SOURCE: CloudPassage


January 19, 2016 08:02 ET

CloudPassage Adds Three Senior Executives to Scale Cloud Workload Security Business

Symantec Veteran Ram Krishnan; HP Exec Mark Stephenson; InfoBlox EVP Sohail Parekh Bring Seven Decades of Leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 19, 2016) - Today CloudPassage announced the addition of three executives to the CloudPassage senior management team as the company continues to grow quickly in the emerging cloud workload security market. Chief Product Officer (CPO) Ram Krishnan will oversee product direction and product marketing; Executive Vice President of Sales Mark Stephenson will drive worldwide sales; and Executive Vice President of Engineering Sohail Parekh will guide engineering. All three executives report directly to CEO Robert Thomas.

"CloudPassage is growing fast and the appointments of Ram, Mark and Sohail will enable us to scale quickly in this emerging market," said Robert Thomas, CEO, CloudPassage. "Ram is that rare strategic business executive who brings to the table deep technical understanding, proven market experience and demonstrated success in scaling companies. Mark is a sales leader who has a successful track record scaling sales organizations in high-growth emerging enterprise markets. Sohail is an engineering leader who has repeatedly delivered critical business value. The addition of these executives speaks volumes about our prospects for growth in 2016 and for our future long-term success."

Software veteran Ram Krishnan brings extensive experience in product strategy and business execution from nimble start-ups to global corporations. As general manager for Hewlett Packard's $900 million Applications Lifecycle Management business unit, he drove growth into mobile, agile and cloud applications. At Symantec, Krishnan successfully expanded the company's risk and compliance offering from tactical compliance tool to strategic IT risk management, delivering rapidly on product vision and exceeding business goals. As senior vice president of products and marketing at GuardianEdge, he played a key role in transforming the company from niche player into Gartner market leader in under three years, which was instrumental to their acquisition.

"As enterprises increasingly leverage cloud infrastructure to power their transformation to agile IT, their security strategy needs to evolve as well," said Krishnan. "CloudPassage's automated, scalable, on-demand security platform provides innovative solutions for organizations to address their security and compliance concerns in an agile and flexible manner."

Accomplished sales leader Mark Stephenson brings enterprise solution selling experience and CXO partnering expertise to CloudPassage. He most recently led sales in the Western Region for $8 billion global data center solutions provider, Digital Realty Trust. Prior to that, Stephenson built Hewlett Packard's networking salesforce and grew the company's core routing and switching business. At Cisco, he led and developed a senior team of 45 enterprise account managers to grow Cisco's business within key healthcare, high-tech, financial and retail accounts. Prior to Cisco, Stephenson drove 300 percent revenue growth in two years for Giantloop Networks, a data center networking consulting and managed services company.

"We are at the ground floor of a massive transformation as agile IT models like cloud computing deliver incredible speed, flexibility and agility to businesses in all industries," said Stephenson. "CloudPassage has a remarkable security platform that enables this transformation by solving critical problems that result from this transformation."

Sohail Parekh brings a unique ability to deliver market leading products on time, with high quality, that sets up companies in emerging markets for high growth. At Infoblox, Parekh helped Infoblox grow by discovering and investing in Security and Analytics market adjacencies where Infoblox could introduce new capabilities. He transformed engineering into an innovative, dependable and global team and scaled it from 70 to 300. He created multi-product focus areas and established a novel outsourcing model to achieve a more efficient and productive cost/talent mix.

"From the beginning, CloudPassage took a holistic approach to security by creating a security and compliance automation platform purpose-built to deliver a broad range of controls in any application hosting environment, at any scale, on demand," said Parekh. "It's extraordinary to have such an opportunity to innovate and expand on such a well-designed platform."

All three executives have already started their tenure with CloudPassage.

About CloudPassage
CloudPassage® Halo® is the world's leading agile security platform that provides instant visibility and continuous protection for servers in any combination of data centers, private clouds and public clouds. The Halo platform is delivered as a service, so it deploys in minutes and scales on-demand. Halo uses minimal system resources; so layered security can be deployed where it counts, right at every workload - servers, instances and containers. Leading enterprises like Citrix, and Adobe use CloudPassage today to enhance their security and compliance posture, while at the same time enabling business agility. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, CloudPassage is backed by Benchmark Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Tenaya Capital, Shasta Ventures, Musea Ventures and other leading investors.

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