Portworx Expands Executive Roster to Fuel Next Phase of Global Expansion

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 19, 2018 — Portworx, the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced Sarvesh Jagannivas as chief marketing officer and Phil Simpson as director of business development. Sarvesh joins Portworx from CoreOS, where he served as vice president of marketing. In his new role, Sarvesh will oversee Portworx’s global marketing strategy. Joining as director of business development, Phil comes to Portworx from Mesosphere, where he was a director of strategic alliances and global accounts. Phil will be instrumental in further developing Portworx’s growing position in the cloud-native storage industry. These executive additions bring vast experience in container infrastructure and go-to-market strategy development and will support Portworx’s large and growing global customer base, including 16 of the Fortune Global 1000.

“As enterprises increasingly adopt multi-cloud architectures to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, the benefits of container technologies will expand in new ways. We look forward to enlisting the expertise of these two industry leaders, Sarvesh Jagannivas and Phil Simpson, to advance our mission to help the world’s leading enterprises manage data for containerized applications,” said Murli Thirumale, co-founder and CEO of Portworx. “Both executives will be instrumental in propelling the company to our next phase of growth, crafting go-to-market strategies to fulfill our promise to provide cloud-native storage leading enterprises rely on.”


Sarvesh Jagannivas
Sarvesh brings nearly two decades of experience building go-to-market strategies for leading enterprise software companies, including Oracle, MuleSoft and CoreOS (RedHat). At CoreOS, Sarvesh led marketing and the company’s go-to-market strategy, including one for CoreOS Tectonic, a leading Kubernetes product. Sarvesh will apply his knowledge of leading several of the world’s most successful technology companies to create new go-to-market strategies for attracting top-tier partners, customers and boosting brand visibility as Portworx reaches its next phase of growth. Over his tenure, he has held senior business and marketing positions at Mulesoft, Agile Software (Oracle), EdgeSpring (Salesforce), Picarro Inc., and Aristasoft after a successful stint as a business consultant at Bain & Company.

“Portworx’s leadership in modern cloud native storage and data management puts the company in a position to provide significant value to customers undertaking digital transformation via multi-cloud architectures and to partners offering cloud native platforms,” said Jagannivas. “The company is experiencing rapid growth among some of the world’s most progressive organizations, and I look forward to working with the rest of the executive team to ensure that our enterprise customers and partners understand and capitalize on the benefits of modern cloud native storage and data management.”


Phil Simpson
Phil has more than twenty years of expertise in developing large strategic alliances while driving product alignment and field sales integration globally. In his previous positions at Mesosphere, Chef Software, F5 Networks, Citrix Systems and Microsoft, Phil was pivotal in managing and leveraging global partnerships to meet business needs and drive revenue growth. Phil will leverage this experience tracking new markets and emerging trends to drive Portworx into its next phase of growth.

“Today’s enterprises are under pressure to deploy new applications quickly in an ever-changing, multi-cloud world,” said Simpson. “Portworx is paving the way for enterprises to approach and manage these modern application architectures. I’m looking forward to collaborating and extending Portworx’s committed partner ecosystem so they’re benefitting from their container investments.”

Today’s news caps off Portworx’s best-ever year and comes on the heels of the 2.0 release of Portworx’s flagship product, PX-Enterprise. This year, Portworx announced it achieved more than 160 percent customer growth since Q4 2017 including individual purchases of over $1M and production clusters over 100 nodes in size. Portworx also built strategic partnerships with leading industry vendors including AWS, IBM and Intel.


About Portworx
Portworx is the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers. Portworx dramatically reduces storage, compute and infrastructure costs for running mission critical multi-cloud applications with zero downtime or data loss for customers such as Lufthansa Systems, TGen and twenty five members of the Fortune Global 2000 or federal agencies. The company is headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and investors include Mayfield, Sapphire Ventures and GE Ventures. For more information, visit portworx.com or follow @portwx.