SmartBear Drives Continued Growth in its API Business with Former LogMeIn Product Management Veteran John Purcell
Somerville, MA — June 11, 2015 —
SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for the connected world, has named John Purcell its new Vice President of Products, API Readiness. John is an accomplished technology and business leader with over 16 years of experience in the telecommunications and IT industries. Most recently, he was Senior Director, Products for LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOGM) where he held various product leadership positions across the company’s key Customer Care and IT Management portfolios.
“Over the last several years, SmartBear’s API readiness business has experienced significant growth and become a multi-product offering to meet the growing demands for delivering reliable, scalable and secure APIs,” said Doug McNary, CEO of SmartBear. “John has extensive experience in product leadership and scaling product lines, and will be instrumental in taking SmartBear’s API business to the next level.”
John served LogMeIn for nearly five years, where he delivered consistent business growth for the company’s IT management portfolio, leading a large products, business operations and engineering organization. For more than six years, he was Technical Director at Red Bend Software, the company that catalyzes change in the connected world by keeping more than two billion automotive, IoT and mobile devices relevant. He also served LogicaCMG, now Acision, as Technical Team Lead. He has written for industry outlets and spoken at trade conferences on a wide variety of topics. John has a bachelor’s degree in engineering (electronic and electrical) from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College.
“APIs are a critical aspect of modern software development and are an integral part of everything from distributed software to connected devices,” said John Purcell. “SmartBear’s API business is at an exciting stage, and I am delighted to lead the mission to ensure our customers are developing robust API readiness plans and best practices in these quickly evolving industries.”
SmartBear’s API business began with the acquisition of Eviware Software in 2011, the creator of SoapUI, the most used API testing tool in the world. SmartBear has collaborated with leading API solution providers including 3scale, Apiary, APIMATIC, IBM, Mashery, an Intel Company, Microsoft, MuleSoft, Restlet, and WSO2 through the SmartBear Developer Network (SDN), where its community of users and partners freely build integrations and plugins to further extend the functionality of the company’s software quality tools. Earlier this year, SmartBear acquired the Swagger API open source project, the leading API description format used by developers in almost every modern programming language and deployment environment to design and deliver APIs that fuel IoT, microservices and mobile applications in the connected world.
SmartBear is also the developer of Ready API, the first fully integrated, extensible and affordable platform to help development, testing and operations teams deliver reliable, scalable and secure APIs. For more information on Ready API, visit: http://smartbear.com/product/ready-api/overview/. For updates, follow @ready_api on Twitter.