Atlassian, maker of collaboration tools for product development teams, has announced the hiring of Alex Estevez as Chief Financial Officer and the promotion of Jay Simons to the role of President. The company is also reporting record growth for its fiscal year ending June 2011, alongside two acquisitions and a $1 million philanthropic milestone.
Estevez joins Atlassian with broad industry experience, including his most recent post as CFO at BigFix, where he oversaw that company’s sale to IBM. He also served as President and CFO of Datastream, a Nasdaq-listed global software leader in enterprise asset management. Estevez is a graduate of Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
In addition, Jay Simons, Atlassian’s Chief Marketing Officer, who has run the company’s global sales and marketing operations since 2008, was promoted to President. Prior to joining Atlassian, Simons was a Vice President of Marketing for BEA Systems. He also held a variety of senior marketing and sales roles at Plumtree Software, including overseeing that company’s expansion throughout Europe and Asia Pacific.
“We’re very excited about these two key new leaders,” said Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian CEO and Co-Founder. “Both bring a wealth of experience and talent to the company.”
A $100 Million Milestone
After a massive growth year, Atlassian reports that it is on a $100 million annual run-rate. The company added more than 7,000 new enterprise customers – a 38% increase over the previous year – and added 17,000 new Starter license customers in fiscal year 2011. Atlassian’s products, including Jira, Confluence and GreenHopper, are now used by more than 68,000 customers – representing several million users in 138 countries – to improve collaboration and communication in the product development process, from initial concept to product launch.
Other Key Milestones
Atlassian reached a number of other key milestones including:
- Employee growth accelerated by over 30% to 375 employees globally
- $1 million in charitable donations to Room to Read, a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education
- Atlassian acquired Bitbucket, a hosted code collaboration company based in Greece, and purchased two Jira add-ons from Sysbliss
- Made its first venture capital investment in Cloud9, a development-as-a-service IDE tool
- Debuted the launch of two new products, Bonfire and Team Calendars
Atlassian provides software development and collaboration tools to help teams conceive, plan, build and launch great products. More than 68,000 organizations of all sizes use Atlassian’s issue tracking, collaboration and software development tools to work and deliver quality results on time and more efficiently.