SOURCE: Mesosphere

June 14, 2016 09:00 ET

Mesosphere Bets Big on Customer Success, Expanding Executive Team With Veteran Industry Talent

As More and More of the Global 2000 Embrace DC/OS as the Platform for Modernizing Their Datacenter and Cloud Practices, Mesosphere Appoints William Freiberg, COO; John Kaelle, CFO; Travis Patterson, SVP Global Sales; Joni Reicher, VP People; Edward Hsu, VP Product Marketing and Tal Broda, VP Engineering

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 14, 2016) - Mesosphere, creator of the Datacenter Operating System (DC/OS), today announced six key appointments to its leadership team: William Freiberg, COO; John Kaelle, CFO; Travis Patterson, SVP Global Sales; Joni Reicher, VP People; Edward Hsu, VP Product Marketing and Tal Broda, VP Engineering. The appointments follow a string of notable successes for Mesosphere, including the launch of the DC/OS project and the closing of a $75.5 million series C funding round led by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with Microsoft as a significant participant.

In April, Mesosphere led a broad alliance of more than 60 partner companies to unveil the open source DC/OS project, the first open and comprehensive platform for building, running and scaling modern enterprise applications, including containers and big data services. DC/OS specializes in helping users adopt and manage critical new technologies such as Docker containers, real time big data systems and cloud computing infrastructure.

"As more and more of the Global 2000 embrace DC/OS as the platform for modernizing their datacenter and cloud practices, Mesosphere is committed to expanding our leadership team with the skills and experience that help our customers succeed," said Florian Leibert, CEO and co-founder of Mesosphere. "Our new executive leaders bring invaluable operational experience and proven track records of innovation that will allow us to continue in our mission to build the next great datacenter and cloud software company."

William Freiberg assumes the COO role at Mesosphere reporting to CEO Florian Leibert after serving as the company's Chief Business Officer and head of Strategic Development since 2014. During that time, Freiberg oversaw development of Mesosphere's enterprise sales team and helped the company navigate key partnerships and corporate strategy. Previously Freiberg was a senior associate at Gunderson Dettmer where he focused on venture capital and M&A. He is also the founder and former CEO of Tipping Basket, an online luxury e-commerce platform and has worked as an M&A associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and as an analyst at BNY Mellon. Freiberg holds a BS in Business Administration and Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Columbia Law School.

John Kaelle joins Mesosphere as Chief Financial Officer and brings more than 20 years of finance, investment banking and accounting leadership. Prior to Mesosphere, Kaelle was CFO at Marin Software for over four years and helped the company grow revenues from $20 million to $100 million, including a successful IPO in 2013. Previously, he was Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Shutterfly for over six years, where revenues increased from $54 million to over $300 million, also including a successful IPO in 2006. Kaelle also served as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at the technology investment banking firm Thomas Weisel Partners, and began his career in public accounting as a manager at Coopers & Lybrand. Kaelle is a certified public accountant (inactive) in the state of California.

Travis Patterson brings two decades of success in enterprise technology sales to Mesosphere. Most recently, he was Chief Revenue Officer at Aviso, Inc., where he oversaw global sales. Previously he was SVP of Worldwide Sales at CipherCloud, and prior to that, Vice President of Americas Software & Solutions Strategic Accounts organization at Hewlett-Packard. Patterson holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Joni Reicher brings more than 15 years of experience fostering technology talent. Previously, she was Director of Talent at Airbnb, in charge of the global talent team, including recruiting and human resources. She joined Airbnb from Apple, where she worked five years as Senior Director of Worldwide Human Resources and four years prior to that as Director of Human Resources Counsel, leading the company's global employment-law function. Reicher received a JD from the University of San Francisco.

Tal Broda has led enterprise software development teams for more than two decades. Prior to Mesosphere, Broda was CTO at SOASTA, where he drove platform architecture and design for multiple cloud testing products. Before working at SOASTA, Tal was the Director of Development for Oracle's Business Activity Monitoring (Oracle BAM) engineering team. Broda received his BS in Computer Science at The Academic College of Tel Aviv, and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Edward Hsu heads product marketing at Mesosphere after serving most recently as senior director of Product Marketing at VMware where he oversaw the company's first hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software-defined data center product suites. Prior to that he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company specializing in the pharmaceutical and high technology industries. Previously he was an application engineering project lead at Oracle. He holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from NYU.

About Mesosphere
Mesosphere (Twitter: @Mesosphere) is leading the enterprise transformation toward distributed computing and modern applications with its Datacenter Operating System, and is the principal founding member of the DC/OS open source project. DC/OS is a production-proven datacenter-scale platform for container operations and simple installation of complex distributed systems -- including HDFS, Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra and more. Mesosphere was founded in 2013 by the architects of hyperscale infrastructures at Airbnb and Twitter, along with the co-creator of Apache Mesos. Backed by A Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners and Microsoft, Mesosphere is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in New York and Hamburg, Germany.

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