Bill Staples Becomes New Relic’s Newest CPO

Bill Staples is in it for the love of software and digital intelligence company New Relic has taken notice. He was recently recruited to serve as chief product officer for the San Francisco-based company and will lead its platform strategy, product management, engineering, and design efforts. Staples's career spans two decades of senior-level leadership positions, and he’s keen to embrace a new challenge.

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“As a long-time New Relic customer and partner, I have long admired the impact that New Relic products have on customers’ lives, and I look forward to working with New Relic’s global product team to continue delivering the incredible platform that delights… [its] customers every day,” said Staples. “As a self-proclaimed ‘data nerd’, I am honored to join New Relic’s mission of helping the world create more perfect software.”

Staples has spent his career building and scaling cloud-based companies. He is praised as an inspirational leader that can cut through organizational complexity and achieve value-driven results. Before coming onboard with New Relic, Staples served as Adobe’s vice president of cloud experience. He led an engineering team of 1,500+ that shaped Adobe's wildly successful Experience Cloud. Relic's new CPO was only with Adobe for three years, but he is well-known for his ability to bring together diverse teams to disrupt the industry’s status quo.

The Salt Lake City-based executive also spent 17 years with Microsoft. He served as MS’s corporate vice president of the Azure Application Platform and led 700+ members from product, engineering, and design teams. He is responsible for transitioning many of Microsoft's core technologies to open-source and cloud, including the .NET framework, Internet Information Services (IIS), and Visual Studio. He also created, launched, and scaled the popular Azure App Service, Power App services, and Power Automate services.

Staples is the latest exec to join the company as part of its management shakeup after a weak second-quarter outlook forced the software monitoring company to re-evaluate its priorities. The company downgraded its full-year guidance by $14 million and adjusted its growth forecast from 25 to 27 percent to 22 to 24 percent. Consequently, the tech firm announced the resignation of both its chief technology officer and chief revenue officer in September 2019. The cloud platform-provider brought in board member Michael Christenson as its new president and CEO while Staples replaces former CTO Jim Goachee.

New Relic provides software that helps customers oversee the effectiveness of their software applications. Their flagship product, Relic One, is a cloud-based observability platform that collects data from diverse sources and creates a comprehensive picture of the software environment. The company serves 17,000 customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.