MuleSource names SpringSource exec as new CEO

The company behind the top open-source enterprise service bus continues the tradition of pilfering from its peers' executive ranks, grabbing marketing pro Greg Schott.

MuleSource, the company behind the top open-source enterprise service bus (ESB) and a leading open-source service-oriented architecture (SOA) vendor, has been without a chief executive for some time, having lost the services of CNET blogger Dave Rosenberg in September . On Monday, the company announced the appointment of Greg Schott as its new CEO.

Schott may familiar to those who follow the sometimes-incestuous open-source talent pool. That's because Schott joins MuleSource from SpringSource, where he was senior vice president of marketing.

Prior to joining SpringSource, Schott had served as senior vice president of marketing and vice president of corporate development at Agile Software, which Oracle acquired in 2007.

At SpringSource, Schott led the company's rebranding efforts from Interface21 to SpringSource, as well as the complete overhaul of the company's marketing, a difficult feat in a start-up with such impressive engineering chops as SpringSource has.

Schott joins MuleSource at a good time. The company has delivered 100 percent year-over-year revenue growth and now counts more than 2,000 enterprise deployments at major enterprises like Wal-Mart Stores. The company just completed its best quarter ever, and it named MySQL sales executive Mark Burton to its board of directors.

Schott is a good fit for engineering-heavy MuleSource. He has technical chops, and a wealth of marketing and operations experience. I'm biased, as I'm an adviser to the company, but I'm also a good friend of Rosenberg, MuleSource's former CEO and co-founder.

Disclosure: As noted above, I am an adviser to MuleSource.

Follow me on Twitter at mjasay.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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