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Meet The Team Driving Our Innovation

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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 information security officer and chief information officer at Code42, Jadee Hanson leads global risk and compliance, security operations, incident response, and insider threat monitoring and investigations. To her position, she brings more than 17 years of information security and a proven track record of building security programs.

Prior to Code42, Jadee held a number of senior leadership roles in the security department of Target Corporation, where she implemented key programs, including spearheaded the effort to embed security resources into the development process as well as the security plans behind the acquisition of software development and online retail companies. She was the security lead for the sale of Target Pharmacies to CVS Health.

Before joining Target, Jadee worked at Deloitte, where she served as a security consultant for companies across diverse industries such as healthcare, manufacturing energy, retail and more.

Jadee 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.

In addition to her day job at Code42, Jadee is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Building Without Borders, which serves those in poverty-stricken areas throughout the world through housing services. Since April 2015, Building Without Borders has built 39 houses in areas of the Dominican Republic. In her spare time, you can find Jadee working for her non-profit, enjoying time with her husband and three girls, and spending time on the lake.

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.

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Alexandra (Alex) Gobbi is chief marketing officer for Code42 and is responsible for the company’s global product marketing, brand development, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and field marketing activities.

Alex has been leading marketing for B2B tech companies for more than nine years. Prior to Code42, Alex was CMO for Secureworks®, a leading cybersecurity company. Alex also ran marketing for EarthLink and for PRGX Global, Inc., and led the global market intelligence function for HP Services. In addition, Alex spent 11 years with A.T. Kearney as a consultant and started her career in advertising with BBDO Worldwide.

Originally from Belgium, Alex grew up in New York City and Geneva and speaks five languages. She completed university in Brussels and earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.

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.

Ananth Appathurai brings to Code42 deep expertise in the security industry and an impressive track record of helping companies expand their business through strategic partnerships with technology leaders like Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Citrix and McAfee.

To further Code42’s position as the insider threat detection market leader, Ananth has global responsibility for corporate development, and creating the company’s strategic technology partner ecosystem and go to market execution.

Prior to Code42, Ananth was the vice president of strategic alliances at Avecto (acquired by Bomgar Corporation), a leader in endpoint privilege management, where he was instrumental in establishing a market-leading partnership with McAfee. Ananth previously served as a business development, alliance and partner management executive at start-ups, such as NComputing and AppSense, and global public companies, including Siemens, Polycom and Tata Consultancy Services.

Ananth is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Mumbai, and lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his time away from the office, he brings a competitive spirit to both the golf course and the tennis court.

Mike is responsible for building Code42’s domestic and international business at scale and leading customer success as the company establishes the new Insider Risk Management data security category. Mike has built a career leading sales and operations organizations for SaaS and cloud-based software enterprises. His background selling to large corporations as well as start-ups uniquely positions him to lead Code42’s efforts to build and accelerate the growth of net new customer acquisition. Under Mike’s sales leadership, Code42 delivered three consecutive years of triple-digit growth across its Insider Risk Management business. In 2021, the company grew Annual Recurring Revenue more than 125%. 

Prior to his time at Code42, Mike was SVP, North American Commercial Sales for the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. He has served in sales leadership and executive roles at organizations such as Cogniti, Forensic ID, Maquina Venture Group, and Mezzia, among others. Robbins played college baseball at University of Detroit Mercy and went on to play professionally with the Chicago White Sox. A native of Detroit, Mike is proud to call Indianapolis home, but Motown is always close to his heart.

As general counsel, David Huberman leads Code42’s legal affairs worldwide, including commercial transactions, licensing, intellectual property, general corporate matters, governance and litigation. David brings nearly 20 years of experience negotiating complex transactions, forging strategic relationships, and handling a broad range of legal and regulatory matters for 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 for consumers and enterprises, 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 law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, the Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and the Bachelor of Arts in public policy studies from Duke University. David lives in Denver with his wife, son and daughter, with whom he enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, and following Duke basketball.

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.

With over 30 years of experience in the software and technology industries, Kathy Crusco has led both emerging businesses and large-scale, billion-dollar organizations.

Kathy served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kony Inc. (acquired by Temenos AG in September 2019) from December 2017 to January 2020. She led the finance and legal teams as well as the acquisition diligence and integration work, and contributed to Kony’s operational strategy.

Prior to joining Kony, Kathy served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Epicor Software Corporation. During her 10 years of leadership, Epicor grew substantially through a series of strategic acquisitions, and delivered a steady stream of improved performance and operating margins.

Prior to joining Epicor, Kathy held positions of increasing responsibility at Polycom, Documentum, Inc., Adaptec, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Kathy currently serves on the board of directors at QAD Inc., Poly (formerly Plantronics, Inc.) and Calix, Inc. In addition to her board work, Kathy consults with various private companies and their boards regarding acquisitions, governance and building world-class chief financial officers.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science in business with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, Chico. She also is an active member in the Daughters of the American Revolution, a non-profit volunteer women’s organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.

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.

Investors

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