RapidMiner Appoints IBM Vet as SVP Sales

Predictive analytics provider RapidMiner has appointed Jon Shepherd as senior vice president of sales. He joins the recently announced president and COO of RapidMiner, Michele Chambers, as the second former IBM Netezza executive to join the team.

“My professional career has been with leading technology companies and, in the past 10 years, I have had a laser focus on selling advanced analytics solutions,” said Shepherd. “My history of success with sales and partner teams, within a variety of vertical, regional and worldwide markets, will add to RapidMiner’s sales growth, momentum and velocity.”

Most recently, Shepherd was senior vice president of sales at EagleEye Analytics, a leading provider of predictive analytics for the property and casualty industry, where he pivoted sales from consulting projects to repeatable and scalable sales using a combination of direct and inside sales models. Prior to EagleEye, he was vice president of sales at Netezza, an IBM company, running Big Data sales for the Netezza data warehousing appliance.

“Jon is a proven professional with extensive experience working with enterprise software and technology companies,” said Chambers. “He is very market driven, focusing on customer and partner success. Jon has a unique talent that helps customers understand how complex technology –including big data, machine learning and predictive analytics – can be simplified and used to drive value for their organization. Jon will have an opportunity to make a real impact on our growth and penetration into the market.”

Shepherd has also had executive management roles at Silknet/Kana, and CODA, and was the founder of Direct Link Flowers and Courthouse Data. He was named one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs under 35 in Georgia, and is a frequent speaker at software and government industry events discussing the value of big data, location data, analytics and fact -ased decision making.

Shepherd graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in economics and psychology.

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