Shahz Afzal

SVP, Marketing & Strategy

With over 20 years in the technology industry leading marketing and go-to-market teams, Shahz serves as the SVP of Marketing & Strategy at Anaconda. Shahz is focused on engaging customers and the open-source community, sharing the value Anaconda provides as they innovate, collaborate, and deploy their Python and R data science projects in data centers and the cloud.

Shahz joined Anaconda after a four-year stint at Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he led the global go-to-market with ISVs, data providers, and consulting partners for the AWS Marketplace business that saw exponential growth. Prior to AWS, Shahz was Vice President Marketing for the Hybrid Cloud unit at IBM, responsible for cloud transformation of the company’s application development technology stack. Before joining IBM, Shahz spent 15 years at Microsoft in leadership roles in finance, business development, and marketing. He oversaw several key initiatives to transition customers and partners to cloud during the early days of cloud services at the company.

Shahz has a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance & Marketing from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The NED University in Karachi, Pakistan. An avid skier, he enjoys challenging difficult problems to drive and sustain business growth.