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.

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Other members of the leadership team

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.

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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.

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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.

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