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Meet the Team

We put software and hardware security into billions of devices. 100+ security patents. 30+ papers in top conferences. USENIX, CCC, and Blackhat presenters.

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Fortanix is a data-first security company and a pioneer in Confidential Computing. We help enterprises discover, assess, and remediate data exposure risks across hybrid multicloud environments to maintain the privacy and compliance of their most sensitive and regulated data, wherever it may be.

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Leadership

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Anand Kashyap
CEO and Co-founder
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Anand
Anand Kashyap
CEO and Co-founder

Anand has previously worked at Symantec and VMware, as a researcher and an engineer in the areas of security and networking. He has presented at Financial Cryptography and BlackHat conferences and has filed over 25 patents. Anand holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur, both in Computer Science.

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Ron Longo
Ron Longo
Chief Revenue Officer
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Ron Longo
Ron Longo
Chief Revenue Officer

Ron is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience at major publicly traded companies, as well as at early-stage, privately held companies. Prior to his role as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at VMware, Ron was the Vice President of Global Sales at VeloCloud, which was acquired by VMware in 2017. Prior to this, Ron was the vice president of America for OnMobile where he managed overall sales and operations. He arrived at OnMobile through the acquisition of Dilithium, where he served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing selling to Tier 1 worldwide service providers. Prior to Dilithium, Longo was CEO for venture-backed Red Condor and SVP for Mahi Networks, both of which were acquired. Before joining Mahi Networks, Ron was the worldwide vice president of marketing at Advanced Fibre Communication (AFC), which was acquired by Tellabs. Longo was recruited by AFC from Adtran, where he ran the company’s technical support and product qualification organization.

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Anand Balasubrahmanyan
Chief Financial Officer
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Anand Balasubrahmanyan
Chief Financial Officer

Anand Balasubrahmanyan is a proven strategic financial leader for high-growth businesses. Prior to joining Fortanix, he was Head of Finance & Business Operations for VeloCloud Networks, where he was a key member of the executive team navigating through the inevitable ups and downs of hyper-growth in the enterprise infrastructure space, and led VeloCloud's $50M Series D fundraising and subsequent strategic sale to VMware. Prior to VMware/VeloCloud, Anand had a 20-year career as an investment banker and private equity investor at DLJ, Morgan Stanley, and The Carlyle Group. Anand holds Bachelors degrees from Wharton and the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters from Stanford's Graduate School of business

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Annamarie Dunn
Chief People Officer
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Annamarie Dunn
Chief People Officer

Annamarie Dunn is the Chief People Officer at Fortanix. She has over 18 years of executive Human Resources experience and 20 years of high-tech marketing and communications experience. She was the VP of HR, Culture and Talent at Cadence, where she spent 8 years leading their culture and employer brand transformation resulting in Cadence being seen as an employer of choice and listed on the Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Prior to Cadence, Annamarie worked at NetApp for 10 years holding various leadership roles in HR with a focus on culture, and helping them become #1 on the Fortune "100 Best" list. Annamarie is passionate about creating exceptional workplace cultures and environments that drive business success and where employees thrive. Annamarie has a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz. She is on the advisory board for NextGen Cyber Talent.

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Dr Jethro Beekman
Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Security Officer
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Dr Jethro Beekman
Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Security Officer

Having been with Fortanix from the beginning, Jethro is responsible for the overall design and security of the Fortanix architecture and products. Both in academia and industry, he's considered a pioneer in the confidential computing field, having published many papers, and filed several patents in the field of cloud computing security. Jethro holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

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Linda
Linda Chen
Chief Marketing Officer
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Linda Chen
Chief Marketing Officer

Linda brings 25 years of general management and leadership experience across a variety of top-tier multinational branded companies and B2B enterprise SaaS companies. She has blended experience working as a cross-functional leader in both large and small organizations. Prior to joining Fortanix, Linda was the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Cyara, the leading Customer Experience Assurance platform provider, which was acquired by K1 Investment Management in 2022. She was recognized by Globee Awards as a 2022 Female Executive of the Year - Technology. Prior to this, Linda was the EVP of Marketing and Strategy at Equilar where she led products, marketing, operations, pre-sales/sales, and client success and VP/GM at Deem, Inc. heading up the corporate travel, procurement and expense reporting lines of business.

Linda also spent more than 10 years at Intuit, where she led go-to-market for the company’s Small Business mobile and SaaS solutions, QuickBooks, and Quicken. Earlier in her career, she drove global marketing for Crest toothbrushes at Procter & Gamble and graduated from the Technical Leadership Program at GE. She has a MBA from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California Berkeley.

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Patrick Conte
VP and GM Americas Sales & Channels
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Patrick Conte
VP and GM Americas Sales & Channels

Patrick was Fortanix’s original VP of Business Development where he led strategic alliances, cloud service providers and global system integrator business initiatives. In his new role, Patrick is excited to be leading Fortanix’s go-to-market strategy and execution in Fortanix’s home market in the Americas. He has been leading Silicon Valley startups in sales, marketing, BD and other C level roles over several decades, and has led exits at Dynamic Pictures (Nvidia), Cobalt Networks (Sun/Oracle), Topspin (Cisco) and most recently at Opsani (AppDynamics/ Cisco)

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Troy Paradiso
Vice President of Sales Engineering
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Troy Paradiso
Vice President of Sales Engineering

Troy has nearly 30 years of experience in the technology field from both the customer and vendor sides. Prior to joining Fortanix, Troy spent 7 years at A10 Networks building and leading a highly successfully Enterprise and Federal Sales Engineering team. Troy now brings to Fortanix his experience and passion for building highly capable Sales Engineering teams and solving customer business challenges through industry leading technology solutions.

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Gerry Sillars
VP of Sales, APAC
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Gerry Sillars
VP of Sales, APAC

Gerry Sillars leads the Asia Pacific Region for Fortanix. Prior to his current role, Gerry ran the Asia Pacific Region for Skybox Security a leader in Vulnerability and Network Management, he has led businesses in the Asia Pacific Region for the last 20 years with CommVault Systems, Alcatel Lucent, and UpGuard. Gerry is a native of Scotland and an Australian citizen and resides in Singapore.

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Vishal Saxena
Vice President of Engineering
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Vishal Saxena
Vice President of Engineering

Vishal is an entrepreneurial and engineering leader with over 25 years’ experience in leading, building and mentoring multi-cultural teams across United States, EMEA and APAC regions. Before joining Fortnaix, Vishal was VP of Cloud Engineering & Security Operations at Aktana, a leading provider of AI powered insights and suggestions for life science companies. Prior to Aktana, Vishal was at OpenText as Sr. Director of Cloud Engineering. He has worked at Oracle for 17 years with various roles managing Product development and operations team. Vishal holds MBA from Pepperdine University and Bachelor of Computer engineering from University of Evansville.

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Dr Richard Searle
Vice President of Confidential Computing
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Dr Richard Searle
Vice President of Confidential Computing

With an extensive background in complex systems engineering and the application of machine learning for data discovery, Richard leads the deployment of Fortanix Confidential Computing technology for customers. Richard has served as General Members’ Representative to the Governing Board, and Chair of the End-User Advisory Council, of the Confidential Computing Consortium of the Linux Foundation and he is recognized as a thought leader on applications of Confidential Computing. Richard holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Henley Business School at the University of Reading, has filed patents and published papers on the application of Confidential Computing technology, and is conducting research on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems within the context of national security.

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Connie Chung
Vice President of Legal
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Connie Chung
Vice President of Legal

Connie leads the Legal function at Fortanix. Prior to joining Fortanix, Connie was VP, Legal at VeloCloud and joined VMware after VeloCloud's acquisition by VMware. Connie has over 20 years of legal experience supporting private and public companies in a variety of industries. She holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA.

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Glenn Rhodes
VP of Product and Solutions Marketing
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Glenn Rhodes
VP of Product and Solutions Marketing

Glenn is a results-driven marketing executive with over 20 years of proven experience leading hyper-growth GTM’s at both startups and public companies. He leads global product and solutions marketing at Fortanix and is fueled by his passion for scaling revenue and shareholder value by aligning sales and marketing messaging, content, and campaigns to customers’ top data security use cases and challenges. Prior to Fortanix, Glenn led product and solutions marketing at Copado through a 3x growth in two years, and at ServiceNow grew revenue 9x over 5 years. He was also CMO at Daegis, a leading eDiscovery company acquired by OpenText. Glenn has a BS in Marketing and a MBA from Northern Illinois University.

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Mike Kim
VP of Revenue Marketing
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Mike Kim
VP of Revenue Marketing

Mike leads the Global Revenue Marketing team where he is responsible for all demand generation including field marketing, trade shows, lead generation programs and special events. Prior to Fortanix, Mike led Americas Marketing at Cohesity where he built and scaled a pipeline engine from pre-revenue to over $300M in ARR. Prior to Cohesity, Mike held marketing leadership roles at Dropbox (NASDAQ: DBX), Pure Storage (NASDAQ: PSTG) and Cloudera (NASDAQ: CLDR) where he led demand generation teams that lead to three successful IPOs.

Anuj Jaiswal
Anuj Jaiswal
Vice President of Product
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Anuj Jaiswal
Anuj Jaiswal
Vice President of Product

Anuj is a seasoned product and engineering leader with an impressive track record spanning over 20 years. His experience is marked by notable achievements in product development within both established public companies and dynamic startups. Anuj's expertise lies in creating customer-centric cutting-edge products. Prior to his role as VP of Engineering at Embrace.io, Anuj was a pivotal figure at Arkin, a company that caught the attention of VMware and was subsequently acquired in 2016. During his time at Arkin, Anuj played a critical role in the acquisition process, showcasing his strategic vision and technical insight. Before Arkin, Anuj worked as a senior leader at FrontRange Solutions (acquired by Ivanti) and DBO2 (acquired by Predictive Solutions).

Anuj's domain knowledge is extensive, covering crucial areas such as cloud security, network security, cybersecurity, data security and Application Performance Monitoring (APM) for both cloud and mobile applications. His approach to product management — vision, strategy, customer-centric, roadmapping, partnerships and UX has consistently resulted in products that drove revenue and growth for organizations while meeting customer needs. Anuj holds Masters Degree in Computer Applications and Bachelors in Business Administration.

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Andy Buckland
Vice President of Sales, EMEA
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Andy Buckland
Vice President of Sales, EMEA

Andy is a senior leader with over 25 years of experience in building high performing and growth businesses within global software organisations. Prior to Fortanix, Andy held two different roles within VMware, initially leading NEMEA for the HCI business driving sales to become market leader in the region and more recently he led EMEA for the Software Defined Edge business to become the leading solution for Service Providers and Enterprises. Prior to VMware Andy held leadership roles within Nutanix, Citrix, GXS/OpenText.

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Arnab Debnath
VP, Business Development (Japan)
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Arnab Debnath
VP, Business Development (Japan)

Arnab has been working with the global information technology industry for more than 35 years – having worked at major publicly traded companies, as well as at early-stage start-ups. He founded an Enterprise Software & Services company and served as its CEO for 20 years, growing it from a small team in Silicon Valley to a global business with operations in India, Japan, London and Hong Kong, before it was acquired by a Japanese IT company. Prior to that, he served as VP of business development for APAC and Japan for multiple start-up companies. He started his career, after graduating from IIT, as a Software Engineer and worked in different capacities doing systems and application software development before making the transition into business development roles. Arnab has lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan for 7 years and is reasonably fluent in Japanese.

Board Members

Ashu Garg
Ashu Garg
Board member
Krishna 'Kittu' Kolluri
Krishna 'Kittu' Kolluri
Board member
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Krishna 'Kittu' Kolluri
Krishna 'Kittu' Kolluri
Board member

Krishna is a Founder and Managing Director, NeoTribe Ventures

Sunil Kurkure
Sunil Kurkure
Board member
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Sunil Kurkure
Sunil Kurkure
Board member

Sunil is a Managing Director at Intel Capital driving early-venture and growth-equity investments in the Software and Security Sector across cloud infrastructure, big data, security, and next-generation enterprise applications. In addition to Fortanix, Sunil has held board or advisory roles at several leading companies including Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), Sumo Logic, Snowflake Computing, XenSource (NASDAQ: CTXS), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), and TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV).

Darren Cohen
Darren Cohen
Board Member
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Darren Cohen
Darren Cohen
Board Member

Darren is co-head and chief investment officer of Growth Equity within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The Growth Equity business manages a global portfolio of minority investments in high-growth technology companies. He is a member of the Growth Investment Committee and Firmwide Strategic Investing Committee. Darren first joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an executive director in Investment Research in London, covering the software and technology services sector until 2004. He rejoined the firm in 2007 in the Principal Strategic Investments business and led the firm's strategic investments in financial technology and enterprise software. Darren was named managing director in 2010 and partner in 2014. Darren earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Emory University.