SaltStack Expands Leadership Team to Drive Intelligent Orchestration into the Software-Defined Data Center
SaltStack names Mike Samuelian senior vice president of worldwide sales and strategic alliances, Alex Peay vice president of product, and appoints Greg Butterfield to the SaltStack board of directors
SALT LAKE CITY – Dec. 6, 2016 – SaltStack®, the creator of intelligent orchestration software for the software-defined data center, today announced strategic expansion of the SaltStack leadership team naming Mike Samuelian as SaltStack senior vice president of worldwide sales and strategic alliances, and Alex Peay as SaltStack vice president of product. These executive team additions come in conjunction with the appointment of Greg Butterfield to the SaltStack board of directors.
These new appointments will help SaltStack meet significant demand experienced with the recent release of SaltStack Enterprise 5.0, the most substantial and differentiated release of SaltStack software and the industry’s first intelligent orchestration platform for the software-defined data center. SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 is more scalable and usable than ever delivering enterprise-grade orchestration and automation for event-driven configuration management, cloud and container control, and infrastructure audit and compliance.
Marc Chenn, SaltStack CEO and co-founder, said, “The addition of Mike, Alex and Greg to the SaltStack team comes at a key time in the evolution of our company. The popularity of the Salt open source project has been mirrored by incredible customer demand for SaltStack Enterprise 5.0. The SaltStack team, now supplemented by the talent and experience of these newly appointed systems management industry veterans, is ready to change the IT landscape again utilizing the power of the first intelligent orchestration platform for the software-defined data center.”
Mike Samuelian joins SaltStack with decades of enterprise software sales and sales management experience most notably as the vice president of worldwide sales for Altiris and the Altiris business unit of Symantec from 2000 through 2008. With Altiris, Samuelian grew a global sales force to drive revenues exponentially from $3 million to more than $300 million. Samuelian was instrumental to the successful 2002 Altiris IPO and through the Symantec acquisition of Altiris in 2007 for more than $1 billion. Prior to joining Altiris, Samuelian was the director of strategic alliances at Legato Systems. Before joining Legato Mike was responsible for establishing Vinca’s international sales division which eventually accounted for 40 percent of the company’s revenue.
Alex Peay joins SaltStack with 15 years of experience in enterprise product management and software development while working for both small and large software companies. Peay joins SaltStack from Domo where he led product management for the Domo Data Pipeline. Prior to Domo Peay managed product for the IBM SmartCloud portfolio which included several IBM Tivoli and IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure products. Peay is a champion of open technologies and led development of IBM products on the OpenStack platform. Peay holds a masters of business administration from the University of North Carolina.
Greg Butterfield has been a successful tech-industry leader for decades including more than 25 years of executive-level experience in enterprise systems management software. Butterfield served as the CEO, president and chairman of Altiris for almost a decade building the company into a leader in the IT lifecycle and infrastructure management market while driving the company to a successful IPO and eventual acquisition by Symantec. Butterfield also held executive sales positions with Legato Systems, Vinca, Novell and WordPerfect. Butterfield most recently served as the CEO of Vivint Solar and serves in an ongoing advisory capacity with companies like MaritzCX, Numetric, Venafi and others. Butterfield holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from Brigham Young University.
SaltStack develops the only systems management software product to include intelligent orchestration of the software-defined data center. SaltStack is used by enterprise IT operators and DevOps engineers for event-driven configuration of complex data center infrastructure and applications, cloud management, container orchestration, and automated system security compliance. The SaltStack Enterprise product line is built on Salt open source and makes the power of Salt even more scalable, secure and usable via the SaltStack Enterprise API. SaltStack won the 2014 Best of VMworld Gold Award, won an InfoWorld 2014 Technology of the Year Award, was named a Gartner 2013 Cool Vendor in DevOps, and was included on the GitHub Octoverse list for 2012 and 2013 as one of the largest, most-active open source projects in the world. For more information, please visit www.saltstack.com.
rhett at saltstack dot com