Leadership

Get to know the executive team and the board of directors leading EDB.
Kevin Dallas, President, CEO

Kevin Dallas

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Dallas is responsible for all aspects of the EDB business globally. EDB is a Bain Capital and Great Hill Partners portfolio company. Kevin brings over three decades of experience driving digital innovation and growth at technology companies, most recently as CEO at Wind River, a TPG portfolio company. As CEO, Dallas accelerated the software company’s growth culminating in its $3.5 billion acquisition by Aptiv in 2022. Previously, Kevin spent nearly 25 years with Microsoft, where he most recently served as the corporate vice president for cloud and AI business development. Prior roles demonstrated his customer-focused approach to delivering advanced intelligent cloud and edge product innovation, and enabling customer digital transformation. Kevin is a recipient of the 2022 Gold Stevie Award, American Business Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, and the 2022 Globee Awards Gold Winner for Executive of the Year. Kevin currently serves as a director on the board of Align Technology, Inc. He holds a B.S.c. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Hervé Timsit

Chief Revenue Officer

Hervé Timsit is a dynamic serial entrepreneur and sales leader, BMC and EMC alumni, navigating high-growth software companies with visionary acumen. He specializes in large, strategic deals in enterprise software, IT infrastructure, and cloud services. Herve is a consistent driver of sales organization growth, adept at go-to-market strategy, and renowned for building top-tier salesforces. He demonstrates an innovative growth mindset in crafting portfolios of high-value customer accounts. He’s recognized for leadership excellence in guiding high-potential individuals across the spectrum, from start-ups to blue-chip public companies.

Hervé Timsit
Mary-Beth Donovan

Mary-Beth Donovan

Chief Customer Officer

Mary-Beth Donovan is Chief Customer Officer, responsible for driving EDB’s customer value creation and customer experience strategy. In this role, Mary-Beth  leads a global team of customer success, professional services, customer support and PostgreSQL experts united in our mission to enable and accelerate value realization to our customers and strategic partners.  

Mary-Beth executes with more than 25 years of senior leadership experience at SaaS and enterprise software companies with a predominant focus on establishing a customer-centric culture of technology adoption through customer journey management and building for-scale best practices. 

Prior to joining EDB, Mary-Beth was the VP of Customer Success Management and Experience at VMware. Before VMware, Mary-Beth successfully held numerous leadership roles in customer success, strategy, and operations at PTC. Mary-Beth holds a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. 

Chandler Hoisington

Chief Product Officer

Chandler Hoisington is EDB’s Chief Product Officer. Chandler is responsible for product definition, vision, design and strategy, supporting a portfolio of Global 5000 customers. A software executive with nearly two decades of experience, Chandler thrives in leading highly technical and complex products and teams. As the former GM Kubernetes Hybrid & Edge for AWS, Chandler led key Kubernetes businesses for Amazon. Helping marque customers move business critical workloads to modern software platforms allowing them to improve reliability and time to market.  Prior to AWS, Chandler was the SVP of Product and Engineering at D2iQ, formerly Mesosphere. While at D2iQ, an a16z and Khosla backed startup that has raised over $200 million, he led the strategy and execution to transition the company from a Mesos foundation to Kubernetes as the core offering. Before D2iQ he held the role of VP of Engineering for Risk Management Solutions, a 30+ year old enterprise leader in the catastrophe modeling space. 

Chandler Hoisington
Jozef de Vries

Jozef de Vries

Chief Product Engineering Officer

Jozef de Vries leads product development for EDB across the on-premise and cloud portfolios. Prior to joining EDB, he spent nearly 15 years at IBM across a number of roles. Most recently he built out and led the IBM Cloud Database development organization via organic growth, mergers and acquisitions.

Michael Gale

Chief Marketing Officer

Michael Gale is the Chief Marketing Officer for EDB. He is based in Seattle, WA. Michael leads the brand, Go-to-Market marketing functions and strategic marketing direction as the company leads its own digital transformation and the digital transformation journeys of our customers. 

Michael is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the number one selling book on Digital Transformation, The Digital Helix and hosts the Futures in Focus podcast about the world of ten years from now, (on Forbes for four years). He is a Thinkers360 top 10 influencer for AI, and on sustainability technologies.

Prior to EDB, Michael was at Wind River as the CMO and led the company’s complete rebranding as it went from being an embedded software company to a leading intelligent systems company, which led to the company being sold to Aptiv for over $3bn. His team won the platinum dot.com marketing award for the intelligent systems campaign in 2022. He has founded and sold two marketing SaaS companies (Strategic Oxygen, PulsePoint) that were used to plan complex integrated marketing programs in the technology industry. He was a group Partner at Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte) and was the CWO at Micron when it became a top three internet e-commerce company. Michael holds a degree in economics and history from the UK.

 Michael Gale
Einav Lavi

Einav Lavi

Chief Human Resources Officer

Einav is the Chief Human Resources Officer at EDB. She is based in San Diego, CA. Einav is an Innovative advisor and mentor to CEOs, C-Suite leaders, and the Board, in areas of human capital strategy, full Talent cycle, Human capital in Intelligent systems and AI driven workplace, Change Management, Mergers & Acquisitions and Organizational scaling for growth.

Prior to EDB, Einav spent over 20+ years in developing and leading world-class HR departments internationally to complement corporate strategy in fast growing, PE backed companies.  Einav is a recent recipient of 2 awards – Finalist of the “2023 CHRO of the Year” from HRO Today Magazine and 2022 “Women that Build - Inspiring Executive” award from Globant. Einav's thought leadership has also been featured in several articles she has published in Business and HR magazines, in areas of Diversity, Talent Transformation and AI at the workplace. 

Einav holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Cognitive Science, and a Masters’ degree in Financial Economics from Israel. 

Eric Mersch

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Mersch has over 24 years of finance experience, including serving as chief financial officer for two public companies and nearly 40 SaaS, hybrid SaaS, and technology-enabled service companies backed by top venture capital and private equity firms. He has worked with companies in cloud computing, big data, cyber-security, financial technology, conversational AI, and Payment Processing spaces.  

Eric has deep expertise in SaaS and subscription business models. He is the author of Hacking SaaS – An Insider’s Guide to Managing Software Business Success. 

Eric’s public company CFO experience includes at ZipRealty NASDAQ: ZIPR), a publicly listed technology-enabled services company with an emerging SaaS business, and VitalStream (NASDAQ: VSTH), a content distribution network company providing data storage and streaming services for digital media companies. 

Before his civilian career, Eric served in the US Navy as a submarine officer on the USS Los Angeles. Eric holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and is a graduate of the US Navy’s elite Nuclear Power School. 

Eric Mersch
Rob Feldman

Rob Feldman

Chief Legal Officer

Rob Feldman is EDB’s Chief Legal Officer. Rob is responsible for the worldwide legal and compliance functions. An experienced executive and lawyer, Rob builds high-performing legal teams to support growing technology companies in dynamic business and regulatory environments. Most recently, Rob led a 45-person legal team at Citrix Systems, Inc. as its General Counsel, including through its +$16 billion take-private transaction in 2022. Prior to Citrix, Rob spent more than a decade in private practice as a technology company litigator, focused in securities fraud defense, intellectual property disputes and government and internal investigations.   

Nandini Karkare

Chief of Staff

Nandini Karkare is the Chief of Staff at EDB. Nandini leads the prioritization and execution of EDB's strategic initiatives in partnership with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Nandini’s team helps realize the vision of the CEO and ELT by enabling business insights and streamlining cross-functional decision-making. She has an extensive background in operations management, sales, and global leadership, including supporting three M&A transactions with private equity investments. During her tenure at EDB since 2008, she has held numerous leadership positions in Go-to-Market operations, including most recently as Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations. Before EDB, Nandini served in the insurance industry and held leadership positions in the travel industry in India. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics and German from Savitribai Phule Pune University (India).

“Postgres is increasingly the database of choice for enterprises. We are excited to work closely with EDB’s talented leadership team, in partnership with Great Hill, to accelerate the company’s growth,”

Max de Groen, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity.

Board of Directors

Kevin Dallas

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Dallas is responsible for all aspects of the EDB business globally. EDB is a Bain Capital and Great Hill Partners portfolio company. Kevin brings over three decades of experience driving digital innovation and growth at technology companies, most recently as CEO at Wind River, a TPG portfolio company. As CEO, Dallas accelerated the software company’s growth culminating in its $3.5 billion acquisition by Aptiv in 2022. Previously, Kevin spent nearly 25 years with Microsoft, where he most recently served as the corporate vice president for cloud and AI business development. Prior roles demonstrated his customer-focused approach to delivering advanced intelligent cloud and edge product innovation, and enabling customer digital transformation. Kevin is a recipient of the 2022 Gold Stevie Award, American Business Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, and the 2022 Globee Awards Gold Winner for Executive of the Year. Kevin currently serves as a director on the board of Align Technology, Inc. He holds a B.S.c. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Ed Boyajian

Board Member

Ed served as EDB's CEO for 15 years, in addition to serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. As CEO, he drove the development and execution of EDB’s strategic vision and growth in the database industry. He joined EDB in 2008, and steered the company through 54 consecutive quarters of growth, and a majority investment in the company from Bain Capital in 2022. Prior to that, he led EDB’s acquisition of 2ndQuadrant, which brought together the world’s top Postgres experts and positioned EDB as the largest dedicated provider of Postgres solutions and services worldwide. A veteran of the open source software movement, Ed is a seasoned enterprise software executive who emphasizes a technology-first business approach in order to lead the open source data movement. Prior to EDB, Ed served as Vice President and General Manager of North America at Red Hat, where he played a central leadership role in the development of the modern business model for bringing open source to enterprises. He is known for his passion, relentless energy, and strategic leadership. Prior to his business career, Ed honed his leadership skills as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Boston University.

​​​​​​​Chris Gaffney

Managing Partner, Great Hill Partners

Chris Gaffney is a co-founder of Great Hill Partners. He is responsible for transaction origination, investment policy, fundraising, investor relations and the general management of the firm. His investment experience covers a broad group of industries, including business and IT software and services, information services, eCommerce, consumer and online services, financial services and insurance, digital publishing, telecommunications, logistics, education, and cable and broadcasting. Chris serves on the board of directors of EnterpriseDB, G/O Media, Ikon Science, Mission, Evolve IP and Intapp. He formerly served on the boards of All Web Leads, BuscaPé, Central Security Group, Credibility Corp., IGN Entertainment, Recruiting.com, SheKnows Media, SmartMail, Vitacost.com, Ziff Davis and ZoomInfo. Chris has participated in the private equity business since 1986, serving as an associate, principal and general partner for M/C Partners. Chris began his career as a commercial lending officer for the First National Bank of Boston in the specialized media lending unit. Chris earned a degree in accounting and economics summa cum laude from Boston College.

Colin Motley

Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity

Mr. Motley joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2010. He is a Managing Director in the Technology Vertical and is a member of the North American Private Equity team. He focuses on investments in the infrastructure software, financial technology, and financial services space. Mr. Motley is also a Director at CentralSquare Technologies. Mr. Motley received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and a Henry Ford II Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude with an AB in economics from Harvard College.

David Humphrey

Managing Director & Co-head North America Private Equity, Bain Capital

Mr. Humphrey joined Bain Capital in 2001. He is a Partner in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Vertical and Co-Head of Bain Capital’s North American Private Equity business. Mr. Humphrey works in the Boston office and focuses on investments in the information services, software and technology services sectors. He has also played a leading role in the firm’s recruiting, training and professional development efforts.

Drew Loucks

Partner, Great Hill Partners

Drew is responsible for originating and evaluating investments in the Internet infrastructure, software communications, IOT, and tech-enabled managed services sectors.  He is a director of EnterpriseDB, Examity, Mission, Evolve IP, Reward Gateway and Symmetry.  He is a former director of Ascenty, Reflexis and Latisys. Prior to joining Great Hill Partners, Drew was an associate at Tudor Ventures, the $700 million private equity arm of Tudor Investment Corporation. As an associate at Tudor Ventures, Drew was responsible for originating and evaluating investment opportunities in the financial technology, business services, and software sectors. Prior to Tudor, Drew worked in various roles at Jefferies Investment Bank in the capital markets division. Drew earned a degree in economics and government from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Max de Groen

Managing Director, Bain Capital

Max is a Partner on Bain Capital’s North America Private Equity team and is responsible for originating and evaluating investments in the Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Horizontal Applications, Internet and EdTech sectors. He is a director of EnterpriseDB, ExtraHop, Nutanix, and Rocket Software. He was previously involved with a number of other Bain Capital investments including BMC Software, Symantec, and NortonLifeLock among others.

Prior to joining Bain Capital in 2010, Max was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he consulted in the technology, financial services, and healthcare practice areas. Max received an MBA from Harvard Business school where he was a Baker Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota.

Pablo Ramirez

Vice President, Great Hill Partners

Pablo joined Great Hill Partners in 2020, focused on the digital infrastructure and software sectors. He was previously with Alianza Fiduciaria and Parthenon-EY. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Highest Honors from Georgia Institute of Technology.