This is exciting news, and we’re eager to see what innovation and progress comes from it!
I reached out to Dre directly to understand his motives for joining the WebDevStudios team, and how his new role will impact his positioning in the WordPress Space.
When I asked Dre why he decided to make the move, he said:
I get really excited about building and growing ideas into something real. WebDevStudios is very real and in a great place. . .It was a logical fit with my experience and what I bring to the table. I’m very excited about where WebDevStudios is going.
Dre also mentioned that he has close ties to the the founders, as well as the company and the team. We’ve all witnessed the playful banter between Brad Williams and Dre on DradCast.
As VP of Operations, Dre will focus on organizational and business development, talent development, and strategy.
The Vice President of Operations is a new role at WDS and our first Executive position outside of the original Partners. WDS has been growing quite a bit this year and we knew it was time to start expanding the leadership team.
Dre is well known for his strong business development skills, joining the WebDevStudios team with years of experience developing companies—including founding Cubic 2, a custom web design and development shop, and co-founding Sucuri, the popular security company.
As CEO of Sucuri, Armeda had an opportunity to see WordPress through the lens of security, though company development was always an inherent part of his career. He did, after all, help develop Sucuri into the successful company that it has become.
I asked Armeda how his new position as VP of Operations would change his role in the WordPress community, and he said:
Before I was known as a ‘security guy’ in WordPress, I was known for working on cool WordPress projects. As far as the WordPress community goes, my roots lead back to consultancy and I’m excited to be back there, of course in a bigger way this time around.
I think my role in the WordPress community is still largely connected to being an evangelist for WordPress, and open source. If we can continue building around the principles of open source, we are heading in the right direction.
Congratulations, Dre, and we look forward to seeing (more) great things from WebDevStudios in the future!
Marie Dodson is the assistant editor at Torque. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society. She enjoys wine, good books, and travel.