Leadership

Executive Leadership

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.

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.

Marc Gemassmer

Chief Revenue Officer

Marc Gemassmer is the Chief Revenue Officer at Vectra. Marc oversees global Sales, Channels, Customer Success and Sales Engineering. With over 20 years of enterprise software experience, Marc brings deep expertise building global, high growth sales organizations with a customer-first approach. Prior to Vectra, Marc was the Chief Sales Officer at Xactly Corporation, GM of Global Cloud Security Sales at Cisco Systems, and held senior leadership positions at Alteryx, SAP, Flexera Software, and PTC. Marc holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hitesh Sheth

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Geisler

Chief Marketing Officer

Marc Gemassmer

Chief Revenue Officer

Howie Shohet

Chief Financial Officer

Oliver Tavakoli

Chief Technology Officer

Aaron Bean

Vice President of Human Resources

Jason Kehl

Vice President of Engineering

Kevin Kennedy

Vice President of Product Management

Jodi Sutton

Vice President of Business Operations

Board of Directors

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.

Bruce Armstrong

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

Bruce Armstrong focuses on enterprise technology markets, including big data, containers, devops, security, IoT, networking, storage, and other infrastructure. At Khosla Ventures, he has served on the boards of Big Switch Networks, Cylance, Ginger.io, GitLab, MemSQL, Mesosphere, Metamarkets (acquired by Snap), Panzura, Parstream (acquired by Cisco), Scaled Inference, Theatro, and Vectra. Previously, Armstrong was president and CEO of PivotLink, chairman and CEO of Kickfire, and president and CEO of Knova Software. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kevin Dillon

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Atlantic Bridge

Kevin Dillon has 30 years of operating experience in the technology sector, including vice president of Microsoft EMEA, where he helped grow the regional business from $500 million in 1991 to $9.5 billion in 2004. Dillon was also an international tax advisor at Price Waterhouse in Europe, the United States. and South Africa, where he helped structure international growth, acquisitions and income repatriation planning for many leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. He holds degrees in business, finance, taxation and law, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Investment Manager. Dillon is on the boards of Quixey, Metaio, Panda and Acision and was on the board of Polarlake prior to its sale to Bloomberg.

Charlie Giancarlo

CEO, Pure Storage

Charlie Giancarlo has served on the Vectra board of directors since April 2014. He is currently the CEO of Pure Storage and previously served as managing director, head of value creation and senior advisor at Silver Lake Partners. Before Silver Lake, for over a decade Giancarlo was a senior executive at Cisco, including chief technology officer and chief development officer. He led Cisco’s multiproduct growth and was at the forefront of the company’s R&D efforts for all product lines, with entry into new markets, including IP Telephony, Wi-Fi, VPNs, TelePresence, and the SMB market. Giancarlo holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University where he serves on the board of trustees, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley where he serves on the board of advisors, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brad Gillespie

General Partner, IA Ventures

Brad Gillespie is a seasoned technology leader with over 15 years of experience in product, technology, and management. He is currently a General Partner at IA Ventures. Previously he served in several roles at Microsoft including Technology Advisor to the CTO. Gillespie started out at Lockheed-Martin developing real-time classification systems and programming a PDP-11 in assembly. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and is an Affiliate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

Tim McAdam

General Partner, TCV

Tim McAdam joined TCV in 2010 and focuses on investments in the enterprise software, security, and tech-enabled services markets. In addition to Vectra, his current investments include Alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM), FinancialForce, and Silver Peak. His prior investments include Avalara (NYSE: AVLR), Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) and TOA Technologies (acquired by Oracle). He was previously a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading early- to mid-stage venture capital firm, where he focused on investments in the software and security sectors. Prior to Trinity, McAdam was a vice president at GTCR in Chicago. He started his career in the early 1990s at TA Associates in Boston. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with a BA in classical archaeology from Dartmouth College.

Jim Messina

Founder and CEO, Messina Group

Jim Messina is founder and CEO of the Messina Group, a full-service consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The architect of Barack H. Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Messina is widely recognized as one of the world's premier public affairs and communications strategists. In 2013, Messina was named the chairman of Organizing for Action, an advocacy group that promotes social policies from the community level, and co-chairman of Priorities USA Action, a progressive super PAC. His close and ongoing connections to President Obama and other key global figures add singular value and insight to the Messina Group's work.

Eric Wolford

Venture Partner, Accel Partners

Eric Wolford joined Accel in 2014 and focuses on enterprise infrastructure companies. He leverages his infrastructure and IT experience in working with founders across the enterprise stack, from next-gen analytics platforms like Jut, to emerging cloud security and threat detection companies like Netskope and Vectra. Eric also co-leads the Accel Tech Council. Prior to Accel, Eric spent years in a variety of product and management roles at FastForward Networks, Inktomi and most recently, at Riverbed where he was president of the products group. There, he oversaw the growth of Riverbed’s flagship WAN optimization and app acceleration platforms, which grew to be a $1 billion+ business. Eric is from the Bay Area, graduated from Pepperdine, and has an MBA from NYU.

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.

Bruce Armstrong

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

Bruce Armstrong focuses on enterprise technology markets, including big data, containers, devops, security, IoT, networking, storage, and other infrastructure. At Khosla Ventures, he has served on the boards of Big Switch Networks, Cylance, Ginger.io, GitLab, MemSQL, Mesosphere, Metamarkets (acquired by Snap), Panzura, Parstream (acquired by Cisco), Scaled Inference, Theatro, and Vectra. Previously, Armstrong was president and CEO of PivotLink, chairman and CEO of Kickfire, and president and CEO of Knova Software. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kevin Dillon

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Atlantic Bridge

Kevin Dillon has 30 years of operating experience in the technology sector, including vice president of Microsoft EMEA, where he helped grow the regional business from $500 million in 1991 to $9.5 billion in 2004. Dillon was also an international tax advisor at Price Waterhouse in Europe, the United States. and South Africa, where he helped structure international growth, acquisitions and income repatriation planning for many leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. He holds degrees in business, finance, taxation and law, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Investment Manager. Dillon is on the boards of Quixey, Metaio, Panda and Acision and was on the board of Polarlake prior to its sale to Bloomberg.

Charlie Giancarlo

CEO, Pure Storage

Charlie Giancarlo has served on the Vectra board of directors since April 2014. He is currently the CEO of Pure Storage and previously served as managing director, head of value creation and senior advisor at Silver Lake Partners. Before Silver Lake, for over a decade Giancarlo was a senior executive at Cisco, including chief technology officer and chief development officer. He led Cisco’s multiproduct growth and was at the forefront of the company’s R&D efforts for all product lines, with entry into new markets, including IP Telephony, Wi-Fi, VPNs, TelePresence, and the SMB market. Giancarlo holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University where he serves on the board of trustees, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley where he serves on the board of advisors, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brad Gillespie

General Partner, IA Ventures

Brad Gillespie is a seasoned technology leader with over 15 years of experience in product, technology, and management. He is currently a General Partner at IA Ventures. Previously he served in several roles at Microsoft including Technology Advisor to the CTO. Gillespie started out at Lockheed-Martin developing real-time classification systems and programming a PDP-11 in assembly. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and is an Affiliate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

Tim McAdam

General Partner, TCV

Tim McAdam joined TCV in 2010 and focuses on investments in the enterprise software, security, and tech-enabled services markets. In addition to Vectra, his current investments include Alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM), FinancialForce, and Silver Peak. His prior investments include Avalara (NYSE: AVLR), Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) and TOA Technologies (acquired by Oracle). He was previously a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading early- to mid-stage venture capital firm, where he focused on investments in the software and security sectors. Prior to Trinity, McAdam was a vice president at GTCR in Chicago. He started his career in the early 1990s at TA Associates in Boston. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with a BA in classical archaeology from Dartmouth College.

Jim Messina

Founder and CEO, Messina Group

Jim Messina is founder and CEO of the Messina Group, a full-service consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The architect of Barack H. Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Messina is widely recognized as one of the world's premier public affairs and communications strategists. In 2013, Messina was named the chairman of Organizing for Action, an advocacy group that promotes social policies from the community level, and co-chairman of Priorities USA Action, a progressive super PAC. His close and ongoing connections to President Obama and other key global figures add singular value and insight to the Messina Group's work.

Eric Wolford

Venture Partner, Accel Partners

Eric Wolford joined Accel in 2014 and focuses on enterprise infrastructure companies. He leverages his infrastructure and IT experience in working with founders across the enterprise stack, from next-gen analytics platforms like Jut, to emerging cloud security and threat detection companies like Netskope and Vectra. Eric also co-leads the Accel Tech Council. Prior to Accel, Eric spent years in a variety of product and management roles at FastForward Networks, Inktomi and most recently, at Riverbed where he was president of the products group. There, he oversaw the growth of Riverbed’s flagship WAN optimization and app acceleration platforms, which grew to be a $1 billion+ business. Eric is from the Bay Area, graduated from Pepperdine, and has an MBA from NYU.

Investors

Khosla Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on early stage companies in the Internet, computing, mobile, silicon technology and clean technology sectors. The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, a former general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The firm is based in Menlo Park, California and manages approximately $1.3 billion of investor capital as well as earlier funds funded by Khosla himself.

TCV partners with CEOs and founders of public and private growth-stage technology companies as they strive to achieve market leadership. We provide management teams with data-driven insights, sector expertise, access to world-class talent, and connections with category leaders. We take a long-term perspective, committing substantial capital, time and internal resources to support and partner with our companies on their journeys.

Accel is a leading venture capital firm that partners with exceptional founders with unique insights, from inception through all phases of private company growth. Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, Crowdstrike, DJI, DocuSign, Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Jet, Pillpack, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, Tenable, UiPath, Venmo, and Vox Media are among the companies the firm has backed over the past 35+ years. The firm seeks to understand entrepreneurs as individuals, appreciate their originality and play to their strengths. Because greatness doesn't have a stereotype. For more, visit www.accel.com or www.twitter.com/accel.

IA Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in companies creating competitive advantage through data. We believe that using data as a core asset will drive innovation in everything from storage and processing infrastructure to analytics to data-driven products and services. With that in mind, we focus on businesses that use cutting-edge technology to manage and extract value from today’s massive, occasionally unstructured, often real-time datasets.

AME Cloud Ventures is Jerry Yang's technology innovation investment arm. We help entrepreneurs from a very early stage by nurturing them with the resources, advice, and financial support needed to grow their companies.

DAG Ventures leads mid-stage and growth financing rounds into promising portfolio companies of select, proven early-stage VC partnerships. Our firm is built to deliver consistent, expeditious and superior service to LPs, portfolio companies and select early-stage VC partnerships. With support from a diverse, global set of LPs, DAG Ventures manages $1.8 billion across a portfolio of over 160 companies in a wide array of technology sectors.

Wipro Ventures is the strategic investment arm of Wipro Ltd. and focuses on investing in early- to mid-stage startups. It is a $100 million fund that leverages Wipro’s global reach and market knowledge to accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies. Wipro’s broad customer base of Global 1,000 clients gives us a better understanding of customer needs and market trends, enabling us to provide valuable guidance to our startup partners.

Atlantic Bridge is a global technology fund with over $500 million in assets under management across six funds, investing in technology companies in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and China. Atlantic Bridge has offices and staff based in London, Dublin, Silicon Valley, Beijing and Muscat.

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, managed and controlled by the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), is a sovereign development fund with a unique mandate. The Fund has a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. Its predecessor was the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF).

Nissho Electronics Corporation provides information communications equipment, IT infrastructure, and other cutting-edge solutions both in Japan and around the world, as well as a provider of services such as system design and construction, maintenance, operation, and monitoring.

Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with over $43 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 100 investment and value creation professionals located around the world. Applying the strategic insights of an experienced industry participant, the operating skill of a world-class management team, and sophisticated investing and structuring capabilities, Silver Lake leverages the deep knowledge and expertise of a global team.