Management


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JOHN BANTLEMAN, CEO

John Bantleman has three decades of experience in the management of software companies. Prior to overseeing RainStor, John transformed LBMS from a small start-up business prior to its successful NASDAQ flotation in 1997. Today’s LBMS’ technology is now part of CA’s product portfolio. The following year John was instrumental in the launch of Evolve, and drove the company through to a successful IPO on NASDAQ.

Returning to the UK in 2003, John spent 12 months working on the advisory boards of venture capital organizations such as Apax Partners. He joined RainStor Inc. as Chairman in 2004 and became CEO at the start of 2007 and relocated back to the US to head-up worldwide operations in 2009.


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JAMIE ANDREWS, COO

Jamie joined RainStor from Lagan Technologies (acquired by Kana), where he was Chief Financial Officer and helped grow the company to more than $25m in turnover.

Jamie started his career with KPMG before becoming Financial Controller at BSkyB, where he was responsible for the financial aspects of various business development activities.


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ANDY BEN-DYKE, CTO

Andy is one of the founding members of RainStor and a driving force behind the original data management technology before becoming the Product Architect in 2006, and then the CTO in 2007.

Andy holds both a first class Masters degree in engineering and a PhD in parallel and distributed computing from the University of Birmingham. He worked in Japan for two years for Mitsubishi Electric, supporting and extending the HP-UX kernel in the Pacific. He then spent 5 years working for DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency), quickly becoming a Principal Scientist within the Parallel and Distributed Simulation group. During this time, Andy helped develop the core IP that led to the creation of RainStor Inc., as well as managing a range of long-term projects with a total value exceeding $10M, spanning multiple organizations.


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ANTHONY BROOKS-WILLIAMS, SVP WW Sales

Anthony has more than 15 years’ experience in the Information technology and enterprise software market with proven success in business development, sales and executive team leadership. Anthony’s key responsibility at RainStor is managing direct sales. Prior to RainStor, Anthony led business development for “Data integration” at Oracle, post the acquisition of GoldenGate Software where he was responsible for strategic partnerships in key verticals. Prior to GoldenGate, he founded Coherent Software Corp, which developed “LogPI”, an award winning SQL Server Auditing and Recovery solution deployed at enterprises worldwide. GoldenGate Software acquired Coherent in December 2005. Originally from South Africa, Anthony has an executive MBA from business school.


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DEIRDRE MAHON, VP Marketing

Deirdre has 20+ years experience marketing start-up and fast growth enterprise software companies. Deirdre holds an Economics and Social Sciences degree from University College Dublin, Ireland with a post graduate in marketing from the London School of Economics.

Prior to joining RainStor, Deirdre headed-up corporate marketing for GoldenGate Software which was acquired by Oracle in 2009. Other start-ups include Extricity Software which was acquired by Peregrine (now HP), Evolve Software acquired by Primavera (now Oracle) and Synon which was acquired by CA. Throughout Deirdre’s career, she has focused on shaping new market segments, driving revenue and industry credibility by leveraging joint success with large enterprise customers and industry leading ISV’s.


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KEVIN CROOK, SVP Products

Kevin Crook has 20 years experience in the IT industry, with more than 13 years experience in product management for software companies. At RainStor, Kevin is responsible for all product development. Kevin started his career as a training manager and then moved into product management, working for Holistic systems. He worked through several takeovers, finally moving to Vancouver in 2003 as a senior manager for Business Objects. During his time at Business Objects, Kevin was responsible for managing many different teams, including dashboards and developer tools.

Returning to the UK, Kevin joined RainStor and became the Director of Product Management in 2008.


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MARK CUSACK, Chief Architect

Mark joined RainStor in 2004, and is a founding developer. He was formerly a senior scientist and team lead at QinetiQ, where he researched distributed simulation techniques, and developed physics-based models of human behaviour to support military training and operations. He also led government and industry projects in the areas of grid and pervasive computing.

Before joining QinetiQ, Mark worked in academia, where he combined cluster computing methods with quantum mechanics to predict the properties of semiconductor microstructures. Mark holds a Masters in Computing and a PhD in Physics from Newcastle University.