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Qumulo Board Announces Douglas Gourlay as new Chief Executive Officer

Former Arista Executive to Lead Qumulo’s Next Stage of Growth in Hybrid Cloud and Applied AI

SEATTLE, Wash – Jul. 9, 2024 – Qumulo, the leader in managing exabyte-scale data anywhere, today announced the appointment of Douglas Gourlay as President and Chief Executive Officer. Gourlay will also join Qumulo’s Board of Directors.

“Qumulo enables enterprises to fuel innovation and growth by unlocking the potential of their massive data stores. Doug helped scale Arista Networks from an early-stage start-up to an over $100 billion market cap company, making him the ideal person to guide Qumulo’s next phase of expansion,” said Matt McIlwain, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group and a Qumulo board member since 2014.

“I am delighted to join Qumulo. The combination of an outstanding culture and team, innovative on-premises and cloud software, opportunity in Applied AI, and the Scale Anywhere® vision drew me here. I look forward to executing our unique vision and strategy for our customers, partners, and channels,” stated Gourlay. “To quote America’s first astronaut just before launch: ‘Let’s light this candle!’”

“We are thrilled to have Doug build on our recent successes and lead the expansion of the next growth phase for Qumulo. His accomplished career, vision, and passion for customer success make him ideal for leading Qumulo,” said Samir Menon, a director at BlackRock, a Qumulo investor, and a Qumulo Board of Directors member.

A twenty-five-year industry veteran, Douglas Gourlay previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Software at Arista Networks. Joining Arista in 2009, Gourlay held various executive leadership roles across product, systems engineering, marketing, and sales, contributing to Arista’s transformation into the leader in Cloud Networking. Prior to Arista, he held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems, where he developed several multi-billion-dollar product lines. Earlier in his career, Gourlay served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Gourlay has filed or holds over seventy patents in systems and networking technologies.

Under the leadership of retiring CEO Bill Richter, Qumulo became the established leader in Scale Anywhere data and storage management and grew to over a thousand customers. Richter will transition to the role of board and executive advisor.

To learn more about this announcement, visit for more information about Qumulo and its Scale Anywhere Data Management solutions for the edge, campus, data center, and cloud and join an interactive Q&A with key Qumulo executives and engineering leaders; please register for an interactive webinar/podcast we are hosting on 1 August 2024 at 9am PST.

About Qumulo, Inc.

Qumulo, a six-time leader in Gartner’s Distributed File and Object Storage Magic Quadrant, pioneered the first unified Scale Anywhere data management platform for modern enterprises. Qumulo offers an architecture-independent model, deployable natively in the public cloud, in the data center, or at the edge. Qumulo’s Scale Anywhere capability, powered by our modern Global Namespace, enables businesses to operate data services with greater agility, leverages Applied AI, and unlocks the value of today’s applications.

Qumulo, Scale Anywhere, and the Qumulo logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Qumulo, Inc. All other marks and names herein may be trademarks of other companies. Copyright © 2023. All Rights Reserved.

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