Puppet Names New Chief Product Officer and VP of Customer Success
February 08, 2017

Puppet announced the appointment of Omri Gazitt as Chief Product Officer and Sandra Hamilton as VP of Customer Success.

“To sustain incredible innovations and outstanding customer experiences, we hire truly exceptional people to fill every position,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO of Puppet. “Software is the heart of every business and Puppet’s vision is to provide cutting-edge products and services that enable global organizations to automate software delivery, support DevOps and drive digital transformation. Gazitt and Sandra will help accelerate this vision and our products and services roadmap.”

As Chief Product Officer at Puppet, Gazitt will oversee engineering, product management, next-generation technology and evangelism.

Gazitt has more than 25 years of experience in roles spanning engineering, product and business management. Most recently, he was the VP and GM for the HPE Cloud Native Platform business unit, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business. Gazitt joined HPE as the VP of Engineering for the Helion Development Platform product, which he defined and launched. He was then promoted to VP of Products, where he led cloud strategy, product management, UX and security functions for the entire Helion portfolio, including HPE’s private, managed and public cloud solutions. Additionally, he oversaw HPE’s involvement in the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry open source projects and served as board director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation in 2016.

“We're in the midst of a sea change as enterprises deploy new workloads into public clouds such as AWS, Azure and the Google Cloud Platform,” said Gazitt. “It’s a great honor to be joining Puppet, an iconic company in our industry which has played an essential role in helping customers manage through the complexity of running ever-larger and more heterogeneous IT footprints. As our customers adopt DevOps practices and increase their agility, Puppet has an excellent opportunity to be their trusted partner on that journey.”

As VP of Customer Success, Hamilton will expand the global services practice, advance the customer vision and elevate customer relationships.

Hamilton brings more than 25 years of experience to Puppet. She has a record of leading global organizations through successful business transformations in a range of industries, including finance, deal management, consulting and technology. In her previous role as VP of Global Services at EMC, Hamilton developed and supported EMC Global Services’ go-to-market strategy for its broad portfolio of professional services. She was instrumental in establishing the company’s consulting business and in helping it grow to more than $250 million in worldwide revenue.

“I’m very passionate about the total customer experience,” explains Hamilton. “My entire career has been about the customer, in one way or another. Even in the age of technology, I recognize the value of personally engaging with them. At Puppet, I’m looking forward to elevating the customer connection even further.”

Puppet also announced that Katie Abbott has been promoted to VP of Legal Affairs and Terry Wrightson to VP of Americas.

Abbott has been with the company since 2014. In her new role, she will assume greater responsibility for legal matters, including guidance in the dynamic landscape of licensing, data privacy and open source software as Puppet continues its global expansion.

Wrightson joined Puppet in 2015 after a lengthy career in high-technology sales, including roles with Quest Software, EMC, VMware and HP. In his time with Puppet, Wrightson has led the Western Field & Enterprise team and successfully executed business objectives. In his new role as VP of Americas, he will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Puppet Enterprise business.

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