BOSTON, Massachusetts — February 26, 2020-Aiven, a startup that combines the best open source technologies with cloud infrastructure, announced that Larry Irvin joined the company as the new VP and general manager of its Americas operation. Irvin will be based out of Boston and head up the sales teams across the region with the goal of building out a sales network throughout the Americas, starting with Boston. He is the first major addition to the Aiven executive leadership outside of the company’s headquarters in Helsinki, Finland.
This strategic move follows Aiven’s recent Series B, during which the company raised $40 million, bringing its total funding to $50 million. The funding will be used to expand the company’s footprint throughout the Americas, including hiring additional staff and opening an office in the San Francisco Bay area. Irvin plans to open additional regional sales offices across the U.S., first establishing support and sales teams in cities along the East Coast before stretching further West.
“The culture that Aiven fosters in its Helsinki office is something I connected with and is what I want to bring to the U.S.,” Irvin said. “The company is in a thrilling growth phase, recently announcing a big Series B, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to lead Aiven’s growth initiatives in the Americas.”
Irvin brings more than 25 years of sales and management experience with him to Aiven, and one of his main areas of expertise includes building sales networks from the ground up. Prior to joining Aiven, Irvin served as vice president of Northeast regional sales at Actifio, a cloud data management company, where he restructured the sales team and delivered triple digit growth. Other notable experience includes acting as the director of U.S. acquisition sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the director of sales in New England at CommVault.
“We’re thrilled to have Larry join the team here at Aiven,” said Oskari Saarenmaa, CEO and co-founder at Aiven. “His track record of building high-performance sales divisions for tech companies in the U.S. is impressive. That’s a big reason why we brought him on board, because we see tremendous growth potential in the Americas.”
To learn more about Aiven’s leadership team, visit https://aiven.io/about.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and with offices in Boston, Berlin and Sydney, Aiven is an ISO 27001 and SOC 2 certified cloud data platform provider, operating managed open-source database, event streaming, cache, search, and graphing solutions for over 500 customers worldwide.