Steve Singh, who has been a powerhouse in Seattle’s tech industry, will now be CEO at San Francisco-based Docker.
Former Concur executive Steve Singh has taken on a new role as CEO of San Francisco cloud technology company Docker.
He replaces Docker CEO Ben Golub, who will join the company’s board. Golub, a veteran of several startups, had been the company’s chief executive since 2013.
Golub wrote a blog post about the news Tuesday, saying he had “mixed emotions” about the announcement, but that he was sure Singh is the right person to grow Docker into an “enduring technology” company.
“I’ve seen that different leaders with different skills are needed at different stages in a company’s history. Steve is the right leader for Docker now, ” he wrote.
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Singh, who co-founded Bellevue travel and expense company Concur, was named chairman of Docker’s board last fall. He will stay on in that role.
Singh has been a powerhouse in Seattle’s tech industry, growing Concur into a large public company before selling it to SAP for $8.3 billion in 2014. Singh, who remained CEO of Concur after the sale, also became a member of SAP’s executive committee, serving as president of business networks and application.
Singh announced in mid-April that he was stepping down from Concur, which he had led for more than two decades. It was not an easy decision, he said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s never easy to leave an organization that’s kind of part of who you are as a human being,” he said.
But the Docker job will return him to his business roots.
“I get excited about building businesses,” he said. “That’s the part that I love, that’s the part that I feel like I make a difference at.”
Fellow Concur co-founders Rajeev Singh and Mike Hilton left the Bellevue company in 2015 to run health-care tech company Accolade.
Finance-technology expertise runs in the family — Steve Singh’s son Naveen Singh was named CEO of Bellevue startup Center last month. The company, launched by Steve Singh, developed a corporate credit card that tracks purchases and budgets in real-time.
Singh plans to continue to live in Seattle while running Docker, and said it wouldn’t be surprising if the company established a footprint in the city, though the headquarters will stay in San Francisco.
Docker burst onto the technology scene with an open-source platform popular among developers. The company specializes in container technology, which helps developers quickly organize and manage information in the cloud.
Docker has grown from 15 employees in 2013 to more than 330 today, and is used by millions of developers, the company said.
Docker is now facing steeper competition from Google’s Kubernetes technology and other rivals, as it pushes into the enterprise space by courting larger companies.
Singh will focus on growing Docker’s enterprise customers, and said it is “highly likely” the company will eventually go public as a step in its growth.
“Docker has the potential to be that platform of choice for application development and life-cycle management on a global scale,” he said.