GitLab is an all-remote organization, which means that we have the freedom to work from anywhere and manage our own schedules and way of working. This freedom to work in our own ways has changed many of our lives - read here to find out more.
Douwe caught the programming virus at the age of 9, got his first freelance job 2 years later, and spent the years that followed gaining experience with a wide range of technologies—both by himself and at two startups. Around 2011, he found Ruby and fell in love with the language and the open-source community surrounding it, which made him a perfect fit for GitLab. In 2019, having had a hand in 55 GitLab releases and a front row seat to the 100X growth of the company and engineering organization, he joined the Meltano project to use that experience to strengthen and grow its engineering team and open source community.
Coming from a mathematics background, Brittany combined her love for human interaction with her thirst for knowledge and began working in human resources. She enjoys learning as much as possible about employee relations, compensation, and benefits. Originally from Northern California as a giant Giants fan, she stays active in the great outdoors with her husband, daughter, and their playful pups, Golden Retriever, Cowboy Jake, and St. Bernard, Lucy Lulu.
Pedro is committed to keeping people happy while using GitLab. He's passionate about transparency, remote work, and open design. Outside of work, it's all about traveling, soccer, movies, and music.
Elsje has worked in IT sales and marketing for most of her career and was freelance consultant for many years providing inside sales support to software companies. Elsje lives in Marazion, west Cornwall in the UK with her husband, two girls, two dogs, and cat (when she bothers to be home), with a view of the sea and St Michael's Mount from her office window.
Although living in the city of beer where she was also born Jarka spent almost 4 years in Switzerland and still loves that country. She's had experience with different programming languages and started loving Ruby immediately after she tried it for the first time. In her free time she tries to do a lot of sports, loves hiking (especially in mountains), traveling around the world or reading books.
Prior to GitLab, Eric is the veteran of 4 enterprise technology startups. His previous industry experience is in marketing technology, localization software, online video streaming, and a commercial drone software & hardware. He specializes in building great teams and scaling rapidly. He believes in the servant leadership model and staying cool under pressure. When not at work he's either exercising or spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Here's a link to Eric's README.
William is a technical marketer who’s been crafting both code and copy since the late 90’s. At GitLab, William leads product marketing for GitLab CI/CD & Ops including new technologies like Serverless and Kubernetes. Prior to joining GitLab, William's career focused on marketing to technical buyers at companies like Twilio and Digium, the sponsor of open source Asterisk. Outside of work, you can find William cooking, taking walks, and playing video games with his wife and three children.
Brendan has a passion for software development and iterating on processes just as quickly as we iterate on code. He is a zealous advocate for the user experience. Brendan can still remember what his first computer - a Tandy 2000 - felt like to use (and break...sorry Dad). Working with customers to deliver value is what drives Brendan's passion for DevOps and smooth CI/CD implementation. Brendan has worked with a wide range of customers - from the nation's top healthcare institutions to environmental services companies to the Department of Defense. The only thing more eclectic is probably his taste in music. Outside of work, you'll find Brendan with 1 to 4 kids hanging off of him at any given time or occasionally finding a moment alone to build something in his workshop.
Matej has been designing websites, interfaces and experiences since he joined a Web Design after-school class at age 13. His passion for simple and usable design took him on a journey through Germany, Luxembourg, England, Scotland and all the way back to his native Slovenia. He's a bookworm, a minimalist and a typography geek.
Cynthia has experience in support, education, and technology with roles primarily focused on implementing technology for better user experience and services that aids people in using technology. She likes to solve problems and help people solve their problems. She is passionate various aspects of technology support, but especially about documentation, workflows, and accessibility. She also contributes to community technology events and initiatives including being a mentor at Canada Learning Code workshops.
Shane started contributing growth to SaaS products as a marketer in 2010. He loves being told a good story and dreaming up elaborate plans to make his children bubble over with delighted laughter.
Tina joins Gitlab with over 20+ years experience in sales, marketing and consulting across the entire DevOps lifecycle. She lives with her husband, 2 daughters and 200lbs English Mastiff in South Lyon, MI (just outside of Ann Arbor). She is a HUGE University of Michigan football fan -- GO BLUE!!! Outside of that you can see her master chauffeuring skills in action while she takes her kids to volleyball and swim. In her spare time she loves riding indoors on her Peloton.
Thong is a software developer, who loves to solve complex problems with neat code. Having broad experience with all aspects of web application development, he really appreciates open source software where he can find the exact line of code that is causing the issue. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, he enjoys the local coffee, reading fiction books, and watching Studio Ghibli movies. A cat person.
Shawn's core value is honesty with himself and others. Shawn's family, friends and 4 year old son are most important to him and he works hard to maintain those relationships. Shawn loves being in sales because he gets the opportunity to meet a lot of new people from various backgrounds and expertise.
Kenny started his career in political campaigns before returning to his educational background in computer engineering. He has experience with large open-source initiatives through his time working in the early days of OpenStack for HPE and Rackspace. Kenny recently managed the product management team for a portfolio of managed open-source technologies including OpenStack, Ceph and Kubernetes. In his spare time, Kenny enjoys building puzzles with his two young children, playing boardgames with his partner, kicking the soccer ball around and learning new cooking techniques. Here's a link to Kenny's README.
Andrew fell into working on websites by joining and running hackathons in his undergrad, and can't seem to stop building. He also loves (making) cocktails, (baking) bread, and (playing) video games.
Chrissie is a writer and marketer with a predilection for fact-checking and nitty-gritty details. Before joing GitLab, Chrissie was a content marketer in the fintech space. She has a corgi named Potato, a cat named Mouse, and a shelter dog named Millie.
Charlie's time is split between writing excellent software, spending time with family, growing things, and making things out of wood.
Darren holds a Guinness World Record in publishing. He has over 12 years of experience recruiting and leading globally distributed teams in media, communications and marketing. He's an explorer at heart, having traversed nearly 50 countries and all 50 US states, becoming a Delta Million Miler along the way. He's passionate about enabling remote work for all and advocating for adoption.
Zac joins GitLab with a diverse background in digital marketing, with a focus in lead generation, lead nurture, and marketing automation. Zac enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, working out, and playing guitar.
Brandon started off with a degree in architecture, moved into graphic and industrial design, and then ended up as a self-taught frontend web developer who specializes in UX. In his spare time he plays around with the latest gadgets such as mobile, AR/VR, wearables, IoT, and voice interaction. When he isn’t gardening or hiking he’s probably disc-golfing or playing video games.
Prior to joining GitLab, Wayne was a Senior Director of Engineering at a security company for 15+ years. GitLab is Wayne's 3rd startup. Wayne's interests include security, agile software development best practices, coaching engineers and engineering leaders, video games and reading.
Nadia creates simple, usable and beautiful software. Her background in business and arts as well as great empathy for the user helps her approach design problems from a unique perspective. In her free time Nadia travels, paints, reads books about space, and cooks paleo meals with her partner in crime. When offline, there's a high chance Nadia is surfing in Bali or skiing somewhere in Europe.
Jennifer is a Reference Program Manager with a background of gaining insight into her customer's experience. She is ardent that her customers have a voice and that their needs be met by changing developing software to support their requirements. She loves anything extremely spicy, collects shoes, loves to read, and her kids think her hobbies include housework.
Prior to GitLab, Saumya has played multiple roles across Product Management, Marketing & Consulting at VMware, Micro Focus & HP. In her spare time, Saumya loves working out (including Crossfit, Boxing & Yoga) & doodling - sometimes a combination of the two.
Samantha is excited to join the Community Advocacy team. She brings a background in education and a passion for learning. Samantha is looking forward to opportunities to apply and grow her web development skills while working with the GitLab community.
Jordi is a product person interested in software development tooling and culture as well as meaningful and lasting design. Developer productivity, open source, DevOps and culture are some of his passions. Outside of work you'll find him reading (History, Economics and all sorts of boring stuff), attending concerts (not boring ones) and hanging out with friends and family. Will beat you at padel. Not really.