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Cockroach Labs Names Former VMware Exec as CFO

Sarah HallamNews
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Lorenzo Montesi, a former exec at tech companies like Cohesity and VMware, will join Cockroach Labs as its new CFO. Courtesy of Cockroach Labs.

Lorenzo Montesi will be joining Cockroach Labs, the database software startup behind CockroachDB, as Chief Financial Officer, the company announced in a press release on Monday.

Cockroach Labs has experienced rapid growth in the cloud data market over the past year. In January, the company raised $160 million in a Series E funding round led by Altimeter Capital, fueled by the adoption of its database CockroachDB.

Montesi will be tasked with driving the company’s financial planning, analysis and operations. He will also work closely with the company’s leadership team to scale the company globally during this significant growth phase.

Montesi has held several roles in finance, strategy and operations at various tech companies. Most recently, he was SVP of Finance at Cohesity, an enterprise data management company, where he led the Finance and Sales teams through multiple years of growth.

Before that, Montesi was the Senior Director of Sales Operations and Go-to-Market Strategy for Emerging Businesses at VMware. As part of his role there, he helped establish sales operations for VMware’s Cloud Services.

"Cockroach Labs is carving out a unique leadership position as a distributed database, and the excitement from both investors and customers means it is necessary to have strong financial leadership to help guide our growth," said Co-founder and CEO Spencer Kimball, "Montesi's proven experience at high-growth technology organizations will be essential in enabling Cockroach Labs to forge ahead on our mission to become a dominant player in the cloud database market."

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