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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – NGINX, Inc., the engine powering applications and content for the modern web experience, today announced that it has hired two new seasoned business executives, Peter Guagenti as Vice President of Marketing and Mary Jane (MJ) Shutte as Vice President of Corporate Sales. Both executives bring decades of experience to NGINX and have a strong track record of building market‑leading technology companies. At NGINX, Guagenti will oversee the company’s brand and marketing activities, including the development, implementation, and management of product positioning, advertising and marketing communications, and lead generation activities. Shutte will lead strategic growth initiatives and will be responsible for the leadership of the NGINX sales team, developing new business opportunities, and creating customized solutions to growing customer needs.

“This market is evolving quickly and NGINX’s ability to deliver applications and content with blazing responsiveness and uninterrupted uptime at Internet scale is driving increased demand for our commercial solution,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc. “We’re coming off a $20 million investment and we’re growing quickly, attracting top‑tier talent like Peter and MJ will help us bring the company into its next phase of expansion. Both have consistently built and led teams that provide market‑leading solutions, and we’re excited to have them as a part of the NGINX team.”

Both executives have held several senior‑level positions within technology companies and bring a wealth of marketing and sales expertise. Prior to joining NGINX, Guagenti served as the Vice President of Products at Acquia, the commercial entity behind the open source project Drupal. Guagenti was central to Acquia’s meteoric rise, with the company being ranked as one of the fastest growing software companies in America for multiple years during his tenure. Guagenti also spent nearly two decades as a marketing consultant, working with brands including Google, Microsoft, eBay/PayPal, and dozens of others.

Shutte is an award‑winning sales executive and has a proven track record of driving revenue and building and growing start‑up sales organizations. Prior to joining NGINX, she served as the Vice President of Corporate Sales at Riverbed Technology where she grew the sales team from 5 reps to over 120 reps globally while developing the partner community to support and sell into all markets. Shutte was also the Director of Corporate Sales at NetApp, where she implemented scalable and repeatable processes to measure the success of the growing sales.

Together, Guagenti and Shutte will bring the same passion, expertise, and industry know‑how to the NGINX team. To learn more about NGINX and its products, please visit

About NGINX, Inc.
NGINX powers applications and content for the modern Internet experience. The company offers award‑winning and industry‑leading high‑performance web application technology that delivers the scalability, speed, and security to more than 130 million sites on the Internet, ensuring a seamless web user experience. Companies rely on NGINX technologies for load balancing, content caching, media streaming, web serving and more. More than 40 percent of the Internet’s largest websites rely on NGINX to drive the performance of their web applications including several giants such as Netflix, Pinterest, Airbnb, Box, Instagram, SoundCloud, Zappos, and more. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.

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Michelle Brinich

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