Leadership Team

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Andrew Bruce

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Bruce is the Founder and CEO of Data Gumbo, a Houston-based technology company that has developed GumboNet™, the massively interconnected industrial smart contract network powered and secured by blockchain. Bruce created the company in 2016 after spotting an opportunity to eliminate a sizable cost inefficiency between an oil supermajor and one of its suppliers. Under Bruce’s leadership, Data Gumbo is now an award-winning disruptive innovator, as recognized in the Forbes 2020 Energy Awards, with industrial customers around the world. Bruce was also named a 2020 finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast Area.

Prior to Data Gumbo, Andrew was the COO for MHWirth, an oil & gas drilling equipment OEM where he supervised global operations. Previous to this position, Andrew was VP of Controls at NOV. During his tenure at NOV, he founded the NOVOS product, a first-of-its-kind semi-autonomous drilling system, which Andrew holds a joint patent for on rig automation. With years of experience as an IT consultant and serial entrepreneur, Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is currently a member of IADC and SPE.

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William Fox

Chief Product Officer

William Fox is the Chief Product Officer at Data Gumbo. He leads product strategy and design for the enterprise-grade blockchain network. Prior to Data Gumbo, Fox was Director of Operations for Aker Solutions Drilling Technology (later MHWirth) and managed key aspects of the NOVOS open architecture controls project for National Oilwell Varco. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army (2005–2010) where he held leadership positions in South Korea and Bagdad.

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Bill Arend

Chief Commercial Officer

Bill Arend is the Chief Commercial Officer at Data Gumbo. Arend has over 25 years of experience building and leading top-performing sales teams including teams at Workday, Oracle and Microsoft. Arend is focused on building and leading Data Gumbo's business development, direct sales team, marketing, and its network of commercial business partners. 

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Robert Low

Chief Financial Officer

Robert “Bob” Low is the Chief Financial Officer at Data Gumbo, and he has served in this type of role for more than 30 years. His focus has been financial management consulting to entrepreneurial companies, and he has worked with more than 100 companies and raised more than $100M in venture funding. Prior to that he twice worked as controller of high technology startups, and he also has served as CFO of a $100M+ software company, SunGard Energy Systems. Bob has extensive experience in securing venture and bank financing, due diligence, implementing accounting systems, preparing financial forecasts and nonprofits. He has also authored two books on the financial management of smaller companies. Bob received his B.A. degree from Rice University and his Master’s degree from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

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Robin Macmillan

Chief Corporate Development officer

Robin Macmillan is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at Data Gumbo. With a 40+ year career in energy, Macmillan was previously Vice President and Senior Vice President for Business Development at National Oilwell Varco (NOV Inc.), Manager of Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements in Canada and President at the drill bit company ReedHycalog. He is the current VP of Drilling Services at the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), where he is also Chair Emeritus of the Advanced Rig Technology committee, as well as vice-chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section. He holds a degree in Geology from the University of Leeds in England.

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Gina Manassero

Vice President of Communications

Gina Manassero is the Vice President of Communications at Data Gumbo. With more than 15 years of experience in public relations, Manassero has worked across technology sectors in media and analyst relations, financial services and corporate communications. Prior to Data Gumbo, she was an independent consultant for eight years, providing high-level media strategy and execution to early-stage technology companies. Before consulting, she served as account director and supervisor at Schwartz MSL and the OutCast Agency in San Francisco. She began her career in broadcast journalism as a reporter, producer and weekend anchor at the NBC station in Missoula, MT. Gina holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University.

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Meredith Bruce, SPHR

Vice President of Human RESOURCES

Meredith Bruce, SPHR, is the Vice President of Human Resources at Data Gumbo. With over 25 years of experience in business process improvement, talent management, organizational development, compensation and employee relations, Bruce began her career in recruiting before moving into HR consulting for small to mid-sized companies. Prior to her role at Data Gumbo, she was the Director of HR for Rig Solutions at National Oilwell Varco, where she was responsible for US-based operations as well as global compensation and HR initiatives. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and received her SPHR certification in 2011. 

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Ove Sandve

Norway Country Manager

Ove Sandve is the Norway Country Manager of Data Gumbo. With 20 years of experience in software development, Sandve began his career by founding First Interactive AS (acquired by Aker Solutions; transferred to Akastor/MHWirth), a technology engineering organization based in Norway that developed into a market-leading OEM within offshore equipment drilling. He has held various roles within management, development and research in the Aker family of companies.

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