HPC Career Notes: February 2020 Edition

By Mariana Iriarte

February 1, 2020

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high-performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!


Diane M. Bryant

Former Google Cloud Chief Operating Officer (COO) Diane M. Bryant has been appointed by Neural Analytics, Inc. as chairman and CEO. Leo Petrossian announced he will stay as co-founder and president, but has resigned from his position as CEO. As COO of Google Cloud, Bryant’s main focus was to drive the scale and reach of the business. She also played a role in furthering customer adoption and the development of next generation solutions. Before Google, she spent 32 years at Intel. Bryant currently serves on the boards of directors for United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Broadcom Inc. (AVGO), several technology-based start-ups, the University of California, Davis Chancellor’s Board of Advisors, and the school’s College of Engineering Board of Advisors.

“This is a very exciting time to be joining Neural Analytics. Through the application of technology, we have the opportunity to transform brain health care management. By applying machine learning, Neural Analytics’ Lucid Robotic System can enable physicians to quickly recognize and diagnose critical brain conditions to tremendously improve patient care,” Bryant said. “I look forward to leading this strong team and driving adoption of the technology.”

Archana (Archie) Deskus

Intel appointed Archana (Archie) Deskus as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Under this new role, Deskus will oversee Intel’s global information technology operations and report to Intel Chief Financial Officer George Davis. Before Intel, Deskus was SVP and CIO at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

“Intel is going through an exciting and historic transformation as it extends the reach and impact of information technology in an era of data,” Deskus said. “I am thrilled to join the Intel management team and to lead an extraordinarily innovative global IT group at this strategic inflection point for the technology industry.”

Andrew Jones

Microsoft added Andrew Jones as part of the Azure HPC engineering & product team. Jones brings over 20 years of experience as a researcher and end-user. He also has a background in software developer, service provider and manager, procurement, strategy, and consulting. Before Microsoft, he spent almost 12 years at Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) in the U.K. as vice president of Strategic HPC Services & Consulting. Jones is a well-regarded HPC community member and has written for several HPC publications, including HPCwire.

“I have been impressed with the approach taken by Microsoft Azure towards the HPC space,” Jones said. “This includes strong technology and product offerings, a sector-leading people strategy, and much more. Of course, the journey towards leadership of cloud for HPC is still in progress, and I am excited to help drive that adventure by joining the Azure HPC team.”

Arvind Krishna

The IBM Board of Directors elected Arvind Krishna as chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. He was also selected as a member of the board of directors, which will take effect on April 6, 2020. Krishna will replace Ginni Rometty as CEO. She will continue under her role as executive chairman of the board until her retirement at the end of the year, after being with the company 40 years. Krishna is currently IBM SVP for Cloud and Cognitive Software and played a critical role when the company acquired Red Hat.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be elected as the next Chief Executive Officer of IBM, and appreciate the confidence that Ginni and the Board have placed in me,” said Krishna. “IBM has such talented people and technology that we can bring together to help our clients solve their toughest problems. I am looking forward to working with IBMers, Red Hatters, and clients around the world at this unique time of fast-paced change in the IT industry. We have great opportunities ahead to help our clients advance the transformation of their business while also remaining the global leader in the trusted stewardship of the technology. Jim will be a great partner in the next step of this journey.”

Chris Lattner

Chris Lattner joined SiFive as SVP to lead SiFive Platform Engineering. Lattner has 15 years of leadership experience in a software engineering and machine learning infrastructure, leading teams at Apple, Tesla, and Google. Under the compiler infrastructure open source project, he is credited for authoring Clang, the compiler front-end, and LLVM.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the SiFive team and for the opportunity to work with a company that is enabling the future of silicon, all the way from idea to silicon,” Lattner said. “RISC-V offers an exciting opportunity for customizable chips, and SiFive’s RISC-V design methodology is unmatched in the industry. By making custom SoC development more accessible, we can accomplish technological breakthroughs that couldn’t happen anywhere else.”

Daniel (Dan) McNamara

AMD announced that Daniel (Dan) McNamara joined the company as SVP and general manager of the Server Business Unit. McNamara is credited with building on the momentum of the 2nd Gen AMD Epyc processors to continue the adoption of the company’s server solutions with cloud, enterprise, and ecosystem partners.

McNamara’s background consists of semiconductor and enterprise experience. He has a track record of driving growth in the datacenter market. Before AMD, he was senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group. During his 27-year career, McNamara held senior management and engineering roles at Altera, StarGen, SemiTech Solutions, and Raytheon. AMD recently announced four new promotions to their leadership team. To catch up with the latest developments, click here.

Shailesh Manjrekar

WekaIO selected Shailesh Manjrekar as head of AI and strategic alliances. Before WekaIO, Manjrekar was head of AI at SwiftStack, and responsible for Product, Solutions, and Corporate Development. Prior to SwiftStack, he was senior director at Vexata, EMC, NetApp, Force10 Networks, and also held senior engineer roles at Hewlett Packard and Arohi Communications.

Shailesh will take ownership of WekaIO’s strategic technical alliances, to align the company’s product roadmap and validating the software on platforms in AI and machine learning, genomics, finance, and high-performance computing (HPC) markets. In addition, he will play a role in the leadership team in strategic and corporate planning.

Erwan Menard

Kalray’s board of directors appointed Erwan Menard as an independent board member. Erwan has an extensive background in storage and infrastructure technology in the cloud and datacenters. He is currently leading Google Cloud’s Infrastructure and Applications Modernization portfolio of solutions.

“Transformation of Data Centers along with the continuous need to accelerate processing creates a significant opportunity for innovative, intelligent processors such as Kalray’s MPPA,” Menard said. “I am delighted to join Kalray’s Board of Directors and eager to contribute to Kalray’s growth and success.”

Based in France, Kalray designs manycore processors for intelligent datacenters, autonomous vehicles, as well as healthcare equipment, drones and robots.

Intekhab Nazeer

WekaIO selected Intekhab Nazeer as chief finance officer (CFO). As CFO, Intekhab will take on WekaIO’s global accounting, and financial compliance. He will also play a vital role in the leadership team in strategic and corporate planning.

Before WekaIO, Nazeer was CFO at Unifi Software (acquired by DELL Boomi). He’s also held CFO and chief operations officer (COO) appointments at Tribal Planet, HCL Group, Solix Group, Platfora (acquired by Workday), Greenplum (acquired by EMC), Appcelerator (acquired by Axway), and Pelikan Technologies.

Jan E. Odegard

The Ion appointed Jan E. Odegard as the senior director of industry and academic partnerships. He will oversee Ion’s Academic Partner Network, currently comprised of 10 two and four-year post-secondary institutions, including TSU, Houston Baptist University, University of Houston, HCC, San Jacinto, and Rice University. Under this new role, Odegard will also manage the Ion’s labs and will responsible for developing further academic and academic/industry partnerships. Odegard will continue to serve as executive director of the Ken Kennedy Institute and Associate Vice President Research Computing at Rice University until a replacement is found. He is also part of the organizing committee for the Oil and Gas High Performances Computing (HPC) Conference, which is hosted annually at Rice University.

“After 18+ years with the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University, I am super excited to embark on a new chapter with the Ion Houston team to ‘build an inclusive innovation hub in a tech-forward environment that promotes all that is great about Houston,'” Odegard said.

Brian Sparks

Brian Sparks re-joined Mellanox Technologies as senior director of HPC Consortiums and Alliances. Sparks is a senior executive with over 20 years in the HPC, hyperscale, and cloud datacenter markets with experience in managing, planning, and implementing marketing and communications activities.

Sparks held senior management roles at Mellanox Technologies from 2005 to 2015. In 2015, Sparks was promoted to the vice president role of the Marketing Communications team before moving to Netronome as vice president of Marketing Communications.

Lisa Su

Cisco appointed Lisa Su to its board of directors. In 2012, Su joined AMD, and since 2014 she was promoted to president and chief executive officer (CEO), where she presided over the launch of the first 7nm datacenter server processors and GPUs. She also serves on the AMD’s Board of Directors. In 2007, Su joined Freescale as chief technology officer, leading the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts. Su spent the previous 13 years at IBM in various leadership positions, including as vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center.

From 1994 to 1995, Su was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments Incorporated. Su has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

James Whitehurst

The IBM Board of Directors appointed James Whitehurst as IBM President. His role will take effect on April 6, 2020. Whitehurst is currently serving as IBM SVP and CEO of Red Hat, acquired in 2019. While at Red Hat, he is credited for playing a key role in growing the revenue eights times. Before Red Hat, he was chief operating officer at Delta Airlines, responsible for overseeing airline operations.  Prior to Red Hat, he was a partner at The Boston Consulting Group.

“I am truly honored to be elected as IBM’s President,” Whitehurst said.  “I look forward to working with Arvind, and with IBMers and Red Hatters alike, to continue to bring together the best of our companies and cultures.  I’ve had the opportunity to interact with IBMers across the company over the past few months, and I have been so impressed with the talented and dedicated team we have.  When I first joined, I said that I believe we have the opportunity to be the defining technology company of the twenty-first century.  After working with our clients, IBMers and Red Hatters over the past months, I am even more convinced of that opportunity today.”

To read last month’s edition of Career Notes, click here.

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