Acquia Appoints New CEO as Management Team Grows
Tom Erickson Appointed as Acquia’s CEO and Warren Utt Joins as Vice President of Sales
Andover, MA — March 4, 2009 — Acquia, the fast growing company offering commercial support for the Drupal social publishing system, today announced the appointment of Tom Erickson as chief executive officer, as well as the addition of Warren Utt as vice president of sales. Both executives will help to further build Acquia as a leader in the social publishing space and will continue to expand the use of Drupal globally.
“It is important to identify leaders who are excited about open source software and who have successful track records growing software companies,” said Acquia co-founder and chief technical officer Dries Buytaert. “Welcoming Tom and Warren on board is a natural progression and a way to solidify Acquia’s future as we strive to increase Drupal usage.”
Erickson, who is a founding Acquia board director and chairman since October, brings more than 25 years of experience in software products and services. Most recently, he was the CEO of Systinet Corporation, a privately held software company and leader in service oriented architecture that was acquired by Mercury Interactive in 2006. Prior to his role at Systinet, he served as executive vice president, international for webMethods and president, Asia Pacific for the Baan Company.
“I am extremely excited to expand my role and work closely with the Acquia team to expand Drupal usage around the world,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia’s incoming CEO. “The economic benefit of Drupal combined with support and services from Acquia is very compelling as organizations expand their online communities and businesses.”
"Tom has contributed extensively since the beginning of Acquia,” said Acquia co-founder Jay Batson. “I'm glad to have him join us as CEO and I look forward to working closely with Tom and Warren to help our customers meet their business objectives on the Web with Drupal."
Acquia’s new vice president of sales, Warren Utt, is a technology industry leader with more than 20 years of experience in startup, turnaround, and high growth operations. During his time in the software industry, he has held executive positions with companies in the e-commerce, content management, business process management and enterprise applications markets. Utt most recently served as CEO and president of Impress Software, a privately held company and leading developer of packaged integration applications. Prior to his role at Impress, he served as senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Broadvision.
“Acquia provides a great opportunity to draw on my past experience,” said Warren Utt, Acquia’s incoming vice president of sales. “I am looking forward to helping customers effectively use open source Drupal with the enterprise support and network services solutions they need to build and operate great websites.”
Acquia's founding chief executive officer Jay Batson will continue in an executive management role with the company.
Acquia is a ground-breaking open source software company providing value-added products and services for the wildly popular Drupal social publishing system. Acquia Drupal is a completely free Drupal distribution to help people get started fast and the Acquia Network offers subscription-based access to technical support and remote network services that simplify the deployment and operation of Drupal websites. The people of Acquia believe open source development and social publishing technology have the power to connect people and unleash their collective creative potential. Please visit: http://acquia.com.
The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception and powers more than 400,000 web sites globally. Drupal includes an enterprise class content management system and is used to deliver a wide variety of web applications including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, e-commerce, and many more.
Assisted by a thriving ecosystem of consultants and developers, a diverse set of organizations use Drupal including SonyBMG, Warner Brothers Records, the New York Observer, Forbes, Disney, Intel, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active contributors to the open source technology. For more information, visit http://drupal.org.