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Puppet announced the appointment of two new executives with extensive experience in scaling billion-dollar businesses.
Gary Green joins Puppet as SVP of Worldwide Sales, and Mike Guerchon joins Puppet as Chief People Pfficer (CPO).
“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 is a veteran sales leader who has extensive experience building billion dollar businesses through high functioning sales organizations. Green 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, Green was VP of Worldwide Sales for the network and security business unit, where he grew the NSX line from $2.5 million to a $600 million annual sales run rate in four years. Prior to this role, Green was VP 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, Green 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 Green. “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 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, Guerchon helped build an organization that enabled people to do their best work by fostering diversity, communication, and a great work environment. Guerchon 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 Guerchon. “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.”