About Rancher Labs

Who we are

Rancher Labs builds innovative, open source software that makes it easy to deploy and manage containers in production on any infrastructure. We enable organizations to accelerate all aspects of their software development pipeline, from writing and testing code to running complex microservices-based applications. Rancher, our flagship container management platform, allows users to easily manage all aspects of running containers in development and production environments, on any infrastructure. With well over four million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the tools of choice for teams serious about running containers in production. This includes large enterprises such as Sony, IBM, Tyco, Align Technologies and more.

Our Leadership Team

Sheng Liang

Sheng is a co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs. Prior to starting Rancher, Sheng was CTO of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix Systems after their acquisition of Cloud.com, where he was co-founder and CEO. Sheng has more than 15 years of experience building innovative technology. He was a co-founder at Teros, which was acquired by Citrix in 2005 and led large engineering teams at SEVEN Networks, and Openwave Systems. Sheng started his career as a Staff Engineer in Java Software at Sun Microsystems, where he designed the Java Native Interface (JNI) and led the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) development for the Java 2 platform. Sheng has a B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Shannon Williams

Shannon is a co-founder and Vice President of Sales at Rancher Labs. Prior to starting Rancher, Shannon was Vice President of Market Development at Citrix Systems, after the company acquired Cloud.com, where he led worldwide sales. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing emerging technology and has held management positions at technology companies such as Solidcore Systems (acquired by McAfee), Teros (acquired by Citrix) and Securant Technologies (acquired by RSA). Shannon is a graduate of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Darren Shepherd

Darren is a co-founder and Chief Architect of Rancher Labs. Prior to Rancher, Darren was Sr. Principal Engineer at Citrix where he worked on CloudStack, OpenStack, Docker and building the next generation of infrastructure orchestration technology. Prior to joining Citrix, Darren worked at GoDaddy, where he designed and led a team that implemented both public and private IaaS clouds. Darren has been writing software since he got his first 286 when he was 10, and is happiest when he’s stuffed in a closet banging away in anything but Java. Darren specializes in building systems to reliably control completely unreliable systems. Darren has a B.S. from California State University, Northridge.

Will Chan

Will is a co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Rancher Labs. Prior to Rancher, Will was Director of Engineering for the CloudPlatforms group at Citrix System after their acquisition of Cloud.com, where he held a similar position and was one of the original founding engineers. Will has over 15 years of experience of building massively scalable software for large enterprises and telcos and has held lead engineering positions at SEVEN Networks, Openwave Systems, and Cambridge Technology Partners. Will has a B.S (EECS) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Louise Westoby

Louise is the Vice President of Marketing at Rancher Labs where she is focused on defining and executing impactful go-to-market strategy and marketing programs by analyzing customer needs and market trends. Prior to joining Rancher, Louise was Marketing Director for IBM’s Software Defined Infrastructure portfolio of big data, cloud native and high performance computing management solutions. Before the company was acquired by IBM in 2012, Louise was Director of Marketing at Platform Computing. She has 15+ years of marketing and product management experience, including roles at SGI and Sun Microsystems. Louise holds an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis.

Nick Stinemates

Nick is the Vice President of Business Development at Rancher Labs where he is focused on defining and executing Partner strategy. Prior to joining Rancher Labs, Nick was the Vice President of Business Development and Technical Alliances at Docker for four years. At Docker, Nick was responsible for creating and driving the overall partner engagement and strategy, as well as cultivating many company-defining strategic alliances. Nick has over 15 years experience participating in and contributing to the open source ecosystem as well as 10 years in management functions in the enterprise financial space.