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About Code42

Executive Team

Joe Payne is the president and CEO of Code42 Software, the leader in Insider Risk Management, which focuses on reducing the risk of data leakage from insiders while enabling the collaboration culture. Joe is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience and a proven track record leading high growth security and technology companies. With a passion for identifying and solving emerging market needs, Joe engages personally in product strategy and direction, while growing and providing vision and guidance to a world-class team of security executives. Previously, Joe served as CEO of eSecurity, the first SIEM software company. He also served as the president of iDefense prior to its acquisition by VeriSign. At iDefense, Joe led some of the best white-hat security researchers in the world and worked with the top financial institutions and government agencies in the United States to improve their risk profile.

Joe also has held additional executive positions at eGrail, MicroStrategy, InteliData and Eloqua. As CEO of Eloqua, Joe led the team to $125 million in revenue, a successful IPO and a subsequent acquisition by Oracle. Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Focus Campaign for Children, a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization.  Joe previously served on the boards of Dealertrack (NASDAQ: TRAK), Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), Eloqua (NASDAQ: ELOQ), Workfront, TrackMaven, Plex, e-Security, eGrail, and Ecutel.

Joe is a co-author of Inside Jobs: Why Insider Risk Is the Biggest Cyber Threat You Can’t Ignore, which shines a light on Insider Risk and details what business and security leaders can do to keep their workforces productive and data protected.

Joe received his Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business where he was a Fuqua scholar. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University. When not hard at work, you can find Joe cheering for the U.S. National Soccer Team or his beloved Duke Blue Devils. Joe is married with four children.

In her role as Code42’s chief financial officer, Maria Izurieta brings 25 years of financial and executive leadership experience. At Code42, she will be instrumental in advancing the company’s long-term financial management and strategic planning strategies as well as leading the finance, accounting, procurement and facilities functions and teams.

In prior roles, Maria consistently delivered exponential growth through financial, strategic and operational initiatives for private and publicly-traded technology companies. She most recently was CFO of Expel, a managed detection and response provider, achieving a $1B valuation during her tenure. A serial growth stage executive, Maria was also the CFO of Challenger, 3Pillar Global and VIPdesk and served as CEO and CFO of Wireless Matrix. She held a financial leadership position at CyberCash, Inc. and began her career with Coopers & Lybrand. Maria was a board member and audit committee chair of ExactEarth (TSX:XCT), a leading SaaS provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situational awareness solutions.

Maria has a strong commitment to developing the next generation of leaders through her volunteer efforts with BooleanGirls, Northern Virginia Family Services, TechCFO Network of the Greater Washington Area and WomenSquared. She also is a member of Women in Technology’s Leadership Foundry and Women’s Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Spending time with her teenage daughters and husband, exploring outdoors, gardening, traveling, reading and pairing the perfect wine with a sunset are a few ways she re-charges.

As chief technology officer, Rob leads our software development and delivery teams. He brings more than 20 years of security, cloud, mobile, and IT management experience to Code42.

Prior to Code42, Rob worked as vice president of research and development at Ivanti, where he led and shaped the company’s evolution from IT management technologies to security-focused solutions, with projects ranging from cloud-delivered analytics to hybrid cloud security. Prior to Ivanti, Rob served as senior director of research and development at VMware, the leader in virtualization and hybrid cloud.

Rob has published several papers on information technology and mobility and co-authored the first published book on wireless application protocol in the United States. His passion for the IT Industry, plotting its tracks and keeping a pulse on its future, and his expertise has made him a high-demand speaker throughout the international IT community.

Rob graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in computer science and a concentration in economics. In his spare time, he’s often moving his three ice hockey/lacrosse-playing children between rinks, or watching his Stanley Cup-destined Minnesota Wild play.

LinkedIn Profile

Aida Kamber is Chief Marketing Officer for Code42 and is responsible for the company’s global demand generation, product marketing, business development, customer and channel marketing activities.

Aida brings 15 years of digital and growth marketing experience for high-growth, private and publicly-traded B2B companies in technology and healthcare. She has led multiple companies through digital transformation, building and strengthening their revenue operations, multi-channel marketing programs, ROI processes and account based program implementation.

Originally from Bosnia, Aida grew up in the Atlanta area where she now lives with her husband and two daughters. She completed her B.A in Spanish and international business and earned an MBA from Georgia State University.

During her free time, she enjoys dancing, traveling and watching her girls at swim and gymnastics meets.

Vijay is the senior vice president of Expert Practices & Education for Code42. He brings more than 18 years of experience in product strategy, product management, product development and quality assurance to the role.

Prior to Code42, Vijay worked for Oracle, where he most recently led product management for the WebCenter Content product suite. Before Oracle, he worked at Stellent in product management and engineering roles, helping build market-leading content management products.

Vijay received his Executive MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain), and earned an Executive Certificate in Technology and Value Chain Management from MIT Sloan School of Business. Vijay earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. When not working on cool products at Code42, Vijay spends time catching up on movies, or creating music in his home studio.

Dave is the senior vice president of product management for Code42. He brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience to his role where he has responsibility for product vision, strategy and execution of the Code42® Incydr™ data risk detection and response product.

Prior to his time at Code42, Dave earned deep B2B product expertise at a number of security and technology start-ups and public companies. He ran product management and marketing at BluVector, a machine learning based network detection and response solution that was acquired by Comcast, and served in both product management and marketing executive roles at Verint, TruSecure, eSecurity/Novell, and Raytheon SilentRunner.

Dave is an Economics graduate of St. Lawrence University, and lives with his wife and two kids in the Washington D.C. area. When not advancing Code42’s ground-breaking Insider Risk Management product, he can be found on the ski slopes, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, traveling to national tennis tournaments or cheering on his son, who races cross country for WashU.

Jason is responsible for building and scaling Code42’s business by leading the Sales and Customer Success Teams for its market defining Insider Risk Management solutions. Jason has more than 20 years management experience with industry leading security and technology companies. Prior to Code42, he was the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) for ThreatTrack Security. Prior to that, he was at Internet security firm, Verisign, Inc (VRSN) for 10 years, holding several senior management positions, including General Manager and Vice President of Security Services. Jason has also held several sales and marketing positions with technology and security firms, including, eSecurity, Cardiff Software, e-Grail and Microstrategy.

Jason attended the University of Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. In his free time Jason enjoys hanging out with his wife and three children and can usually be found snowboarding, cycling, hiking or watching Kansas basketball.

As the VP of People for Code42, Kathy is responsible for leading the company’s People activities through Talent Acquisition, Education and Development, People Business Partnerships and Benefits teams. She brings more than 20 years of Human Resources experience to Code42. Kathy’s empathetic and relationship-first approach to leadership and her commitment to building a customer-focused and team-first workforce, cultivates an incredible employee experience and culture that is consistently recognized as an Inc. Best Workplace and Star Tribune Top Workplace.

Prior to Code42, Kathy worked as a Director of Human Resources for Sportradar US, a leading sports technology company and as a Director, HR Consulting & Staffing with non-profit, Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities. 

Kathy attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and has a Professional in Human Resources Certification. Kathy lives with her husband, two daughters and labradoodle in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, being a team mom for her daughters’ sports activities, singing and attending musicals.

As chief legal officer, David Huberman brings to Code42 more than 20 years of wide-ranging legal and executive leadership experience at both private and public companies.

Before Code42, he served as general counsel and corporate secretary at Rally Software, a leading provider of enterprise-class application lifecycle management SaaS, software, and services solutions, until Rally’s acquisition by CA Technologies in 2015. Prior to Rally, David was general counsel and corporate secretary at Webroot, a provider of cloud-based Internet security and security intelligence solutions, and assistant general counsel at Intrado, a provider of emergency communication services and technology. David was also an attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm Wiley, Rein & Fielding.

David earned his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from the University of Denver, and a BA in public policy studies from Duke University. David lives in Denver with his wife, son, daughter, and golden retriever.

 

As the VP of Technical Services for Code42, AJ is responsible for leading the company’s Customer Experience activities through the Technical Support, Professional Services, and Technical Account Management teams. He brings more than 17 years of consulting experience to Code42. AJ’s prescriptive operational innovations with a customer first approach leads to maximized customer success through each interaction.

AJ has earned deep technical expertise during his ten years of service to Code42. Prior to Code42, AJ worked as a Senior Software Consultant at Fishbowl Solutions, a leading software and custom solutions company.

AJ graduated from Saint John’s University with a B.A. in Computer Science and Communication and has earned and maintained his CISSP certification. AJ lives with his wife in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In his spare time, he enjoys getting out in nature, working on his house, and volunteering his time.

Board of Directors

Ping has been with Accel since 2004. He focuses on early stage and growth software and data center investments. He is also responsible for Accel’s Big Data Fund. Ping is currently a board member of Blue Jeans Network, Cloudera, Code42, Lookout, Nimble Storage, Origami Logic, Primary Data, RelateIQ, Tenable Network Security and Trifacta. Ping has also been responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Arista (NYSE: ANET), Fusion-io (NASDAQ: FIO), Mochi Media (Shanda), Nimble Storage (NASDAQ: NMBL), Reactivity (Cisco), RelateIQ (Salesforce.com) and Yume (NYSE:YUME). Currently, Ping works with Stanford University in leading their Accel Innovation Scholars Program. He is also an adviser to Heavybit, a community for developer/operations-focused entrepreneurs.

Ping has over two decades of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies.

Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in operating and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting technology IPOs and M&A.

Ping has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors and Business Insider’s 50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech. Ping holds an AB from Harvard University, with honors, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Harry Gruner co-founded JMI in 1992 in Baltimore and is co-managing general partner of the firm. Mr. Gruner has been working with software companies for more than 30 years, having had the privilege of participating in the growth of the software industry from its infancy to where it is today. He has served on the boards of 40 software and information businesses in the last 22 years, including seven public companies, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Mr. Gruner previously advised software companies in the technology investment banking group at Alex. Brown & Sons. He also worked in marketing at computer-aided-design software developer Sigma Design. Mr. Gruner received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Gorman is a founding Managing Director of Split Rock Partners and focuses on investments in software and internet services companies.

Prior to founding Split Rock Partners, Michael was Managing General Partner of St. Paul Venture Capital, which he joined in 1995 and focused on software and internet services investments. He is an active supporter of the Minnesota entrepreneurial community, and works closely with organizations providing guidance to emerging companies. In addition, Michael served as president of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association in 2000 and 2001.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University, as well as MBA and JD degrees from Harvard University. He began his venture capital career with the Harvard Management Company. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company, where he assisted clients in the development and execution of corporate strategies.

Mike Stankey is vice chairman at Workday and focuses on the company’s market expansion, key customer relationships, external communications, and leadership development. Previously, from 2009 to 2015, Mike served as president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Workday in 2009, Mike was a partner at Greylock Partners, where he focused on the next generation of enterprise technologies. Before Greylock, Mike served for five years as chairman and CEO at PolyServe, a storage virtualization software company that was sold to Hewlett-Packard under Mike’s leadership in 2007. Mike began a nine-year career at PeopleSoft starting in 1993, where he held various general management and sales management roles, including senior vice president of North American sales. Mike has served on the board of directors of Code42 since 2014.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Joe Payne is the president and CEO of Code42 Software, a leading data security company that focuses on reducing the risk of data leakage from insider threats. Joe is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience and a proven track record leading high growth security and technology companies. With a passion for identifying and solving emerging market needs, Joe engages personally in product strategy and direction, while growing and providing vision and guidance to a world-class team of security executives. Previously, Joe served as CEO of eSecurity, the first SIEM software company. He also served as the president of iDefense prior to its acquisition by VeriSign. At iDefense, Joe led some of the best white-hat security researchers in the world and worked with the top financial institutions and government agencies in the United States to improve their risk profile.

Joe also has held additional executive positions at eGrail, MicroStrategy, InteliData and Eloqua. As CEO of Eloqua, Joe led the team to $125 million in revenue, a successful IPO and a subsequent acquisition by Oracle. Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Focus Campaign for Children, a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization.  Joe previously served on the boards of Dealertrack (NASDAQ: TRAK), Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), Eloqua (NASDAQ: ELOQ), Workfront, TrackMaven, Plex, e-Security, eGrail, and Ecutel.

Joe is a co-author of Inside Jobs: Why Insider Risk Is the Biggest Cyber Threat You Can’t Ignore, which shines a light on Insider Risk and details what business and security leaders can do to keep their workforces productive and data protected.

Joe received his Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business where he was a Fuqua scholar. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University. When not hard at work, you can find Joe cheering for the U.S. National Soccer Team or his beloved Duke Blue Devils. Joe is married with four children.

Wayne currently serves as CEO of Sonatype, Inc., pioneers in software supply chain management and creators of Maven, Nexus and other technologies used by millions of software developers worldwide.

In December 2019, a majority interest was acquired by Vista Equity Partners, terms undisclosed. Prior to joining Sonatype, Wayne served as the CEO of open source network security pioneer Sourcefire, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIRE), which he guided from fledgling start-up through an IPO in March of 2007, later acquired by Cisco for $2.7 billion. Before joining Sourcefire, Wayne co-founded Riverbed Technologies, a wireless infrastructure company, and served as its CEO until the sale of the company for more than $1 billion in March of 2000. Wayne holds a B.B.S in Finance from James Madison University, 1985, and has completed the Executive Education program for Corporate Governance at Harvard University.

Founders

Matthew was a high-tech visionary radically committed to developing intuitive, user-friendly technology that exceeds expectations. As Code42 co-founder and CEO from 2001 to 2015, Matthew drove the company to a market leadership position in endpoint data protection and security.

In 2014, Matthew was named a “Titan of Technology” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and won the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Prior to Code42, Matthew served as chief scientist at Webhelp, chief technology officer for Fallon McElligott and founder/owner of Microworks.

As a Code42 co-founder, Brian was involved in the design, architecture and engineering of all Code42 solutions. Brian guided architectural decisions, inspired and fostered a culture of innovation within Code42’s engineering team, and ensured flawless execution from product and platform concept to implementation. Previously, Brian held engineering roles at Accenture and Webhelp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. When he’s not cranking out code, Brian enjoys skiing (both snow and water), traveling and spending time with his wife and three kids.

As a Code42 co-founder, Mitch was a part of nearly every team at the company since day one. Decades of engineering and product experience provide the lens through which he set the direction for Code42’s endpoint data protection and security platform. Though a technologist at heart, Mitch’s greatest source of pride is the amazing people and teams he has helped bring together at Code42. Little known fact: Mitch’s fear of paper cuts leads to his paper-free lifestyle. Ask and he’ll tell you it’s also good for the environment.

Advisors

Chip Heath is the Thrive Foundation for Youth Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research examines why certain ideas – ranging from urban legends to folk medical cures, from Chicken Soup for the Soul stories to business strategy myths — survive and prosper in the social marketplace of ideas. A few years back Chip designed a course, now a popular elective at Stanford, that asked whether it would be possible to use the principles of naturally sticky ideas to design messages that would be more effective. The material from that course, How to Make Ideas Stick, has been taught to hundreds of students including managers, teachers, nonprofit leaders, doctors, journalists, venture capitalists, product designers, and film producers.

Chip is the coauthor (along with his brother, Dan) of a book titled Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, published by Random House in January 2007.

Chip’s research has appeared in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Strategic Management Journal, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Popular accounts of his research have appeared in Scientific American, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, Psychology Today, and Vanity Fair, NPR, and a National Geographic television show.

Chip has taught courses on Organizational Behavior, Negotiation, Strategy, International Strategy, and Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Heath taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and his PhD in Psychology from Stanford.

A proven leader with over 20 years of experience in marketing in the technology industry, Heidi is currently the chief marketing officer of Workfront, the leading provider of cloud-based modern work management solutions. Previously, she served as CMO of Plex Systems, Inc., the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing. Prior to Plex, Heidi was CMO at Eloqua, a provider of cloud-based marketing automation solutions that form the centerpiece of Oracle’s marketing cloud. Prior to Eloqua, Heidi was responsible for the global marketing team at Taleo, a leader in cloud-based talent management and recruiting solutions. She has also served as senior vice president and CMO at Polycom, CMO at Hyperion and group vice president of marketing at PeopleSoft. Additionally, Heidi served as a public company board director for Accelrys (acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2014). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational psychology from Willamette University.

A proven cybersecurity executive and industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in marketing and go-to-market.  Johanna most recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of CrowdStrike (CRWD), a cybersecurity firm specializing in endpoint protection, threat intelligence and incident response.  As the CMO, Johanna led all elements of global marketing, guiding the brand of CrowdStrike from an agile start-up to industry leader, all the way to the company’s initial public offering (IPO), largely hailed as one of the most successful cybersecurity IPOs in history. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Johanna held the role of Chief Marketing Officer at Websense. (now Forcepoint). While at Websense, her vision helped shape the firm’s marketing and go-to-market strategies, resulting in the company gaining the largest world-wide market share in web security, simultaneously expanding revenues from $30m to over $360m. Johanna currently serves on the Board of Directors of Freshworks and Theta Lake.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

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