Anitian Appoints Rakesh Narasimhan as CEO to Build on Market Leadership in Automated Cloud Security and Compliance

Press Release - Anitian Appoints Rakesh Narasimhan as CEO to Build on Market Leadership in Automated Cloud Security and Compliance - Final

Former Microsoft and Citrix executive brings deep domain experience and a proven track record to Anitian.

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PORTLAND, OR – Anitian, the leading cloud security and compliance automation provider, today announced Rakesh Narasimhan as the company’s new CEO. Andrew Plato, founder of Anitian and founding CEO, takes the role of Chief Technology Officer to oversee technology strategy for Anitian.

Narasimhan brings over 30 years of experience in enterprise software and data infrastructure at multi-billion-dollar market cap companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, and Citrix, and multiple venture-based startups. He has a strong track record of building and scaling successful product businesses across multiple domains in cybersecurity, SaaS, and cloud computing.

Under his leadership, companies of all sizes — from early-stage ventures to billion-dollar businesses within larger companies — have experienced massive growth. Most recently, Narasimhan served as President and COO of Spaceflight Industries, building three separate multimillion-dollar business units for a disrupter in the space industry.

“Rakesh is one of the cloud security industry’s unique leaders who can direct Anitian through this high-growth stage.”

In his role as CEO of Anitian, Narasimhan will drive continued market adoption and expansion of the Anitian Platform and Anitian Cloud across enterprises.“Rakesh is one of the cloud security industry’s unique leaders who can direct Anitian through this high-growth stage,” said Sean Cunningham, a managing director at ForgePoint Capital. “His experience in operating and scaling both startup and multi-billion-dollar cloud security companies will be transformational as Anitian empowers the acceleration for enterprises shifting applications to an automated cloud secure and compliant environment.”

Anitian Goes ‘All-In’ for Pre-Engineered Cloud Security and Compliance Innovation and Automation

“There is an architectural transformation underway, as cloud migrations and infrastructure continue to explode, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As customers grapple with an increase in SaaS and remote work, the need for a cloud-native security and compliance automation solution has become critical. Anitian’s pre-built and automated Cloud Security Platform dramatically accelerates time-to-market — so enterprises can capture new markets and business opportunities securely, and generate more revenue faster,” Narasimhan said. “Anitian is well positioned in this fast-growing market and is quickly becoming the de-facto software-based solution in contrast to the traditional professional services approach. Anitian Software is eating up the Security and Compliance Automation space, and Andrew and the team have created an incredible foundation with a strong company culture. I am honored to be part of this team.”

The Anitian pre-engineered Cloud Security Platform offers the fastest path to security and compliance for existing and new cloud applications, enabling high-growth SaaS enterprises to get to market in weeks instead of months or years while slashing time-to-compliance, cost, and risk by 50%-80%.

By automating the security and compliance processes, Anitian frees up people in every part of the organization — security, development, DevOps, and business leaders — so they can concentrate on growing the business and delivering customer value rather than working to build a secure and compliant cloud environment.” As a leader, Rakesh brings a rich tapestry of experiences to Anitian. However, what really impressed me were his values and strong work ethic,” said Andrew Plato, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Anitian. “Rakesh will continue nourishing our culture, which values its people, partners, customers, and community. With Rakesh in the CEO chair, I can focus on Anitian’s technology strategy for our next stage of growth and innovation.”

About Anitian

Anitian delivers the fastest path to security and compliance in the cloud. Anitian’s Compliance Automation Platform and SecureCloud Service help high-growth SaaS companies get applications to market quickly, so they can unlock revenue in weeks, not months or years. Our automated cloud platform and service deliver a full suite of security controls – pre-engineered and pre-configured to rigorous security standards such as FedRAMP, CMMC, or PCI. Anitian’s pre-engineered environment and platform use the full power and scale of the cloud to accelerate time-to-market and time-to-revenue so you can start secure, start compliant, and stay ahead. Find out more at

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