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.

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.

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

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.

Shri Chickerur

Vice President, Customer Success

Shri Chickerur is an entrepreneurial leader with 20+ years of experience in driving customer success, professional services and customer support. He has led global teams in delivering innovative solutions to business problems at enterprises in variety of verticals.

At CipherCloud, Shri plays a pivotal role in overseeing Customer Success and Customer Support. Shri is responsible for driving scalable processes to enable the successful adoption of our solution, and growth of our customer base.

Prior to CipherCloud, Shri managed all post-sales processes – including delivery, support and customer success – at Exafort, a cloud technology services company. He has also co-founded and led FedCast, which focused on application security.

Shri also has extensive experience with scale – having worked at large organizations like GE, McGraw-Hill and Infosys. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering and MBA degrees and is a certified Lean/Six-Sigma MBB.

Robert Bartolomeo

Vice President, Global Professional Services

Robert Bartolomeo oversees CipherCloud’s Global Professional Services organization, a team proudly dedicated to its mission of helping Customers confidently leverage Enterprise cloud applications more securely.

For the past 20 years of his career, Robert has been leading and developing global professional services organizations that deliver enterprise security software solutions to Global 1000 companies. Prior to CipherCloud, Robert was responsible for Axway’s North American Professional Services Consulting organization, and held leadership roles at Tumbleweed Communications, Mphasis, JP Morgan Chase, and Dreyfus (a BNY Mellon Company).

Responsible for all aspects of Services delivery and Customer engagement, from requirement definition to solution deployment, the Professional Services team under Robert’s leadership is focused on delivering best practice strategies that protect and control access to sensitive data, while enabling robust Cloud adoption and ongoing Customer success.

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).