SOURCE: Puppet


November 21, 2016 04:00 ET

Puppet Appoints Former Cisco Executive, Marianne Calder as Managing Director, Vice President, of Europe, Middle East, and Africa

New London Office Will Allow Doubling of Company's EMEA Workforce to Support Growing International Demand for DevOps

Puppet Promotes Nick Smyth to VP of Engineering

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Nov 21, 2016) - Puppet, the standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us, today announced the appointment of Marianne Calder as managing director and vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to continue scaling Puppet's international expansion. In this new role, Marianne will lead Puppet's customer operations, including sales, marketing, and customer success throughout EMEA to help fuel Puppet's aggressive expansion in the region. Puppet also announced that Nick Smyth has been promoted to vice president of engineering.

"Our vision is to enable every organization around the world to leverage software automation as a means of driving new innovation in the marketplace, quickly and confidently," said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO of Puppet. "We already have a large customer presence in the region -- including three of the five largest banks in Europe, the largest telecoms, and some of the most recognizable brands -- but we're just getting started. By adding Marianne to our talented executive team, we're able to aggressively devote more resources towards scaling our international presence so we can realize our vision globally."

Marianne Calder
Marianne most recently served as managing director of collaboration sales at Cisco, where she led the sales and architecture team to growth, and set the strategic direction for the $1 billion collaboration business in EMEAR. During her 21-year career at Cisco, Marianne also drove the transformation of Cisco's EMEAR inside sales organization and was integral to the creation and development of the global accounts program, which at the time represented more than 30 percent of Cisco's business.

"I joined Puppet for the huge opportunity in front of us. For companies to thrive in the next decade, they need to be able to transform their business to meet the demands of today's software-driven world," said Marianne. "Puppet is the cornerstone for making this transformation happen. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead Puppet's global expansion and bring the transformative power of Puppet to even more organizations by building a highly collaborative team and a robust partner ecosystem."

Nick Smyth
Nick is a 20+ year technology veteran, having led engineering and technical teams at Nortel, IBM and Puppet. In his tenure at Puppet, Nick has proven his leadership and delivered at the highest levels. He brings strong engineering disciplines alongside a strong customer focus and has been instrumental increasing product velocity at Puppet. Nick will continue to work from Puppet's Belfast office.

New London Office
Today, Puppet has approximately 75 employees in three offices in EMEA (Belfast, Czech Republic, and London) to support sales, engineering, customer success and marketing. Located at the Aldgate Tower (2 Leman Street in London), the new 7,500 square foot office space will enable Puppet to double its EMEA headcount. The office was awarded the best possible Public Transport Access Level by Transport for London and features an open floor plan with natural light and sweeping views of central London.

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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