By Ben Simmons

TableauSoftware, the leader in rapid-fire business intelligence, today announced that it has appointed Brooke Seawell to its Board of Directors. In addition, he becomes chairman of Tableau’s audit committee.

Seawell serves on the boards of Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA). As a long-time software executive including positions at NetDynamics and Synopsys, he brings extensive experience in public company finance, accounting, governance and technology company operations.

“Tableau has an opportunity to bring business intelligence technology out of the dark cellar it has been living in for decades and use it to positively impact people’s lives,” said Christian Chabot, CEO and co-founder of Tableau Software. “We’re bringing fast and easy analytics to customers worldwide. Adding Brooke’s experience and talent to our Board will help us drive the company to the next level.”

“Tableau is growing and innovating at such a rapid pace, it’s changing the landscape of business analytics,” said Seawell. “It has the right team in place and will be well positioned to go public when the timing and climate are appropriate.”

Seawell serves on the Management Board of the Stanford Business School. He holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from Stanford.

Tableau has also been building outits management team. Last autumn, Jay Peir joined as its vice president of corporate development. Peir spent the past nine years at SunPower Corporation where he led their IPO preparations. Tableau also recently brought Keenan Conder on board as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Conder has an extensive history in high growth public companies including Isilon Systems and Expedia.

Tableau was spun out of Stanford in 2003 when Chabot, Chris Stolte and Pat Hanrahan realised that computer graphics could deliver huge gains in people’s ability to understand information. The company has had eight straight years of record growth, recently announcing that bookings grew 94 percent in 2011. In 2011, Tableau was named by Gartner and IDC as the world’s fastest growing business intelligence company.

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