MongoDB (MDB): Mark Porter To Bring Experience In Building Data Persistence Platforms As New CTO

By Amit Chowdhry ● July 1, 2020
  • Leading general-purpose database platform company MongoDB Inc (NASDAQ: MDB) recently announced that it has appointed Mark Porter as Chief Technology Officer, effective July 20

Leading general-purpose database platform company MongoDB Inc (NASDAQ: MDB) recently announced that it has appointed Mark Porter as Chief Technology Officer, effective July 20. Porter is going to oversee the office of the CTO and will play a key role in driving the technology vision for the company. And with this appointment, Porter will step down from MongoDB’s Board of Directors.

Porter is joining MongoDB from Grab — which is a company that has built a “super app” used by millions of people across Southeast Asia. Grab offers ride-hailing, food and package delivery, mobile payments, and financial services to its users. At Grab, Porter worked as CTO, Core Technology and Transport where he led teams across eight research and development centers across Asia, Europe, and America. Before working at Grab, Porter worked as General Manager, Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL at Amazon Web Services.

“Mark’s background in cloud computing, distributed systems and database engineering, from both a supplier and customer perspective, is quite rare,” said Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO of MongoDB. “MongoDB has grown very quickly by getting developers to recognize the power, flexibility, and scalability of the document model to serve as the foundation of a modern, general-purpose data platform. Mark’s vast experience in building leading data persistence platforms, helping businesses execute for massive scale, and consuming next-generation technologies is exactly what we need for our next phase of growth.”

Porter also worked as the CTO at Amplify’s Insight Division (owned by News Corp at the time) and a VP of Engineering at Oracle. Porter started programming at the age of 16 and has more than 3 decades of experience in databases, systems programming, video compression, system performance, and scalability. Plus Porter is also a named inventor on 11 patents.

“I saw the mainstreaming of the relational database and have been watching how modern companies consume technology throughout my career,” said Porter. “Companies need to develop applications faster and easier and MongoDB is the database that developers most want to use. MongoDB’s document model and flexibility are vital for building modern, mission-critical applications. Instead of scaling their understanding of multiple interfaces, developers can unlock the true value of data through MongoDB’s unified platform.”

Porter is succeeding Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder at MongoDB. Horowitz decided to step down in order to take some time off after working at MongoDB for 13 years.

Featured photo credit: Mark Porter