Pivotal, the cloud computing and big data company that spun out EMC and VMware in 2012, has hired Hugh E. Williams as its senior vice president of research and development. A search engine expert, Williams was most recently vice president of experience, search and platforms at eBay, and did R&D as part of the Microsoft Bing team before that.
At eBay, he told me during a 2012 interview about the company’s big data efforts, his team was “responsible for the entire eBay experience from the moment users hit the site until moment they make a purchase, from code to data center automation to building new picture-hosting platforms.”
At Pivotal, Williams will head up the company’s R&D efforts and manage various aspects of product development. His experience using big data and other new technologies to build actual consumer-facing products should make Williams a good fit for company, which appears more…
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