Leadership

Get to know the executive team and the board of directors leading EDB.

Executive Leadership Team

Ed Boyajian

Ed Boyajian

President & CEO

Ed is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at EDB. He drives the development and execution of EDB’s strategic vision and growth in the database industry. He joined EDB in 2008, and has since steered the company through 50+ 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.

Jozef de Vries

Senior Vice President, Product Development

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.

Jozef de Vries

Leslie O’Neil

SVP, Global Human Resources

Leslie O’Neil is Vice President, Global Human Resources at EDB. Leslie oversees the strategic planning of EDB’s worldwide talent needs, as well as manages the supporting systems for human resources. Leslie is a 20-year human resources leader. Prior to joining EDB, she was Director of Human Resources at AppNeta. She spent almost seven years as a Human Resources Business Partner at Constant Contact during their high growth phase. Before that, Leslie was Senior HR Generalist at MBI and spent seven years as Employment Manager for Pioneer Investments. She also was an Assistant Director of Human Resources for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Leslie earned her BA from LeMoyne College.

Marc Linster

Chief Technology Officer

Marc Linster, Ph.D., is EDB’s Chief Technology Officer. Marc leads EDB's Office of the CTO, where he and his team of PostgreSQL experts work with key customers and strategic partners on providing strategic technical direction, visionary thought leadership, and leveraging key technology trends to drive business growth. Marc is committed to EDB being an innovation accelerator, providing architectural “know-how” to help customers take advantage of PostgreSQL and understand the art of the possible. Marc believes that open source is a key driver for digital transformation, and that customers greatly benefit when they partner with a company that can provide strategic guidance, customer-centric support, and timely resolutions to complex technical challenges. Marc has an extensive background in engineering, technology and consulting, with over 20 years of management experience. Before joining EDB, he spent four years at Polycom, the leading maker of video communications equipment, where he was a Senior Director, Engineering for Cloud and Hosted Solutions. Before Polycom, Marc was Co-founder and President of TriPoint Interactive, a global supply chain consulting and systems integration company. He spent six years at Avicon Group, first as CTO and then as Vice President of Operations. Marc holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat) in Computer Sciences from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.

Marc Linster
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Rich Kennelly

SVP, Cloud Sales and Marketing

Rich Kennelly leads Cloud Sales and Marketing for EDB, focused on EDB BigAnimal, an enterprise-grade, fully managed Postgres Database-as-a-Service. He is an experienced cloud business, product, and technology leader with experience aligning product lines with market opportunity and driving businesses to higher growth and profitability.  Experience with SaaS, Applications, Cloud, Security, Data, and IT.  Prior to EDB, Rich held critical leadership positions at Akamai, Ipswich, Connotate, and Nortel.

Scott Horn

Chief Marketing Officer

Scott is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience as a B2B SaaS/Software Marketing Leader working at Microsoft, Seagate Technologies, [24]7.ai, PrismHR and most recently Huntress Labs. He brings significant global marketing experience across large, mid-size and early stage technology companies. Scott has also led Customer Success, Product Management and Sales teams at various points in his career – and while Marketing is his true passion – these other experiences have helped him learn how to be a strong marketing partner to those teams. He started his career in software development and has written a SQL query or two. Scott is passionate about building world-class marketing teams that amplify brands, executing strong product launches, partnering with Sales to drive revenue and developing members of his team into future leaders in marketing and other functions. Scott holds a BS, Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Sean Dolan

Sean Dolan

Chief Revenue Officer

Sean Dolan is Chief Revenue Officer at EDB. In his role as CRO, Sean drives global alignment of all revenue-generating departments, Customer Success, Services and strategic partnerships and alliances to increase growth, value and alignment with EDB’s customers. A global technology executive with 30+ years of experience, Sean has a track record of growing complex SaaS, mobile, networking, and service businesses in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining EDB, Sean occupied senior executive roles, including Americas SVP of sales at Qlik, President and CEO at Global Knowledge, EMEA GM and SVP at Juniper Networks, and President and APAC GM at Alcatel-Lucent. Sean earned his BBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

“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

Ed Boyajian

President and CEO

Ed is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at EDB. He drives the development and execution of EDB’s strategic vision and growth in the database industry. He joined EDB in 2008, and has since steered the company through 50+ 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.