NodeSource Doubles Executive Team as Node.js Adoption Drives Growth

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NodeSource Doubles Executive Team as Node.js Adoption Drives Growth

July 30, 2015 – NodeSource, the full stack technology company delivering Node.js tools, integration and support for the enterprise, is doubling the size of its leadership team with four key executive hires.

NodeSource has also promoted two top-level engineers, furthering the company’s goal to be the go to provider for enterprises seeking to leverage the capabilities of Node.js in their technology stack.

Joining the executive team are:

  • Mark Piening (Austin, TX), serves as COO and brings 20+ years in enterprise software and systems experience to NodeSource, including VERITAS and Symantec. Mark founded Circle Media, a data management company that helps brands, sports and entertainment properties leverage data to increase viewership and revenue.

  • Dave Lutz (Austin, TX) joins as Vice President of Customer Success to spearhead service, training, and support for NodeSource clients including Uber, NASA and PayPal. Dave brings 25+ years of enterprise software experience with both early stage and Fortune 100 companies including IBM and Oracle. For the last 15 years, he has led professional services and support organizations as a senior executive.

  • Chip Ray (Austin, TX) joins NodeSource as Vice President of Product to drive product strategy and manage NodeSource products. Previously, he led a product group at NetApp building advanced storage products for the enterprise.

  • Kevin Stewart (Seattle, WA) serves as the Vice President of Product Engineering. A 10-year veteran from Adobe, Kevin was one of the original engineering leaders for Creative Cloud and helped build their first service offering, Creative Cloud Assets. An adoption and integration expert, he also helped Adobe migrate from Ruby to Node.

“Mark, Dave, Chip, and Kevin bring tremendous experience in enterprise software and services. But they also represent a team that believes deeply in the benefits of a globally distributed company, and the unparalleled scalability and access to talent that this architecture offers”, says Co-Founder and CEO, Joe McCann. "This leadership team will help NodeSource grow our product portfolio, client base, service offerings, and company. From the jump we have built a foundation that relies on self-starting, top-tier individuals in their respective fields.”


  • Rod Vagg (Sydney, Australia), Chief Node Officer is a multidisciplinary developer with 15 years experience. An expert in storage technologies, he is a major facilitator of Node.js in modular database communities. Rod also plays a key role in NodeSchool, a community-driven effort to create Node.js education experiences.

  • Bryce Baril (Portland, OR) serves as the Senior Node Engineer and leads the development of NodeSource’s enterprise-class products. He is an active contributor to the Open Source community and a frequent speaker at Node community events. He’s also the author of a number of modules on npm including TimestreamDB, a Node.js time-series database, and maintains the popular Node.js Redis client.

NodeSource CEO, Joe McCann, credits the company’s Distributed by Design architecture as one of the essential factors in attracting top talent in such a short amount of time. These new hires and promotions not only illustrate the growing demand for Node.js expertise to keep pace with the rapid adoption of enterprise JavaScript, but also reflect the tangible benefits of the company’s decentralized structure.

NodeSource’s location-agnostic, employee-centric culture allows the company to hire top talent anywhere in the world without the disruptive relocation process often associated with recruitment. In keeping with the modular architecture of Node.js applications, employees are provided with perks such as Airbnb stipends, which enable them to work from anywhere in the world but also to cluster in a single location when needed.

NodeSource continues to lead adoption of JavaScript in the enterprise as Fortune 500 businesses race to unbundle their legacy IT infrastructures and eliminate technical debt.