Hitachi Vantara Expands Product Leadership Team to Aid Digital Transformation

Momenta Partners is pleased to announce that we have successfully placed two industry leading Senior Vice Presidents for Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. Guido Schroeder has been appointed as SVP of Engineering and Sanjay Chikarmane as SVP of Product Management for IoT & Analytics .

Guido Schroeder,
SVP of Engineering

Guido will lead all engineering teams for Hitachi Vantara with a focus on accelerating the integration and transformation of engineering capabilities to enable the rapid productization of innovations across Hitachi.

Guido brings a wide range of extremely relevant experiences to Hitachi from high-growth startups such as Splunk to established enterprise software giants like SAP. Most recently, Guido served as the Chief Product Officer for [24]7 Inc., a startup focused on AI based virtual agent and chat products to automate and enhance customer support.

Prior to [24]7 Inc., Guido led Product Management and Engineering for Splunk as their SVP of Products. Guido joined Splunk pre-IPO where he expanded the portfolio from a single product to an integrated portfolio of products including priced solutions for Hadoop, Enterprise Security, IT Services Intelligence, Splunk Light, and Splunk Cloud, while also helping to establish Splunk as a leading platform for machine data and analytics. Guido also dramatically scaled the engineering and products team and expanded to a multi-site/multi-shore location strategy while concurrently driving the development process from a slow 1+ year clock speed to a modern continuous cloud delivery cadence.

Splunk grew quickly via acquisition, and Guido led the product and engineering integration of four acquisitions.

Guido holds a Master of Science and PhD. in Physics from the University of Keil.

Sanjay Chikarmane,
SVP of Product Management for IoT & Analytics

Sanjay will lead product management for Hitachi Vantara’s Applications and Insight product lines. These product lines include Pentaho, Lumada, and their emerging application portfolio: Maintenance Insights and Manufacturing Insights.

Sanjay brings over 25 years of enterprise software experience to Hitachi. Most recently, Sanjay served as the SVP & GM of the Enterprise Informatics business unit at Illumina, a global leader in genomics, where he developed and launched a software platform called BaseSpace, which enables DNA sequencing to be software-defined, “touchless” and smart. This dramatically lowered customer adoption barriers and enabled BaseSpace to grow at a 75% CAGR to $2.7B FY17 revenues by analyzing 14PB of data/year from 5,000+ connected machines and serving ~72,000 users.

Sanjay spent nine years at SAP where he served as the SVP & Product GM for their Technology Solutions group. His role included global product management and GTM leadership for a $570 million business portfolio consisting of the BusinessObjects Enterprise Integration Management and NetWeaver Business Process Management, Data Integration/Quality, MDM and Middleware product lines.

Sanjay led predictive analytics solutions on the SAP HANA in-memory data platform focused on SAP strategic industries, including energy, industrial machinery, transportation, oil & gas, retail, healthcare, telco, semiconductor and financial services, generating $320M in revenue. Sanjay also incubated and launched the SAP Financial Services Network (FSN), a new SaaS platform on the HANA Cloud to digitize bank to corporate A/P, treasury, and credit card interactions.

Prior to SAP, Sanjay served in product leadership roles at BEA Systems where he had P&L responsibility for their WebLogic and AquaLogic integration products and at Hewlett-Packard where he led engineering teams on HP’s DCE and Encina distributed computing products.

Sanjay holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.

, Jonathan Moulton
Managing Partner of Executive Search for Momenta Partners comments:

Hitachi Vantara has a unique combination of deep IT, OT and Industrial domain expertise and is at the forefront of driving Digital Transformation across some of the world’s most iconic companies. Guido and Sanjay represent two of the best talents in Connected Industry and their senior leadership will enable Hitachi Vantara to deliver on their vision and strategy. This is an extremely exciting time for Hitachi Vantara and we are proud to support them with their Connected Industry hires.

About Hitachi Vantara:

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. They combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates the innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. They work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at


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