MarkLogic Names Symantec, Oracle Vet Gary Bloom CEO

MarkLogic Corp. has appointed 20-year software industry veteran Gary Bloom president and CEO, the company announced Thursday.

In a release, he said the company will continue to hone its focus on big data, adding that leveraging it is the industry’s biggest challenge.

Prior to joining MarkLogic, Bloom served as president and CEO at smart grid management software firm eMeter, which was recently acquired by Siemens Corp. (NYSE: SI).

Before eMeter, he was a consultant for the private investment firm TPG.

He also has previously served as vice chairman and president at Symantec Corp. (NYSE: SYMC) where he led the company’s line of business organizations and corporate development efforts.

Bloom joined Symantec upon its merger with Veritas Software, where he served as chairman and CEO.

Prior to joining Veritas, he served in senior executive positions at Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) during a 14-year career there, including having responsibility for mergers and acquisitions.

He also led the company’s database business, worldwide marketing, support, education and alliance organizations.

In September 2011, the company also moved Ron Avnur to chief technology officer and named Gary Lang its senior vice president of engineering.

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