Chip Childers Joins Puppet as Chief Architect

Team hires cloud industry veteran to continue to build out the company’s platform and create new revenue opportunities in a high-growth industry

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Puppet, the industry standard for infrastructure automation, today announced Chip Childers as chief architect. Childers brings more than 20 years of technology expertise in large-scale computing and open source software. He has a deep understanding of the vast cloud-native ecosystem and will play a pivotal role in supporting Puppet’s Research and Development team to reach platform and product goals.

Puppet’s technology runs some of the world’s most crucial businesses in the most demanding environments. The company continues to invest in key talent to drive innovation and growth within the infrastructure automation and DevOps space as automation needs become even more critical to businesses. Last year, Puppet secured $40 million in new funding to support its growth as it continues to scale operations and build out its product portfolio to address new infrastructure needs in the market.

“There’s high growth potential in the infrastructure automation space and Puppet’s independence and brand credibility were key reasons I decided to take this role,” said Childers. “Leveraging twelve years of experience, Puppet is extremely well-positioned to help the largest companies as they make the shift to cloud-native architectures and manage the most complex infrastructure environments in a way that works hand in glove with security and compliance. I’m thrilled to join Puppet and help build the next era of products and services that will take our customers into the future.”

“Chip brings extensive experience in product and technology strategy and leadership, and possesses a deep understanding of open source and the underpinning cloud native technologies that are dramatically impacting how automation and operations work today,” said Abby Kearns, CTO at Puppet. “I worked closely with Chip at the Cloud Foundry Foundation and I’m delighted to be reunited with him here at Puppet. He knows how to get work done by empowering and collaborating with the people around him.”

Childers co-founded the Cloud Foundry Foundation, where he worked as Chief Technology Officer for over five years. In 2020, he assumed the Executive Director position previously held by Puppet CTO Abby Kearns. Earlier in his career, Childers was VP of product strategy at CumuLogic. He led SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services and became the first VP of Apache Cloudstack, a platform he helped drive. Childers’ background also includes rebuilding mission-critical applications for organizations such as,, Merrill Lynch and SEI Investments.

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Puppet by Perforce empowers people to innovate through infrastructure automation. For more than a dozen years, Puppet has led the way in IT infrastructure automation to simplify complexity for the masses in order to strengthen customers’ security posture, compliance standards, and business resiliency beyond the data center to the cloud. More than 40,000 organizations — including more than 80 percent of the Global 5000 — have benefited from Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions. In 2022, Puppet was acquired by Perforce Software. Learn more at

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