Derek is responsible for collaborating with Great Hill portfolio companies to accelerate growth. He specializes in strategic differentiation, go-to-market, marketing, portfolio management, product management, new market entry, M&A, and other growth initiatives. Derek works closely with EnterpriseDB, Ikon Science, Intapp and Mission.
Derek has more than 20 years of experience leading high-growth technology companies and large scale, platform businesses, bringing disruptive technologies to market and achieving commercial success. Prior to joining Great Hill Partners in 2019, Derek was the CEO of ZoomInfo, a leading provider of B2B data and business information solutions for sales and marketing organizations. While at ZoomInfo, Derek accelerated the company’s growth from a leading sales and marketing performance management product to an intelligent, dynamic customer engagement platform, with ZoomInfo’s best in class data serving as its backbone. ZoomInfo was acquired by DiscoverOrg in February 2019.
Prior to Zoominfo, Schoettle was a General Manager at IBM leading the transformation of IBM’s Information Management business into a market leading hybrid cloud portfolio. As a General Manager at IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, Schoettle was responsible for strategy, offering management, overall go-to-market, business operations and customer success. Schoettle entered IBM in 2014 thru the acquisition of Cloudant where Schoettle served as CEO of the NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider. Before joining Cloudant, Schoettle was VP, CME Sales, at Vertica Systems, which was acquired by HP in 2011. He also served as VP of Sales and Business Development at Intellireach, which was acquired by Infocrossing.
Schoettle is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, a board member of MassTLC, an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Blank Center at Babson College and is active in a number of Boston-area start-ups. He holds an MBA from Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Dickinson College.