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Couchbase Expands Management Team; adds Shekhar Iyer as Senior Vice President of Global Field Operations

 •  Mountain View, CA

Senior executive joins Couchbase from SAP (NYSE: SAP) Big Data and Analytics Solutions where he was General Manager and Global Vice President of SAPs $500M+ Analytics and Big Data business

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. November 11, 2014 – Couchbase Inc., provider of the most complete NoSQL database, today announced the appointment of Shekhar Iyer to a newly created executive position to lead global sales and field operations.  Shekhar will be the Senior Vice President of Global Field Operations, responsible for leading the worldwide sales and services organizations.


Shekhar’s appointment comes at a time of tremendous growth for Couchbase. In the past year, it has raised $60M in Series E funding, opened new offices around the world, launched the world’s first mobile NoSQL solution, and continued to grow adoption by the Fortune 1000.  Shekhar’s valuable experience and talent will continue to support Couchbase’s growing lead as the NoSQL database of choice for mission critical applications by large enterprises.


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“Over the past year, there has been a clear shift in NoSQL usage and adoption.  Enterprises are moving from smaller lightweight deployments, to global deployments of NoSQL to support mission critical applications,” said Bob Wiederhold, CEO, Couchbase. “We continue to see an increase in large enterprise customer deployments as industry leaders look to Couchbase as the platform of choice for today’s business applications. Shekhar brings talent and experience that will help us scale globally to take advantage of this massive opportunity.”


Shekhar is a proven sales executive with experience at the world’s largest and most influential enterprise technology providers. Before Couchbase, Shekhar was Global Vice President of Analytics and Big Data for SAP, where he led the go-to market, sales, and global center of excellence functions. Prior to SAP, Shekhar was a General Manager at SAS with responsibilities covering Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In that role he led massive growth for the SAS High Performance Big Data solutions.  Prior to SAS, Shekhar was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Informatica's (NASDAQ: INFA) Strategic Initiatives Unit. He was a key contributor to growing revenues from more than $100 million to $700 million. Mr. Iyer is also a four year veteran of i2 Technologies Corporation where he led explosive growth from $70 million to more than a billion in revenue. During that time, he helped create and develop a $100 million dollar product category where he held various sales, solutions and product management positions for i2’s Collaboration Division.


Over the past year I have seen more and more CIO’s invest and plan for larger and more strategic NoSQL and Big Data infrastructure initiatives,” said Shekhar Iyer, Senior Vice President of Global Field Operations, Couchbase.  “Most notably, I’ve seen how legacy relational databases and early NoSQL deployments are not able to meet the performance and scalability requirements that these organizations have. Couchbase is quickly becoming the solution of choice for enterprises looking for a NoSQL platform that can support mission critical applications. I am thrilled to be joining the company at the beginning of its emergence as a leading global technology provider; the opportunity for disruption is massive.”


About Couchbase

Couchbase provides the world’s most complete, most scalable and best performing NoSQL database. Couchbase Server is designed from a simple yet bold vision: build the first and best, general-purpose NoSQL database. That goal has resulted in an industry leading solution that includes a shared nothing architecture, a single node-type, a built in caching layer, true auto-sharding and the world’s first NoSQL mobile offering: Couchbase Mobile, a complete NoSQL mobile solution comprised of Couchbase Server, Couchbase Sync Gateway and Couchbase Lite. Couchbase Server and all Couchbase Mobile products are open source projects. Couchbase counts many of the worlds biggest brands as its customers, including Amadeus, Bally’s, Beats Music, Cisco, Comcast, Concur, Disney, eBay / PayPal, Neiman Marcus, Orbitz, Rakuten / Viber, Sky, Tencent and Verizon, as well as hundreds of other household names worldwide. Couchbase is headquartered in Silicon Valley, and has raised $115 million in funding from Accel Partners, Adams Street Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund, North Bridge Venture Partners and WestSummit.



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