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Andi Gutmans

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Andi Gutmans
Andi Gutmans, 2015
Andrei Gutmans

NationalitySwiss, British, Israeli, American
EducationTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology (B.Sc. in Computer Science)
Occupation(s)Programmer, Entrepreneur
Known forCo-creating PHP, Co-founding Zend Technologies
TitleVP Engineering, Databases at Google

Andi (Andrei[1]) Gutmans is an Israeli programmer and entrepreneur.


Andi Gutmans holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Technion in Haifa.[2] Gutmans holds four citizenships: Swiss, British, Israeli and American.[1]

Business career[edit]

Andi Gutmans helped to co-create PHP, and co-founded Zend Technologies[3] and is a VP Engineering, Databases at Google. A graduate of the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Gutmans and fellow student Zeev Suraski created PHP 3 in 1997. In 1999 they wrote the Zend Engine, the core of PHP 4, and founded Zend Technologies, which has since overseen PHP advances, including the PHP 5 [4] and most recent PHP 7 releases. The name Zend is a portmanteau of their forenames, Zeev and Andi.[5]

Gutmans served as CEO of Zend Technologies until October 2015 when Zend was acquired by Rogue Wave Software. Before being appointed CEO in February 2009,[6] he led Zend's R&D including development of all Zend products and Zend's contributions to the open-source Zend Framework and PHP Development Tools projects. He has participated at Zend in its corporate financing and has also led alliances with vendors like Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle.[3]

Gutmans served on the board of the Eclipse Foundation[7] (October 2005 – October 2008),[8][9] is an emeritus member of the Apache Software Foundation,[10] and was nominated for the FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software[11] in 1999.

In 2004 he wrote a book called "PHP 5 Power Programming" [12] together with Stig Bakken and Derick Rethans.

Gutmans was recognized by ComputerWorld magazine in July 2007 [13][14] in their article "40 Under 40: 40 Innovative IT People to Watch, Under the Age of 40.” [15]

In March 2016, Gutmans left Rogue Wave[16] to join Amazon Web Services.[17] Explaining his motivations, Gutmans cited "Cloud infrastructure adoption is at a tipping point" and "the data 'center of gravity' is moving to the cloud", where Amazon "appears to effectively balance innovation and invention: a focus on customer value with a bias to action".[18] In his role at Amazon Web Services, Gutmans managed Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon Redshift, Amazon CloudSearch, Amazon ElastiCache and Amazon Neptune.

In May 2020, Gutmans joined Google as VP Engineering, Databases.[19]


  1. ^ a b "CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Andi Gutmans, CEO & Co-founder at Zend". Viola Group. Jul 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Interview – Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans
  3. ^ a b "Andi Gutmans Zend corporate biography". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  4. ^ "Andi & Zeev Creators of PHP 5". 2008. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  5. ^ "Andi & Zeev PHP History". 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  6. ^ "Zend Technologies Co-Founder Andi Gutmans Named Chief Executive Officer". 2009. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  7. ^ "Andi Gutmans Eclipse Foundation Board Member". 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  8. ^ "Andi Gutmans Joined Eclipse Foundation as Board Member". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  9. ^ "Andi Gutmans Joined Eclipse Foundation Board Member 2nd Ref". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  10. ^ "Andi Gutmans Apache Software Foundation Emeritus Member". 2008. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  11. ^ "Andi Gutmans Free Software Foundation Award Nominee". 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  12. ^ Gutmans, Andi; Bakken, Stig Sæther; Rethans, Derick (2008). PHP 5 Power Programming book at Amazon. Prentice Hall PTR. ISBN 978-0131471498.
  13. ^ "ComputerWorld Article Andi Gutmans". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  14. ^ "ComputerWorld Article Full Profile of Andi Gutmans". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  15. ^ "ComputerWorld Article 40 Under 40". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  16. ^ "Andi Gutmans Leaving Zend Rogue Wave". InternetNews.com. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  17. ^ "AWS hires PHP legend Andi Gutmans to nurture its next-generation NoSQL database". Silicon Angle. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  18. ^ "Why I am joining the Amazon Web Services big data group". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  19. ^ "Andi Gutmans' Linkedin Page". Archived from the original on 2020-05-23.

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