Tricentis Hires Kevin Thompson as
April 27, 2021
hired Kevin Thompson as chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
Former CEO, Sandeep Johri, will be leaving the company after strategically
leading Tricentis through nearly eight years of unprecedented growth and
success. Johri will remain involved with the company as a member of the
Tricentis Board of Directors.
“We are excited to welcome Kevin Thompson as Tricentis’ new chairman and CEO to
further accelerate the company’s rapid growth trajectory. Kevin is a proven
leader and has significant experience leading and scaling world-class, global
technology organizations,” said Wolfgang Platz, Founder and Chief Strategy
Officer of Tricentis. “We would also like to thank Sandeep Johri for his
dedication to Tricentis. Under his leadership, Tricentis has grown 35X and
scaled into a global industry leader.”
Thompson has an impressive
background leading global technology companies and is a seasoned executive and
cloud software veteran. After serving as the CFO and COO of SolarWinds from 2006
to 2010, Thompson then served as President and CEO from 2010 to 2020 – taking
the company from $20 million in revenue to over $1 billion in revenue and
becoming a global leader in IT Management. Prior to SolarWinds, Thompson was SVP
and CFO of analytics company SAS and EVP and CFO of software company Red Hat.
During his time at SolarWinds, Thompson played a pivotal role in the company’s
growth and trajectory toward the company’s IPO in 2009, its transaction to go
private in 2016, and its second IPO in 2018. Thompson led the SolarWinds effort
to further establish the company as one of the leading IT management and
monitoring partners in the industry and, while doing so, was featured in Forbes
magazine as one of America’s top CEOs.
“I’m thrilled to be joining such a strong organization with the potential to
truly disrupt the software industry and provide immense value for companies
around the world,” said Thompson. “Joining as CEO provides an incredible
opportunity to drive Tricentis into the next phase of growth, build upon the
company’s industry leadership, and continue offering the leading AI-driven,
end-to-end continuous testing platform to accelerate software delivery and
the last year, Tricentis hit several notable achievements, including reaching
high double-digit growth in annual recurring revenue (ARR) in 2020.
Additionally, the company announced a key strategic partnership with SAP, a
significant expansion into the federal market, and the acquisition of leading
performance testing company Neotys. Tricentis helped advance testing from
script-based to model-based test automation, and ushered in a new era with the
recent introduction of Vision AI, a next-generation AI-driven test automation
The company’s momentum over the past year encompasses notable industry awards,
including being named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner and recognition by
the 2020 BIG (Business Intelligence Group) Awards for Business. Additionally,
Tricentis was recognized as a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for
Software Test Automation and a leader in the Forrester Wave™ for Continuous
Functional Test Automation Suites for the third consecutive time.