AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 10, 2017 — WP Engine, the leading WordPress digital experience platform, today announced the appointment of Lee McClendon to a newly-created role as the company’s new Senior Vice President of Global Engineering overseeing our global technology teams.

McClendon brings more than 20 years’ experience leading engineering and software development teams as well as building large-scale, global cloud infrastructure and offerings. At WP Engine, McClendon will oversee teams responsible for ensuring the preeminent WordPress digital experience platform operates more securely, runs more efficiently, integrates well with best of breed technology solutions and is able to grow even faster.

“We’re excited to welcome Lee to WP Engine,” said Heather Brunner, Chairwoman, and CEO of WP Engine. “Lee’s experience building and growing global technology teams will help us evolve our platform, empower customers to build faster, and ultimately grow their businesses faster on our digital experience platform.”

Prior to WP Engine, McClendon was the Group Vice President of Engineering at SolarWinds in Austin where he led the company’s global engineering team of 600+ employees across 19 offices. McClendon was responsible for SolarWinds’ full product suite, including both SaaS and on-premise deployments.

“I’m thrilled to join WP Engine and help bring the power of WordPress further into the enterprise,” said Lee McClendon. “As the leading WordPress digital experience platform, we have a tremendous opportunity to help customers innovate faster, optimize site performance, increase speed to market and drive business results.”

McClendon’s appointment follows WP Engine’s recent inclusion on Fortune’s annual list of 100 Best Places to Work For Millennials, the expansion of its global presence with the opening of its new Technical Support & Innovation Centre in Limerick, Ireland, and growing the business to over 60,000 customers across more than 140 countries.