Former ArcSight chief named as new Cloudera CEO

Summary:Cloudera shuffles the deck as the current CEO moves into a new role.

There are some major moves among the leadership team at Cloudera this week.

For starters, current chief executive officer Mike Olson is stepping down as CEO. But don't worry as he's not leaving the Apache Hadoop software provider.

Instead, Olson will be serving as both chief strategy officer as well as chairman of Cloudera's Board of Directors.

Tom Reilly, Cloudera CEO

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company already has a new CEO lined up: former ArcSight chief Tom Reilly.

Reilly comes to Cloudera from Hewlett-Packard, which acquired the SIEM technology company back in 2010.

Prior to ArcSight, he served as vice president of business information services at IBM, following the acquisition of master data management company, Trigo Technologies Inc., where he was CEO. Reilly is also a board member at Jive Software.

As for Olson, he will be responsible for leading Cloudera's engagement, engineering, and open source leadership strategies in delivering Hadoop solutions to market.

In a blog post on Tuesday, Olson briefly outlined his future role as well as the rationale behind hiring Reilly:

Tom led Arcsight through its IPO to industry leadership in mission-critical, bet-the-business security. He knows the enterprise. He’s a been-there, done-that executive. He’s run very successful enterprise software companies at global scale.

Tom’s appointment as CEO allows me to concentrate my time with key constituents: Our product and engineering teams, our partners, our sales force, our customer-facing technical teams and – most importantly – our customers themselves.

Both placements are effective on Monday, July 8.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Open Source, Social Enterprise, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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