Percona Names Ann Schlemmer As Its Next CEO


Creating a single experience for monitoring, managing, securing, and optimising database environments on any infrastructure, Percona collaborates with several worldwide businesses across many industries.

Ann Schlemmer, the previous president, will formally take over as CEO of Percona, a company that offers open source database software, support, and services. Peter Zaitsev will shift from CEO to Founder, where he will continue to play a strategic role in the business.

The most recent increase in Ann Schlemmer’s duties over her 10 years with Percona is her promotion to chief executive. For the previous two years, Schlemmer presided over Percona as president. Schlemmer has held a number of top leadership positions since joining the firm in 2013, including Senior Director of Consulting, Vice President of Customer Success, and General Manager.

Zaitsev will stand down from most managerial duties, but he will still lead and interact with Percona’s clients and staff in a variety of ways, such as by giving presentations at conferences, taking part in webinars, blogging, and interacting with the larger Percona community.

With the launch of the new Percona Platform service, Percona recently entered the DBaaS market. The staff changes reflect this entry and Percona’s fast growth trajectory. The company’s trailing 12-month software downloads have grown 20% annually, and renewal rates have risen from 72.9% in fiscal year 2020 to 83% in fiscal year 2021. There are now more than 350 workers working for the organisation, up from about 200 in 2020.

“As Percona continues to surpass even our greatest expectations and boldest dreams, I recognize this as the ideal moment to hand over leadership to the one person who is best suited to provide and execute on an even greater vision for the future,” Zaitsev said. “I have full confidence that I’m leaving Percona in good and capable hands with Ann [Schlemmer] and the rest of our Executive Management Team (EMT) to grow as a business and continue serving the open source community as we’ve done for the last 16 years. Making this transition is the best indication I can give of my confidence in both Percona as a company and the team behind Percona’s and our customers’ continued success.”


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