Rob Bearden Returns to Lead Cloudera’s Second Act

When Cloudera ran into trouble last June following poor financial results, the board jettisoned senior leadership, including CEO Tom Reilly and Mike Olson, its chief strategy officer. Those moves would open up a path for Hortonworks co-founder Rob Bearden to return to the company that he had a hand in shaping. But with the Hadoop bubble popped, the question remains: Can Bearden succeed in resurrecting Cloudera in the new data age?

Cloudera last week announced the hiring of Bearden to be its full-time CEO, replacing interim CEO Marty Cole, who retired. According to chief marketing officer Mick Hollison, Cloudera would have hired Bearden last June if he was available. But Bearden has just taken the top job at Docker following the completion of the merger of Cloudera and Hortonworks, so he wasn’t available.

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