Peter Westwood to join Automattic full time as “Happiness Gardener”

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Peter Westwood, one of the core committers to WordPress, announced his plans to soon switch from his current job to working full time for Automattic as a “Happiness Gardener”.

As Happiness Gardener, he said he will be helping the Happiness Engineers on fixing issues that create support tickets on WordPress.com, to improve the experience bloggers have.

Initially, Westwood said, his duties would be limited to WordPress.com.

“In the long-term I hope to be able to spend some of my work time working on WordPress.org and helping Automattic give back to the community even more than it already does.”

Westwood will join six other Happiness Engineers currently employed by Automattic, focused on improving the WordPress.com blogging experience.

See video of Westwood with the other core commit team after the jump. (See around the 1:00 mark for a question and answer with Westwood.)

You can follow Peter Westwood on Twitter at @westi.