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Press Release

March 20, 2013

Top Talent Joins Pentaho to Accelerate Big Data Growth

EVP of Engineering Bob Kemper, Chief Data Scientist-VP Predictive Analytics Nick Gonzalez and Big Data Product Marketing Director Terilyn Palanco bring impressive expertise to Pentaho

March 20, 2013, — Delivering the future of business analytics, Pentaho Corporation today announced the appointment of three new strategic hires in the United States to continue to accelerate its big data product and platform development as well as its high revenue growth. The new executives are Bob Kemper, executive vice president, engineering; Nick Gonzalez, chief data scientist and vice president predictive analytics; and Terilyn Palanca, big data product marketing director.

Bob Kemper, Executive Vice President, Engineering, joins Pentaho to lead the company’s engineering team to build products and extend its big data analytics platform that supports the future of analytics. Bob is a world-class software development executive with an extensive background in business intelligence, data warehousing, predictive analytics, big data analytics and cloud-based analytical applications. His unique qualifications are ideally suited to help Pentaho build upon its rich analytical platform and scale products to the next level. Prior to Pentaho, Bob held senior positions at Hyperion, SPSS, Inc., Pivotlink and PrecisionPoint Software, where he successfully built and managed large, global engineering teams. Bob is based in Orlando and reports to Pentaho CEO, Quentin Gallivan.

Nick Gonzalez, Chief Data Scientist, VP Predictive Analytics, joins Pentaho as part of the Big Data team where he will focus on the company’s predictive strategy. Nick brings a wealth of predictive, machine learning, and big data expertise to the team. With 15 years of experience driving advanced technologies for the advertising and video game industries, Nick was chief software architect for EA Sports On Demand where he led the development of several large scale distributed systems, including GamerNet, Photo Game Face, and Tiger Woods Online. Most recently, he was the Co-Founder and CTO of Row Sham Bow, Inc., a direct-to-consumer gaming company founded on a unique, real-time, big data, predictive analytics platform. Based in Orlando, he reports to Co-Founder and chief strategy officer, Richard Daley. 

Terilyn Palanca, Big Data Product Marketing, comes to Pentaho to orchestrate the marketing of its big data integration and analytics capabilities. Teri has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic marketing, research/intelligence, and influencer relations primarily in the DBMS, data management and business intelligence/data integration fields. Prior to Pentaho, Teri was a senior product marketing manager at Informatica and director of competitive intelligence at Oracle. Teri brings specific expertise in working with market analysts as senior analyst relations manager at Sun Microsystems and a research director at Giga Information Group. Based in San Francisco, she reports to Donna Prlich, Senior Director, Product and Solutions Marketing.

Quentin Gallivan, CEO of Pentaho, said, “Pentaho is actively engaged in the race to the top of the Big Data integration and analytics field. With these additions, Pentaho has recruited three notable development, predictive analytics and product marketing experts that give Pentaho the necessary depth and expertise to deliver on our promise to deliver the future of business analytics.”

Pentaho continues to recruit for positions in the United States across its engineering, marketing, service, sales and support operations. Please visit

Read about recent new hires in UK, France and Germany.

About Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company
Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company, is a leading data integration and business analytics company with an enterprise-class, open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. Pentaho’s unified data integration and analytics platform is comprehensive, completely embeddable and delivers governed data to power any analytics in any environment. Pentaho’s mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness the value from all their data, including big data and IoT, enabling them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. Pentaho has over 15,000 product deployments and 1,500 commercial customers today including ABN-AMRO Clearing, BT, EMC, NASDAQ and Sears Holdings Corporation. For more information visit

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