Managed WordPress Web Hosting Provider, WP Engine, Announces New Appointments to its Board of Directors

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WP Engine, a SaaS content management web hosting platform for websites and applications built on WordPress, has announced new appointments to its Board of Directors and enhancements to its executive team. WP Engine’s Board of Directors elected both Rick Crandall, Chairman of the Enterprise Software CEO Roundtable along with Mariano Dima, Global Chief Marketing Officer of HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY) as Independent Directors. 

Rick Crandall brings over 40 years of enterprise software experience to WP Engine, including one of the longest tenures, 28 years, as CEO of Comshare. He currently serves as a director and advisor to a number of companies, ranging from private ventures to public companies such as Diebold (NYSE: DBD), RR Donnelley (NYSE: RRD), and ChannelNet, a provider of multi-channel e-commerce software.

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Rick Crandall is a founding partner of Arbor Partners, a tech-focused venture capital firm.

A pioneer of computer timesharing services, Mr. Crandall founded Comshare in 1966 and took the company through one of the earliest public offerings in the tech industry, growing Comshare to $130 million in revenue and expansion into 20 countries by the time he left in 1994 to transition to strategist and VC-related activities. Crandall served as tech advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a founding partner of Arbor Partners, a tech-focused venture capital firm. He was also a founding partner with Gideon Gartner to create the industry analyst firm, Giga Information Group, where he served as Chairman until it was sold to Forrester Research in 2003. 

Mariano Dima

As the CMO of HomeAway, Mariano Dima oversees all global marketing, corporate communications and brand initiatives for this online marketplace for vacation rentals. Prior to HomeAway, he held leadership roles at some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including PepsiCo, Vodafone, Levi Strauss & Co. and Visa Europe – a career that has spanned 20 years and multiple continents.

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Beth Weeks joins WP Engine to lead research and development.

Most recently, Mr. Dima served as the CMO for Visa Europe where he oversaw the brand’s strategic marketing, brand communications, advertising, sponsorships and insights and analytics. His seven-year tenure with the company was punctuated by the popular 2012 Olympic-integrated marketing campaign, ‘Life flows better with Visa.’ 

In addition, the company named Beth Weeks as SVP Research & Development responsible for the delivery of WP Engine’s “innovative” software solutions.

Beth Weeks joins WP Engine to lead research and development bringing over 30 years of experience building and leading software development organizations. Prior to WP Engine, Ms. Weeks served for over a decade as SVP of Engineering at Austin-based, price and sales optimization company, Zilliant.

Before Zilliant, Ms. Weeks was instrumental in leading Vignette Corporation (acquired by OpenText, NASDAQ: OTEX) through tremendous growth from small startup organization to an enterprise market leader in the web content management market.

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Mariano Dima, global chief marketing officer of HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY).

“Having the most accomplished, trusted advisors and top-notch management team is critical for WP Engine to continue the incredible growth we’ve achieved over the past few years,” said Heather Brunner, CEO of WP Engine. “We are very fortunate to welcome Rick, Mariano and Beth to the WP Engine family. Their varied backgrounds bringing unparalleled enterprise software experience and executive leadership, a visionary’s perspective on the future needs of the global marketer and expertise scaling operations and infrastructure will be invaluable to WP Engine as we look to empower brands in their digital transformation.” 

Earlier in 2015, WP Engine secured $23 million in funding, bringing total venture investment in the company to $41.2 million. Today, 40,000 customers across 133 countries, from entrepreneurs and small businesses to global enterprises like semiconductor giant, AMD and Britain’s national rail network, Network Rail, depend on WP Engine for their WordPress website infrastructure.

Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, and London, England.