PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Apr 7, 2016) - Puppet, the standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us, today named Sanjay Mirchandani as its first-ever president and chief operating officer to help fuel accelerated business growth, global expansion, and product innovation. Sanjay joins Puppet from VMware, where he was the corporate senior vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Japan. As president and COO, Sanjay will direct all of Puppet's go-to-market operations and execution, including marketing, pre-sales engineering, sales, partners, customer support, and services.

"Puppet has been scaling at a breakneck pace for the past 11 years, but we know that the biggest opportunities and challenges still lie ahead of us," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet. "Sanjay is uniquely qualified to help us take advantage of that opportunity. He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to execute global operations at the highest level in a broad range of roles. I am thrilled to partner with him to drive the next phase of Puppet's growth and innovation."

Sanjay is a world-class business operator with a proven track record of leading rapidly-growing global organizations. In addition to his current role at VMware, Sanjay was at EMC for seven years in several roles. He lead the company's Global Centers of Excellence, its emerging markets and international development initiatives, and was global CIO for an award-winning IT organization. Prior to EMC, Sanjay held several field-based senior management roles at Microsoft during his 11-year career at the company.

"As a former CIO, I am intimately familiar with the challenges faced by IT organizations around the world, and understand how important it is for companies to get great software in front of their customers. CIOs are trying to figure out how to best take advantage of everything from cloud to containers, while dealing with massive tech legacy, and the realities of security and compliance," said Sanjay. "As a CIO, I saw how transformative Puppet's technology was. That is why I am joining Puppet. Puppet is leading a revolution that will change the future of software. I have to be part of that."

With Sanjay aboard, Luke will be able to spend more time on company and product strategy.

"Luke and Sanjay are a great match to lead Puppet through the next stage of the company's growth," said Gerri Elliott, Puppet board member. "With these changes, Luke can tenaciously focus on innovation, while Sanjay can focus on getting that innovation out to companies across the globe, and ensuring they are successful."

Sanjay holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Drew University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He will be based out of Puppet's Portland, Oregon headquarters and will officially join the company as president and COO in May.

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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 30,000 companies -- including more than two thirds 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 400 employees around the world. Learn more at puppet.com.

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