SOURCE: Puppet


September 15, 2016 11:00 ET

Puppet Adds Two New Executives to Accelerate Its Rapid Growth

Since January 2016, More Than 2,500 Companies Have Become Puppet Users; Puppet Is Now Used by 33,000 Companies Worldwide

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2016) - Puppet, the standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us, today announced the appointment of two new executives with extensive experience in scaling billion-dollar businesses. Gary Green joins Puppet as senior vice president of worldwide sales. Gary most recently served at VMware as vice president of worldwide sales for the network and security business unit, where he grew the NSX line from $2.5 million in revenue to $600 million in four years. Celebrated HR leader Mike Guerchon joins Puppet as chief people officer (CPO). Mike previously led human resources at Riverbed during the period when the company scaled from 100 to 2,800 employees around the world.

"Puppet is growing fast, expanding across the globe, and pushing hard to enable every organization to adopt the transformative innovations that can make technology a competitive advantage," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet. "As we accelerate our growth with Gary leading our sales organization and Mike leading our people organization, we have the leadership in place to ensure that we not only grow fast, but do so while maintaining our great culture. I'm proud of where we are today, but even more excited for what's coming."

Gary Green
Gary Green is a veteran sales leader who has extensive experience building billion dollar businesses through high functioning sales organizations. Gary joined VMware when the company had just over 100 employees, and was instrumental in building it into a world-class sales organization. In his most recent role at VMware, Gary was vice president of worldwide sales for the network and security business unit, where he grew the NSX line from $2.5 million to more than $600 million in sales in four years. Prior to this role, Gary was vice president of Global Strategic Alliances at VMware, a group he grew from zero to $1 billion in revenue. Before embarking on his celebrated career at VMware, Gary was part of the leadership team at Synopsys when the company grew from less than $100 million in sales to more than $1 billion in revenue.

"There's no better technology available today than Puppet for businesses to modernize IT so they can deliver new value to their customers faster than ever," said Gary. "I look forward to capitalizing on this massive opportunity through global expansion and aggressively scaling our channel so we can help all of our customers adapt to the realities of modern business."

Mike Guerchon
Mike joins Puppet from Riverbed, where he led Human Resources from 2005 to 2015 while the company scaled from $2 million to $1.2 billion in revenue, grew from 100 to 2,800 employees in 43 countries, and went public. During this high-growth phase, Mike helped build an organization that enabled people to do their best work by fostering diversity, communication, and a great work environment. Mike has a proven ability to build organizations that have been the drivers of hyper growth and have been celebrated for their culture. Under his leadership, Riverbed was ranked number four globally on Glassdoor's "Top 25 Companies for Culture and Values" in 2014, and ranked in the top 20 worldwide in Glassdoor's "Best Places to Work" in 2013 and 2014.

"Puppet is in a position most people dream of," said Mike. "It has a great product in a huge market, and is driven by a fantastic team. We're going to build on this foundation by creating a work environment that maximizes everyone's individual potential. I'll know we've succeeded when our employees are able to take their careers and personal development further than they thought possible."

Gary and Mike join Puppet during a time of continued growth:

  • Puppet is now used by more than 33,000 companies around the world including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.
  • Puppet Enterprise customers include the three largest banks in the world, including some of the largest banks in the U.S., China, and Australia.
  • Strong growth in EMEA accounted for 25 percent of bookings in Q2.
  • More than 470 people work for Puppet today.

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About Puppet
Puppet is driving the movement to a world of unconstrained software change. Its revolutionary platform is the industry standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us. More than 33,000 companies -- including more 75 percent of the Fortune 100 -- use Puppet's open source and commercial solutions to adopt DevOps practices, achieve situational awareness and drive software change with confidence. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet is a privately held company with more than 470 employees around the world. Learn more at