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.

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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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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.

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