Santa Cruz, CA – November 28, 2017 – Looker, a leading data platform company, today announced that Alan Black has joined the company’s Board of Directors. The former chief financial officer of Zendesk, Inc., Mr. Black will chair the company’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Black played an instrumental role leading Zendesk’s successful IPO in 2014 and follow-on secondary offering in 2015. Prior to Zendesk, he served as President and CEO of Intelliden, Inc., which was acquired by IBM Corporation in 2010. Mr. Black also held several management positions at Phone.com (later renamed Openwave Systems, Inc.), including chief financial officer, and later Managing Director of its European operations. While at Phone.com, he led the company’s 1999 IPO and drove significant international joint ventures.
“Alan has decades of success in managing and growing companies,” said Lloyd Tabb, Founder and Chairman of Looker. “He has a deep understanding of global markets and brings to our board years of leadership experience, and financial and operational expertise. We look forward to the valuable perspective Alan will add to our board.”
“It is an honor to join the board at Looker. Looker has many strengths that give it a unique position in the business data intelligence software market,” said Mr. Black. “The company has impressed me across the board, from its people and products to its culture and vision. Looker has vast opportunities before it and I look forward to working with the team and to helping with their continued success.”
Mr. Black earned a bachelor of commerce degree and a graduate diploma in public accountancy from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and a Certified Public Accountant in the United States (inactive). He was also appointed a Dobson Fellow in McGill’s Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies in 2014 for his contributions to entrepreneurship at the University.
Looker is a complete data platform that offers data analytics and business insights to every department, and easily integrates into applications to deliver data directly into the decision-making process. The company is powering data-driven cultures at more than 1200 industry-leading and innovative companies such as Sony, Amazon, The Economist, Spotify, Etsy, Lyft and Kickstarter. The company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boulder, London and Dublin, Ireland. Investors include CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, Sapphire Ventures and Goldman Sachs. For more information, connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, G+ and YouTube.
Brian Ziel, Looker