The State of XIoT Security Report: 1H 2022
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Our Leadership Team

Executive Team

Yaniv Vardi

Chief Executive Officer

Galina Antova

Chief Business Development Officer & Co-founder

Benny Porat

Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder

Simon Chassar

Chief Revenue Officer

Grant Geyer

Chief Product Officer

Udi Bar Sela

Chief Financial Officer

Upa Campbell

Chief Marketing Officer

Jonathan Langer

Chief Operating Officer

Seth J. Gerson

VP and General Counsel

Amir Preminger

VP Research

Natalie Katester Boimer

Global VP of Human Resources

Board of Directors

Nadav Zafrir

Chairman

Dave DeWalt

Vice Chairman

Yaniv Vardi

Chief Executive Officer

Amir Zilberstein

Director & Co-founder

Benny Porat

Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder

David Cowan

Director

Yossi Cohen

Director

Meir Ukeles

Director

Abel Archundia

Director

Peter Marturano

Director

Veena Lakkundi

Director

Nathalie Marcotte

Director

Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers

Chairman - Board of Advisors

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Yaniv Vardi

Chief Executive Officer

Yaniv Vardi is a dynamic and highly accomplished entrepreneur with more than two decades of global executive leadership experience. He has established a long-standing and impressive track record of developing and executing global business strategies and directing worldwide growth. As Claroty’s Chief Executive Officer, Vardi will lead the company through its next stage of growth and solidify its position as the leader in OT security. Prior to joining Claroty, he recently served as the Global Managing Director of Centrica Business Solutions, International, managing 8 countries and expanding the company’s proposition mainly in Europe, South America, and Asia Pacific into a significant business. Prior to joining Centrica, Vardi was the CEO of Panoramic Power, a global pioneer in energy management solutions for global C&I customers, which was acquired by Centrica. Prior to joining Panoramic Power, Vardi was Co-founder and Managing Director of Sparta Systems EMEA, successfully driving its operations to be the leading provider of QMS in the Life Science industry, and leading the company to a successful acquisition. Based on his wealth of experience, Vardi brings vital knowledge of operational direction and strategies as a board director and chairman in different companies in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Vardi graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New Jersey Institute of Technology majoring in Industrial and Management Engineering and Management of Information Systems and served in the Israeli Air Force for five years.

Galina Antova

Chief Business Development Officer & Co-founder

Galina Antova is a cybersecurity entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years in the cybersecurity industry. For the last nine years, Galina has focused on advancing the state of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure: first, through her work of establishing and leading Industrial Security Services at Siemens and later, through co-founding Claroty and growing it into the global leader in this new market segment. Previously, Galina held a number of leadership roles in IBM's Cloud Services business. She is the recipient of many notable accolades that recognize her leadership in the security industry and is frequently invited to speak at large security conferences such as RSA Conference. Galina is an advocate for diversity, a mentor and contributor to various organizations promoting and supporting female founders. She holds a BS in Computer Science from York University, Toronto, and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.

Benny Porat

Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder

Benny Porat is the Co-founder and CTO of Claroty. Prior to co-founding Claroty, Benny was a security researcher at NorthBit. Previously, Benny commanded a strategic research team within an elite cyber unit of the Israel Defense Force and lead a project that received the prestigious Israeli Defense Award. He Holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science, both from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Benny has published several works in online pattern matching.

Simon Chassar

Chief Revenue Officer

Simon Chassar is the Chief Revenue Officer at Claroty, where he leads the global sales organization including territories, partnerships, sales engineers, sales development, and revenue operations. He brings more than 20 years of IT industry experience across the go-to-market on hardware, software, and services at multinational organizations such as NTT, Cisco, Avaya, VMware, and Actifio. Prior to joining Claroty, he served as CRO of the security division of NTT, where he ran a sales, channel, and marketing organization of more than 300 people, delivering $1.5 billion in revenue across products and services.

Grant Geyer

Chief Product Officer

Grant Geyer oversees Claroty’s product management, engineering, and research organizations, and is responsible for the company’s product strategy and development. He has had a successful career as an operator in the cybersecurity industry for over 20 years. Most recently, he worked as an Executive-in-Residence at Scale Venture Partners, where he assisted the firm in analyzing cybersecurity markets and ventures. Prior to his work with Scale, Geyer held the role of Senior Vice President of Products for RSA, responsible for both traditional and SaaS product offerings. Prior to RSA, Geyer served as Vice President at Symantec, which he joined through its acquisition of Riptech. Earlier in his career, Geyer served as a Military Intelligence officer for the U.S. Army. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Udi Bar Sela

Chief Financial Officer

Udi Bar Sela is responsible for all aspects of Claroty’s corporate finance, financial planning, strategic growth planning, and accounting. He has 20 years of financial leadership experience in both public and private technology companies in Israel and the United States. Most Recently, Udi served as Chief Accounting Officer for Ormat (NYSE: ORA) and prior to that, he was CFO at Advanced Vision Technology (AVT). During his years in Silicon Valley, he held several executive and senior finance level positions, including CFO at Tigo Energy, Vice President Finance at Soraa, and Division Head of Finance at Zoran Corporation. Bar Sela holds a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Upa Campbell

Chief Marketing Officer

Upa Campbell is the Chief Marketing Officer at Claroty. She is a seasoned executive with deep domain expertise in DevOps and cybersecurity. She is passionate about company building with a proven track record of bringing new businesses to market. She most recently served as chief strategy and marketing officer at Accurics (acquired by Tenable). Prior to that she was CMO of Prisma, the cloud security division of Palo Alto Networks, where she helped launch and scale the business. She previously held similar roles at RedLock (acquired by Palo Alto Networks) and Palerra (acquired by Oracle), and was part of the founding team at Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS).

Jonathan Langer

Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Langer is the Chief Operating Officer at Claroty. Previously, he co-founded and served as CEO at Medigate. He gained his cybersecurity expertise in the Israeli Defense Intelligence Corps, where he worked his way up to branch leader and commanded a team of technical analysts focused on the research of cyber related domains, earning the prestigious Israel Defense Award. He holds a LL.B from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Seth J. Gerson

VP and General Counsel

Seth Gerson is the Vice President and General Counsel at Claroty, responsible for all legal and compliance matters. Seth is an extremely seasoned corporate and commercial lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience. Prior to joining Claroty, Seth was part of the management team at Varonis Systems (NASDAQ:VRNS) where he served as the Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to Varonis, Seth was a Senior Corporate Counsel at Amdocs and, prior to that, was a partner in the Corporate Department of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a leading international law firm. Seth holds a J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law and a B.A. in History from University of Pennsylvania.

Amir Preminger

VP Research

Amir Preminger is the Vice President of Research at Claroty. He brings over 10 years of cybersecurity experience in a variety of research and managerial roles. Prior to joining the company, Amir spent almost a decade in one of the IDF's elite technological units where he played a key role in the research and development of advanced Cyber Solutions across multidisciplinary domains. Amir was directly involved in a number projects that won the prestigious Israel Defense Award. Amir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yafo.

Natalie Katester Boimer

Global VP of Human Resources

Natalie Katester Boimer is the Global Vice President of Human Resources at Claroty. Natalie brings more than a decade of experience in Human Resources, including strong experience in recruiting and career development. In the last few years, Natalie specialized in cybersecurity startups, working with entrepreneurs and executive teams on helping them build successful companies for scale. Before joining Claroty, Natalie worked at Sygnia Consulting Ltd as its Human Resources Manager until the company was acquired. Prior to that, Natalie was Team8 Labs Ltd Human Resources & Recruitment Manager and managed the recruiting for all Team8's portfolio companies. Natalie also served in recruiting leadership roles at a software house, where she headed the company's recruitment department.Natalie holds a BA in Behavioral Science and Human Resources, and an MBA specializing in Human Resources, both from the College of Management Academic Studies.

Nadav Zafrir

Chairman

Nadav is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Team8. Previously, Nadav was the Commander of the IDF’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200 (Israel’s NSA), as well as founder of the IDF Cyber Command. Nadav brings 25 years of extensive experience in cyber leadership. Nadav holds an LL.B from the Interdisciplinary Centre and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dave DeWalt

Vice Chairman

Dave DeWalt is a board advisor for Claroty. He is the former Executive Chairman, Chief Executive officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of FireEye, Inc. Dave has more than 20 years in the technology space, holding a series of leadership positions in some of the industry's most innovative and successful companies. Previous to FireEye, Dave served as President and Chief Executive Officer of McAfee, Inc. and led the acquisition of McAfee by Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010. Prior to McAfee, Dave oversaw customer operations and sales at EMC Corporation. At EMC, he helped form the EMC Software Group (ESG), which in turn helped transform EMC from a hardware vendor to a complete IT provider. Dave joined EMC in 2003 when EMC acquired Documentum, the global leader in enterprise content management. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave led Documentum through nine consecutive quarters of growth, five record revenue quarters and four successful acquisitions before leading the sale of the company to EMC for $1.9 billion.Prior to joining Documentum, Dave was founding Principal and Vice President of Eventus Software.

Yaniv Vardi

Chief Executive Officer

Yaniv Vardi is a dynamic and highly accomplished entrepreneur with more than two decades of global executive leadership experience. He has established a long-standing and impressive track record of developing and executing global business strategies and directing worldwide growth. As Claroty’s Chief Executive Officer, Vardi will lead the company through its next stage of growth and solidify its position as the leader in OT security. Prior to joining Claroty, he recently served as the Global Managing Director of Centrica Business Solutions, International, managing 8 countries and expanding the company’s proposition mainly in Europe, South America, and Asia Pacific into a significant business. Prior to joining Centrica, Vardi was the CEO of Panoramic Power, a global pioneer in energy management solutions for global C&I customers, which was acquired by Centrica. Prior to joining Panoramic Power, Vardi was Co-founder and Managing Director of Sparta Systems EMEA, successfully driving its operations to be the leading provider of QMS in the Life Science industry, and leading the company to a successful acquisition. Based on his wealth of experience, Vardi brings vital knowledge of operational direction and strategies as a board director and chairman in different companies in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Vardi graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New Jersey Institute of Technology majoring in Industrial and Management Engineering and Management of Information Systems and served in the Israeli Air Force for five years.

Amir Zilberstein

Director & Co-founder

Amir Zilberstein is the co-founder of Claroty and a pioneer in the OT security market. Prior to Claroty, Amir co-founded Waterfall Security Solutions–a manufacturer of high-end security gateways for the critical infrastructure markets. Earlier, Amir co-founded Gita Technologies and prior to that he managed a team of exceptional researchers and developers in an elite cyber unit of the Israeli Defense Force. Amir is the inventor and author of more than ten patents, most of which are in the field of cyber security. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Sciences and Mathematics with Honors from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Benny Porat

Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder

Benny Porat is the Co-founder and CTO of Claroty. Prior to co-founding Claroty, Benny was a security researcher at NorthBit. Previously, Benny commanded a strategic research team within an elite cyber unit of the Israel Defense Force and lead a project that received the prestigious Israeli Defense Award. He Holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science, both from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Benny has published several works in online pattern matching.

David Cowan

Director

David Cowan, a partner in Bessemer’s Menlo Park office, launched the firm’s practices in cloud infrastructure, consumer tech, cyber-security and space tech. His historical portfolio includes Ciena, Hotjobs, Blue Nile, LinkedIn, LifeLock, PSI-Net, Qualys and over a dozen other IPOs, as well as many large acquisitions such as Twitch, Postini, Cyota, Tripwire, Netli, Playdom, Dropcam and Skybox Imaging. His current portfolio – spanning startups founded in the U.S., Argentina, Singapore, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland – includes Getinsured, Smule, Twilio, Rocket Lab, iSight Partners, Spire Global, Endgame, Auth0, Zapier and Zoosk.

Yossi Cohen

Director

Yossi Cohen is head of SoftBank's investment activities in Israel. Prior to joining SoftBank Investment Advisors in 2021, he served as director of Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel. He previously served as the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel.

Meir Ukeles

Director

Meir is a founding partner at MoreVC. He specializes in energy technology, cybersecurity, infrastructure and finance. Meir represents MoreVC as a board member/observer at Grid4C, Lumos, Claroty, C2A Security, Ception and Panoramic Power (acquired by Centrica/Direct Energy). Prior to co-founding MoreVC, Meir served as CFO of Sentry Technology Group Inc., an Israeli-US startup. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at SG Cowen, a leading technology and healthcare investment bank, initially as an investment banker working on public and private equity offerings and M&A transactions, and subsequently as a research analyst covering defense and industrial technology companies. Meir began his venture capital career in the mid 1990's, working at Jerusalem Global Ltd., an Israeli merchant bank and consulting practice that was a leading player in the early days of Israel's venture industry. He served two tours of duty in the Israeli military, including as an officer in IDF’s Unit 8200. Meir received a B.A. in political science and East Asian studies from Columbia University.

Abel Archundia

Director

Abel is Managing Director, Life Sciences and Industrials at ISTARI, a global cybersecurity platform dedicated to helping clients build cyber resilience. He is also responsible for building ISTARI’s advisory and program management team.

Prior to joining ISTARI in October 2020, Abel was head of IT and Digital Transformation for the Pharma Division of Bayer since 2017, and a member of the Bayer Group IT Board. Before joining Bayer, Abel was Global CIO of Sandoz, a Novartis Division (2012-17), head of IT for Novartis Technical Operations (~85 plants) looking after manufacturing, supply chain and quality, and a member of the Novartis IT Board. 

Past positions include Cemex (CIO EMEA), Dell (General Manager, Mexico) and Boston Consulting Group (Principal, Monterrey and Dallas offices). He holds a degree in electronics engineering from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico, and an MBA and Public Management degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Peter Marturano

Director

Peter Marturano is Technology Sector Head of Standard Investments—a related business of privately-held global industrial company Standard Industries—where he leads investment efforts in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors across both later-stage private and public markets. Marturano has over 15 years of technology investing experience, having served in various positions at Fox Point Capital, TA Associates, and Credit Suisse First Boston before joining Standard in 2013. He is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and Harvard University, where he was a John Harvard Scholar.

Veena Lakkundi

Director

Veena Lakkundi is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development at Rockwell Automation, where she works with the senior leadership team to define Rockwell’s future strategic vision and growth plans. Veena leads the Corporate Strategy and Development teams, and oversees all strategic planning and inorganic development activities across the company, including its business strategy review process, mergers and acquisitions, and venture investment processes. Veena has a track record of building world-class global teams and businesses while delivering great outcomes for customers. She joined Rockwell following a 28-year career with 3M, where she most recently was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer and Interim Leader of Technology, Transformation and Services. During her time with 3M, she also held various roles in strategy, research and development, and sales and marketing. Veena received bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Nathalie Marcotte

Director

Nathalie is SVP and President of Process Automation at Schneider Electric, where she is responsible for the company’s market-leading offerings in system controls, safety systems, and SCADA, as well as its extensive portfolio of digital offerings including software and services employing the latest in IIoT, connectivity and cyber security.

She joined Schneider Electric through its acquisition of Invensys in 2014. Previous roles within Schneider and Invensys include SVP Industrial Automation Services, VP Global Performance and Consulting Services, VP Marketing of North America, GM for the Canadian Business, and VP Marketing of Systems Business Globally.

Nathalie brings extensive experience including P&L management, business development, services and marketing strategy, OT cyber security, finance, project management, engineering, customer services, supply chain management, staff recruitment, deployment and motivation. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Sciences along with an Engineering degree.

Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers

Chairman - Board of Advisors

Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers retired in 2018 from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 37-year career. In March 2014 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 17th Director of the National Security Agency and the 2nd Commander of U.S. Cyber Command. Prior to earning his fourth star he commanded the U.S. Tenth Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. Admiral Rogers also served as the Director for Intelligence for both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Pacific Command. A native of Chicago, he attended Auburn University, graduating in 1981 and receiving his commission via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Originally a surface warfare officer (SWO), he was selected for re-designation to cryptology (now Information Warfare) in 1986. Rogers is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College.

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