We Envision a World Without Compromise

We believe data-driven organizations shouldn’t have to choose between speed, simplicity, scale, sustainability, or seamless data portability. In the cloud and AI era, these should be foundational elements to every data environment – not points of compromise. That’s why we’re building an entirely new data management approach designed to support next-generation workloads flawlessly. 

Our Story

In 2013, our founders set out with a blank sheet of paper, a novel programming language, and a vision to create a fundamentally different approach to data management that could eradicate the compromises of the past to power the possibilities of the future.

The WEKA® Data Platform is purpose-built for the cloud and AI era. Its advanced architecture seamlessly and sustainably delivers speed, simplicity, and scale regardless of where your data needs to run so you can take full advantage of next-generation workloads – even the ‘impossible’ ones – in virtually any location.

Mind-bendingly fast. Seductively simple. Infinitely scalable. Effortlessly sustainable. Seamlessly spanning edge, core, cloud, hybrid, and multicloud. The WEKA platform can help you overcome complex data challenges and turn ideas into outcomes.

The WEKA Leadership Team

Liran Zvibel

Liran Zvibel

Co-Founder & CEO

Amit Pandey

Executive Chairman

Jonathan Martin

President

Intekhab Nazeer

Chief Financial Officer

Maor Ben-Dayan

Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Dr. Omri Palmon, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Shimon Ben-David

Chief Technology Officer

Nilesh Patel

Chief Product Officer

Jeffrey Giannetti

Chief Revenue Officer

Barbara Murphy

Vice President, Cloud Strategy

Nir Makovski

Vice President, Engineering
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Liran Zvibel
Liran Zvibel

Liran Zvibel

Co-Founder & CEO

Liran co-founded WEKA in 2013. Today, he guides the company’s long-term vision and strategy as its Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as WEKA’s Chief Technology Officer.

Before establishing WEKA, Liran co-founded and led research and development at social startup Fusic, where he was responsible for the engineering, design, and development of its rich social media application portfolio. Prior to Fusic, Liran was the principal software architect and a founding member of the technical team at XIV Storage Systems before its acquisition by IBM in 2007; he then managed XIV’s hardware and platform teams at IBM for several years.

Before joining XIV, Liran served as a Software Engineer with the rank of Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces for five years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

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Amit Pandey

Executive Chairman

Amit is WEKA’s Executive Chairman, overseeing its administrative and operational functions.

A seasoned veteran of the enterprise technology industry, Amit has over 30 years of executive leadership experience at innovative, high-growth technology companies, including Avi Networks (acquired by VMware), Zenprise (acquired by Citrix), Terracotta (acquired by Software AG), and NetApp.

He earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.

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Jonathan Martin

President

Jonathan is WEKA’s President, responsible for the company’s global go-to-market (GTM) functions and operations, which include sales, marketing, strategic partnerships, and customer success.

He brings over 25 years of executive leadership experience at industry-leading enterprise software and hardware companies to WEKA. He previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Hitachi Vantara, Pure Storage (through IPO), and EMC (acquired by Dell Technologies), and has held various senior leadership positions in product management, marketing, and GTM at HP, Salesforce, and VERITAS Software.

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Intekhab Nazeer

Chief Financial Officer

Intekhab is WEKA’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for the company’s finance, legal, information technology, and human resources functions.

He is an accomplished technology industry executive with over 20 years of corporate finance, accounting, and operations leadership experience. Before joining WEKA, Intekhab served as CFO at Unifi Software (acquired by DELL Boomi), a self-service data discovery and preparation platform provider. Prior to Unifi, he served as the CFO and Chief Operations Officer of Tribal Planet, a SaaS platform for social impact. He has also held senior management roles with HCL Group, Solix Group, Platfora (acquired by Workday), Greenplum (acquired by EMC), Appcelerator (acquired by Axway), and Pelikan Technologies.

Intekhab is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and a Chartered Accountant from India. He currently serves on the boards of the Magical Bridge Foundation and Solix Technologies and is a former board member at Tackle.io. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Administration, Accounts and Law, and Business Economics from St. John’s College.

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Maor Ben-Dayan

Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Maor co-founded WEKA in 2013. Today, he serves as the company’s Chief Architect, responsible for the design and development of the WEKA Data Platform.

He brings over two decades of experience and an extensive technical skillset to WEKA. He previously served as the XIV Storage platform project and team lead at IBM. Prior to IBM, he developed state-of-the-art collision avoidance technologies at Mobileye. Early in his career, he headed up an elite team of developers working on an award-winning project while serving in Israel’s Defense Forces.

Maor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration degree in Business from Tel Aviv University.

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Dr. Omri Palmon, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Omri co-founded WEKA in 2013. Today, he serves as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for helping to shape its long-term strategy. He previously served as WEKA’s Chief Operating Officer.

An enterprise technology industry veteran, Omri brings over 30 years of experience to WEKA, spanning software research and development, product management, marketing, and operations. Before establishing WEKA, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Product at XIV Storage before IBM acquired the company in 2007. He then served as part of the XIV leadership team at IBM, helping the business unit to reach half a billion dollars in sales. He has also held various technical and product-centric telecommunications and embedded software development positions.

Omri earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.

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Shimon Ben-David

Chief Technology Officer

Shimon is WEKA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), responsible for engaging with the company’s customers and partners to track emerging trends and bring actionable feedback and insights to its Engineering and Product Management teams. He previously held leadership positions in the company’s customer success and sales engineering functions.

Shimon brings deep enterprise IT domain expertise to WEKA, having previously run IT and support services at Primary Data, XtremIO (acquired by EMC), IBM, and XIV Storage, where he met WEKA’s founding team. He studied Computer Science and Philosophy at Ramat Gan University.

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Nilesh Patel

Chief Product Officer

Nilesh is WEKA’s Chief Product Officer (CPO), responsible for developing the company’s mid-to-long-term product and solutions roadmap and driving associated technology alliances and services delivery.

A veteran of the information technology industry, Nilesh brings more than 30 years of experience to WEKA, having served in several product management and marketing leadership roles at Intel, NetApp, and Palo Alto Networks, among others. Prior to WEKA, he was Executive Vice President of the Secure Solutions business unit at Digital14, where he managed a broad portfolio of communication and data management solutions built on an encrypted, zero-trust security platform.

Nilesh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Shivaji University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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Jeffrey Giannetti

Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff is WEKA’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), responsible for developing and driving the company’s global sales organization. 
 
He brings over 30 years of sales leadership experience at high-growth companies to WEKA. He previously served as CRO at Deep Instinct and Cleversafe and has held executive leadership positions at NetApp, Forcepoint, Sun Microsystems, and Lotus Development.   
 
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Barbara Murphy

Vice President, Cloud Strategy

Barbara is WEKA’s Vice President of Cloud Strategy, responsible for growing the company’s cloud business and its strategic alliances and integrations with public cloud vendors. She previously served as WEKA’s VP of Marketing.

Barbara brings over 20 years of leadership experience and data management industry expertise to WEKA. Before joining the company, she was VP of Marketing for the Converged Infrastructure business unit at HGST, supporting its emerging cloud infrastructure product portfolio. Before HGST, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Panasas, a leading provider of high-performance scale-out storage systems targeting media and entertainment, life sciences, and computer-aided engineering. She was also part of the 3ware team that pioneered Serial ATA in enterprise storage, and following its successful acquisition, she was a Senior Vice President in AMCC’s Storage Division.

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland; a Master of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University; and a Master of International Relations degree from Victoria University in New Zealand.

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Nir Makovski

Vice President, Engineering

Nir is WEKA’s Vice President of Engineering, responsible for leading the company’s engineering team to support the development of the WEKA Data Platform.

He brings extensive software and telecommunications expertise to WEKA, acquired over ten years as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Intel, where he led complex projects and teams across multiple organizations and geographies. Before Intel, Nir served as a Group Manager with the rank of Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, where he was responsible for the development of highly reliable networking, security, and operating systems.

Nir earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the prestigious Technion-Machon Technologi Le’Israel.

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Board of Directors

Maor Ben-Dayan

Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Menashe Ezra

Managing Partner at Gemini Israel Ventures

Roni Hefetz

Partner at Walden Catalyst Ventures

Dror Nahumi

General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners

Omri Palmon

Co-Founder & COO

Amit Pandey

Executive Chairman at WEKA

Liran Zvibel

Co-Founder & CEO

Dan Warmenhoven

WEKA Board Member

Dave Easton

Growth Equity Partner at Generation Investment Management

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