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VC-backed data catalog company Alation expands C-suite with two new appointments

Silicon Valley-based Alation Inc, a data catalog company, has named Steve Kennedy as chief revenue officer and Bob Block as chief customer success officer. Previously, Kennedy was senior vice president of field operations for Recommind while Block was CCSO at Jive Software. Alation was backed by Costanoa Ventures, Data Collective, Harmony Partners and Icon Ventures.


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and LONDON — October 9, 2018 – Alation Inc., the data catalog company, today bolstered its executive leadership team with the appointments of Steve Kennedy as chief revenue officer (CRO) and Bob Block as chief customer success officer (CCSO). As CRO, Kennedy will have direct worldwide responsibility for revenue-generating teams, helping to scale sales and mature the partner ecosystem. As CCSO, Block will oversee the customer success organization, ensuring customers have the services and resources they need to thrive.

In addition, Alation is expanding globally with the launch of a new London office, cementing its presence in EMEA, which already includes customers like Allegro, Daimler, HelloFresh, Munich Re, Roche, and Scout24. The London team is focused on growing Alation’s sales and customer success presence in the region.

“The need for a modern data catalog has never been more clear, and we are seeing demand across verticals and around the globe with more than 100 production customers, some with thousands of weekly users,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO, Alation. “Steve and Bob will be instrumental in creating the infrastructure for growth to meet that strong demand, and our office in London will ensure we can capture the strong demand in Europe.”

Kennedy has a wealth of experience leading and advising companies. He has served as CRO for seven different companies, including three public and four private, leading three private companies to exits of a combined $1 billion. He has a proven track record for growing global sales teams and creating value for shareholders. Before Alation, Kennedy served as senior vice president of field operations for Recommind and has held sales leadership roles at Centrify, Zantaz, Wind River Systems, Sonicblue, and Quantum.

“This is a thrilling time to be joining the Alation team. We are growing at an extremely exciting rate and adding to our team aggressively. Not only are we expanding in Europe, but we are adding to our customer base, and building a team capable of scaling across the globe,” Kennedy said.

Block is an expert at guiding successful customer success organizations through growth, from strategy and thought leadership to support and account management. Before joining Alation, he served as CCSO at Jive Software and was a customer success leader at Limelight Networks, SuccessFactors, IBM, and PwC.

“Alation’s customers are at the forefront of data innovation, pioneering self-service and new approaches to collaboration and governance. I look forward to working alongside these companies as we help them reach their data and analytics goals and they help us continue to lead the data cataloging market,” Block said.

On Nov. 15, Alation will be celebrating the opening of its new European headquarters with a launch party at the historic Churchill War Rooms in London. Reserve your spot for the celebration today:

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About Alation
Alation, the data catalog company, is building a data-fluent world by changing the way people find, understand and trust data. The first to bring a data catalog to market, Alation combines machine learning and human collaboration to bring confidence to data-driven decisions. More than 100 organizations, including the City of San Diego, eBay, Munich Re and Pfizer, leverage the Alation Data Catalog. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is funded by Costanoa Ventures, Data Collective, Harmony Partners, and Icon Ventures. For more information, visit