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DigitalOcean Appoints Barry Cooks as Chief Technology Officer

DigitalOcean, announced the appointment of Barry Cooks as chief technology officer. Cooks will oversee the company’s overall product direction and development and will lead the engineering, product and infrastructure teams.

Cooks brings more than 20 years of software, systems and product development expertise to DigitalOcean, including hardware and software engineering, product management, quality assurance and support.

“DigitalOcean has built a reputation for offering the easiest developer experience for deploying apps in the cloud, and as a result, we have cultivated a passionate community of more than 3.5 million advocates, Barry’s leadership will be key as we continue to serve these developers and address the growing needs of small and midsize businesses, all while upholding the highest levels of simplicity, community and support in the industry.” said DigitalOcean CEO Mark Templeton.

“By simplifying cloud infrastructure and removing the obstacles developers face, DigitalOcean has made a name for itself in the developer community, It is an honor to join this incredibly smart and passionate team, and to partner with such great leadership so we can further advance the platform and deliver even more value to developers and our growing number of business customers. By combining the advantages of open source with our focus on simplicity, we can empower even more developers to build modern apps” said Cooks.

Cooks is based in San Francisco and holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University. Mike Cristinziano also joined the company’s executive team as senior vice president of strategy and corporate development in October 2018.

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