As a founder of Elasticsearch and the CEO and chairman of Elastic, I have been fascinated with search ever since I tried to build a recipe app for my wife in 2004, a journey that led to me writing the first few lines of code of Elasticsearch in 2009 and later founding Elastic in 2012. I believe finding beauty and excelling is a combination of perspective and grit. As someone who got into computers by counting the number of job postings in the newspaper, I love building things — a product, a community, or a company — and the process of acquiring the knowledge to do so.
Steven Schuurman was one of the four co-founders of Elastic, serving as Chief Executive Officer for the first five years of the company. Prior, Schuurman was Chief Executive Officer of Orange11, which was acquired by Trifork A/S (TRIFOR.CO). In addition, he co-founded the internationally renowned open source software vendor SpringSource, one of the most successful open source companies in history. SpringSource is the world's leading Enterprise Java middleware company, and was acquired by VMware (VMW) in 2009.
Jonathan Chadwick serves on Elastic's Board of Directors as the Audit Committee Chair and brings a wide range of public company and finance experience to Elastic. Most recently, Jonathan served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at VMware from November 2012 to April 2016. Prior to joining VMware, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Skype from March 2011 until November 2012, including serving as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation after its acquisition of Skype. From 2010 to 2011, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of McAfee. From 1997 to 2010, Jonathan held various finance roles at Cisco Systems and earlier worked for Coopers & Lybrand in the US and the UK. In addition to Elastic, Jonathan serves on the board of directors of ServiceNow, Zoom, and Confluent, Inc. Jonathan is qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the UK and holds a BS degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath, UK.
Alison Gleeson was Senior Vice President of Cisco's Americas organization, responsible for more than $25 billion in annual sales and leading nearly 9,000 employees across 35 countries including Canada, Latin America, as well as segments such as US Commercial, US Public Sector, and the Global Enterprise Segment focused on Cisco's top 28 customers. A passionate speaker about the role of technology in enabling business transformation and empowering women in technology, Alison has received Connected World's "Woman of IoT" award, Diversity Best Practice's "Above and Beyond Legacy Award," and Michigan Council for Women in Technology's "Woman of the Year Award." Alison currently serves on the board of 8X8, a cloud-based voice over IP company and on the Advisory Board of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, her alma mater. Alison holds a BA in marketing from Michigan State University.
Shelley Leibowitz is a prominent technology advisor, director, and thought leader. She has spent her career at the intersection of financial services and technology, with both private sector and public sector experience. After more than two decades of Chief Information Officer roles at top tier financial services companies, she served as Group-wide Chief Information Officer for the World Bank.
Shelley is a seasoned corporate director and in addition to Elastic, she currently serves on the boards of Morgan Stanley and as well as several privately held companies in the fintech and information security arena. She also advises companies in areas of digital transformation, IT portfolio and risk management, information security and digital trust, performance metrics, and effective governance.
She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the NY Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, on the Advisory Board for the Center for Development Economics at Williams College, on the CNAS Council, and on the NY Board of BuildOn, a not-for-profit that runs service and learning programs in urban high schools across the country.
Caryn Marooney led global communications for Facebook and its family of apps including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus. Prior to joining Facebook, Caryn co-founded OutCast Communications, one of Silicon Valley's premier technology communications firms. As co-founder, partner and CEO, Caryn was responsible for planning and executing communications strategies for companies of every size, including Amazon, Netflix, Salesforce, and VMware. Caryn was named multiple times to PRWeek's annual Power List, as one of the 50 most powerful people in public relations.
Caryn is also an advisor for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.
Chetan Puttagunta joined Benchmark in 2018, after spending seven years as a general partner at NEA, where he focused on enterprise software, and currently serves as Elastic's Lead Independent Director. His investments at NEA included MuleSoft, Elastic, MongoDB, Acquia, Reltio, Placester, Heap, Sentry, Swiftype, Forter, ScoutRFP, Canopy, and Folloze. He was previously involved with Gaikai (acquired by Sony). Prior to NEA, Puttagunta was an investor with H.I.G. Capital's Leveraged Buyout Group and a technology investment banker with Houlihan Lokey. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mike Volpi joined Index Ventures in July 2009 and is a Partner and Co-President in the San Francisco office and has served as Elastic’s Vice-Chairman since June 2018. He focuses on investments in enterprise software and consumer internet companies, plus contributes to the firm's later-stage growth fund. He currently serves on the boards of Sonos, Confluent, TS Innovation Acquisitions Corp, Tishman Speyer Innovation Corp. II, and various private companies. Previously he was a director of Cloud.com (now part of Citrix), Lookout, Hortonworks, Soundcloud, Big Switch Networks, Zuora, Foodily, Storsimple, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC). Prior to Index, Mike was at Cisco, where he served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group. Additionally, he served as Cisco's Chief Strategy Officer responsible for Cisco's corporate strategy, as well as business development, strategic alliances, advanced internet projects, legal services, and government affairs. He holds MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford, as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.