Indian-Origin Sridhar Ramaswamy Takes the Reins as CEO of Data Cloud Giant Snowflake: A New Era in Data Cloud Leadership

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  • Sridhar Ramaswamy, an Indian-origin tech leader, has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Snowflake, a prominent US-based data cloud company.
  • Ramaswamy expressed gratitude for Slootman’s leadership in establishing Snowflake as a leading cloud data platform over the past 12 years.
  • Having joined Snowflake in May 2023 through the acquisition of Neeva, the world’s first private AI-powered search engine, Ramaswamy has been instrumental in shaping Snowflake’s AI strategy.
  • Slootman voiced confidence in Ramaswamy’s capabilities, citing his visionary approach to technology and proven track record in business scaling.
  • His tenure at Google, spanning 15 years, saw him leading various advertising products and contributing significantly to the growth of Google’s advertising business.
  • He played a pivotal role in expanding AdWords and Google’s advertising revenue from $1.5 billion to over $100 billion.

Sridhar Ramaswamy, an Indian-origin tech leader, has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Snowflake, a prominent US-based data cloud company. Ramaswamy, formerly the Senior Vice President of AI at Snowflake, steps into the CEO position following the retirement of Frank Slootman, who will continue serving as Chairman of the Board.

Ramaswamy expressed gratitude for Slootman’s leadership in establishing Snowflake as a leading cloud data platform over the past 12 years. He aims to steer the company towards further growth and innovation, particularly in leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver substantial business value to customers.

Having joined Snowflake in May 2023 through the acquisition of Neeva, the world’s first private AI-powered search engine, Ramaswamy has been instrumental in shaping Snowflake’s AI strategy. Under his guidance, Snowflake launched Snowflake Cortex, a fully managed service simplifying AI deployment for users to drive business value efficiently.

Slootman voiced confidence in Ramaswamy’s capabilities, citing his visionary approach to technology and proven track record in business scaling. He emphasized Ramaswamy’s role in leading Snowflake into its next phase of growth, particularly in the realms of AI and machine learning.

Before Snowflake, Ramaswamy co-founded Neeva in 2019. His tenure at Google, spanning 15 years, saw him leading various advertising products and contributing significantly to the growth of Google’s advertising business. He played a pivotal role in expanding AdWords and Google’s advertising revenue from $1.5 billion to over $100 billion.

Ramaswamy’s rich professional background includes research positions at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Communications Research. He also served as a Venture Partner at Greylock Partners and currently sits on the board of trustees at Brown University.

Ramaswamy’s appointment signifies a new chapter for Snowflake, poised to capitalize on emerging technologies and drive innovation in the data cloud space. With his extensive experience and visionary leadership, Ramaswamy is expected to propel Snowflake towards even greater success in the evolving landscape of cloud computing and AI.

(With inputs from agencies)

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