Leadership Team

Delivering one of the first cloud security and compliance automation platforms of its kind not only takes ground-breaking technology, it takes proven leadership and security DNA. Anitian’s executive team is driving our vision, growth, and innovation to help our customers seize new markets and revenue faster.

Meet Our Team

Rakesh Narasimhan Anitian CEO

Rakesh Narasimhan

President & CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Rakesh has over 25 years of experience as a global executive with a demonstrated track record of value creation through technology innovation, revenue growth, customer experience, and operational excellence. He is recognized for his success in helping high-growth technology and Software-as-a-Service companies scale globally and innovate, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer at SpaceFlight Industries, a global disrupter in the Space Industry delivering value in software and rocket launches to the Small Satellite industry. He previously served as Group Vice President of the $1.8B Enterprise business, Citrix, and prior to that, served as the General Manager for Azure Data, Security and Storage infrastructure businesses at Microsoft Corporation. At Anitian, Rakesh will support the company’s continued leadership and growth in security and compliance solutions for today’s diverse technology environments.

Julie Crawford - Anitian CFO

Julie Crawford

Chief Financial Officer

Julie has been in both financial and operational leadership roles for high tech software companies over the past 20+ years and has significant experience in scaling teams and operations within companies including Puppet, Zapproved, Mirador Financial (acquired by CUNA Mutual), and Circle Media Labs. She has strong strategic and operational leadership across all areas of the business with a focus on Finance, Accounting, Business Operations, HR, and Administration.

Tom Pak - Anitian CRO

Tom Pak

Chief Revenue Officer

Tom Pak brings over 25 years of executive level sales management experience to Anitian with a proven track record in building successful enterprise and channel organizations, go-to-market strategy, and implementing sales operational efficiency. Prior to joining Anitian, Tom lead sales at several leading technology companies including his role as Chief Revenue Officer at Pipl, and has been a part of three acquisitions including Protocom (acquired by Activcard, now a part of HID), Cloakware Password Authority (acquired by Xceedium, now part of CA), and iovation (acquired by TransUnion).

Maria-Crawford--CMO-Anitian

Maria Crawford

Chief Marketing Officer

A seasoned executive with over 20 years of cybersecurity industry experience, Maria has a proven track record for creating growth and building high performing teams. She has created successful, high growth go-to-market strategies and leveraged customer input to build better sales, marketing, and product experiences leading to increased revenue. Prior to Anitian, Crawford spent 15 years at Tripwire, a leading provider of foundational cybersecurity controls, where she led various functions including marketing, sales development, digital transformation, and customer experience.

Ryan Farris - Anitian

Ryan Farris

VP, Products & Engineering

As VP of Products and Engineering, Ryan oversees engineering, security operations, and product management. He brings 20 years of industry experience ranging from leadership positions in data storage at Isilon Systems to enterprise SaaS applications at Apptio and holds multiple patents for innovations in public cloud architecture. In his most recent position at Amazon Web Services, Ryan held Product and Engineering leadership positions in CloudFront and MediaStore, delivering value and scale to AWS’s customers during periods of hyper-growth. Ryan’s track record contains a blend of product innovation while maintaining the discipline of working backwards from the voice of the customer.

Kat Burgess - Director of Customer Success

Katherine Burgess

Director of Customer Success

Kat has been with Anitian since 2014. After a 15 year career in Human Resources, she made the jump over to Sales after joining Anitian and was part of Anitian’s pivot from Professional Services to our Platform offering. Today Kat focuses her time on bolstering relationships with our customers and providing direct customer feedback to help strengthen Anitian’s service and product offerings.

Rakesh Narasimhan Anitian CEO

Rakesh Narasimhan

President & CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Rakesh brings Anitian more than 25 years of experience as a global executive with a demonstrated track record of value creation through technology innovation, revenue growth, customer experience and operational excellence. He is recognized for his success in helping high-growth technology and Software-as-a-Service companies scale globally and innovate, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer at SpaceFlight Industries, a global disrupter in the Space Industry delivering value in software and rocket launches to the Small Satellite industry. Previously he served as Group Vice President of the $1.8B Enterprise business at Citrix and prior to that he served as the General Manager for Azure Data, Security and Storage infrastructure businesses at Microsoft Corporation. At Anitian, Rakesh will support the company’s continued leadership and growth in security and compliance solutions for today’s diverse technology environments.

Sean Cunningham - Anitian Board of Directors

Sean Cunningham

Managing Director at Forgepoint Capital

Sean is renowned as a top tier cybersecurity investor for over 25 years and has invested in 18 cybersecurity startups during his career, leading 13 to exit. He is well respected by entrepreneurs, co-investors, board members and go-to-market partners and was cited as one of the top cybersecurity investors by market analyst firm CB Insights. He is listed in their “Board of Directors: Who’s Who in Cybersecurity.” Prior to ForgePoint, Sean was focused on Cybersecurity investments with Intel Capital. Sean holds an MBA from Gonzaga University and is a huge Zag basketball fan.

Ned-Gilhuly---Founding-Partner---Sageview-Capital

Ned Gilhuly

Founding Partner, Sageview Capital

Ned Gilhuly is a Founding Partner of Sageview Capital. He is responsible for all aspects of Sageview’s business and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee as well as the Portfolio Committee. Prior to founding Sageview Capital, Ned was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) for 19 years. He joined KKR in 1986 in San Francisco, became a partner in 1994, and from 1998 until 2004 he established and oversaw all aspects of KKR’s business in Europe. He also served on KKR’s Investment Committee from its inception in 2000 until his departure in 2005. Prior to KKR, Ned worked in mergers and acquisitions within Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.

Steve Shillingford - Reformed Data Miner Privacy & Cybersecurity Expert

Steve Shillingford

Reformed Data Minor. Privacy & Cybersecurity Expert

Steve Shillingford is an entrepreneur, technologist and cybersecurity expert. He is the founder of Anonyome Labs, maker of MySudo app. A reformed data miner, Steve is a staunch consumer privacy advocate with more than 25 years of experience driving innovation and growth at industry-leading technology companies. Prior to founding Anonyome Labs in 2014, Steve served as President and CEO of Solera Networks, which was instrumental in defending enterprise and government organizations against zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats. Steve led Solera to a successful exit in 2013 when the company was acquired by Blue Coat Systems, where it formed the basis of Blue Coat’s “Advanced Threat Protection” platform.

Richard Stiennon - Chief Research Analyst, IT-Harvest

Richard Stiennon

Chief Research Analyst, IT-Harvest

He has presented on the topic of cybersecurity in 29 countries on six continents. He is a lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He is the author of Secure Cloud Transformation: The CIO’s Journey and Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010) and Washington Post Best Seller, There Will Be Cyberwar. He writes for Forbes and The Analyst Syndicate. He is a member of the advisory board at the Information Governance Initiative and sits on the Responsible Recycling Technical Advisory Committee, the standard for electronic waste. Stiennon was Chief Strategy Officer for Blancco Technology Group, the Chief Marketing Officer for Fortinet, Inc. and VP Threat Research at Webroot Software. Prior to that he was VP Research at Gartner, Inc. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his MA in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London.

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