Chief Executive Officer
Michael Howard, CEO of MariaDB, brings decades of leadership in the enterprise software, data management and big data industries. As CEO of MariaDB, he has raised over $150M in funding from global strategic investors, led the acquisition of Clustrix and MammothDB, and orchestrated industry-leading innovation in the database, including a state-of-the-art database-as-a-service product. Previously, Michael was CEO at C9, which he transformed into one of the leading predictive analytics companies in the CRM space and led through its acquisition by InsideSales. Michael also served as CMO at Greenplum (now Pivotal), the big data division of EMC, as well as CEO at Ingrian Networks and OuterBay. He was also the VP of the internet division at Veritas and VP of data warehousing at Oracle, where he led the acquisitions of Thinking Machines, OneMeaning and Carleton Corporation. Michael has served on the boards of Acunu and FireEye, and keynoted at a variety of conferences, including EMC World, Oracle OpenWorld, Green Data Center Conference, Data Science Series, MariaDB OpenWorks and many others. Michael studied computer science and Slavic languages and literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.