Heather Brunner

Heather Brunner

Heather Brunner

WP Engine, Inc

As Chairwoman and CEO of WP Engine, Heather Brunner has steered WP Engine through hyper-growth into global technology leadership. WP Engine is home to many of the WordPress community's most beloved brands including WP Engine, Flywheel, Local, Advanced Custom Fields, and Genesis. Heather has led the expansion of WP Engine from an Austin start-up to a global brand with 1200+ team members around the world with hubs in Austin, Brisbane, Limerick, London, Omaha, and Krakow to now serve millions of customers in more than 150 countries. A 30-year technology veteran, Heather has generated billions in enterprise value, delivered growth, and led business strategy for privately funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies.

During her tenure as WP Engine CEO, Heather has been honored by Great Place to Work with the CEO Leadership for All award, EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas, the Austin Business Journal Best CEO award, and a Stevie Award for executive leadership. Heather serves on the board of directors for Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT), an S&P 500 company. She holds a bachelor's degree in international economics from Trinity University.


We're a new breed of technology company at the intersection of software innovation and service. Our platform provides brands the solutions they need to create remarkable sites and apps on WordPress that drive their business forward faster. All this is driven by a set of core values that guides us every day.

WP Engine's platform and infrastructure is optimized to run the most performance-intensive and high traffic sites for all customers.

Our finely-tuned tech stack provides unmatched speed, scalability, and reliability with a 200 point Global CDN, EverCache proprietary caching and rulesets, and infrastructure optionality to meet all needs.

Award-winning support available 24/7/365 to help you troubleshoot in minutes - with a 96% satisfaction score, our WordPress experts are here for you from pre- launch to go-live and beyond.

Automated updates for plugins, themes, WordPress, and PHP with auto roll-back functionality gives you hours back every week and peace of mind knowing your site is secure.

Enterprise-grade security including edge protection, monitoring, and documentation including an annual SOC 2 audits and ISO 27001 certification ensure your sites are following the most sensitive industry security requirements.

Our modernized platform leverages containerized components needed to run your site, including WordPress itself, databases, and more.

Our values are like a flame. They light the way for our actions and must always be fostered. Our people are enabled and empowered to tend this flame by making values-based decisions and innovating on your behalf, so that you can build winning digital experiences. We are humbled and inspired by the role we get to play in your business.


We are grateful for our role in our customers' lives; when they win, we win.


We are proud of our work when it is intentionally designed and thoughtfully crafted.


We believe that great leaders give back and inspire others to do the same.


When we win, we celebrate our success and stay hungry. When we fail, we embrace opportunities to improve and learn.

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