VC-backed Docker names new SVP of product

Docker said Tuesday that it has hired Scott Johnston as its senior vice president of product. Previously, Johnston worked at Puppet Labs where he served as VP of marketing and strategy. Based in San Francisco, Docker runs an open source project used by cloud developers and operators to automate the deployment of apps. Its backers include Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Benchmark and Trinity Ventures.


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Docker, Inc., the commercial entity behind the open source Docker project, today announced that Scott Johnston has been named the company’s senior vice president of product. A veteran in the high-tech industry and former VP at Puppet Labs with leadership roles in product, marketing and strategy, Johnston will be responsible for accelerating product development and establishing Docker’s product roadmap.

“While at Puppet Labs, I have been able to witness Docker’s accomplishments – including a successful company pivot, funding round, product releases and bringing on key executives,” said Johnston. “Docker has done an outstanding job at compiling such a well-versed, innovative and motivated team, and I am privileged to begin the next stage of my career here. I look forward to bringing my product and business development acumen to the team and am confident that we can strengthen Docker’s footing as the standard for containerization.”

With over 20 years of experience in technology, ranging from software development and product marketing to IT operations and venture capital, Scott served as VP of marketing and product, and most recently VP of marketing and strategy at Puppet Labs – where he worked for nearly three years. Prior to Puppet Labs, Johnston held a variety of senior marketing, business development, and product roles at companies including Cisco, Adchemy, EDS, Loudcloud (acquired by EDS), and Netscape.

“When we evaluated candidates, we did so with the desire to find a true professional with an excellent product sense, including experience with scaling products in rapidly growing and geographically dispersed startups,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “Scott’s knowledge of the DevOps community and open source ecosystem – combined with his business development and marketing background – made the selection process much easier than we anticipated. His vision and collaborative nature will enable us to develop a cohesive roadmap for Docker as we continue to provide a new way for apps to be built, scaled and deployed. With Scott joining our team, we are thrilled to say our executive team is now complete and we couldn’t be happier with the roster at-hand.”

Most recently, Docker closed a $15 million funding round led by Greylock Partners and unveiled Docker 0.8. With over 775,000 downloads, more than 340 contributors and over 7,000 published “Dockerized” applications in its public index, Docker’s ecosystem continues to expand at a rapid rate. Docker also added Roger Egan as senior vice president of sales and channels and James Turnbull as vice president of services in December.

Docker, Inc. is the commercial entity behind the open source Docker project, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open source engine for deploying any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere. By delivering on the twin promises “Build Once…Run Anywhere” and “Configure Once…Run Anything,” Docker has seen explosive growth, and its impact is being seen across DevOps, PaaS and hybrid cloud environments. Eleven months after launching, the Docker community is expanding rapidly: Docker containers have been downloaded over 775,000 times, the project has received almost 10,000 Github stars, and is receiving contributions from more than 340 community developers. Over 7,000 “Dockerized” applications are now available at the Docker public index, and there are Docker meetup groups in 26 countries around the world. Docker, Inc. offers both commercial Docker services and PaaS offerings at the website.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by Greylock Partners (Jerry Chen), Benchmark (Peter Fenton), Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick), AME Cloud Ventures (Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang), Insight Venture Partners, Y Combinator, and SV Angel (Ron Conway).

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