Automation software firm Puppet has announced the appointment of Paul Heywood as its Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).

Heywood joined Puppet last year as Senior Vice President of International Sales. The firm said he had been instrumental in closing strong sales quarters, scaling out its team and developing relationships with key partners such as Dell.

Previous to Puppet, Heywood was the VP of Worldwide Sales and Business Strategy at Oracle under their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Group, and sits sits on the boards of Cardiff software firm DevOpsGroup and Manchester investment firm York IE.

Heywood brings 20 years of experience in the sector from IT infrastructure, SaaS, cloud computing, and IT-managed service providers.

He will be responsible for accelerating Puppet’s growth and overseeing the company’s corporate development, sales and revenue management across the globe.

“DevOps is a massive and growing market. Living in a world where technology is changing at an unprecedented pace and there are still many uncertainties, having experienced leaders and advisors is more important than ever,” said Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO, Puppet.

“In the time Paul has been at Puppet running our international business, it is clear he has the expertise and passion to quickly adapt to changes and build plans to help business growth. I am excited to see the impact he will drive forward for our customers and for Puppet.”

Heywood added: “I am delighted to be playing a critical role in further expanding the footprint and adoption of Puppet solutions and proud to be working for a company powering digital transformation for some of the largest businesses in the world.”