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Pivotal Hires Hugh E. Williams to Lead R&D

Pivotal welcomes accomplished engineer to lead R&D and help drive the future of Pivotal One, the world's first comprehensive multi-cloud enterprise PaaS

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Pivotal today announced the addition of Hugh E. Williams as senior vice president of research and development (R&D).
  • In addition to R&D, Williams will oversee quality assurance, product management, technology operations, and university and technical community relations for the Application and Data Fabric teams.
  • Microsoft and eBay veteran brings 25+ years' experience of researching and developing search engines, web services, and data technologies to his new role; strengthening Pivotal's product and technical leadership to help companies modernize its IT and build software that fuses together big data, mobile and cloud.


Pivotal, the software company at the intersection of big data, PaaS, and agile development, today announced the addition of Hugh E. Williams as senior vice president of research and development. Williams lends years of expertise building meaningful products and services to bring new ideas and innovation to the Pivotal platform – Pivotal One – in driving the creation of a new class of agile developed, data-driven, cloud based applications for the enterprise.

"Hugh's experience, and technical background reinforces the Pivotal leadership team, and further validates our mission and opportunity to build great software," said Scott Yara, senior vice president of products and platform, Pivotal. "As we look to double-down on Pivotal One in 2014, and pioneer the industry's first truly multi-cloud platform-as-a-service for the enterprise, I couldn't be more excited to have Hugh help lead the charge. Hugh has a deep passion for innovation and pushing the boundaries in engineering, and we're so happy that he chose to join us at Pivotal. "

Most recently, Williams spent four and a half years with eBay where he was responsible for a large cross-disciplinary team that turned around the Marketplaces business. His teams conceived, designed, and built eBay's user experiences, search engine, Big Data technologies and platforms. Prior to joining eBay, he managed an R&D team at Microsoft's Bing for four and a half years, and spent over 10 years researching and developing search technologies. Prior to that, he ran his own startup and consultancy for several years.

Williams has published over 100 works, mostly in the field of Information Retrieval, including two books for O'Reilly Media Inc. Williams holds 19 U.S. patents, with many more pending. He has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.

Williams said, "We're at the beginning of a major technology platform shift. Data-driven decisions will fundamentally change business as we know it, and cloud computing is the platform that will enable it. Pivotal is uniquely positioned to pioneer the industry's first truly 'consumer-grade' platform for the enterprise, and I am excited to be part of the team."


About Pivotal
Pivotal, committed to open source and open standards, recently introduced Pivotal One, the world's first comprehensive multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS. The company is also a leading provider of application and data infrastructure software, agile development services, and data science consulting. Follow Pivotal on Twitter @gopivotalLinkedIn, and G+

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