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Champions of Big Data

Champions of Big Data are passionate users of CDH (Cloudera's 100% open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop and related projects) who have proven track records of contributing to the Big Data ecosystem - by sharing knowledge and experiences, fostering skill set development, encouraging participation, or any combination of the above, whether internally or externally to their organizations.

Champions of Big Data have many different types of roles and backgrounds, but they have the common characteristic of helping interest in Big Data grow.

Any CDH user with a demonstrated track record of Big Data evangelism over the past 12 months is eligible for this program. Candidates are confirmed by Cloudera, with input from the Champions community.

> Do you know a Champions of Big Data candidate? Tell us.
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Mats-Olov Eriksson

M-O has worked with BI, analytics, and software development in various environments, from telecom to online gaming; his primary interest is scalable system and data architecture. He currently works as Director of Data Warehouse at King.com, where he leads a team of system architects and data architects refining the value of the billions of records deriving from its online games every day.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Emad Georgy

Emad is the CTO-North America for Experian Marketing Services, leading developing of their Data Management Systems. Emad has launched Experian's global architecture team and has delivered the industry’s first digital linkage platform for marketers built on HBase and Hadoop. 
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Alex Gorbachev (@alexgorbachev)

Alex is CTO of Pythian, a database services and consulting company. His background spans a wide breadth of experience and deep expertise in data systems. Using this knowledge, he has architected and designed numerous successful database solutions addressing challenging business requirements. Coming from the relational database realm, Alex is now actively focused on the world of Big Data and Hadoop. 
(Joined May 20, 2013)

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Bob Gourley (@bobgourley)

Bob is the primary blogger at CTOvision.com and is the founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm. He is a former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld in 2007. 
(Joined April 2, 2013)

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Oliver Guinan

Oliver is VP Ground Software at Skybox Imaging and a 15-year veteran of the internet industry from Tullamore, Ireland. After starting his career in the internet mapping industry, Oliver has developed, deployed, and supported some of the largest consumer internet applications in the world.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Sam Hamilton

Sam Hamilton leads the Data organization at PayPal. He is responsible for building data platforms that drive areas including analytical insights, experimentation, risk, demand generation, a next generation of machine learning, data science and large-scale data infrastructures. Before joining PayPal, Sam was CTO at Shopping.com, and prior to that, VP Engineering at Yahoo!
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Erich Hochmuth

Erich is currently the Data & Analytics Architecture Lead for Monsanto R&D IT. Erich is a Senior Architect/Engineer with 10+ years experience leading the design, development, implementation, and support of enterprise-level distributed architectures. At Monsanto Erich has led teams to apply Big Data technologies such as Hadoop, HBase, and Lucene to datasets ranging from genomics to geospatial.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Adam Kawa (@adam_kawa)

Adam Kawa works as Data Engineer at Spotify and Hadoop instructor at Compendium. He is a frequent speaker at HUGs, and the coorganizer of Warsaw and Stockholm HUGs. He blogs about Hadoop at HakunaMapData.com.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Jeremy Lizt

Jeremy is VP Engineering and Co-Founder of LiveRamp. He was previously VP Engineering and Co-Founder of Rapleaf, and Senior Development Manager at Oracle, where he was a founding member of the application server team. 
(Joined April 2, 2013)

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Doug Meil

Doug is a committer and PMC member for the Apache HBase project, and is the Chief Software Architect at Explorys, a medical informatics software company.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Wayne Wheeles (@WayneWheeles)

Wayne is an advocate, practitioner and developer for open-source cyber-security solutions. Over the last decade, Wayne has worked on cyber security in a variety of roles as an analytic developer, framework developer, enrichment developer, system architect and data engineer/data scientist. Currently, Wayne is a member of the Six3 Systems Cyber Security team.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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Hugh Williams (@hughewilliams)

Hugh is the Vice President of Experience, Search, and Platforms at eBay, where his responsibilities include eBay’s search engine, most of eBay’s global user experiences, and eBay’s platforms. He previously managed a large R&D team at Microsoft’s Bing, where he was best-known for inventing and building their image search engine. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor in Australia.
(Joined April 2, 2013)
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John Zantey (@JohnZantey)

John is VP and CTO at Contexti, a premier Big Data Analytics Managed Services, Support and Training company. John works with enterprise customers and is responsible for technical architecture, managing service delivery teams and is a lead trainer on Hadoop, NoSQL and related technologies. 
(Joined April 2, 2013)