MariaDB announces new financial leadership to support SkySQL adoption

With robust demand for MariaDB SkySQL leading to the company’s amount of customers increasing four fold from the last fiscal year, the appointment of Jenkinson and Ameri comes at a pivotal time.

Jenkinson, who formerly served as CFO of Kite Pharma and currently sits on the board of AIVITA Biomedical, joins MariaDB as board member and audit committee chair. Before that, Jenkinson held senior roles at Black & Decker and Allergan.

New chief financial officer Ameri brings over 25 years’ finance and management leadership experience, having held executive positions at several SaaS and enterprise technology companies, including CollabNet, Precise Software and EnergyConnect.

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“I’m excited to bring Amir Ameri and Paul Jenkinson on board to serve critical roles in our financial operations supporting our rapidly growing cloud business,” said Michael Howard, CEO of MariaDB Corporation.

“Amir has a strong background of growing SaaS companies, and he’ll validate we have the financial process in place for our next phase of business growth.

“We’ve also formed a new audit committee that will be led by Paul to ensure we are living up to the highest financial integrity standards followed by public companies, preparing us for our next chapter.”

New MariaDB CFO, Ameri, commented: “I’m thrilled to join MariaDB and be part of a fast-growing cloud company. Given the strong 2020 momentum and the outlook for SkySQL and MariaDB as a whole in 2021 and beyond, I’m looking forward to bringing my extensive SaaS and enterprise technology company experience to bear.”

Next-generation cloud database SkySQL has been available since March 2020, and forms a part of the fastest-growing segment of the $55 billion data market, growing at 68% compared with 32% on-prem growth.

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Aaron Hurst

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