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Fairwinds Hires Patrick Loring as Chief Revenue Officer

Company Continues to Add Strategic Hires to Its Executive Bench; Veteran sales leader joins executive team designed to promote growth and innovation

Boston, MA – Fairwinds, which provides Kubernetes security, policy and governance software backed by a suite of services and open source tooling, has named Patrick Loring as the company’s chief revenue officer (CRO). In this role, Mr. Loring is responsible for driving revenue for Fairwinds as it continues to bring its expertise to organizations embracing Kubernetes. With this hire, Mr. Loring is the most recent in a line of strategic executive hires Fairwinds has made over the past 12 months.

“Kubernetes is the de facto standard with huge growth momentum, which makes it important that we have the right team in the right roles to help customers as they implement and grow their Kubernetes deployments,” said Bill Ledingham, CEO of Fairwinds. “Opportunities for growth abound so having strong leadership across the organization - from marketing to finance to engineering and sales - is essential for us to capitalize on those opportunities. With his experience in hyper-growth public cloud and security startups, Patrick is the right person to help us meet our aggressive revenue goals and is a great fit with the executive team we have carefully built over the past year.”

Mr. Loring is a results-driven executive known for building and managing high performance sales teams. He joins Fairwinds from CloudHealth by VMWare, where he held numerous sales leadership positions and, most recently, was the director of global business development, cloud security programs. In this role, he led the organization’s go-to-market strategy and earned a 500+% year-over-year growth rate. Mr. Loring is a veteran sales leader, having honed his skills over a 25+ year career with organizations such as CloudHealth, Ipswitch, Empirical Software and Tally Systems.

“It’s an exciting time to join Fairwinds. The company is poised for important growth at a time when Kubernetes is experiencing rapid adoption. Now more than ever, companies need visibility into costs and exposure of security risks in their Kubernetes deployments,” said Mr. Loring. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the size and scale of the Fairwinds’ open source community, the Insights platform for Kube policy guardrails, but above all the talent and culture that the company has built.”

Over the past year, Fairwinds has further added to its executive team with key figures to help drive engineering, finance and marketing:

  • Mary Henry joined Fairwinds as the company's chief financial officer (CFO), having held senior finance positions with Foley Holdings, IBM, Storwize, Oracle and Virtual Iron Software;

  • Elisa Hebert is Fairwinds’ vice president of engineering operations, having joined the organization as a successful operations leader with Kenzan and Embolden; 

  • Danielle Cook has taken the role of vice president of marketing at Fairwinds where she leads the company’s go-to-market strategy. She has previously held marketing leadership positions in the U.S. and the UK at StorageOS, Cyxtera and Push Technology.  

Fairwinds continues to innovate having just introduced Fairwinds Insights 3.0, the company’s platform for continuous Kubernetes security monitoring and governance. The company is recruiting for a variety of positions and is a remote-first organization. View open positions at https://www.fairwinds.com/careers.