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

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.

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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.

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