Software Industry Veteran Lou Shipley Named CEO of Black Duck Software

Extensive Experience in Cloud, Enterprise Software, Virtualization and CEO Roles Positions Black Duck for Accelerated Growth

BURLINGTON, Mass., December 4, 2013 — Black Duck Software, the trusted partner for open source software adoption, management, and governance, today announced Lou Shipley has joined the company as President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, effective December 3, 2013. The appointment of Shipley, an experienced CEO with technology, virtualization, and cloud expertise, signals a focus on accelerating the growth of Black Duck in existing and new markets.

Shipley replaces Black Duck President and CEO Tim Yeaton, who will remain on the Black Duck Board of Directors.

Black Duck helps customers increase their strategic use of open source technologies and methods for faster innovation, greater creativity and improved efficiency. As part of the greater open source community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources including

“Over the past five years Tim Yeaton has transformed Black Duck, quadrupling the size of the business and setting the company on course to move strongly into a wider array of technology-enabled industries, including financial services, retail, health care, social, and mobile,” said Tom Bogan, Chairman of the Board, Black Duck. “With his proven leadership in building software companies and what will likely be a recording-breaking year at his back, Lou is arriving at the perfect time to accelerate the company’s significant momentum.”

Shipley, whose background in software leadership is extensive, most recently served as President and CEO of VMTurbo, Inc. Prior to VMTurbo, he was VP and GM of the Citrix DataCenter and Cloud Division. He also served as CEO and President of Reflectent Software, Inc., as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Highland Capital Partners, and held executive roles at Avid and WebLine. Shipley is a Guest Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds a BA in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

"I am thrilled to join Black Duck,” said Shipley. “Black Duck has recorded 30 percent year-over-year growth, completed five important acquisitions, created a joint venture in greater China, and built a worldwide operation that includes nearly 200 employees with a presence in 24 countries. I look forward to helping Black Duck accelerate the opportunity as the company enters new markets, with new offerings.”

To view a video of Lou Shipley discussing what attracted him to Black Duck and sharing his vision for the company, please visit

About Black Duck 
Offering award-winning software and consulting, Black Duck is the partner of choice for open source software adoption, governance and management. Enterprises of every size depend on Black Duck to harness the power of open source technologies and methods.  As part of the greater OSS community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources including, and to the latest commentary from industry experts through the Open Source Delivers blog. Black Duck also hosts the Open Source Think Tank, an international event where thought leaders collaborate on the future of open source. Black Duck is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, St. Louis, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. For more information about how to leverage open source to deliver faster innovation, greater creativity and improved efficiency, visit and follow us at @black_duck_sw.

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