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Acquia is helping more than 4,000 organizations provide a truly integrated digital experience that combines content, community, and commerce. These organizations include Twitter, Timex, Mercedes Benz, and Warner Music Group. Acquia’s digital innovation platform helps organizations maximize conversion in the omni channel through creating content-rich and socially immersive experiences. Acquia enables organizations to take advantage of Drupal - the leading open source technology powering over two million websites – to drive their digital experience.

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Wearables Becoming a Step in Consumer’s Purchase Path
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Despite a marketer’s best efforts to create a great digital experience, if the device a consumer is using has issues, the consumer may associate their frustration
Is Your Content Where it Needs to Be?
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Personalization continues to be a top priority for businesses large and small. Customized experiences are now the expectation. While many m
The Boston Drupal Community Celebrates Drupal 8
Friday, November 20, 2015
After four years of har
Drupal 8.0.0 released
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Happy Drupal 8 Day! It has been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more excited to step into this next phase of Drupal development. There's no doubt it will u
Part 2 - Drupal 8 Release & Happy Birthday Dries Mega Episode!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Language Undefined Part 2 of 3 - I got to spend a half a day with Drupal Project Lead, Dries Buytaert, in Antwerp recently. This was a rare pleasure, given the success of Drupal
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Meet Our Management Team

Dries Buytaert
Chief Technology Officer

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organisation formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

Thomas Erickson
Chief Executive Officer

Tom is a founding director of Acquia, working with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialisation model and recruit the early team members during 2008. Tom joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been Chief Products Officer.

As he has done throughout a 30+ year career in enterprise software, Tom is focused on driving customer success and business strategy at Acquia. Tom also leads the unique blending of open source, digital agency and enterprise software backgrounds, fostering a culture which he perpetuates through extensive travel to the 11 countries and 5 US offices from which Acquia currently operates. At Acquia, Tom has guided the company to exponential growth based on a fanatical commitment to customers. Deloitte named Acquia the fastest growing private company in their 2013 Technology Fast 500. In 2012, Acquia was named the fastest growing software company in the USA in the Inc 500 list of private companies and received the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Private Company of the Year award. Prior to Tele Atlas, Tom was the CEO of SOA Governance leader Systinet, where revenue grew 5x in the 18 months prior to the sale of the company to Mercury Interactive. Tom led webMethods’ international growth from 2000-2004 at a CAGR of 90% in what was arguably one of the toughest periods for enterprise software ever.

Tom began his career in technical roles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS Honors degree in electrical and computer engineering. He has spent 14 years of his career living in Australia, England and France. He continues to be passionate about travel, languages, photography, food and wine. He knows many pilots on a first name basis.


Tim Bertrand
Chief Revenue Officer

As a direct report of the CEO, Tim leads Acquia's 200+ person global sales & field operations organization including managing those who run all functional areas (field operations, inside sales, global channels, sales development, pre-sales, account management, sales operations) within the Americas, International (GM, EMEA; GM, APAC) and Public Sector/Government.

Tim came to Acquia from OpenSpan (a Matrix Partners company) where he served as Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise Sales and Channels, which included managing many Enterprise relationships and all worldwide ISV/OEM, Reseller, Global System Integrator and Public Sector relationships. Prior to joining OpenSpan, Tim served in various leadership roles including direct, indirect and Public Sector sales roles at Systinet Corporation (acquired by Mercury Interactive), Cape Clear Software (acquired by Workday) and Silverstream Software (acquired by Novell).

Tim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bryant University and currently resides in Sturbridge, MA with his wife, daughter and two boxer dogs. Outside of Acquia, Tim and his wife own a semi-professional auto racing team and enjoy traveling, boating, cooking and great wine.

Christopher Stone
Chief Products Officer

Christopher has more than 30 years of experience in software development and pioneering open source solutions for the enterprise. Christopher is responsible for engineering, DevOps, and product management of the Acquia Platform, helping lead the expansion of the company’s suite of SaaS solutions for building and managing integrated digital experiences.

Prior to Acquia, Christopher was a managing director of Epic Ventures, an early-stage software and Internet infrastructure venture firm. Previously he was CEO of SiCortex, maker of high performance Linux computers, and StreamServe, a European-based document management company that was acquired by OpenText. With Eric Schmidt, Christopher was part of Novell’s 1990s turnaround during his tenure as executive vice president of corporate development, and later served as Novell’s vice-chairman and co-CEO. Christopher founded Tilion, a pioneer in cloud computing. He also started the Object Management Group, which innovated the concept of Object Oriented computing (a standard called CORBA) within distributed systems. Christopher started his software career at Data General. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Christopher received his MBA from Harvard Business School and earned a certificate in advanced office systems engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Loren Jarrett
Chief Marketing Officer

With more than 15 years working in enterprise software, Loren brings a wealth of experience in marketing, product management, and corporate strategy to the Acquia senior leadership team. At Acquia, Loren is responsible for directing all global marketing functions for Acquia, including digital marketing, demand generation and field marketing, corporate positioning and brand, partner marketing and vertical strategy.

Loren has a history of success as an innovator in the web content management and digital experience space. In her role as SVP of global marketing and product management at FatWire Software, she helped to define the evolution of the web as a tool for marketing. The company saw rapid revenue growth during her tenure, culminating in a sale to Oracle in 2011. Loren led FatWire’s integration into the Oracle customer experience management suite, and served as VP of product marketing activities for Oracle WebCenter.

Loren also served as CMO at Kaseya, a cloud-based IT management software company, where she built a high-velocity marketing organization from the ground up. Earlier, Loren served as vice president of corporate charge card and loyalty products at American Express and vice president of technology strategy at CA.

Loren earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, magna cum laude.

Preston B. Bradford
Chief Operating Officer

Preston oversees most operational aspects of the business to ensure scalability and effectiveness, while seeking to provide the best possible experience for Acquia’s customers and partners.

Preston comes to Acquia from Sapient, where he held various global leadership roles during a more than 20 year period. He was responsible for guiding the company through its transition from a private to a publicly listed company, mergers and acquisitions, financial core operations, global shared services, real estate, security and IT as well as Managing Director of Sapient’s operations in India, Canada, the UK and the US Federal government business. Most recently, he was the Chief Development Officer & Managing Director of Sapient.

Prior to joining Sapient, Preston held senior sales, marketing and information technology roles during his 13 year tenure with Sprint (currently Sprint Nextel). He earned a bachelor’s degree in management science from Duke University in 1979. Preston and his wife Allison have lived on the North Shore of Boston for more than 20 years after moving around the U.S. extensively. They both love to travel, sail and enjoy great wine. They have two grown children in their late 20s who both live in Boston.

Heather Hartford
Chief People Officer

Heather leads Acquia’s Talent Organization, comprised of Talent Acquisition, HR/Retention and Development. Providing key insight and expertise in building and sustaining Acquia’s fast-growing global team and culture. Ensuring that Acquia maintains a culture that enables every Associate the opportunity to grow and enhance their skills.

Heather was previously Chief People Officer at Rue La La, where she led the online fashion innovator’s expansion from 100 to 700+ employees over a 5 year period and facilitated growth and diversity through hiring practices and retention/development programs. Heather’s mission at Rue La La was to create a culture that fostered a motivating, supportive, and diverse work environment.

Prior to Rue La La, she held several senior leadership positions at DigitasLBi during a 12+ year period. She was responsible for global recruiting, staffing and learning & development, as well as the implementation of processes, systems and tools to support the growth and development of an expanding international company.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Heather has served on both the Big Sister and Ad Club Boards in Boston.

Alan F. (Al) Nugent
Chief Information Security Officer

Al Nugent brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic management and technology innovation to Acquia. Al joined our team in 2015 to oversee Acquia’s IT, Facilities, Security, and Business Engineering teams. Recently, Al has been an advisor and angel investor to early stage technology and healthcare companies. Additionally, he has consulted on information technology and software product development, as well as big data initiatives in ecommerce, life sciences, healthcare, and financial services.

Prior to Acquia, Al served as CEO of Mzinga, known for its community management products, as well as its cloud-based solutions for big data, real-time analytics, and social intelligence. Before Mzinga, Al was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CA. He has also held CIO/CTO roles at Novell, Xerox and Munich Re. Earlier in his career, he founded three startup companies and began his journey as a software engineer and manager at HP.

Al is a frequent writer on business and technology topics. In April of 2013 he co-authored the very successful “Big Data for Dummies,” published by Wiley, and he was the lead technical editor for “Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics,” published by Wiley in March 2015. Al is the independent member of the Board of Directors of Telogis in Aliso Viejo, CA and Adaptive Computing in Provo, UT.

Michael Cayer
General Counsel

Michael Cayer is general counsel for Acquia. He previously served as general counsel at BladeLogic, where he managed the company’s IPO process and eventual sale to BMC Software for more than $870 million. He has held the position of general counsel at several other public and private companies.

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