CloudBees Appoints XenSource/Citrix Vet To VP of Business Development

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CloudBees, provider of a Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, has named John Vigeant, a 10-year server and open source software vet from Citrix Systems and XenSource, to Vice President of Business Development.

Vigeant was one of five key founding team members of the XenClient project. In this role, he was responsible for business plan development functions that ranged from funding all the way to executing commercial license/OEM agreements with all the major notebook manufacturers.

Vigeant came to Citrix through its 2007 acquisition of XenSource, where he oversaw the company’s most strategic business development and OEM relationships with companies like HP, Dell and Citrix. Prior to XenSource, Vigeant was at Ximian, the Linux desktop and software management startup acquired by Novell.

In his new role, he is responsible for expanding the CloudBees ecosystem and establishing partnerships with IT companies looking to extend into the PaaS market. Vigeant’s appointment further grows the company’s U.S. headquarters in Boston, where CloudBees will be building out its sales and marketing team.

Also recently joined CloudBees:Ben Walding, CTO and long-serving operations manager of Codehaus; Paul Sandoz, formerly of Sun Microsystems, a member of the GlassFish team and co-specification lead of JAX-RS and Jersey; and Stephen Connolly, one of the original committers on Jenkins/Hudson, an avid contributor on Codehaus and an Apache Maven PMC member.

The CloudBees Platform currently serves more than 4,500 customers, the company says.

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