Enlightened Leadership

Drawn from some of the world’s most innovative and successful technology companies, the Basho management team is focused on developing industry-defining software that solves critical problems and creates operational efficiencies for fast-moving, database-driven applications in distributed environments.


Chester C. Davenport
Chester C. Davenport

Executive Chairman

Chester C. Davenport is the Executive Chairman of Basho Technologies, Inc. and Managing Director of Georgetown Partners, LLC, a private equity firm he founded in 1988. He has served as Chairman of GTE Consumer Services, Inc., Georgetown’s $3.2 billion joint venture with GTE, and Chairman of Envirotest Systems Corp., a publicly traded corporation. Previously, Mr. Davenport was the Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Davenport is a graduate of Morehouse College and received his LL.B from The University of Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the District of Columbia Bar and serves as a Trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation.


CEO & President

Adam Wray is a cloud enterprise technology entrepreneur and executive with more than 20 years of experience. Most recently, he served as CEO and President of Tier 3 where he led the company through nearly $20 million in venture capital funding, growing it from a startup with a small client portfolio and revenue stream to an eight figure annual run-rate ($10M+). Prior to Tier 3, Wray held operational leadership roles at Amazon, Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Basho Technologies and is a non-executive director of Cloudsoft Corporation, 6fusion USA and Observable Networks.


Chief Technology Officer

A successful innovator and entrepreneur, Dave McCrory came to Basho from Warner Music Group where, as SVP of Engineering, he led the team that built their digital service platform. He was previously senior architect in Cloud Foundry at VMware and Cloud Architect at Dell, and also experienced successful exits from two companies he founded – Hyper9 (acquired by SolarWinds) and Surgient (acquired by Quest Software). McCrory holds nine technology patents in virtualization, cloud and systems management as co-inventor and created the “Data Gravity” concept which states that as data accumulates, it’s more likely other services and applications will be attracted to it.


Chief Financial Officer

Amy Pelly brings more than two decades of financial and operational management experience to Basho with a background that includes positions at venture-backed technology companies, AOL’s wireless division and a publicly-traded software company. Previously, she served as CFO and VP of Business Operations at doxo, CFO at Gist (acquired by Blackberry), CFO at Tegic (an AOL subsidiary acquired by Nuance), VP of Finance and Business Operations for AOL’s wireless division and CFO at Wildseed (acquired by AOL). Pelly also held multiple financial management roles at Onyx Software – an enterprise software company that went public in 1999 – during her tenure there.


SVP Product and Marketing

Coming to Basho from Limelight Networks where he was VP of Products and led product management and marketing for their content delivery, cloud and interactive advertising lines, Peter Coppola has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software, embedded technologies, networking and digital media. He was previously President and co-founder of Unwired Vehicles, a company focused on mobile applications and technology, and served as VP at software companies Doublewide Software and Akonix Systems (acquired by Quest Software). Coppola also held engineering and marketing positions at Aerocast, NetManage, Wind River, Prime Computer and Stratus Computer (now Stratus Technologies).

John Musser

VP Engineering

John Musser brings to Basho three decades of leadership in software development. Most recently John was the founder and CTO of API Science and prior to that he founded and led ProgrammableWeb. John has a passion for building highly productive and innovative technology teams and has done so at leading brands such as Credit Suisse First Boston, AT&T, and Viacom. He is often quoted in the media and speaks at industry events on subjects ranging from open APIs and platforms, to developer ecosystems, and IT operations. Musser leads the Basho Engineering team and works closely with the Product teams to ensure Basho is delivering a product that is operationally easy to support and helps customers quickly and efficiently extract valuable insights from their mountains of data.


VP Channels & Business Development

As Basho’s VP of Channels and Business Development, Rob Gillespie relies on insights he acquired from more than 20 years in the software and managed services industry heading up direct and channel sales, most recently as VP of Sales at Tier 3 (acquired by CenturyLine). Earlier, he served as Director of Channel Sales for the Americas at Limelight Networks where he led the company’s channel strategy. Prior to that he was Regional Channel Director at Akamai Technologies. Gillespie also held sales positions at Keynote Systems, Merant (acquired by Serena), Sterling Commerce (an AT&T company) and CA Technologies.

Pete Sheldon

VP Worldwide Sales

With more than 15 years of leadership and account management experience in the information technology and services industry, and a track record of building demand and adoption of emerging IT Solutions, Pete Sheldon leads Basho’s sales team focused on enterprises and cloud service providers. Before joining Basho, Sheldon served as Regional Manager and Practice Lead for Verizon Business Global Services and was part of the sales leadership team at TruSecure when it was first acquired by Cybertrust – and then Verizon – to create the world’s largest global security services team. Sheldon also held several sales positions at DIGEX (now Verizon Business) prior to that.


VP Services

Justin Pease has enjoyed the challenge of working at open source companies for the majority of his career and continues to do so at Basho where he began working in 2010. Subsequently, he held several increasingly responsible client services positions within the company before becoming its VP of Services in 2014 where he is currently charged with assembling world-class teams of customer-centric technical specialists. Before that, Pease led the Eastern US and European technical support teams at the Engine Yard where he was responsible for the management and deployment of some of the world’s largest business-critical Ruby on Rails installations.


Managing Director EMEA

Managing Director of Basho operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Emmanuel “Manu” Marchal has 15 years of experience in big data, sales, operations, product management and growing high technology businesses. Before joining Basho, he was VP of Sales and Services at Acunu where he built a global sales and services organization to support its emergence as a leader in real-time, big data analytics, and founded Big Data London, one of the largest big data communities in Europe. Marchal also held senior and executive management roles at LikeCube (acquired by Time Out), Tideway Systems (acquired by BMC Software), Atos and Schlumberger.

Torben Hoffmann, Chief Architect

Chief Architect

Torben Hoffmann has extensive engineering, process improvement and management experience. While at Motorola he focused process improvement initiatives ranging from Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) to team owned processes. His passion for quality software reached new heights when he introduced Erlang to Motorola and created a mission-critical gateway for the TETRA public safety system. That passion led him to Erlang Solutions where he publicly evangelized Erlang. His deep desire to make great software has brought him to Basho where he oversees the architectural direction of Riak. He has a keen eye for discovering ways to leverage our technology stack.