Business & Tech

Tech startup Acquia names new chief executive

Acquia, a Boston startup that helps clients manage their websites and interact with their customers, said Monday it has hired tech industry veteran Michael Sullivan as its chief executive.

Sullivan, who was previously a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard and its subsidiary software company Micro Focus, replaces Tom Erickson, who announced in May that he would leave the company.

As part of the leadership change, Acquia cofounder and chief technology officer Dries Buytaert will also be elevated to chairman of the company.

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“Anyone with an ear to the ground of the Boston tech sector knows one of its brightest stars is Acquia,” Sullivan said in a statement. “The opportunity we have to transform the customer experience is second to none.”

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Acquia, which said it has about 800 employees, has raised more than $170 million in venture capital since it was founded a decade ago.

The company has long specialized in content management systems, which help users control what appears on their websites. In recent months it has been branching out into other tools that help clients interact with their customers.

Acquia lists among its customers the City of Boston, MillerCoors, Xerox, and Steward Health Care.

Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.