Former Co-founder of Mandiant Brings Proven Experience in Executing Customer-Focused, High-Growth Go-to-Market Strategies; Max Kelly Elevated to Executive Chairman
[redacted], the mission-driven cloud defense company that levels the playing field against attackers, today announced the appointment of Jim Hansen as CEO. With the addition of Hansen to the executive team, [redacted] co-founder and former CEO Max Kelly will elevate his role to executive chairman. Max will work with Jim to continue driving the company’s mission of providing the advanced product-enabled solutions required for organizations of all sizes to proactively defend themselves against nation-state attackers.
“We founded [redacted] to eliminate the unfair advantage that sophisticated attackers hold over the organizations they target every minute of every day,” said Max Kelly. “Jim is a proven company builder who will ensure we fulfill this mission at scale while allowing me to focus on advancing it further. As a customer-obsessed leader with an extreme bias towards action, Jim is the perfect addition to our team to accelerate our global strategy of delivering nation-state cyber defense capabilities to organizations.”
Jim brings over 25 years of experience in sales, operations, and executive management to [redacted]. He was a co-founder and the first COO at Mandiant, where he ramped the organization to become the market leader in cyber incident response while operating the company to meet growth objectives. Jim also served as president and COO at Cofense for 10 years. He started his career in the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. Air Force, conducting undercover operations, counterintelligence and counter espionage operations, economic crime, and felony-level criminal investigations.
“Talent and expertise are finite resources in cybersecurity, and technology solutions alone are insufficient in protecting both government and private sector organizations from the types of global attacks already underway,” said Jim Hansen. “I’ve been patiently waiting for a mission-driven opportunity that combines a team of this caliber with the technology to make a real difference. [redacted] has put together one of the most impressive leadership teams I have ever seen that is laser-focused on delivering product-enabled services that solve real problems. Our next phase of growth will be instrumental in ensuring we meet the unprecedented needs of all organizations, and I’m looking forward to helping protect the good guys from our adversaries.”
Jim’s appointment is the latest strategic addition to [redacted]’s leadership team and comes on the heels of a year of substantial growth following [redacted]’s $35M in Series B funding. In February, former Deputy Commander at NSA Georgia with the Department of Defense, Tim Kosiba, joined the company as CEO of bracket f, Inc., [redacted]’s wholly-owned subsidiary focused on the government market.
The [redacted] team has an impressive pedigree of more than 300 years of combined experience in cyber defense, with experience at Facebook, Mandiant, Amazon, NASA JPL, Symantec, Cisco, FBI, CIA, NSA, DIA, Army, Air Force, Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Cyber Command and the U.K.’s GCHQ. Forbes recently recognized [redacted] as one of America’s Best Startup Employers.
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