Leadership

Meet the team leading Elastic.

With a company and culture founded in open source, the leadership team is focused on making sure they are open with each other and the company. They work to gain understanding and deliver context across all aspects of the business to make the best possible decisions.

  • Shay Banon - Founder of Elasticsearch and CEO of Elastic

    Shay Banon

    CEO

    As a founder of Elasticsearch and the CEO 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.

  • Janesh Moorjani

    Chief Financial Officer

    Elastic's finance and operations activities are as diverse as our company. Accepting payments in a new country, providing visibility on our business outlook, solving problems creatively with IT solutions, or ensuring our employees have a welcoming and comfortable physical environment — it’s all in a day’s work for us. As CFO, I have the privilege of leading this team. Before Elastic, I worked at Cisco, VMware, and Infoblox in roles covering both finance and sales. When I’m not working, I enjoy biking Bay Area trails and spending time with my amazing wife and three awesome kids.

  • Aaron Katz

    Chief Revenue Officer

    I lead Elastic's go-to-market efforts and represent an ever-expanding global team of sales, business development, and services professionals. While our field leadership team has helped build companies like Salesforce.com, VMWare, and Cisco, our current charter is working with companies of all sizes, in all industries, as they leverage Elastic technology to drive further innovation for their customers and communities worldwide. I live in the Bay Area, but you can find me on a trout stream in the Sierras when I'm neither working nor kicking a soccer ball around with my wife and two incredible daughters.

  • W.H. Baird Garrett

    SVP of Legal, General Counsel and Secretary

    I have the pleasure of leading an incredible team of highly skilled professionals charged with handling Elastic’s legal functions worldwide. While each step in my professional career — clerking on the DE Court of Chancery, practicing at Wilson Sonsini, an in-house position at Baan, and leading a practice group at VLP — has helped prepare me for this role at Elastic, nothing could have prepared me for the immense satisfaction I get every day from being part of such an amazing company and culture. I hold a BA from the Pennsylvania State University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the University of Virginia. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cycling, hiking, and skiing in the Tetons.

  • Kevin Kluge

    SVP of Engineering

    I lead Elastic’s distributed engineering efforts for our products, solutions, and self-managed and SaaS offerings. Prior to joining the company, I held leadership roles at Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix) and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!) where I gained extensive experience in product development and open source software. After receiving my BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, I held senior engineering positions at Sun Microsystems, as well as at several startups. I used to be serious about autocross (a form of amateur car racing). Now, I’m an avid skier and enjoy going to Northstar with my family in the winters.

  • Justin Hoffman

    SVP of Sales

    Leading Sales at Elastic is much more than building pipeline and closing deals. It’s about harnessing the power of an amazing community. Having empathy that managing, securing, and extracting value from data is hard. Listening. Learning from every interaction to help find simple solutions to hard problems. Having spent much of my early days in athletics, words like hard-work, discipline, execution, and team are not just phrases on a motivational poster, they are deeply ingrained in who I am. I have been incredibly fortunate in my career to work with many wonderful teams at VMware, Inktomi, and now Elastic. While my travels take me around the world, home is the San Francisco Bay Area where my wife and I can usually be found on some field, pitch, or court cheering for my two awesome kids.

  • Leah Sutton

    VP of Global Human Resources

    From recruiting to HR operations, business partnerships, and employee engagement, I have the honor of leading the team that builds, nurtures, and supports the growing number of Elasticians around the world. Prior to Elastic, I led HR at Plum Organics through a period of high growth following an acquisition by Campbell Soup Company; held various roles at Bloom Energy, which included a stint in Bangalore as the HR leader for India and Asia Pacific; and was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. I hold a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School Business. An adventurer at heart, I’m happiest when I’m on a trail in the mountains or paddling around with my hubby and crazy kiddo.

  • Jeff Yoshimura

    VP Marketing

    I am humbled to to lead Elastic’s global marketing team and initiatives. Having spent time with client/server technologies, at a failed dot.com in the late ‘90s, at Salesforce.com in its early days, and building a startup from ground up at Zuora, I love products that disrupt the status quo and open up new opportunities for the masses. Elastic is that place and more. I get super-charged by anything launch-related, and love skiing down the chutes of KT22, playing a competitive game of basketball, or just relaxing on a river with a fly fishing rod in hand and no one around me. But most of all, I love my wonderful wife and three kids, and working every day with an awesome marketing team.

Founders

  • Shay Banon - Founder of Elasticsearch and CEO of Elastic

    Shay Banon

    As a founder of Elasticsearch and the CEO 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

    I was one of the four co-founders of Elastic, serving as Chief Executive Officer for the first five years of Elastic. Before Elastic, I was Chief Executive Officer of Orange11, which was acquired by Trifork A/S (TRIFOR.CO) in 2012. Prior to Orange11, I 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.

  • Uri Boness

    I am a founder and engineer. I also don't like to talk too much about myself, so I'll leave you with the following emoji instead ☯️

  • Simon Willnauer

    I am a founder of Elastic and the Tech Lead on the Elasticsearch product. Since 2006, I am one of the main developers of Apache Lucene, a Lucene Committer, PMC and Apache Software Foundation Member. I now lead Elasticsearch core development for over half a decade. I also co-founded the Berlin Buzzwords conference on Search, Store, and Scalability.

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