Leadership Management Team
|Gary Steele, Chief Executive Officer|
|Paul Auvil, Chief Financial Officer|
|Marcel DePaolis, Chief Technical Officer|
|David Knight, EVP/GM Information Security Products Group|
|Andrés Kohn, Vice President, Technology|
|Darren Lee, EVP/GM Information Archiving and Governance Products Group|
|Tracey Newell, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales|
|Manish Sarin, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development|
|Michael Yang, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary|
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Steele brings a broad range of enterprise software experience to the company. Before joining Proofpoint, Mr. Steele served as the CEO of Portera, an applications company delivering solutions for the professional services industry. Under Mr. Steele's leadership, Portera raised more than $100M in capital from some of the leading venture capitalists including Kleiner Perkins, IVP, and American Express, and grew the business from its initial concept to $20M in revenue. Prior to Portera, Mr. Steele served as the vice president and general manager of the Middleware and Data Warehousing Product Group at Sybase, Inc., an organization of more than 350 people, spanning four geographies and generating $150M in revenue. In this capacity, he initiated and spearheaded all new Internet projects targeted at the enterprise. Mr. Steele's prior experience includes business development, marketing, and engineering roles at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Washington State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Auvil brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, technology and corporate leadership to Proofpoint. Prior to joining Proofpoint, Mr. Auvil spent six months with Benchmark Capital as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, where he evaluated investments and advised portfolio companies. Prior to Benchmark, he spent four years serving as the CFO at virtualization leader VMWare, where he played an important role in helping the company to evolve from a promising start-up to one of the fastest growing companies in the history of the software industry. Previously, he served as the CFO for Vitria Technology, Inc. In that role, he executed both initial and secondary public offerings and led Vitria's acquisition of XML Solutions, Inc. Before joining Vitria, he held various executive positions at VLSI Technology, including vice president of the Internet and Secure Products Division. Mr. Auvil holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. In addition to a wealth of business experience, Auvil also holds patents in digital video compression in Japan, and one patent in the U.S. for a high speed, PCI compatible on-chip data bus.
Chief Technical Officer
Before coming to Proofpoint, Mr. DePaolis was the vice president of Engineering, Applications, and Operations at Webraska (formerly AirFlash, Inc.), the leading provider of location-based software and solutions, including services targeted at wireless mobile users and geospatial mapping and routing engines. Prior to AirFlash, Mr. DePaolis was with Netscape Communications/AOL, where he was technical director of Messaging and Collaboration for iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun/Netscape alliance. Previously, Mr. DePaolis held senior architect and engineering management positions at ISOCOR; the leading supplier of Internet messaging, meta-directory software solutions, and at Quarterdeck Office Systems; developing some of the earliest consumer Internet browsers and utilities. Earlier in his career, Mr. DePaolis co-founded and held the position of CEO of Pittsburgh Powercomputing Corporation, a company that specialized in fast X Window System servers and other graphics software. Mr. DePaolis holds a triple major B.S. degree in electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
EVP/GM Information Security Products Group
David Knight leads Proofpoint's Information Security Products Group. He brings a wealth of large enterprise SaaS experience to Proofpoint, having previously served as CTO of Cisco's Collaboration Software Group, where he was responsible for product and technical vision and strategy, product management and user experience. Mr. Knight was previously vice president of product management for leading cloud-based conferencing and collaboration vendor WebEx Communications, where he played a central role in the company's rapid growth and eventual $3.2 billion acquisition by Cisco. Earlier he was vice president of marketing and product management for SaaS pioneer Portera Systems and an entrepreneur in residence at Institutional Venture Partners. Mr. Knight has also held executive positions at Sybase and Oracle. He holds an M.S. in industrial administration and a B.S. in information systems and industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Vice President, Technology
Andrés Kohn is currently responsible for Proofpoint's email archiving business unit and has been responsible for setting Proofpoint's product direction since the inception of the company. A frequent public speaker on cloud computing, IT security and compliance issues, Mr. Kohn is responsible for developing strategic technology partnerships that complement Proofpoint's solution offerings. He joined Proofpoint from Critical Path, where he was director of product management and responsible for the global direction of their messaging products and services. Before joining Critical Path, Mr. Kohn held several product marketing positions at PeopleSoft, and various management roles at International Paper as well as Procter and Gamble. Mr. Kohn holds a B.S. degree with distinction and an M.S. degree in engineering from Cornell University. He also holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.
EVP/GM Information Archiving and Governance Products Group
Mr. Lee is responsible for Proofpoint’s Information Archiving and Governance Products Group. Before joining Proofpoint, Mr. Lee served as the Founder and CEO of NextPage, a leading provider of Information Governance solutions. Having raised over $60M to fund various startups, Mr. Lee has vast experience in defining markets, creating products, executing acquisitions, and driving revenue to build viable businesses. Mr. Lee has been named a member of the vSpring Capital top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs for the last seven years, and he currently serves as a board member for the state of Utah's Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program. Mr. Lee holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Tracey Newell brings to Proofpoint more than 20 years of experience in high tech sales leadership as well as diverse experience leading teams across enterprise, commercial, vertical, public sector, and SMB markets. Previously, Newell served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales at Polycom, Inc., where she led global sales operations and was responsible for accelerating the company’s growth in the unified communications (UC) market. Prior to Polycom, she was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Juniper’s General Business Sales segment, and then previously served as Vice President of Sales for Cisco WebEx, with worldwide responsibility for sales, channels, systems engineering and sales operations for the company’s next-generation collaboration software solutions. Prior to joining Cisco WebEx, she held leadership roles within Cisco. Newell has led many diversity initiatives in her career, including Cisco VIEWPoint, a forum dedicated to the professional advancement of women. In the October 2007 edition of Diversity Journal’s annual “Women Worth Watching” publication, she was recognized for breaking down barriers, driving higher levels of company performance and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Newell holds a B.A. in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Manish Sarin is responsible for Proofpoint’s acquisition strategy and execution worldwide. He brings more than 15 years of experience in defining inorganic growth strategy, identifying and evaluating acquisition targets, structuring and negotiating transactions and helping integrate the acquired companies. Prior to joining Proofpoint, Mr. Sarin served as the lead strategy and corporate development executive for Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Software and Security division. In that role, Mr. Sarin worked extensively with HP's executive leadership team in defining and executing on strategic transactions. Previously, Mr. Sarin was director of investment banking at Merrill Lynch focused on technology companies and worked on several marquee M&A and IPO mandates. He started his career at JP Morgan / H&Q and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia and B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT, India.
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Michael Yang is responsible for Proofpoint's worldwide legal affairs including licensing, intellectual property protection, compliance and corporate governance. Mr. Yang brings to Proofpoint more than 15 years of international business and legal experience at both public and privately-held companies. Prior to joining Proofpoint, Mr. Yang developed and led the corporate legal function and later the products and technology group as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of VMware, Inc., as that company grew from $200 million to over $2 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Yang has also held executive and senior management roles as an attorney for Medialive International and Openwave (as well as its predecessor, Software.com, where he contributed to that company's successful IPO and subsequent merger with Phone.com). He began his practice as an intellectual property attorney in the Los Angeles offices of Baker Hostetler. He holds an A.B. in government from Cornell University and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.