Bre Pettis is stepping down as CEO of MakerBot Industries later this fall to take a new position within Stratasys, the industrial manufacturing printer giant which acquired MakerBot back in 2013 for $403 million.
Pettis founded MakerBot in 2009 and according to various reports, he'll join MakerBot's board of directors while remaining involved with the company in a new role which is yet to be hashed out in detail. It's thought that Pettis will take over a co-branded Stratasys and Makerbot "Innovation Lab" where he'll work directly with makers, artists and designers on specific projects.
As his replacement, MakerBot President Jenny Lawton has been named as the firm's new CEO.
"Stratasys and MakerBot are excited to announce some management changes at MakerBot that will take effect in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2014 and into January 2015," said David Reis, the CEO of Stratasys. "Bre Pettis will be transitioning from the day-to-day activities of management to a position with Stratasys where he will be able to influence and direct the vision of MakerBot and Stratasys. He will also be a member of the MakerBot Board of Directors."
And Reis said the changes weren't limited to Pettis' and Lawton's roles.
"Frank Alfano is being moved from chief revenue officer to president," Reis added. "Aric Jennings, chief operations officer for MakerBot, will also transition into the international role of vice president of global manufacturing for Stratasys. We are excited about these promotions and pleased to continue the positive momentum that Stratasys and MakerBot have experienced and achieved."
Pettis, the co-founder of MakerBot Industries, has also been a TV host and Video Podcast producer, created new media for Etsy.com, played host for Make: Magazine's Weekend Projects podcast and served as a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer.
Raised in Ithaca, New York, Pettis moved to the Seattle area and graduated from Bellevue High School and The Evergreen State College where he studied psychology, mythology and performing arts. Following his college years, Pettis was a floor runner and camera assistant who eventually worked as an assistant in Jim Henson's Creature Shop. He also served as an art teacher in the Seattle Public Schools from 1999 through 2006.