What Drives Us

Ask anyone on our team, "Why Splunk?" and the answer is the same. We joined Splunk to be part of a company that is passionate about disrupting the conventional ways people look at and use data. We've brought together the brightest minds from companies like Disney, Infoseek, Apple, Hyperion, Autodesk, Informix, Oracle, Microsoft and SAP to support a common goal—to enable our customers to unleash the power of their machine data.

Management Team

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godfrey sullivan

Godfrey R. Sullivan President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Godfrey R. Sullivan has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since 2008, and as our Chairman since 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sullivan was with Hyperion Solutions Corporation, a performance management software company acquired by Oracle Corporation, from 2001 to 2007, where he served in various executive roles, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the board of directors from 2004 until 2007. Mr. Sullivan has served as a member of the board of directors of Citrix Systems, Inc., an enterprise software company, since 2005.

sheren bouchakian

Sheren Bouchakian Vice President Human Resources

Sheren Bouchakian has served as our Vice President, Human Resources since 2008. Prior to joining us, Ms. Bouchakian served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Jump Associates, a design consulting company, from 2007 to 2008. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Bouchakian served as the Vice President of Human Resources at WageWorks Inc., a benefits management company. Ms. Bouchakian holds a B.S. from Seton Hall University.

david conte

David F. Conte Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David F. Conte has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Conte served as Chief Financial Officer at IronKey, Inc., an internet security and privacy company, from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Conte was engaged in various personal investing activities. Previously, Mr. Conte served as Chief Financial Officer of Opsware, Inc., a software company, from 2006 until 2007 when Opsware was acquired by Hewlett-Packard Company. He also served as Opsware's Vice President of Finance from 2003 to 2006 and as Corporate Controller from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Conte began his career at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Conte holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

bill cull

Bill Cull Vice President, U.S. Public Sector

Bill Cull has served as our Vice President, U.S. Public Sector since 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cull was at Kofax Software from 2009 to 2012 where he was Vice President, Public Sector. Mr. Cull was also with Endeca (since acquired by Oracle) from 2007 to 2009 where he was Vice President/GM of Public Sector. Prior to that Mr. Cull was the Vice President, Federal Sales at Oracle. Before Oracle, he served as the Vice President of Public Sector Sales at Filenet (since acquired by IBM). Mr. Cull began his career on Capitol Hill where he ran several successful high profile congressional campaigns. In addition, he served as Deputy CIO for the City of San Diego. Mr. Cull holds a B.A. from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio.

rob das

Robin K. Das Chief Architect and Co-founder

Robin K. Das co-founded our company and has served as our Chief Architect since 2005. He also served as our Vice President, Product Development from 2003 to 2005 and as a member of our board of directors from 2003 to 2004. Previously, Mr. Das has been a large-scale, distributed software architect and engineer for both early-stage ventures and large companies, including Avolent Inc., an application software provider, Lotus Development, a software company, and Sun Microsystems, Inc., a computer systems company. Mr. Das studied computer science at Indiana University.

Doug Harr

Douglas Harr Chief Information Officer

Douglas Harr has served as our Chief Information Officer since 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Harr was a consulting partner with The StrataFusion Group, Inc., a business consulting and technology services firm, from 2009 to 2010. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Harr served as Chief Information Officer at Actian Corporation (formerly Ingres Corporation), an open source database company. Mr. Harr holds a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

lionel hartmann

Lionel Hartmann Vice President, Customer Support and Technical Documentation

Lionel Hartmann has served as our Vice President, Customer Support and Technical Documentation since 2007. Prior to joining us, Mr. Hartmann served as the Vice President of Technical Support at ArcSight, Inc., a security and compliance management company acquired by Hewlett-Packard Company, from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Hartmann holds an M.S. from Paris I--La Sorbonne University and a Masters from the ISGA program at the Business School Group of Marseilles, France.

rob lau

Robert Lau General Manager/Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan

Robert Lau has served as our General Manager/Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan (APAC) since 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Lau was Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific operations at ArcSight, where he established a field sales organization across the region and was a member of the executive team that took the company public in 2008. In addition, Mr. Lau was Vice President of Asia Pacific for Portal Software, where he successfully built out operations, exceeded revenue targets, and helped lead the company to a successful IPO. Mr. Lau began his career as a research engineer at LSI Logic in Milpitas, California. Mr. Lau holds a B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M University and studied in graduate programs at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

Doug Merritt

Doug Merritt Senior Vice President, Field Operations

Doug Merritt has served as Senior Vice President of Field Operations since 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Merritt served as Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking company, from 2012 to 2014. From 2011 to 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Baynote, Inc., a behavioral personalization and marketing technology company. Previously, Mr. Merritt served in a number of executive roles and as a member of the extended Executive Board at SAP A.G., from 2005 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Merritt served as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Human Capital Management Product Division at PeopleSoft Inc. (acquired by Oracle Corporation). He also co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Icarian, Inc. (since acquired by Workstream Corp.), a cloud-based company, from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Merritt holds a B.S. from The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

james murray

James Murray General Manager/Vice President, EMEA

James Murray has served as our General Manager/Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) since 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Murray spent 12 years with Interwoven, which was acquired by Autonomy (since acquired by HP). From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Murray held a number of roles at Interwoven and Autonomy, including: UK sales director, vice president sales EMEA, vice president APAC. Most recently, Murray was senior vice president of Autonomy's Promote Division EMEA (focused on digital marketing) and CEO for Virage Worldwide, the rich media and broadcast monitoring division of Autonomy HP. Mr. Murray holds an honors degree from the University of Aston, Birmingham.

Todd Papaioannou

Todd Papaioannou Chief Technology Officer

Todd Papaioannou has served as our Chief Technology Officer since 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Papaioannou was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Data Collective Venture Capital. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Continuuity, Inc., a software company. Previously, Mr. Papaioannou worked as Vice President, Chief Cloud Architect at Yahoo! Inc. from 2010 to 2011, and Vice President, Architecture and Emerging Technologies at Teradata Corporation from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Papaioannou holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and distributed systems from Loughborough University in England.

Vishal Rao

Vishal Rao Vice President, Americas

Vishal Rao has been with Splunk since 2010 and currently serves as our Vice President, Americas. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rao was at BMC Software, Inc. from 2006 to 2009 where he was the Worldwide Director for Global Accounts. Mr. Rao was also with IBM, via an acquisition of MRO Software, where he held a sales leadership position from 2005 to 2006. Prior to IBM, he held various senior sales and sales management positions at BMC Software from 2000 to 2005 via the acquisition of Remedy Corp. Mr. Rao holds a B.B.A. from Richmond, the American International University in London.

tom schodorf

Thomas E. Schodorf Senior Vice President, Field Operations

Thomas E. Schodorf has served as our Senior Vice President, Field Operations since 2009. Prior to joining us, Mr. Schodorf was a consultant to computer software companies from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Schodorf was with BMC Software, Inc., a software company, from 1991 to 2008, where he served in various sales positions, most recently as Vice President, General Manager from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Schodorf holds a B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton.

Schodorf will retire at the end of FY15.

Guido Schroeder

Guido Schroeder Senior Vice President, Products

Guido R. Schroeder has served as our Senior Vice President, Products since 2012. Prior to joining us, Dr. Schroeder was with SAP Labs, an enterprise application software company, where he served as Senior Vice President Development, Technology Innovation Platform BI from 2008 to 2012, as Vice President Development, SAP NetWeaver BI Client Suite from 2007 to 2008, as Vice President Development Suite Optimization Analytics from 2006 to 2007, as Vice President Development, SAP NetWeaver Imagineering from 2004 to 2006 and as Director Development, BI Advanced Technologies from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Schroeder holds a M.Sc and a Ph.D. from the University of Kiel (Germany).

Steve Sommer

Steven R. Sommer Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Steven R. Sommer has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since 2010 and previously served as our Vice President, Marketing from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sommer served as Vice President, Marketing at WideOrbit Inc., a software company, from 2007 to 2008. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Sommer served as Vice President Global Marketing at SuccessFactors, Inc., a business execution software company. Previously, Mr. Sommer held a variety of executive positions in fast-growing enterprise software companies including SVP Marketing at ArcSight, SVP Marketing & Business Development at Portal Software and VP Worldwide Marketing at Informix. Earlier in his career he worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. Mr. Sommer holds B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Stephen Sorkin

Stephen P. Sorkin Chief Strategy Officer

Stephen P. Sorkin has served as our Chief Strategy Officer since 2013. Prior to this role, Mr. Sorkin served as Vice President Engineering from 2010 to 2013, as Director of Engineering from 2008 to 2010, and as Manager Search and Indexing from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sorkin worked as a research scientist at HP Labs, the central research lab for Hewlett Packard. Mr. Sorkin holds nineteen patents, a B.S. from Stanford University and a M.S. from University of California, Berkeley.

Lenny Stein

Leonard R. Stein Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Leonard R. Stein has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Stein served in various executive positions including President and Chief Legal Officer at Jackson Family Enterprises, Inc., a luxury wine maker, from 2004 to 2010. From 2010 through 2011, Mr. Stein served as a board advisor to two private companies and as an independent consultant. Mr. Stein served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Overture Services, Inc., an internet commercial search services company, from 2003 until it was acquired by Yahoo! Inc., in 2003. Mr. Stein holds a B.A. from Yale College, an M.A. from Yale University Graduate School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

erik swan

Erik M. Swan Co-founder and Senior Advisor

Erik M. Swan co-founded our company and has served as senior advisor to the executive team since 2013. He served as Chief Technology Officer from 2003 - 2013 and a member of our board of directors from 2003 to 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Swan served as Chief Technology Officer at CommerceFlow, Inc., an information technology and services company, from 2001 to 2003. Previously, Mr. Swan served as Vice President of Engineering at Disney Internet Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company, from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Swan studied computer science at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Board of Directors

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john connors

John G. Connors Managing Partner, Ignition Partners

John G. Connors has served as a member of our board of directors since 2007. Since 2005, Mr. Connors has been a managing partner at Ignition Partners, LLC, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining Ignition Partners, Mr. Connors served in various management positions at Microsoft Corporation from 1989 to 2005, including most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Connors has served as a member of the board of directors of NIKE, Inc. since 2005. Mr. Connors holds a B.A. from the University of Montana.

david hornik

David M. Hornik Partner, August Capital

David M. Hornik has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Since 2000, Mr. Hornik has been a partner at August Capital, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining August Capital, Mr. Hornik was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at the law firms of Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie LLP, and a litigator at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Mr. Hornik holds an A.B. from Stanford University, an M.Phil from Cambridge University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

david hornik

Patricia B. Morrison Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cardinal Health

Patricia B. Morrison was appointed as a member of our board of directors in April 2013. Since 2009, Ms. Morrison has served as Executive Vice President, Customer Care Shared Services and Chief Information Officer at Cardinal Health, Inc., a provider of healthcare services. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Ms. Morrison was Chief Executive Officer of Mainstay Partners, a technology advisory firm, from 2008 to 2009, and Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Motorola, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, marketer and seller of mobility products, from 2005 to 2008. Her previous experience also includes Chief Information Officer of Office Depot, Inc. and senior-level information technology positions at PepsiCo, Inc., The Quaker Oats Company, General Electric Company, and The Procter & Gamble Company. Ms. Morrison also previously served on the board of directors for JoAnn Stores, Inc. and SPSS, Inc. Ms. Morrison holds a B.A. and B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Thomas M. Neustaetter

Thomas M. Neustaetter Managing Director, JK&B Capital

Thomas M. Neustaetter has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Since 1999, Mr. Neustaetter has been a Managing Director at JK&B Capital, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining JK&B Capital, Mr. Neustaetter was a partner at The Chatterjee Group, an affiliate of Soros Fund Management, from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Neustaetter holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. and M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Stephen G. Newberry

Stephen G. Newberry Chairman, Lam Research Corporation

Stephen G. Newberry has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013. Mr. Newberry has been a director of Lam Research Corporation, a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services, since 2005, and has served as the Chairman of the board of Lam Research since 2012. He served as Lam Research's Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2011, President from 1998 to 2010, and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 2005. Prior to joining Lam Research, Mr. Newberry held various executive positions at Applied Materials, Inc., a provider of manufacturing solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar industries. Mr. Newberry serves on the board of directors of Nanometrics Incorporated, a provider of process control metrology and inspection systems. He also serves on the board of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the semiconductor industry's trade organization. Mr. Newberry holds a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and completed an executive education program at Harvard Business School.

Graham Smith

Graham V. Smith Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Salesforce.com

Graham V. Smith has served as a member of our board of directors since 2011. Since 2008, Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at salesforce.com, inc., a provider of enterprise cloud computing software. He also served as salesforce.com's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Designate from 2007 to 2008. Prior to joining salesforce.com, Mr. Smith served as Chief Financial Officer at Advent Software Inc., a software company, from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc. from Bristol University in England and qualified as a chartered accountant in England and Wales.

nick sturiale

Nicholas G. Sturiale Managing Partner, Ignition Partners

Nicholas G. Sturiale has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Since 2013, Mr. Sturiale has served as a managing partner at Ignition Partners LLC, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining Ignition Partners, Mr. Sturiale served as a general partner at Jafco Ventures, a venture capital firm, from 2009 to 2012. In 2008, Mr. Sturiale served as a managing director at The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset management firm. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Sturiale served as a general partner at Sevin Rosen Funds, a venture capital firm. Mr. Sturiale remains a partner with Sevin Rosen Funds and an officer and director of Sevin Rosen Bayless Management Company, an affiliate of Sevin Rosen Funds. Mr. Sturiale holds a B.S. from California State University, Chico and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

godfrey sullivan

Godfrey R. Sullivan President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Godfrey R. Sullivan has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since 2008, and as our Chairman since 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sullivan was with Hyperion Solutions Corporation, a performance management software company acquired by Oracle Corporation, from 2001 to 2007, where he served in various executive roles, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the board of directors from 2004 until 2007. Mr. Sullivan has served as a member of the board of directors of Citrix Systems, Inc., an enterprise software company, since 2005.