Leadership

Leadership Team

Avik Cloud’s leadership team brings decades of experience, specialized expertise, and tireless dedication to intuitive and dynamic data pipeline creation.

Smita Bhattacharya

Co-Founder

Guru Balasubramanian

Chief Technical Architect

Kristine Bryant

Chief Marketing Officer

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supports Avik Cloud’s mission with years of business success, strategic guidance and the proven ability to facilitate growth.

Will Salcido

Board of Directors

Walter Aldana

Board of Directors

Partnership

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Smita Bhattacharya

Leadership Team, Co-Founder

Smita co-founded Avik Cloud in 2018 after a social event where the engineers were complaining about the number of different tools necessary for various types of data integration. She has more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked closely with engineers and developers to solve complicated data infrastructure challenges. Her experience with IT in healthcare environments drives her understanding of and commitment to the prioritization of data security.

Smita received a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Guru Balasubramanian

Leadership Team, Chief Technical Architect

Sargurunathan “Guru” brings extensive technology experience to the Avik Cloud leadership team. He was the founding architect for the Avik Cloud platform and is leading product development and engineering efforts. Guru’s experience with estimating, project planning, testing and implementation enables him to transform complex business requirements into technical specifications.

Guru earned a B.S. in Computer Science and an MCA in Computer Application from Bharathidasan University. He works in all phases of the software development life cycle and monitors and mentors development teams.

Kristine Bryant

Leadership Team, Chief Marketing Officer

Kristine focuses on the alignment of business plans and marketing strategy. She provides insights and action plans, identifies priorities and supports implementation of growth and marketing initiatives. Kristine is process and metrics-driven and uses analytics to continually optimize marketing activities. Her experience with technology companies ranges from cybersecurity training and hardware, to research and data management.

Kristine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southwestern University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business.

Will Salcido

Board of Directors

Will is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of success in the software and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries. He is the co-founder & CEO of Bedrock Analytics, a data visualization platform that optimizes $150B of retail data for the CPG industry each month.

Prior to founding Bedrock, Will’s career included marketing roles in the US and nearly a dozen other countries for Nestle, Novartis, Ghirardelli and Lindt. He was also a brand/product manager with Profit & Loss responsibility for a $300M brand.

Will earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics & Management from Cornell University.

Walter Aldana

Board of Directors

Walter created the global organization for Snowflake’s entire alliance during his tenure at the company. He led the strategy, Go To Market (GTM) initiatives and execution leading to major successes in sales, product development and marketing. He saw Snowflake grow from a pre-product company to an organization supporting many thousands of customers, with an IPO expected in Q3 of 2020.

Previously, Walter held leadership roles at Cisco Security and Webroot Software. He was also a Venture Capitalist at H.I.G. Capital and a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group.  Walter earned an M.Eng and a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.