By Maximilian Clarke

Splunk, a San Fransisco-based operational intelligence software provider have today (Monday) announced the appointment of PayPal President Scott Thompson to the company’s Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled that Scott Thompson is joining our board. As a leader in the electronic payments industry, Scott understands the importance and power of data and recognises the value it adds to an organisation,” said Godfrey Sullivan, president and CEO of Splunk. “Scott’s leadership at PayPal has transformed the company into a true enabler of global commerce. His insights will be extremely valuable to Splunk as more and more organisations worldwide embrace our software as the engine for their machine data.”

Prior to PayPal, Thompson worked for Inovant, a subsidiary of Visa formed to oversee global technology for the organisation. As executive vice president of technology solutions at Inovant, he was responsible for all development, support and maintenance of Visa’s global payment system. Thompson was also CIO at Barclays Global Investors, where he implemented a new strategic technology platform and global infrastructure. In addition, he has worked with Coopers and Lybrand, delivering information technology solutions to leading financial services clients such as Wells Fargo. Thompson also serves on the board of directors of F5 Networks Inc. and Zuora Inc.

Thompson is the second addition to Splunk’s Board of Directors this year, joining salesforce.com Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Graham Smith. Splunk’s other Board members are: John Connors, General Partner, Ignition Partners; David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital; Thomas Neustaetter, Partner, JK&B Capital; Nick Sturiale, General Partner, Jafco Ventures; Godfrey Sullivan, Splunk President and CEO; and Erik Swan, Splunk Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder.


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