Leadership

Meet the Couchbase leadership team

Meet our management

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Matt is a proven technology executive and general manager with nearly two decades of experience leading global organizations. Most recently, as President of Worldwide Field Operations for Veritas Technologies LLC, Matt led a 4,200 person team responsible for all aspects of sales, customer retention, channels, services, and support. Before that, as Chief Product Officer for Veritas’ $2.5B business, he led strategy, product management, product marketing, engineering, support, hardware operations, and cloud delivery. During his tenure, he revitalized the company strategy, increased operational efficiency, delivered growth across the portfolio, and was instrumental in the separation of Veritas from Symantec. Matt previously held a variety of senior leadership positions at Symantec Corporation and Cisco Systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Scott brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, operations, product management, and general management to Couchbase. As SVP of Product Management and Business Operations, he is responsible for driving Couchbase’s product and solution strategy, product roadmap, pricing strategy, competitive strategy, and documentation. Most recently he was SVP and GM of a $1.5B business at Veritas, where he spent 15 years in various positions. Prior to then, he spent eight years at Oracle serving in various finance and business operations roles. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of the Pacific.

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As Chief Legal Officer, Margaret is responsible for scaling the global legal function and advising Couchbase in all aspects of its business. Margaret is a proven leader and seasoned advisor for software and SaaS companies. Most recently, she was Deputy General Counsel at Medallia where she guided the company from early start-up stage through a successful IPO. She led their transactions practice, supporting over $300 million in revenue, as well as the corporate, compliance and employment legal functions. Prior to Medallia, Margaret served as Associate General Counsel of Usablenet where she managed several critical practice areas including intellectual property, data privacy and litigation. Before her in-house roles, Margaret was a corporate attorney at Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP. Margaret also serves on the board of Anjiro Initiative, a 501(c)(3) organization. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Economics from the University of California at Berkley and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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As Senior Vice President of Engineering, Gopi is responsible for all product development and delivery at Couchbase. He came to Couchbase from Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he served as General Manager of Analytics and Observability. During his tenure at AWS, he oversaw the development of numerous cloud-native databases, notably AWS Redshift and Aurora, and was a founding member of the AWS Glue service and Cloudwatch Observability initiatives. Previously, Gopi held senior technical leadership positions at IBM and Informix, leading their flagship database offerings. Gopi holds a Master of Science degree in Data Science and Machine Learning from UC Berkeley, and Bachelors in Computer Science from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India.

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As Chief People Officer at Couchbase, Chris Galy is responsible for all aspects of Couchbase’s people strategy and company culture. He brings to Couchbase 20+ years of experience in building high-performing companies deemed the “best places to work,” resulting from deep levels of employee engagement. Most recently, Chris was the Founder of NextPlayHR, a lean innovation consulting firm focused on the future of work. Before founding NextPlayHR, he served as Chief People Officer at Ten-X, the world's largest online real estate transaction platform. Prior to Ten-X, he served as Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Intuit, Senior HR Manager at Xilinx, and HR Business Partner at Harmonic. His HR career was preceded by his service in the U.S. Army, where he served as an Aviation and Human Resources Officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in Human Resources/Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

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Greg is an established finance leader with more than 20 years of experience leading global growth and financial operations within the technology industry. As Chief Financial Officer at Couchbase, Greg is responsible for the overall financial governance and management of the company’s financial operations as well as management of worldwide IT and Facilities operations. Prior to Couchbase, Greg served as Senior Vice President of Finance at ServiceNow, where he led the enterprise cloud company’s financial development and was responsible for accounting, procurement, and treasury. And before ServiceNow, he held various senior executive financial positions at GE, culminating as CFO of the multi-billion dollar Healthcare IT unit. Greg is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

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John brings over 25 years of experience in technology marketing leadership to Couchbase and is responsible for the strategy and execution of all marketing activities. He’s a proven leader and builder of high-performance global marketing teams that deliver exceptional results with tight alignment to revenue objectives and corporate goals. Prior to joining Couchbase, John was the CMO at Docker. Before that, he led marketing activities at Hortonworks, Gluster, and Cloudera, and he held senior marketing positions at Red Hat, MarkLogic, and Business Objects. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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As CTO, Ravi is focused on driving deeper customer and partner relationships and evangelizing Couchbase in the market. He came to Couchbase from Oracle, where he served as senior director of engineering and led innovation in the areas of recommender systems and social graph, search and analytics, and lightweight client frameworks. Also while at Oracle, Ravi was responsible for kickstarting the cloud collaboration platform. Previously in his career, Ravi held senior technical and management positions at BEA, Siebel, Informix, HP, and startup BroadBand Office. Ravi holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Delhi.

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Parlaying his experience in building emerging technologies as a product leader, Matt is responsible for Couchbase partner strategy and worldwide partner execution including channels, technology partners, solution partners, systems integrators, and cloud service providers. Prior to Couchbase, Matt was at EMC where he built out and led one of the flash storage offerings running product management, marketing, and solutions. And in a previous role at EMC, he led the company’s Emerging Technologies Division product and portfolio strategy. Before joining EMC, Matt was at Symantec/Veritas for seven years where he held positions across business development, alliances, strategy, marketing, and product management for both the security and information management businesses. Matt’s technology career is preceded by his service as a United States Army Officer. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy.

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As chief revenue officer, Huw is responsible for driving strong growth, strategic global account planning, and sales operations. He previously served as a sales leader for Couchbase’s international business where he increased international ARR by nearly 200%. Huw has more than 20 years of experience across a range of operations, sales development and go-to-market leadership positions in large multi-national companies such as Veritas, Symantec and Lenovo, and hyper-growth start-ups such as Good Technology and Tanium. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the Leicester Business School, De Montfort University.

Meet our board

Matt is a proven technology executive and general manager with nearly two decades of experience leading global organizations. Most recently, as President of Worldwide Field Operations for Veritas Technologies LLC, Matt led a 4,200 person team responsible for all aspects of sales, customer retention, channels, services, and support.

Before that, as Chief Product Officer for Veritas’ $2.5B business, he led strategy, product management, product marketing, engineering, support, hardware operations, and cloud delivery. During his tenure, he revitalized the company strategy, increased operational efficiency, delivered growth across the portfolio, and was instrumental in the separation of Veritas from Symantec.

Matt previously held a variety of senior leadership positions at Symantec Corporation and Cisco Systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Alvina Antar Alvina Antar is the Chief Information Officer at Okta, the leading independent identity provider. She leads a Business Technology organization focused on accelerating Okta's success through trusted and innovative delivery of process, technology and data solutions. Prior to Okta, she spent six years as Zuora’s first ever CIO enabling business growth from $30M to $300M in revenue including a successful IPO in 2018. Alvina previously spent 17 years at Dell focused on Digital Transformation, Global Delivery and M&A. Alvina co-founded the Silicon Valley CIO Women’s Network bringing together Bay Area’s leading CIOs to share diverse perspectives, challenges and experiences in a supportive atmosphere. She is a member of Girls in Tech’s Board of Directors, a global nonprofit dedicated to erasing the gender gap in tech. Alvina is also on the advisory board of BUILD, a nonprofit dedicated to igniting the potential of our youth in under-resourced communities through entrepreneurship. Alvina holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband and three children.

Ed Anderson is the founder of North Bridge Venture Partners and North Bridge Growth Equity. He raised nearly $4 billion in capital for those partnerships. For the past 35 years, Ed has provided financing and advised entrepreneurs focused on building game changing companies. He was a pioneer in the strategy of seed investing for high tech companies and has produced industry leading returns for investors.

Ed Anderson is a graduate of the University of Denver and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He serves on the boards of many private companies and has numerous philanthropic interests outside of North Bridge.

Carol Carpenter is the Chief Marketing Officer of VMware and brings more than 25 years of technology sector experience. She is responsible for leading all aspects of VMware’s Global Marketing organization. Previously, Carol was Vice President of Product Marketing at Google Cloud, CEO of ElasticBox (acquired by CenturyLink) and held leadership and marketing roles in technology at Trend Micro, Keynote Systems, Apple, and more. Carol loves building and scaling new products and is particularly proud of the high-performance teams she's developed. She continues to mentor women and students via the HBS women entrepreneurship program, the Stanford alumni network, and Monte Jade. Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Lynn Christensen is the former Senior Vice President of Products for Workday. She has more than 30 years of experience building and leading world-class technology teams and instilling a culture of innovation. Her background in business intelligence and analytics helps companies make better decisions and lets customers gain deeper insights into their employees and customers. As a senior executive with experience across a variety of industries, Lynn’s ability to understand both technology and business issues brings a well-rounded perspective to companies looking to transform the market. Lynn holds an MBA from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University.

Kevin Efrusy joined Accel in 2003 and focuses on software and consumer investments. Kevin was the lead investor in a number of pioneering companies including Facebook (which he sourced for Accel in 2005), Groupon (public), Couchbase, SpringSource (acquired by VMWare), BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon), CAN Capital, and MemSQL. He also leads the firm’s Latin America initiatives, resulting in investments in Despegar, Mind Lab, Baby.com.br, and Elo7.

Prior to Accel, Kevin founded Corio, a software-as-a-service pioneer that went public and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later, he built and served as the first CEO of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment with annual gross sales of more than $500 million.

Kevin is from the Chicago area and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and MBA from Stanford.

Jeff Epstein is an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he specializes in marketplaces and enterprise software. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Kaiser Permanente, Booking Holdings, Twilio, Shutterstock and several private companies. He is also a lecturer at Stanford University.

He is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oracle, one of the world’s largest and most profitable technology companies, with a market value of over $150 billion.

Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff served as Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS) and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation.

He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA from Yale College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Alex Migon is currently a Partner of GPI and a member of their Investment Committee, bringing 16 years of investment management and capital markets experience to the table. Previously, Alex was a Managing Director of BTG Pactual's Global Partnership Investing fund, helped manage the Ontario Teachers’ portfolio of partnership-driven minority investments in public and near-public companies, and was with the Canadian arm of Moore Capital Management.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charterholder.

David Scott brings more than 35 years of experience in the enterprise IT infrastructure industry to the Couchbase board. From 2001 to 2010, David served as President and Chief Executive Officer of 3PAR, Inc., a data storage company that created and defined the market for utility storage designed for service provider IT models. While President and CEO of 3PAR, Scott oversaw the company’s evolution from a venture backed private company to being publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2007, then finally through its acquisition by HP in 2010 for $2.5 billion.

David spent the next five years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the global HP Storage business before focusing on Board work. He previously served on the Boards of Veritas and AppDynamics, and is currently a Board Director at OverOps, Token, Nebulon, and AntemetA.

Rick Simonson is the Managing Partner of Specie Mesa L.L.C. where he serves as advisor, investor, and independent board member for portfolio companies of select private equity and venture capital firms. His expertise and focus is on portfolio companies in the technology space that are near to mid-term to an IPO or sale.

Currently, Rick is on the board of directors of Cast & Crew and Electronic Arts in addition to Couchbase. For Cast & Crew he wears multiple hats as investor, independent director, and chair of the audit committee. At Electronic Arts he chairs the audit committee and previously served as lead director from 2009–2015. Rick also advises select private and public companies in non-board roles. At this time he works with EverCommerce, Redwood Capital Partners, and WestWave Capital.

Rick retired as EVP & CFO of Sabre Corporation in July 2018. Before joining Sabre, Rick served as CFO and President of business operations at Rearden Commerce, a venture-backed travel technology company. From 2001 to 2010 he was EVP of Nokia Corporation, including six years as CFO.