Who’s Winning with Vertica?

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Who's Winning With Vertica?

Watch the videos below to hear some of the success stories from the game changing community of Vertica users.


Chris Selland

VP of Marketing

Chris Selland is vice president of Marketing for HP Vertica. In this role, he leads global marketing for the HP Vertica Analytics platform.

Selland has more than 20 years of experience in online, search and inbound marketing programs. He also has led strategic alliance and corporate development initiatives for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies.

Selland is an established thought leader, speaker and author on customer strategy-related topics, including social media analytics and marketing, customer relationship management, customer analytics, metrics and loyalty.

Earlier in his career, Selland was vice president of CRM and Internet Research at the Yankee Group, and later he founded Reservoir Partners, a customer strategy research firm that merged with Aberdeen Group.

He received a bachelor’s degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration in international business and economics from the New York University Stern School of Business.


Colin Mahony


Colin Mahony has been involved with Vertica from the beginning and now serves as its VP and General Manager. Prior to his role as GM, Colin was responsible for Operations, Product Management, Marketing and Business Development. Colin has over 16 years experience in the high tech industry, and he brings a combination of technical knowledge, market intelligence, customer relationships, and deal experience that help to drive Vertica’s growth and overall vision.

Prior to Vertica, Colin was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners focused on investments primarily in enterprise software, telecommunications, and digital media. He established a great network and reputation for assisting in the creation and ongoing operations of companies through his knowledge of technology, markets and general management in both small startups and larger companies. Prior to Bessemer, Colin worked at Lazard Technology Partners in a similar investor capacity.

Prior to his venture capital experience, Colin was a Senior Analyst at the Yankee Group serving as an industry analyst and consultant covering databases, BI, middleware, application servers and ERP systems. Colin helped build the ERP and Internet Computing Strategies practice at Yankee in the late nineties. While at Yankee, Colin was a frequent speaker was quoted in several publications including ComputerWorld, InfoWorld, Business Week, and InformationWeek.

Colin earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degrees in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University. He is an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and the Joey Fund for Cystic Fibrosis.


Matthew Cain

VP of Finance and Administration

Matt brings more than 20 years of global, high tech finance experience to Vertica. At Vertica, Matt is responsible for the company’s finance, contracts and legal affairs, human resources, and facilities business units. Prior to Vertica, Matt was a Divisional Controller at F5 Networks (joining via the Acopia Networks acquisition) where he was responsible for finance, administration, and facilities for the Data Solutions business unit. In this role Matt was also accountable for all international real estate and firm wide disaster contingency planning. Prior to F5 Networks, Matt served as the Controller at Acopia Networks, driving finance, administration, facilities and human resources. During his tenure at Acopia, Matt was instrumental in M&A activities leading to the successful acquisition and integration of the Acopia ARX File Virtualization technology into the F5 Networks portfolio of products. Before joining Acopia, Matt held various finance leadership positions including Tiburon Networks where he served as Director of Finance, Tyco as a Divisional Controller, and Radionics as a Corporate Controller. Matt began his career at Shiva Corporation in the accounting organization.

Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Northeastern University.


Shilpa Lawande

VP of Engineering

Shilpa Lawande has been an integral part of the Vertica engineering team since its inception, bringing over 10 years of experience in databases, data warehousing and grid computing to Vertica. Prior to Vertica, she was a key member of the Oracle Server Technologies group where she worked directly on several data warehousing and self-managing features in the Oracle 9i and 10g databases.

Lawande is a co-inventor on several patents on query optimization, materialized views and automatic index tuning for databases. She has also co-authored two books on data warehousing using the Oracle database as well as a book on Enterprise Grid Computing.

Lawande has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.