Tasso Argyros

Co-President, Teradata Aster

Tasso ArgyrosTasso Argyros is Co-President, Teradata Aster, leading the Aster Center of Innovation. Tasso has a background in data management, data mining and large-scale distributed systems. Before founding Aster Data, he was in the Ph.D. program at Stanford University.

Tasso was recognized as one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs for 2009. He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Diploma in Computer Engineering from Technical University of Athens.

Mayank Bawa

Co-President, Teradata Aster

Mayank BawaMayank Bawa, Co-President, Teradata Aster, leads the Aster Center of Innovation's Research and Development and Customer Support organization devoted to building and supporting Aster Data’s product portfolio. Mayank co-founded Aster Data in 2005 and led it as its CEO from 2005 to 2010, growing the company from three persons to a strong, well-rounded team that shipped products with market-defining features.

Mayank was Aster Data’s Chief Customer Officer from 2010 to 2011, working with customers to do fascinating projects on Big Data.

Mayank has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from IIT-Bombay, and a Master's and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. Mayank was the recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship (Sequoia Capital Fellow) at Stanford University during his doctorate studies. Mayank has published a dozen academic papers in top database conferences and has been affiliated with IBM Research and Microsoft Research.

Pekka Kostamaa

Vice President, Engineering and Big Data Lab

Kostamaa Pekka Kostamaa is Vice President of Engineering and Big Data Lab for the
Aster Data Center of Innovation. He is responsible for all engineering activities for Aster Data releases. Previously, Pekka held several management and technical roles at Teradata, including the Director of Advanced Development and Enterprise Architecture for Teradata R&D. His other roles in the Teradata R&D organization include performance analyst, software developer, architect, and department manager for the performance and optimizer groups.

Outside of Teradata, Pekka has been involved with start-up companies, and done consulting in the data warehouse and database areas. He has several academic publications, holds nine patents with about 20 pending, and is a member of the UCLA and UCR Computer Science Advisory Boards.

Randy S. Lea

Vice President, Aster Data Center of Innovation

Randy S. LeaRandy S. Lea is vice president for the
Aster Data Center of Innovation within Teradata Corporation. In this role, Randy is responsible for the sales and execution of big data analytics projects for Teradata in North America. This includes setting strategy, field-based innovation, and overall integration of the Aster Data field organization.

Randy was previously vice president of
Product Marketing & Management for Teradata, responsible for marketing Teradata products (database, platform, and utilities), Teradata services (professional and customer services), and setting product customer requirements, plus technical field sales
support teams.

Randy has 29 years of experience with NCR Corporation and Teradata Corporation. Since moving into the Teradata organization in 1995 he has held positions as director of product management for retail data warehouse applications, director of scalable data warehouse marketing, assistant vice president of Teradata Marketing, vice president of Teradata Channel Partner Sales, retail regional sales director, and vice president Teradata Global Sales Support. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Fullerton and is a graduate of the Executive Professional Development Program from the California State University at San Diego.

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