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Hitesh Sheth

President and Chief Executive Officer

Hitesh Sheth is the president and CEO of Vectra. Previously, he held the position of chief operating officer at Aruba Networks. Hitesh joined Aruba from Juniper Networks, where he was EVP/GM for its switching business and before that, SVP for the Service Layer Technologies group, which included security. Prior to Juniper, Hitesh held a number of senior management positions at Cisco. Before Cisco, he held executive and engineering management positions at Liberate Technologies and Oracle Corporation. Hitesh started his career as a Unix programmer at the Santa Cruz Operation. He holds a BA degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Oliver Tavakoli

Chief Technology Officer

Oliver Tavakoli is chief technology officer at Vectra. Oliver is a technologist who has alternated between working for large and small companies throughout his 25-year career – he is clearly doing the latter right now. Prior to joining Vectra, Oliver spent more than seven years at Juniper as chief technical officer for the security business. Oliver joined Juniper as a result of its acquisition of Funk Software, where he was CTO and better known as developer #1 for Steel-Belted Radius. Prior to joining Funk Software, Oliver co-founded Trilogy Inc. and prior to that, he did stints at Novell, Fluent Machines and IBM. Oliver received an MS in mathematics and a BA in mathematics and computer science from the University of Tennessee.

Howie Shohet

Chief Financial Officer

Howie Shohet is the chief financial officer at Vectra. Before joining Vectra, he was the CFO at Lattice Engines, a leader in sales and marketing predictive analytics. Prior to Lattice Engines, Howie was CFO at C3 Energy. He also held the role of senior business unit controller at Juniper Networks, where he led finance for the enterprise switching, security and data center business groups, and was executive director at Siebel Systems, where he was responsible for worldwide financial planning and analysis. Howie earned his undergraduate degree in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kevin Moore

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations

Kevin Moore is the senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Vectra. He brings nearly two decades of sales and sales operations experience to Vectra, having spent 13 successful years as a key sales executive at cloud-based security-as-a-service firm Proofpoint, from its first product shipment to post-IPO. Before joining Vectra, Kevin was VP of sales at Proofpoint, where he was responsible for global strategic accounts as well as sales throughout Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He was also VP of North America sales at Proofpoint as well as director of U.S. regional sales and director of corporate sales. Kevin earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco.

Jennifer Geisler

Chief Marketing Officer

Jennifer Geisler is the chief marketing officer at Vectra. Before joining Vectra, she was vice president of marketing at Forescout, where she led the transformation of the Forescout brand identity from a network access control (NAC) company to a high-growth IoT and OT security company. Prior to Forescout, she had roles of increasingly responsibility at McAfee, Cisco and Packeteer, resulting in a 20+ year track record of innovative and high impact marketing initiatives plus two successful IPOs. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in business administration and marketing from Wright State University and served in the U.S. Air Force.

Jodi Sutton

Vice President of Business Operations

Jodi Sutton is the vice president of business operations at Vectra. Before joining Vectra, she was vice president of go-to-market operations at DataStax, a leader in on-premises, hybrid and multi-cloud deployments and services. Before DataStax, Jodi was vice president of global customer operations at Alfresco, senior vice president of sales strategy and operations at Axiom, and senior vice president of global sales operations at ServiceSource. She was also vice president of worldwide sales operations and vice president and deputy counsel at Juniper Networks. Jodi earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Jennifer Wang

Vice President of Customer Success

Jennifer Wang is vice president of customer success at Vectra. She brings to Vectra a long, successful history in building and leading customer-facing teams for enterprise cybersecurity software companies. Most recently, she was VP of customer success at Agari, where she was responsible for post-sales functions, with a focus on the continuous success of customers from on-boarding to renewal and expansion. Before that, Jennifer spent close to 11 years at Proofpoint in customer success, professional services and sales engineering roles, from start-up to post-IPO. She started her career in professional services at Netscape. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory and cognition from Northwestern University.

Mike Banic

Vice President of Communities

Mike Banic is the vice president of communities at Vectra. Previously, he was vice president of global marketing for networking at Hewlett-Packard. Mike joined HP from Juniper Networks where he held the roles of VP of enterprise marketing and VP of marketing for Ethernet switching. Mike joined Juniper through the acquisition of Peribit Networks where he was VP of corporate marketing. Mike has held product marketing and product management roles at Trapeze Networks, Rhapsody Networks and Extreme Networks. He started his career as a system engineer at Artel Communications. Mike holds a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and previously served on the board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

Kevin Kennedy

Vice President of Product Management

Kevin Kennedy is vice president of product management at Vectra. Before Vectra, he was vice president of product management at Agari Data, which builds data-driven security solutions that eliminate email as a channel for cyberattacks. Prior to Agari, Kevin was senior director of security product management at Juniper, where he spearheaded the company’s continued innovation in data center security. Kevin was also director of product management at Cisco IronPort Systems, where he led the highest-growth business in the Cisco security portfolio, growing bookings by 400 percent in three years. Kevin earned his BSE in computer engineering at the University of Michigan.

Jason Kehl

Vice President of Engineering

Jason Kehl is vice president of engineering at Vectra. He has over 15 years of experience in the security industry, including management, software development and strategic innovation. Previously, Jason was vice president at Juniper, where he led global R&D for the SRX and management product lines. Prior to Juniper, he was a director at Cisco, where he drove innovation in IPS Global Correlation and big data. Jason joined Cisco through the acquisition of IronPort Systems where he led teams that built the industry’s leading anti-spam and reputation technologies. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Aaron Bean

Vice President of Human Resources

Aaron Bean is the vice president of human resources at Vectra. He brings more than 20 years of HR leadership to Vectra, with experience in private and public companies. Before Vectra, Aaron was vice president of HR at Skyhigh Networks, which was acquired by McAfee, and senior vice president of HR at Aruba, where he led human resources from startup to IPO and acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to Aruba, he was head of human resources for the Juniper Security Products Group and vice president of HR at Alteon WebSystems, where he built HR, facilities and IT functions from startup to IPO. Aaron holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern California.

Gerard Bauer

Vice President of EMEA Sales

Gerard Bauer is the vice president of EMEA sales at Vectra. Previously, he held several sales leadership roles at Riverbed Technology over a seven-year period, most recently as regional vice president for Southern Europe. Gerard has a proven track record in jumpstarting new regions and growing revenues in mature markets. Before Riverbed, Gerard held key sales leadership roles at NetApp including director of Eastern Europe, where he established new markets that fueled revenue growth for the company. He holds a diploma in business administration from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

Hitesh Sheth

President and Chief Executive Officer

Oliver Tavakoli

Chief Technology Officer

Howie Shohet

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Moore

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations

Jennifer Geisler

Chief Marketing Officer

Jodi Sutton

Vice President of Business Operations

Jennifer Wang

Vice President of Customer Success

Mike Banic

Vice President of Communities

Kevin Kennedy

Vice President of Product Management

Jason Kehl

Vice President of Engineering

Aaron Bean

Vice President of Human Resources

Gerard Bauer

Vice President of EMEA Sales