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October 04, 2015 12:35 PM ET

Internet Software and Services

Company Overview of Chef, Inc.

Company Overview

Chef, Inc. provides cloud-based infrastructure automation solutions. It offers configuration management, a solution to manage complex infrastructure; cloud management that enables users to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions, as well as build, destroy, and rebuild servers on public or private cloud; and DevOps, a solution for collaboration between development and operations. The company also provides Enterprise Chef that automates user infrastructure that accelerates time to market, helps users to manage scale and complexity, and safeguards their systems; and professional services that include planning, training and skill development, and project-based ser...

1008 Western Avenue

Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98104

United States

Founded in 2008





Key Executives for Chef, Inc.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Chef, Inc. Key Developments

Chef Eyes Acquisitions

Chef, Inc. is looking for acquisitions. Jay Wampold, Vice President of marketing at Chef said, "We are going to be strategic and look at acquisitions if they make sense to us; we are working on some interesting R&D projects, and continuing to scale out the company."

Chef Seeks An IPO

Chef, Inc. is planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO). Barry Crist, Chief Executive Officer of Chef said, "My expectation is, at the appropriate time, Chef will access public markets. I’d be very disappointed to see this company be acquired." Barry Crist added that he doesn’t expect another funding round and has plans to take the company public sometime in the future.

Chef Announces Executive Appointments

Chef announced that James Casey has been appointed as Vice President of Engineering. Casey has more than a decade of experience managing engineering and operations for CERN and is a three-year Chef veteran. Casey brings deep expertise in DevOps practices, as well as an innate understanding of the needs of Chef customers and the community. Casey will oversee the quality and cadence of product development for Chef's engineering and operations teams, and will report to company's CEO Barry Crist. Chef's engineering practice is designed to continually accelerate the delivery of products to customers and itself set the bar for high velocity software development. Casey leads company's development and operations teams, and joins company's CTO Adam Jacob and Chef vice president Jez Humble in driving constant improvement of company's engineering speed and quality. Casey is responsible for managing all of engineering, while Jacob focuses on product and open source strategy, and Humble drives company's analytical approach to engineering process evolution and refinement. The company also announced that Nicole Forsgren, Ph.D, has joined as Director of Organizational Performance and Analytics. Forsgren is the lead investigator behind the 2014 State of DevOps Report, which she and Humble worked on together to measure the business impact of DevOps. Forsgren brings her expertise in analytics and DevOps patterns to help Chef become the most efficient engineering organization in the industry. Prior to joining the company, Casey was Director of Operations at Simple. Prior to Simple, Casey worked at CERN in several technical and management roles for the IT department. Earlier in his career Casey held software developer positions at a range of organizations. Forsgren was most recently Professor of Management Information Systems and Accounting at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. In addition to being the lead investigator on the 2014 State of DevOps report, Nicole chaired the 2014 USENIX LISA conference and worked in enterprise storage at IBM for several years.

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