LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Liquid Web, LLC ( www.liquidweb.com), a $100 million managed hosting provider focused on web-dependent professionals, announced today the hiring of Chris Lema as VP of products and innovations. Lema brings more than 20 years of software development and product development experience to Liquid Web. Most recently, Lema served as an independent industry consultant focused on the WordPress community, sharing his insights via a daily blog, ebooks, public speaking and product strategy. Lema will develop innovative products to complement Liquid Web's traditional managed hosting suite of product offerings as well as integration with its recent Cloud Sites purchase from Rackspace. His addition demonstrates the company's commitment to its growing WordPress community, which currently supports more than 250,000 mission critical WordPress sites, and onboards, on average, one site every hour of every day. "We are very excited about Chris joining the team. His experience working with our target customers, web-dependent SMBs and the creators who serve them, will accelerate our quest to build more innovative products for this underserved community," said CTO Joe Oesterling. "His audience expertise combined with his knowledge of CMS and eCommerce technology platforms means simple, scalable solutions that make life easier for designers, developers, agencies and SMBs." A highly-sought-after public speaker, Lema's next speaking engagement is at WordCamp US 2016 on Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:15 p.m. in Philadelphia, Penn. entitled Finding Your Voice by Blogging. Lema has both a WordPress blog and a leadership blog. "Liquid Web is a place that can offer me an opportunity to leverage all my talents and experience, while also being a place where I can stretch, grow and keep innovating," said Lema. "I normally say most hosting companies only have one product - hosting - and that's no place for a product guy. Liquid Web is different and I'm looking forward to aligning our visions for the web-hosting community."