Earlier today we announced to the company and in a press release an exciting new stage in the growth of AppDynamics. We have brought on David Wadhwani as CEO while I take on a new role of Executive Chairman and Chief Strategist. With David as my partner focused on scaling the company, I will focus on driving the company’s strategy and innovation agenda as we expand into new categories and work to establish AppDynamics as the next great software company. David brings a wealth of experience in operational excellence at scale, and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to help shape this next phase of our journey. As David focuses on scaling the company, I will continue to lead the company’s vision, strategy and innovation as Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategist.
I started AppDynamics in my apartment back in 2008 as a 29-year-old software engineer, with the vision that the whole world is eventually going to run on software and someone will need to ensure that this new software-defined world operates flawlessly, all the time. With the trust and support of our customers, employees, and partners, we have come a long way in fulfilling that vision. We now have nearly 850 employees and approximately 1,600 customers. With a strong and proven technology foundation, we have positioned ourselves as a leader in this very large and rapidly growing addressable market.
In addition to all our success in the market, I take a lot of pride in the culture we have built. Culture is like the heartbeat of our company and ensures that while we continue to grow, we maintain our integrity, we remain a great place to work, our employees are happy and successful, and our customers are happy and successful. We take great pride in our customer satisfaction, our strong company culture as evidenced by the fact that 85% of employees on Glassdoor are willing to refer AppDynamics to their friends.
But while we have come a long way, we have a long road ahead of us. We believe that we have a much bigger role to play in the emergence of Application Intelligence as a key ingredient in the increasingly software-defined world. Every business process, every consumer interaction, and pretty much every thing we do in our lives is now powered by software apps, and with AppDynamics Application Intelligence, customers can embark on their digital transformation journey with more confidence. In order to be that trusted partner, we will have to continue to expand our products and grow our routes to market while seamlessly scaling every aspect of our business. And that’s where, with great pleasure, I welcome David to the party.
With David as my partner in the CEO role focused on scaling the company, I feel very confident that we are well positioned to continue on this adventure together for years to come.
As David orients himself with our business over the coming weeks he will be reaching out to many of you, our customers and partners, to rapidly familiarize himself with your businesses and how AppDynamics can continue to serve and help you realize your business objectives.
Please join me in welcoming David to the AppDynamics family!