|By Jeremy Geelan||
|February 5, 2008 05:45 PM EST||
"It is very important to me that Acquia has a marketing leader who understands the importance of growing and sustaining a community and who is passionate about the principles of open source software," said Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert as Jeff Whatcott joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott recently arrived from Adobe, where he led marketing for LiveCycle and Flex.
A longtime advocate of community, open standards, and open source development, Whatcott has nearly a decade of experience in successfully leading technical evangelism, standards relations, developer marketing, and product management organizations at Adobe, Macromedia, and Allaire Corporation.
“I’m delighted to be part of a company and a community at the intersection of so many pivotal trends for the web and for software in general,” said Whatcott. “Drupal is the leader in open source web collaboration and publishing technology and commercial backing from Acquia is going to take it to a whole new level.”
“We are extremely happy to have a proven industry leader like Jeff on board,” said Acquia co-founder and chief executive officer Jay Batson. “His depth of experience building community-centered software, evangelizing the technology, launching products, and building high growth software businesses fits perfectly with our goals."
"I’m very excited to see him join the company,” said Buytaert, who is also founder and Project Leader of the Drupal CMS.