Turku, Finland, August 16th 2021 —Today, Vaadin announced that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Steven Grandchamp as the new CEO of the company, effective August 16, 2021. Interim CEO Jurka Rahikkala will resume his previous role as CFO.
Grandchamp has been a technology leader and software executive for over 20 years. He began his career as a developer and went on to key positions at Microsoft and Information Management Research (IMR). With early roots in the Open Source Software movement, he has played a key role in the maturation of Open Source Software for the enterprise, holding numerous management roles including North America General Manager at MariaDB and the CEO at OpenLogic and DDEV. Recently, as CEO of RedCat, Steven developed a product based growth strategy to scale growth for large enterprise clients.
“Vaadin’s core mission is to support open-source developers and enterprise development teams as they build and modernize business critical applications,” said Vaadin’s Chairman, Juan Carlos Soto. “As a highly accomplished leader and operator with an extensive background in Open Source Software and developer communities, the Board and I are delighted Steven is joining Vaadin to expand its customer base and further accelerate its business growth. Steven brings a unique combination of technical insights, leadership experience, customer-centricity, cultural affinity and growth mindset perfectly suited to lead Vaadin’s next chapter.”
“Software, and in particular open source software, has the power to change the world”, said Grandchamp, “and right now we need that more than ever.” “It is vital that we support developers and enterprises with the best tools and products possible. Vaadin has a track record as a leader in creating world class tools and supporting the open source community. I am honored and excited to join a mission-driven organization and build on this track record to empower companies and their developers to build modern software solutions that make an impact across the globe.”
Vaadin is the modern web application development platform for Java. Founded in 2001, on an unwavering belief that great software, built collaboratively, can change the world, our mission is to empower developers and enterprises to build applications that users love. Designed with workplace productivity, collaboration and usability at its core, organizations of all sizes trust Vaadin’s platform to build reliable, secure, web apps with great user experience. Based in the United States and Finland, with over 150K+ users globally, Vaadin continues to push the boundaries of open source software development.