Board of Advisors

Gayle Sheppard

Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, Microsoft

Gayle Sheppard is a global technology entrepreneur and leader with a proven track record of scaling small- and medium-sized companies to a market leading position. As Chairman and CEO of Saffron Technology, Inc., a predictive reasoning solution for enterprise decision making, Sheppard successfully grew the business to $20M in revenue and an acquisition in 2015 by Intel, where she continued to lead the business through 2018. Currently, Sheppard serves as Corporate Vice President of Azure Data at Microsoft where she is responsible for the vision, strategy, and long-range P&L for growing Microsoft’s Cloud Services with customers who are implementing multiyear digital innovation and modernization strategies.

Earlier in her career, Sheppard held the role of Vice President and Managing Director at PeopleSoft, and served as CEO and President of MarketMile (now part of Rearden Commerce) where she led the development and launch of a software-as-a-service e-procurement business for American Express.

Sheppard is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, where she received a B.S., Business Administration with focus in operations research and management science.