FireEye, the California-based security firm, announced a new $50 million round and a slew of new executive appointments. Investors including Silicon Valley Bank, Juniper Networks, Goldman Sachs, Norwest Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital are reported to have participated in the round.
FireEye Expands Global Leadership Team With Six New Executives
Cyber Security Leader Taps Industry Veterans to Bolster Product Development, Research, and Support Global Expansion
FireEye(R), Inc., the leader in stopping today’s new breed of cyber attacks, announced the expansion of its global leadership team with the appointment of six key executives, including Ken Gonzalez as vice president of corporate development; Manish Gupta as senior vice president of products; Tony Kolish as senior vice president of customer services; Sridhar Jayanthi as vice president, managing director, and head of India operations; Barbara Massa as vice president of human resources; and Dawn Song, as engineering fellow. These appointments come as the company closes a record 2012 and announces a $50 million expansion funding round.
“FireEye has a great leadership team in place today. The addition of this group of industry veterans expands the wealth of experience to lead FireEye through the next stage of its growth,” said Dave DeWalt, FireEye chairman and CEO. “I am confident that we have the right team in place as FireEye continues to expand its product portfolio, unearth groundbreaking research from the lab and continue its international expansion. We welcome these new executives aboard with great excitement.”
Gonzalez, formerly chief strategy officer at AVAST Software, has 15 years of experience in business development, corporate development, and strategy, having held similar roles at McAfee and Siebel Systems/Oracle. A former infantry captain in the U.S. Army, Gonzalez received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Gupta, formerly vice president of product management and marketing in Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit, brings 14 years of experience in product management and product marketing, having held similar positions at McAfee/Intel, Redback Networks, and iPolicy Networks. Gupta has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.
Kolish, formerly senior vice president of customer service at EMC, brings over 20 years of experience in services and support from roles at Documentum, Idiom, Segue Software, and Softbridge. Tony graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jayanthi was formerly the head of McAfee’s largest research and development team as the managing director for McAfee India operations. He holds an M.S. in Engineering from State University of New York and Northwestern University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras.
Massa brings over 22 years of human resources expertise gained from roles at McAfee, EMC, Documentum, and Cadence Design Systems.
Song, a professor on leave from UC Berkeley and founder of Ensighta Security, Inc., has been a leading researcher and professor in computer security for over ten years. She is the recipient of numerous awards and holds a Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University.
To learn more about the FireEye executive team, please visit the leadership page on the FireEye website.
About FireEye, Inc. FireEye is the leader in stopping next-generation threats, such as zero-day and APT attacks, that bypass traditional defenses and compromise over 95% of networks. The FireEye solution supplements signature-based firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways, and provide the world’s only cross-enterprise, signature-less protection against Web and email threat vectors as well as malware resident on file shares. It is the industry’s only integrated solution that stops attacks across every stage of an attack life cycle, from exploit to exfiltration. Using its patented Virtual Execution technology platform across its portfolio, FireEye is uniquely able to protect against next-generation threats. FireEye solutions are deployed in over 40 countries and in more than 25% of the Fortune 100.
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