Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Gerhard Watzinger has served as Chairman of our board of directors since April 2012. From April 2013 to September 2013, he served as the chief executive officer for IGATE Corporation, an IT services company. Watzinger served as the executive vice president for corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions of the McAfee business unit of Intel Corporation, or Intel, a designer and manufacturer of digital technology platforms, until his resignation in March 2012. Watzinger joined Intel in February 2011 upon Intel's acquisition of McAfee. Watzinger joined McAfee in November 2007 upon McAfee's acquisition of SafeBoot Corp., a global leader in data protection software, where he served as chief executive officer from February 2004 to November 2007. He currently serves on the board of directors of Mastech Digital, Inc., a digital transformation and information technology services company and Absolute Software, a persistent software company. Watzinger holds an advanced degree in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.
Chairman of the Board
George Kurtz is one of our co-founders and has served as our president, chief executive officer, and a member of our board of directors since November 2011. From October 2004 to October 2011, Kurtz served in executive roles at McAfee, Inc., a security technology company, including as executive vice president and worldwide chief technology officer from October 2009 to October 2011. In October 1999, Kurtz founded Foundstone, Inc., a security technology company, where he served as its chief executive officer until it was acquired by McAfee, Inc. in October 2004. Since November 2017, he has also served as chairman and as a board member for the CrowdStrike Foundation, a nonprofit established to support the next generation of talent and research in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence through scholarships, grants, and other activities. Kurtz holds a B.S. in Accounting from Seton Hall University. Kurtz also holds a CPA license from the State of New Jersey with an inactive status.
Roxanne S. Austin
Roxanne S. Austin has served on our board of directors since September 2018. Austin has served as president of Austin Investment Advisors, a private investment and consulting firm, since January 2004, and has also served as chair of the U.S. Mid-Market Investment Advisory Committee of EQT Partners, a private equity group. Austin currently serves on the boards of directors of Abbott Laboratories, a provider of pharmaceutical, medical devices, and nutritional products, Target Corporation, a department store retailer, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, an industrial conglomerate, and AbbVie Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. She previously served as on the board of directors of LM Ericsson Telephone Company, a networking and telecommunications company. Austin is a member of the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Austin holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Cary J. Davis
Cary J. Davis has served on our board of directors since July 2013. Davis is a managing director at Warburg Pincus, which he joined in October 1994, where he focuses on investments in the software and financial technology sectors. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was executive assistant to Michael Dell at Dell Inc., a multinational computer technology company, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. Davis currently serves on the boards of directors of Cyren Ltd., a cloud-based, internet security technology company, and several privately-held companies. Davis holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Denis J. O'Leary
Denis J. O'Leary has served on our board of directors since December 2011. O'Leary has been a private investor since January 2016. From September 2009 to February 2016, he served as co-managing partner of Encore Financial Partners, Inc., a company focused on the acquisition and management of banking organizations. From June 1978 to April 2003, O'Leary was with JPM Chase & Co., an investment bank and financial services company, where he served in various executive roles, including Corporate Treasurer, CIO, and Head of Retail and Small Business Banking. O'Leary currently serves on the board of directors of Fiserv, Inc., a provider of financial services technology. O'Leary holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Sameer K. Gandhi
Sameer K. Gandhi has served on our board of directors since August 2013. Gandhi is currently a partner for Accel, a venture capital firm, which he joined in June 2008, where he focuses on consumer, software and services companies. He currently serves on the boards of directors of several privately-held companies. Gandhi holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Joseph E. Sexton
Joseph E. Sexton has served on our board of directors since March 2015. He has been a private investor since June 2017. From September 2016 to May 2017, he served as an executive in residence for the venture capital firms of Lightspeed Venture Partners and Greylock Partners, where he advised portfolio companies on sales strategy and execution. From December 2012 to April 2017, he served as president of worldwide field operations of AppDynamics, Inc., an application intelligence software company. Sexton currently serves on the board of directors of a privately-held company. Sexton holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.
Godfrey R. Sullivan
Godfrey R. Sullivan has served on our board of directors since December 2017. From September 2008 to November 2015, he served as president and chief executive officer of Splunk, Inc. a provider of machine data analytics software and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Splunk, Inc. from 2011 to 2019. He previously served on the board of directors of Citrix Systems, Inc., an enterprise software company, and Informatica Corporation, an enterprise data management company. Sullivan holds a B.B.A. from Baylor University.