Dries Buytaert

Dries
Acquia, Inc.

Dries Buytaert is an open source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupalopen sourcestartupsbusiness, and the future at dri.es.

This week our global sales and marketing teams came together for a week of strategic planning and training. For one of our team-building activities, we built 60 bikes for the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.

This year's retrospective is especially meaningful because 2017 marked Acquia's 10th year as a company and it was one of our most transformative years to date.

The new Acquia.com is not only intuitive and engaging, but "practices what we preach", so to speak.

Yesterday in Acquia's Boston headquarters, there were hundreds of presents covering the lobby. These gifts were donated by over 130 Acquians on behalf of the Department of Children and Family Services' Wonderfund.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts worked with Acquia and Drupal to build Mass.gov, and to make constituents' interactions with the state fast, easy, meaningful, and "wicked awesome".

I'm excited to welcome Mike Sullivan to Acquia as its CEO because I believe he is the right fit for Acquia, has the experience it takes to be our CEO and will be a great business partner to bring Acquia's vision to life.