Heroku gets a new CEO from EMC's Pivotal team

Summary:UPDATED: Amid the numerous Hadoop announcements spilling out on Wednesday, there are some leadership changes too.

It's a big day for news, even in the enterprise software space.

Amid the numerous Hadoop announcements spilling out on Wednesday, it turns out there are some leadership changes among the major players too.

Heroku is getting a new CEO, according to a report from GigaOm.

The new chief executive for the Salesforce.com subsidiary is Tod Nielsen, who is moving over from EMC's Pivotal Initiative after following Paul Maritz over from VMware before that.

The appointment sets up an interesting match between the two development platforms, both of which are founded upon open source technologies and principles.

Along with Hadoop, Pivotal's Platform-as-a-Service is based upon the Cloud Foundry as well as Spring, an application development framework for Java.

Heroku supports Ruby, Java, Python, Clojure, Scala, Node.js. and custom language buildpacks.

Note: We also pinged Heroku for a statement, and we'll update this post when we hear back.

UPDATE: Heroku representatives confirmed the new CEO appointment. Here's an excerpt from the official statement:

"Tod brings proven leadership to Heroku along with a strong track record of success in leading developer-facing businesses and building developer communities that will take Heroku products and services to an even larger scale in the market,” said Oren Teich, chief operating officer, Heroku. “His experience in leading some of the world’s top application developer businesses and teams will undoubtedly take Heroku’s technology and services to a new level of commercial growth. I am thrilled to have him join the team."

Topics: Tech Industry, Cloud, Salesforce.com, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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