Database upstart MongoDB has appointed AWS veteran Mark Porter as its new CTO, three months after co-founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz announced that he would be standing down from the hands-on role — briefly sending the company’s share price tumbling 9%. Porter starts July 20.
(Horowitz wrote the core code base for MongoDB, a non-relational DB platform provider. He’s stayed on as a technical advisor. Porter also joined MongoDB’s board in February this year. The company’s share price, meanwhile has soared from $134 at the start of this calendar year to $217).
Porter, who spent 2013 to 2018 at AWS in a range of roles, including as General Manager for Amazon RDS and Amazon Aurora, joins the New York-based company from Singapore’s ride hailing, food delivery and digital payments firm Grab, where he served as CTO. He also spent 11 years with Oracle, heading up a server development team, among other positions.
In a blog post today announcing the new job, he said, tongue perhaps only partly in cheek: “I was searching for closure (and maybe redemption) for the deep personal guilt I have because I’ve put so much of my career energy into building data engines that don’t make people’s lives as easy as they could.