Leadership

Pravin Kothari

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Pravin was awarded “2014 CEO of the Year” by InfoSecurity

Pravin Kothari is the founder and CEO of CipherCloud. He founded CipherCloud in 2010 when he recognized that while the cloud was disrupting enterprise IT with explosive growth, the security technologies had not kept pace and enterprises were losing control over their sensitive data. Pravin is driving the rapid growth of CipherCloud by managing its business, strategy, and operations. Pravin is a security visionary with more than 20 years of experience building industry-leading companies and bringing innovative products to market. Pravin was the Founder & CTO of Agiliance, a leading Security Risk Management company, and Co-founder & VP Engineering of ArcSight, a leading security company, which was acquired by HP for $1.6 billion. Previously, Pravin was Co-founder & Chief Architect at Impresse Corporation and also held technical leadership positions at Verity, Attachmate, and Tata Consultancy Services. Pravin holds over a dozen patents in security technologies and is the inventor behind CipherCloud’s groundbreaking cloud encryption technology.

DEV GHOSHAL

Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, & Customer Success

Dev was recently named a “2014 CRN Channel Chief”

Debashis (Dev) Ghoshal brings over 20 years of experience in technology, business, and management consulting to the CipherCloud executive team. He plays a critical role in guiding the organization’s field strategy, building the global partner eco-system, and driving customer success. Dev began his career at McKinsey & Company, a global strategic consulting company serving Fortune 100 customers. He then joined i2 Technologies where he served for six years as Vice President, Europe and SVP of Global Solution Delivery and Business Development. In these roles, he was instrumental in the company’s growth from $50 million in annual revenue to over $1 billion. He then joined Sun Microsystems as a Vice President, where he ran Asia-Pacific services, and later as Vice President of Sun’s Global Software Practice. Dev has also served as General Manager of Microsoft’s Global Services Division, SVP of Services at Saba Software, and COO and Board Advisor at Agiliance.

SIMON PIUS

Chief Financial Officer

Simon Pius oversees the finance, HR, legal and IT functions at CipherCloud and is responsible for optimizing the management, processes and financial performance of the company.

Simon brings over 15 years of CFO and Controller experience helping software and IT services companies achieve dynamic growth. These companies include PSS Help, xMatters, and Evant, Inc. Previously, Simon was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at QRS Corporation while the company grew from $60M to $150M in annual revenue, and he served as Regional Finance Manager at Dun & Bradstreet Software.

Simon is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Golden Gate University.

HARNISH KANANI

Chief Customer Officer

Harnish Kanani is an entrepreneurial leader with 20-plus years of experience selling and delivering enterprise software products and services globally. At CipherCloud, he plays a pivotal role in overseeing customer enablement, customer support and customer success. Kanani has responsibility for driving the development of highly scalable processes and strategies focused on successful deployment of our platform and solutions while attaining high customer satisfaction. Most recently, Kanani was the Vice President and General Manager within Oracle’s Cloud Applications Consulting team. He has also previously overseen global customer success programs and services operations at Taleo (now part of Oracle), Cognizant Technology Solutions, SumTotal Systems, Emagia, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and TATA.

JEROEN BLAAS

Vice President and General Manager, EMEA

Jeroen leads CipherCloud’s Sales and Operations for EMEA and brings extensive global business experience managing teams, meeting enterprise requirements, and delivering business growth. He is based in the Netherlands and manages teams in the UK, France and Germany and business partners throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Prior experience includes being the Director of Sales General Western Europe for Hewlett-Packard, Director Sales Support & Business Development for Western Europe for EDS International managing over 80 business development professionals, and has held multiple senior positions at Siemens. He received a Drs in General Management from Nyenrode University

VAMSHI SRIPERUMBUDUR

Vice President, Marketing

Vamshi is an accomplished industry leader, responsible for all aspects of CipherCloud marketing including corporate marketing, thought leadership, product marketing, analyst & media relations, demand generation, customer marketing, social media, and events.

Vamshi brings marketing & cross-functional leadership experience from startups as well as medium-large enterprises in YuMe (IPO), Sonoa Systems (Apigee/Google), Dyyno, Vitria, and Sabre. More recently as a consulting CMO, he led digital marketing transformation at Fujitsu across its multiple BU’s. With his domain knowledge spanning cloud, big data, and mobile, Vamshi is a trusted partner to customers and partners at Global 5000 companies as well as to industry analysts and press. He has a master’s degree in computer science from University of Texas and is an active member of TiE Silicon Valley and a mentor.

WILLY LEICHTER

Vice President, Product & Content Marketing

Willy Leichter leads CipherCloud’s efforts to bring new products and solutions to market, meeting evolving security and global compliance requirements. He has over 20 years of experience helping Global 1000 companies meet security and compliance challenges within their networks and in the cloud.

Willy has extensive experience in a range of IT domains including cloud platforms, global data privacy laws, B2B applications, network security, data loss prevention, email security, and network access control and is a frequent speaker on cloud, IT security, and compliance issues. A graduate of Stanford University, he has held marketing and product management positions in the US and Europe, at CipherCloud, Axway, Websense, Tumbleweed Communications, and Secure Computing (now McAfee).

SUNDARAM LAKSHMANAN

Chief Technology Officer

Sundaram heads engineering and technology at CipherCloud and is a business savvy technologist, engineering leader, hands-on architect and an entrepreneur. He brings over 20+ years of network and security product development experience and has a successful track record of delivering innovative first-to-market and market leading security products, as well as leading global engineering team.

Sundaram holds multiple patents in the space and prior to CipherCloud he was the founder and CTO of Anicut Systems, a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks, and held senior positions as Blue Coat (now Symantec). He holds a master’s degree from the National University of Singapore in computer and information sciences with a focus on networking and applied cryptography, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from REC (NIT) Trichy, India.

RAMESH RATHI

Vice President and General Manager

Ramesh Rathi manages CipherCloud operations in India and brings extensive global IT and business experience managing teams and customer success in multiple geographies including Australia, Canada, France, India, Singapore, USA and the UK.

Ramesh brings strategic implementation and execution skills across product development and services organizations and has diverse domain experience in IT security, healthcare, public sector, retail, telecom and transportation. He has led critical corporate initiatives including FDA assessments, ISO 9001, and ISO 27001 certification.

Prior to CipherCloud, Ramesh was Head of Delivery – Healthcare Group for UST Global, CEO of India Operations for CompuGain, Senior VP for Satyam Computer Services, and VP of IT Outsourcing at Affiliated Computer Services (a Xerox company).