VC-backed OpenDNS hires CFO

OpenDNS has hired Burt W. Podbere as chief financial officer. Previously, Podbere worked at Net Optics where he served as CFO. Based in San Francisco, OpenDNS is a provider of internet security solutions. Its backers include Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, Glynn Capital, Cisco, Evolution Capital, Lumia Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Northgate Capital.


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OpenDNS, the world’s leading provider of cloud-delivered security, announced today that it has appointed Burt W. Podbere as its new Chief Financial Officer. Podbere brings to OpenDNS more than 20 years of financial and operations management experience with both pre-IPO and post-IPO technology companies. He most recently served as CFO of networking company Net Optics, driving growth that resulted in its successful acquisition by Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) in December 2013.

OpenDNS is experiencing rapid growth and demand for its cloud-delivered enterprise security services. The company recently announced a $35 million investment from several leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms and networking giant Cisco to capture more market share and invest in R&D, support, sales and marketing.

“Burt brings to OpenDNS a terrific combination of deep financial oversight experience, exceptional strategic thinking and a track record of success with high-growth technology companies,” said David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS. “More importantly, Burt brings an incredible infectiously positive energy to the company, and we are excited to have him on board to help us navigate this exciting phase of geometric growth we’re experiencing.”

Podbere managed the successful IPO of Epocrates (NASDAQ: EPOC), an athenahealth company and developer of the leading U.S. point-of-care medical application for physicians. Podbere has also held executive management positions at Adterative, Symantec and Amdocs. At Amdocs he built two Shared Service Centers that spanned EMEA and Canada. He began his career with Ernst and Young and is a Chartered Accountant. Podbere holds a B.A. in Economics from McGill University.

“OpenDNS has developed a disruptive cloud-delivered security service that is unique in how it protects enterprises the way business is done today — outside the office, using cloud applications, on mobile devices. This is one of the most dynamic security companies I’ve seen in a long time,” said Podbere. “The company has a tremendous market opportunity and the global operations footprint to capitalize on it. I look forward to working with the management team to take OpenDNS to the next level.”

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network’s overall performance and reliability. OpenDNS provides a cloud-delivered network security service that blocks advanced attacks, as well as malware, botnets and phishing threats regardless of port, protocol or application. Our intelligence leverages machine learning to automate protection in real-time against unknown, emergent threats. OpenDNS protects all your devices globally, and stays up-to-date without admin intervention. For more information, please visit: