Actian Welcomes Lewis Black as CEO

PALO ALTO, Calif. Actian, the leader in hybrid cloud data analytics, management and integration solutions, today announced Lewis Black has been appointed CEO. Black joined Actian in 2018 as CFO, driving the company’s operational best practices and overseeing its financial operations.

Black takes over the role of CEO from Rohit De Souza, who has stepped down from the organization. As CEO of Actian since 2016, De Souza unified all lines of business within Actian to create a holistic organization with a unified strategy, vision and technology roadmap. The changes he brought about led to Actian being acquired by HCL Technologies and Sumeru Equity Partners, from Garnett & Helfrich Capital in 2018.

“I am incredibly proud to have led Actian for the past four years,” said Rohit De Souza. “The organization has grown and matured tremendously, we have a stable leadership team in place and I am confident that Actian is well positioned for its next chapter of growth and innovation under Lewis’ stewardship.”

“I am honored to step into the role of CEO at Actian and lead the company into its next phase of growth,” said Black. “I have worked closely with Rohit over the last two years and have seen first-hand his commitment to the success of this organization. As we continue to look forward to 2021 and beyond, I am committed to Actian’s strategy, our customers, partners and employees as we continue to innovate hybrid cloud data analytics, data management and data integration marketplaces.”

As CEO, Black will focus on:

  • Continuing Actian’s unwavering commitment to serving its worldwide community of customers and partners with best-in-class enterprise software solutions
  • Ensuring that Actian’s unique culture of openness and innovation is preserved and built upon for our employees for years to come
  • Accelerating Actian’s focus on innovation and partnership to deliver the next generation of hybrid data analytics solutions from edge to cloud
  • Delivering mission critical software solutions that deliver strategic competitive advantage as an integral member of HCL Technology’s global ecosystem

“We would like to thank Rohit for his leadership and vision over the past 4 years and appreciate his support as we make the seamless transition to this new phase in the company’s history,” said Robin Abrams, Chairperson of Actian’s Board. “We have had the pleasure of working with Lewis Black over the past two years and we look forward to this next chapter of growth under his stewardship.”

Marc Monahan, who has served as the VP of Finance at Actian since 2018, will step into the role of Chief Financial Officer.

About Actian

Actian, the hybrid data management, analytics, and integration company, delivers data as a competitive advantage to thousands of organizations worldwide. Through the deployment of innovative, enterprise-class, hybrid data products, fully managed cloud services, mobile and IoT Edge data management, and industry solutions Actian ensures that business-critical systems can analyze, transact and connect at their very best – both on-premises and in the cloud. Thousands of forward-thinking organizations around the globe trust Actian to help them solve their toughest data challenges to transform how they run their businesses…with data. For more, visit

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