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.

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.

Willem Hendrickx

Chief Revenue Officer

Seasoned sales executive Willem Hendrickx is CRO at Vectra AI. Previously he served as SVP International Sales. With more than 25 years’ experience in enterprise technology, Willem brings a strong track record of delivering high-value results and developing strategic business partnerships. He will continue to be integral to the Vectra global expansion strategy. Prior to joining Vectra, Willem had a long tenure at EMC / Dell, where he was responsible for global channels and commercial business. He served as President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Alcatel-Lucent and as Nokia’s Senior Vice President of Europe, where he was responsible for a business worth over US$4 billion. Willem also held executive positions at Tieto and Riverbed and was the founder of GIG Technology.

Tommy Jenkins

Chief Marketing Officer

Tommy Jenkins is chief marketing officer of Vectra. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in technology marketing and sales. Tommy joined Vectra from Veeam, where he was acting chief marketing officer and VP of Global Demand Generation. Prior to Veeam, Tommy was with AvidXchange where he built and executed a demand generation strategy that led the company to double in revenue, setting them up for IPO. Tommy also spent almost a decade at Red Hat in roles leading digital optimization and ecommerce, global marketing operations, global lead management, and sales development. He holds a BA degree in Communications from Wake Forest University.

Marc Gemassmer

General Manager, SaaS PM

Marc Gemassmer is the General Manager, SaaS PM 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.

Jason Kehl

Senior Vice President of Engineering & Data Science

Jason Kehl is senior 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

Senior Vice President of Products

Kevin Kennedy is senior vice president of products 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.

Michael Porat

Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development

Michael is the Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Vectra. He brings 20 years of experience in private and public companies, primarily focused on infrastructure software and SaaS. Previously, Michael was VP of Strategy and Business Development at Cohesity, the next-generation data management company, and acting GM of Cohesity’s transformation into SaaS. Prior to Cohesity, he was head of Corporate Development for Cisco’s Data Center business, helping spearhead Cisco’s strategy and execution of venture investments and M&A. Before Cisco, he held roles in Venture Capital and Private Equity. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

James Socas

Managing Director

James Socas is a Managing Director at Blackstone and, in addition to Vectra, has been involved with the firm’s investments in FireEye, Snowflake, Diligent, Episerver, and Titus. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Socas was co-Managing Partner of Updata, a boutique growth equity firm focused on the software industry, and earlier served as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, providing mergers & acquisitions and capital raising advice to companies in the global software industry. He also served on the leadership team of Symantec, as Head of Corporate Development, leading its strategic acquisitions, alliances and corporate venture investing.

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.

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.

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.

James Socas

Managing Director

James Socas is a Managing Director at Blackstone and, in addition to Vectra, has been involved with the firm’s investments in FireEye, Snowflake, Diligent, Episerver, and Titus. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Socas was co-Managing Partner of Updata, a boutique growth equity firm focused on the software industry, and earlier served as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, providing mergers & acquisitions and capital raising advice to companies in the global software industry. He also served on the leadership team of Symantec, as Head of Corporate Development, leading its strategic acquisitions, alliances and corporate venture investing.

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

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.

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.

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).

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. They seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. They do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our $649 billion in assets under management include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, life sciences, growth equity, opportunistic, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis.

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.