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Snowflake Computing eyes local expansion with former Nimble Storage exec

Snowflake Computing eyes local expansion with former Nimble Storage exec

The appointments come as the company opens up its Sydney and Melbourne offices to support its customer and partner growth in Australia and New Zealand

Peter O'Connor - Snowflake Computing sales VP for APJ

Peter O'Connor - Snowflake Computing sales VP for APJ

Snowflake Computing is hoping to boost its expansion in the local region with the appointment of former Nimble Storage Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) vice president, Peter O’Connor, as it new sales vice president for APJ.

The Californian cloud-based data-warehousing start-up has actually appointed two local recruits for its APJ expansion plans.

In his new role, O’Connor will be based Sydney, and Alan Eldridge, former Tableau Software presales manager for Australia and New Zealand, will be based in Melbourne as the company’s new Asia Pacific director of sales engineering.

The idea behind the two local appointments is to help the company accelerate is cloud-built data warehouse solution across the Asia Pacific region. They come as the company opens up its Sydney and Melbourne offices to support its customer and partner growth in Australia and New Zealand.

O’Connor, who has more than 20 years of sales, partner and regional business development experience with the likes of NetApp, Nimble Storage and IBM, will lead the management and expansion of Snowflake’s Asia Pacific business.

Eldridge, meanwhile, has worked in the data analytics space for almost two decades, joining Snowflake after six years at Tableau Software, where he was the company’s first employee in the region. Prior to Tableau, Eldridge spent time with Microsoft, Business Objects and Sun Microsystems.

“The combined experience which Peter and Alan bring to Snowflake in the Asia Pacific region will be crucial to accelerating our market presence in the data sharing economy,” Snowflake chief revenue officer, Chris Degnan, said.

“Their knowledge of deploying successful, go-to-market strategies and providing customers with the solutions and support they need, will enable organisations to gain all the insight from all their data in order to become data-driven enterprises.”                                              

The latest appointments come after, Snowflake announced its latest round of growth funding of US$263 million led by ICONIQ Capital, Altimeter Capital and newcomer Sequoia Capital. 


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