releases of its product and spearheaded the development of the DTRACE, ZFS and Zones features. Himelstein has also held executive management roles at Apple and start-ups including Enlighten Software Solutions, Digeo, Inc. and Infoblox, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Math degree from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Computer Science degree from University of California, Davis.
Hortonworks was formed in July 2011 by Yahoo! and Benchmark Capital in order to promote the development and adoption of Apache Hadoop, the leading open source platform for storing, managing and analyzing large volumes of data. Together with the Apache community, Hortonworks is making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage and use. The company and its founders are leaders in designing and delivering current and future generations of Apache Hadoop and leverage their expertise to provide unmatched technical support, training and certification programs for enterprises, systems integrators and technology vendors, including ISVs, OEMs and service providers. For more information, visit www.hortonworks.com.