PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - Puppet Labs, home of Puppet, the open source leader in data center automation, today announced Kenny Van Zant, former Senior Vice President and Chief Product Strategist at SolarWinds, will join its Board of Directors. This news comes on the heels of Puppet Labs' acquisition of the Marionette Collective, and recent series B funding led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers. 

"Kenny brings experience to Puppet Labs that is directly relevant to how we plan to evolve and grow our business," said Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs. "Kenny's success at SolarWinds shows he knows how to build an organization to pursue the consumerization of IT. His experience simplifying software delivery with a streamlined sales and marketing model is a perfect match for the future of Puppet Labs."

Most recently Kenny Van Zant was Senior Vice President and Chief Product Strategist at SolarWinds, where he was responsible for products, corporate and M&A strategy. Prior to SolarWinds, Kenny served as head of strategy and corporate development at Motive, Inc., a leading provider of broadband management software. Kenny joined Motive following its merger with BroadJump in 2003. Prior to Motive, Kenny co-founded BroadJump in 1998, and served as its COO.

Van Zant stated, "As an entrepreneur and investor who is passionate about disruptive enterprise software and services, I am really impressed by Puppet's flexibility, popularity and momentum in the market. Puppet has been adopted by thousands of firms, including many of the industry leaders, and I look forward to contributing to their continued growth and success."

Puppet Labs (www.puppetlabs.com), is the provider of Puppet, an open source platform that automates configuration management and provisioning. With more than 100 customers and thousands of users including Digg, Genentech, Match.com, NYU, Oracle and Sun, Shopzilla, Stanford University, SugarCRM and Twitter, Puppet takes the pain out of manually configuring servers by providing systems administrators with a simplified, reusable platform. Puppet Labs was founded in 2005 by Puppet creator Luke Kanies. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, True Ventures, Radar Partners and Emerson St. Partners.

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