The WANdisco management team

WANdisco is led by a seasoned team of software executives who have served on the boards and advisory boards of a number of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. The team consists of individuals who have built companies from inception to successful exit and people who are regarded as worldwide authorities in the field of distributed computing, network protocols and Java development.

Management Team

David Richards

President, CEO & Co-Founder


David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies.

Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of AltoStor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

David has become recognized as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth.

With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognized as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards.

David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

David holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Huddersfield, England.

Paul Harrison

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining WANdisco in September 2013, Paul spent over 16 years with The Sage Group plc; the world’s largest provider of business software to SME’s and a member of the FTSE 100. Paul joined Sage in 1997 becoming its CFO in 2000. During that time, Sage grew its revenues from £152m to £1,340m, its profit before taxation from £38m to £356m, its employee base from 1,900 to 13,500 and its country presence from 4 to 25. It also supplemented organic growth with the conclusion of over 100 acquisitions.

Paul is also a non-executive director of Hays plc; one of the world’s largest specialist recruiters. He joined Hays in 2007 becoming its Senior Independent Director in 2011. He also chairs Hays’ Remuneration Committee.

A chartered accountant, Paul’s earlier career was spent in professional practice latterly with PwC where Paul was a Senior Manager.

James Campigli

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder

James has over 25 years of software industry experience at both early-stage and public companies. In his current role James is responsible for WANdisco's operational management, including oversight of marketing. In his previous role as a founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Librados, an application integration software provider, James was responsible for overall product strategy and product messaging. James was also a member of the management team that led the company’s acquisition by NetManage, Inc. Following its acquisition, James joined NetManage as CTO for the Librados products group.

Prior to Librados, James was the vice president of product management for Insevo, a middleware company specializing in enterprise application integration. James also held senior product management, product marketing and consulting management positions at BEA Systems and SAP AG. James holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Yeturu Aahlad

Chief Scientist, Inventor & Co-Founder

Dr. Aahlad is a recognized world-wide authority on distributed computing where he currently holds 3 patents. It was Dr. Aahlad's vision and persistence that led to the invention of technology that many thought was impossible - that of active-active replication (WANdisco's patented DConE technology). Prior to WANdisco, Dr. Aahlad served as the distributed systems architect for iPlanet (Sun/Netscape Alliance) Application Server. At Netscape, Dr. Aahlad joined the elite team in charge of creating a new server platform based on the CORBA distributed object framework.

Prior to Sun/Netscape Dr. Aahlad worked on incorporating the CORBA security service into Fujitsu's Object Request Broker. Dr. Aahlad designed and implemented the CORBA event services while working on Sun's first CORBA initiative. Earlier in his career, Dr. Aahlad worked on a distributed programming language at IBM's Palo Alto Scientific Center.

Dr. Aahlad has a Ph.D in distributed computing from the University of Texas, Austin and a BS in EE from IIT Madras.

Karen Geary

Chief People Officer

Karen joined WANdisco in February 2014 and is responsible for Human Resources and Internal Communications.

She has more than 20 years of international HR and business transformation experience across a variety of industries, managing organisations through periods of large scale change, acquisition and integration.

Karen spent 15 years at The Sage Group plc, a FTSE 100 business and the world’s largest provider of business software to SME’s, where she was Group Human Resources Director and a member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to Sage, Karen was HR Director of Stena Line, the Swedish transport and leisure operator and spent her early career in blue chip global businesses.

Karen is also a non-executive director of Micro Focus International plc.

Robert Budas

VP Big Data Engineering

Rob has over 28 years of experience within the software industry, and has been focused on the Software Configuration Management sector for the last 17 years. In 1995, Rob joined Atria Software as a Principal Engineer and worked through its acquisition by Rational Software in both Engineering and Sales roles. At the beginning of 2001, Rob became a Senior Product Manager for Rational ClearCase. Rational was acquired by IBM in 2003, and Rob left IBM in 2004. Prior to joining WANdisco in 2007, Rob was Senior Systems Engineer at mValent, Inc, and Senior Sales Engineer at Ketera Technologies. He is currently Vice President of Big Data Engineering at WANdisco.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Communications Science from the University of Michigan.

Richard Fletcher

SVP of Engineering

Richard (or Fletch as he is known) has 20 years of experience in the software and telecommunication industry, and for the last 10 years in senior leadership roles.

Prior to joining WANdisco, Fletch spent 5 years with BT in a variety of leadership roles in its wholly owned businesses. He was Chief Operating Officer of Plusnet and led Sales, Product, Engineering, and Service Operation as the business doubled revenue over three years. Most latterly he was CIO at BT’s collaboration business BT Conferencing, and served as President of the US subsidiaries. At BT Conferencing he led on the selection, and integration of Dolby Voice into the product portfolio re-imagining the way audio meetings take place.

Prior to BT, Fletch was responsible for worldwide engineering at software and solutions provider SDL, and helped process a number of technology acquisitions.

Fletch holds a degree in Politics from the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management. He lives in Sheffield with his wife Ruth and three young children.

Jagane Sundar


Jagane Sundar has extensive big data, cloud, virtualization, and networking experience and joined WANdisco through its acquisition of AltoStor, a Hadoop-as-a-Service platform company. Before AltoStor, Jagane was founder and CEO of AltoScale, a Hadoop and HBase-as-a-Platform company acquired by VertiCloud. His experience with Hadoop began as Director of Hadoop Performance and Operability at Yahoo!

Jagane has such accomplishments to his credit as the creation of Livebackup, an open source project for KVM VM backup, the development of a user mode TCP Stack for Precision I/O, the development of the NFS and PPP clients and parts of the TCP stack for JavaOS for Sun MicroSystems, and the creation and sale of a 32bit VxD based TCP Stack for Windows 3.1 to NCD Corporation for inclusion in PC-Xware. Jagane is currently a Member of the Technical Advisory Board of VertiCloud.

Jagane received his B.E. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Anna University.

Dr. Konstantin V. Shvachko

Chief Architect

A veteran Hadoop developer and well-respected industry author and speaker, Konstantin Shvachko is a technical expert specializing in efficient data structures and algorithms for large-scale distributed storage systems. Konstantin joined WANdisco through the acquisition of AltoStor, a Hadoop-as-a-Service platform company, and prior to AltoStor, he was founder and Chief Scientist at AltoScale, a Hadoop and HBase-as-a-Platform company acquired by VertiCloud.

Before AltoScale, Konstantin played a lead architectural role at eBay, building two generations of the organization’s Hadoop platform. Prior to eBay, as Principal Hadoop SE at Yahoo!, he worked on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Dozens of publications and presentations to Konstantin’s credit include those in the fields of Big Data Storage, Distributed Computing, Data Structures, Algorithms, Computational Complexity, and Database Theory. He is currently a member of the Apache Hadoop PMC.

Konstantin has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and M.S. in Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia.

Dr. Konstantin Boudnik

VP Open Source Development

Konstantin (Cos) Boudnik was an early developer of Hadoop and co-authored Apache Bigtop, the open source framework and community responsible for the creation of software stacks in Big Data.

During his 20 years in the software development field, Dr. Boudnik has contributed to compiler technology, JVM and Hotspot platforms, distributed systems, Hadoop, large-scale analytics, Git, and multiple open source projects in storage and data processing. He holds 15 US patents in the areas of distributed computing and data processing. Prior to joining WANdisco, Dr. Boudnik held positions as system architect at Yahoo! and Sun Microsystems.

Dr. Boudnik is an outspoken advocate for open-source software. He serves as a Vice President of the Apache Software Foundation, Bigtop project.

Konstantin Boudnik

Peter Scott

Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Peter Scott has over 10 years of direct sales and sales management experience in both early stage startup and mature public technology companies. Prior to WANdisco, Peter was a member of the sales management team at Empirix's highly successful Web Business Unit, which was acquired by Oracle. Prior to Empirix, he was part of the sales management team at Vecta Software, a CRM and Business Intelligence software vendor, recognized as EMEA’s leading on-demand Sales Intelligence company. He began his career with Sales Dynamics a sales and marketing consulting company, helping early stage venture backed technology companies establish sales processes that enabled them to achieve aggressive revenue targets.

Prior to his career in technology sales, Peter spent six years in the British Army with the Royal Engineers. He was awarded the accumulated campaign service medal for serving over 1000 days in Northern Ireland.

Craig Cook

VP, Business Development

Craig joined WANdisco in April 2014 and is responsible for Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. He has over 15 years of experience in the Enterprise Software Market, including roles in Business Development, New Product Introduction, Software Development Management, and Customer Support.

Prior to joining Wandisco, Craig worked for SAP where he built and managed strategic partnerships. He was also responsible for creating SAP’s Big Data strategy and for bringing several of their most successful new products to market.

Craig earned his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and his BS in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.

Craig Cook

Keith Graham

VP Sales, Asia Pacific and Japan

Keith has over 25 years international experience in the enterprise software industry.

Prior to joining WANdisco in June 2014, he spent nine years with TIBCO Software in Asia Pacific including serving for over five years as Regional Vice President & Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand. Keith worked at Librados as Vice President EMEA where he was part of the founding team from start-up until the acquisition by NetManage. Before Librados, he was a Regional Director at Reuters Plc. where he was responsible for Reuters $100m+ software solutions business across over 20 countries within Europe.

Keith holds an MA in Management Science and Information Systems Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Keith Graham

Marcus Chambers

VP Sales, Europe Middle East and Africa

Marcus has over 25 years experience in the IT industry and was previously at Good Technology as VP & GM EMEA. He started Tintri Inc in EMEA and grew the business to over $20M in two years. Prior to that he was responsible for Riverbed in EMEA, where over six years he grew their revenue & operations from $1M p.a. to $150M p.a.

Prior to that he has held senior positions at Cisco where he ran all of Cisco’s sales and marketing for their Advanced Technologies in EMEA, Brocade, EMC, 3COM & Digital Equipment.

Marcus was educated both in the UK and Switzerland.

Marcus Chambers

Lewis Cowper

Social Captain - UK

We don't believe in the fad of company enforced fun, that stuff makes us cringe, but we do believe that teams that play, socialize and have some laughs together also work better together. So we have a social captain, a position that is open to all employees and is elected each quarter. The serving captain is tasked with organizing team outings, social events and out-of-office adventures.

Social Captain Hall of Fame

Lewis Cowper

Lewis Cowper is a Test Engineer for WANdisco, working across the ALM product line making sure our software survives rigorous manual testing.

As Social Captain, Lewis will be attempting to organise a varied series of events for the staff, while trying to make sure that over his term, everyone can get something they enjoy.

In his spare time, Lewis is active in various user groups, and enjoys giving talks about subjects he's passionate about, and gaining and applying skills from these groups to pet projects.

Captain Lewis


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