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Executive moves: Rob Bearden heads to SpringSource

Erstwhile JBoss COO has done much to improve the open-source business world, and continues that now at SpringSource.

Rob Bearden, erstwhile COO of JBoss, has just landed at SpringSource as its president and COO. Rod Johnson, founder of SpringSource, will remain as CEO.

Bearden has been working with SpringSource for months as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital, so perhaps this was just a matter of time.

It's good to see Bearden settling down. He had gone to OpenSpan from JBoss/Red Hat, and then left soon after. Along the way he has been advising open-source companies like Appcelerator and Loopfuse, in addition to SpringSource.

Despite a long and successful career with i2 and other companies, it has been in open source that Bearden has made the biggest impact, driving JBoss' fine-tuned operations machine. Bearden is a great catch by SpringSource.