Elasticsearch Names Kevin Kluge Vice President of Engineering

Former Citrix Executive to Drive Further Innovation of Leading Open Source Search and Analytics Platform
6 August 2013
​Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 6 August 2013 -

Elasticsearch, the company behind the popular real-time search and analytics open source project, today announced the appointment of Kevin Kluge as vice president of engineering. Kevin has a history of leading engineering teams for companies that have changed the dynamics of their markets, including Citrix, and Zimbra. He will play a critical role in extending the value of Elasticsearch to the millions of people using the technology.

Prior to joining Elasticsearch, Kevin was the vice president of engineering at Citrix where he was responsible for managing the product testing and development of the Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack. Kluge joined Citrix following its acquisition of, where he was the vice president of engineering and led all of product development initiatives. Previously, he was the senior director of engineering for Zimbra while it was still owned by Yahoo!, where he helped establish it as the leading open source collaboration and email solution. Kevin has also held senior engineering positions at several start-ups as well as Sun Microsystems. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.

Kevin will play a key role in aligning the future product roadmap with specific customer requirements, and managing the engineering and development team to rapidly deliver products that meet customer needs. Elasticsearch is one of the most popular open source projects in the world and has been downloaded more than three million times. Elasticsearch conducts real-time search and analytics to drive unprecedented insights for organizations in virtually every industry.

"We care deeply about delivering the best products that combine technical sophistication with unmatched usability," said Steven Schuurman, co-founder and CEO of Elasticsearch. "Kevin's experience and personality are a perfect fit with what Elasticsearch needs moving forward; an inspiring leader with a no compromise approach to building a world-class team and shipping outstanding products."

"I am honored to lead the engineering team at Elasticsearch as it represents one of the most exciting opportunities of my career," said Kluge. "It is clear that Shay and his team of developers have tapped into an enormous opportunity to provide an easy-to-use solution that provides the lightning fast search and analytics that every company needs to power more informed and data-centric decisions."

About Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch is on a mission to organize data and make it easily accessible. We deliver the world's the most advanced open source search and analytics engine available and make real-time data exploration available to anyone. By having a laser focus on achieving the best user experience imaginable, Elasticsearch has become one of the most popular and rapidly growing open source solutions in the market. Today, Elasticsearch is used by thousands of enterprises in virtually every industry. We take good care of our customers and users, providing production support, development support and training worldwide. To learn more, visit