Frank Slootman

Updated at: March 22, 2024, 9:17 p.m.

Frank Slootman, born 1958, is a businessman and author known for growing companies founded by others. Slootman has taken three companies through an initial public offering (IPO)

Slootman was born in theNetherlands and earned a degree in economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He did market research for tire company Uniroyal, before earning a doctorate in General Business Administration from the same university. After graduating, Slootman moved to the United States in 1982.

Slootman's first management position was at Compuware

His first CEO position was at Data Domain. During his time at Data Domain, the company raised funding to avoid bankruptcy and increased revenue for the next four years. He left Data Domain in 2009 as part of EMC's acquisition of the company. He was CEO of the company when it went public in 2007.

He was appointed CEO of ServiceNow in 2011, then led its initial public offering the next year. He also converted ServiceNow from a help-desk provider to a broader IT services business, before resigning in 2017

Slootman was appointed CEO of Snowflake in 2019. Slootman prepared the company for an initial public offering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Slootman held a 5.9% interest in the company during the IPO.

In 2022, Slootman published a book called Amp it Up: Leading for Hypergrowth by Raising Expectations, Increasing Urgency and Elevating Intensity.

In 2024, Snowflake announced that Slootman was retiring and Sridhar Ramaswamy would be replacing him as CEO. He would remain as the Chairman of the Board.

Related Books

Amp It Up: Leading for Hypergrowth by Raising Expectations, Increasing Urgency, and Elevating Intensity

Rise of the Data Cloud

Tape Sucks: Inside Data Domain, A Silicon Valley Growth Story