Pioneer in elastic security for the mulitcloud taps security industry veterans for strategic guidance as company grows market share
San Jose, CA, July 18, 2019 – ShieldX, the leader in securing next generation data centers, today announced the addition of several new board members and advisors including Michael Fey, CEO of Mesosphere, Mark Anderson, former president of Palo Alto Networks, Audrey MacLean, entrepreneur and Stanford professor, and Umesh Padval, partner with Thomvest Ventures. With these additional board participants, ShieldX will leverage their knowledge, expertise and guidance to help position itself for additional growth this year and beyond.
“Over the last year, ShieldX has set itself apart in an emerging market where many traditional security players are trying to force their network-based approaches into the cloud. Customers are now realizing that our cloud native approach is a must-have to reduce risk and meet compliance requirements in dynamic cloud environments,” said Dr. Ratinder Ahuja, ShieldX co-founder and CEO. “The addition of security industry veterans to ShieldX’s boardroom not only provides validation for our capabilities and approach, but also gives us valuable perspectives as ShieldX continues its momentum and expands its footprint in the cloud security space.”
Michael Fey joins ShieldX as an investor and board member. Mike is an enterprise software and cloud expert who currently serves as the CEO of Mesosphere. Previously, he served as president and COO at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, he served as president and COO of Blue Coat, leading product and go-to-market functions. Fey has also been executive vice president and general manager for enterprise products at McAfee and chief technology officer of Intel Security, where he drove the company’s long-term strategic vision and innovation in the enterprise network, endpoint and analytics security segments by focusing on high-growth market opportunities and field execution.
“Security is rapidly transitioning to a cloud-based approach,” said Mike Fey. “The technology and approach ShieldX brings to market is unparalleled and will disrupt how enterprises secure themselves as they transition to a multi cloud paradigm.”
Umesh Padval, venture partner with Thomvest Ventures, joins ShieldX as an investor and board member. Prior to Thomvest, Umesh was a successful entrepreneur, investor and CEO. Most recently, Umesh was a partner at Bessemer Ventures. Prior to Bessemer, he was executive vice president at LSI after its acquisition of a public video infrastructure and distribution company, C-Cube Microsystems where he served as President and CEO of the company. Umesh has served on more than 25 public and private company boards where he brings extensive operating experience and skillset valued by their CEOs and founders.
“Today, many security startups provide features, not a platform,” said Umesh Padval. “With ShieldX, we saw a rare opportunity to provide enterprises with a vendor of record for hybrid and multicloud environments. With its current set of customers and proven management team, ShieldX promises to redefine security as we know it.”
Mark Anderson joins ShieldX as an investor and board advisor bringing strong expertise in hyper growth. Anderson is a seasoned executive in Silicon Valley with a proven track record of building and scaling organizations for long term, sustained growth. While president of Palo Alto Networks thru October 2018, Anderson helped grow the company from pre-IPO to one of the leaders in enterprise security.
Audrey MacLean joins ShieldX as an investor and board advisor. MacLean has four decades of combined experience in the computer and communications industries. She was a founder of Network Equipment Technologies which went public in 1987 and later co-founded and was CEO of Adaptive which merged with NET in 1993. MacLean has been instrumental in helping to launch and grow successful companies through her work as a “mentor” capitalist and as a professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford. The companies she has seed funded which have gone public include: Pure Software, Pete’s Brewing Company, AdForce, dsl.net, and Selectica.
For additional details about ShieldX, visit: https://www.shieldx.com .