Kirk Bowman Joins Couchbase Inc. Board of Directors as First Independent Director
"Adding our first independent director is a major step in Couchbase's growth plan, and Kirk is the ideal person for the job. His big data expertise and proven business acumen in building successful organizations will be a powerful resource for Couchbase as global demand grows for mission critical NoSQL big data solutions," said Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold. "More and more businesses, including Beats Music, eBay and Neiman Marcus, are recognizing Couchbase Server as the most complete NoSQL solution, and Kirk's insight will help Couchbase further penetrate the enterprise."
Bowman is considered one of the industry's foremost authorities on building, scaling and managing enterprise technology organizations, with more than two decades of leadership experience. He has held executive sales and general management roles in both public and private companies around the world, with experience in North America, Asia and Europe.
Most recently, Bowman served as Sales Executive of EqualLogic, a leading storage system company, which was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. His operational experience includes channel, direct, OEM and hybrid go-to-market strategies for companies including VMware, Inktomi, Model N, Object Design and Parametric Technology Corporation.
"Couchbase has enormous potential as businesses around the world adopt NoSQL as a fundamental piece of their big data architectures," said Bowman. "Savvy enterprises realize that they need a database capable of managing a new category of modern applications built to leverage big data. That database needs to be flexible, scalable and reliable - and Couchbase Server is the best offering on the market today to meet those needs."
Highly sought after for his expertise, Bowman currently is a member of the board of several other companies including Atlassian, Code 42, Sookasa and Delphix. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a course in building and managing professional sales organizations.