Former Chief Evangelist for MariaDB to Take New Role at Percona

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Aug. 16, 2016Percona, the company that delivers enterprise-class MySQL® and MongoDB® solutions and services, today announced that Colin Charles has joined Percona as the company’s first chief evangelist. A well-known and respected speaker and veteran of MySQL AB and MariaDB, Charles will be a valuable resource in further evangelizing Percona as an unbiased champion of open source database solutions.

Charles has had a long and distinguished career in the MySQL open source community, participating in hundreds of conferences, including Percona Live conferences. Prior to joining Percona, Charles was one of the founding team members for MariaDB Server in 2009 and became a partner and chief evangelist for MariaDB Corporation, consulting on engineering and other technical topics and speaking extensively. Prior to MariaDB, he worked on MySQL at MySQL AB and Sun Microsystems. Before that, he was a major participant in the Fedora and projects. Charles also held positions at UNDP/IOSN, Canonical Ltd, Exoweb, and PIKOM - PC Gemilang, where he undertook a variety of roles including chief technology architect, software developer, migration consultant, technical editor and more. He was also the conference chair of the O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo from 2008 to 2011.


Peter Zaitsev, Co-founder and CEO of Percona
"We are thrilled to welcome Colin to Percona. He's highly respected within the open source community and has been a speaker and key committee member for our Percona Live conferences since their inception. His knowledge, experience, and passion for MySQL, MongoDB and other technologies will be a welcome addition to Percona."

Colin Charles, Chief Evangelist
"I’ve always had tremendous respect for Percona’s unbiased contribution to the open source community, including a pragmatic approach to engineering, highly experienced technical consulting on the most complex topics, and the significant influence of the Percona Database Performance Blog and the Percona Live Conferences. Percona truly believes in the spirit of open source database software development, and this was a significant draw for me, as it is for many users."

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