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Portland-based infrastructure automation company Puppet has appointed Abby Kearns, the former Cloud Foundry Foundation executive, as its CTO.

Kearns brings 20 years of deep expertise in cloud computing and growing open source communities.

Most recently, Kearns served as the Executive Director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation where she focused on driving the Foundation’s vision and growing the open source project.

Prior to Cloud Foundry, Kearns drove the adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and at Verizon, she led the Product Management teams dedicated to the early days of cloud services. Her background also includes operations spanning companies such as Totality, EDS, and Sabre.

At Puppet, Kearns will lead the vision and direction of the company’s current and future product portfolio, ensuring customers have the right tools and platform they need to be successful through Puppet’s commercial offerings.

On joining Puppet, Kearns said: “As Puppet’s CTO, I look forward to working with leading enterprises to effectively shift how they are managing and scaling their infrastructure in an increasingly hybrid world; something never more important than now with COVID-19 fundamentally changing how we need to work and run our operations.”

Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO at Puppet, added: “Abby is keenly aware of Puppet’s mission, having served on our Product Advisory Board for the last year, and is a technologist at heart. She brings a great balance to this position for us – she has deep experience in the enterprise and understands how to solve problems at massive scale.”


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