Acquia Names Former Adobe & Macromedia Executive Jeff Whatcott as VP of Marketing
Industry veteran brings decade of experience building strong software businesses
**North Andover, MA, January 7, 2008** — Acquia, Inc. today announced that Jeff Whatcott has joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott joins Acquia from Adobe Systems, where he led marketing for the LiveCycle™ business process platform and the open source Flex™ rich Internet application development framework.
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."
“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 chief technical officer Dries Buytaert. “Jeff is definitely that person, and I’m very excited to see him join the company.”
Acquia recently announced closing of $7 million in Series A financing led by North Bridge Venture Partners, with additional investment from Sigma Partners and O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures. The company plans to use the capital to create value-added software and network services around the popular Drupal open source web collaboration and publishing platform.
Drupal has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception, and project growth doubles annually. Drupal is used to deliver a wide variety of Web 2.0 application types including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, and core web content management. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active committers who contribute to the open source technology, including nearly 2000 community-developed modules for extending Drupal functionality.