Databricks appoints Naveen Zutshi as first CIO

New CIO Zutshi will lead the global information technology functions at Databricks, bringing decades of IT leadership expertise to the newly established role at the organisation.

Zutshi joins from Palo Alto Networks, where he most recently spent six years as CIO, overseeing IT strategy and operations, as well as helping the company scale rapidly, and expand into new security categories.

Prior to this, Zutshi served as senior vice-president of technology at Gap Inc., overseeing global infrastructure, operations and security, while leading the transition to a cloud-based infrastructure and helping scale the retailer’s e-commerce business.

Additionally, he spent over six years in the role of  senior development manager at Cisco Systems.

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“Databricks is trailblazing the future of data architecture with its lakehouse platform, and I am thrilled to be part of the journey as CIO,” said new Databricks CIO, Zutshi.

“I look forward to collaborating with the exceptional team at Databricks to better support our customers and enable rapid scale of our business.”

Ali Ghodsi, CEO and co-founder of Databricks, commented: “Naveen’s ability to build and lead world-class IT teams and his experience driving business transformation in high-growth organisations make him an ideal fit for Databricks’ next chapter of growth.

“As we continue to innovate the lakehouse platform and scale as an organisation, it’s critical that our processes and technology infrastructure evolve to support the future needs of our customers, partners and employees. We are excited to welcome Naveen to team Databricks to lead the charge as our first CIO.”

Founded in 2013, enterprise data and AI software company Databricks facilitates the combination of data warehouse and data lake components into a lakehouse infrastructure.

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