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Venafi Leadership Team

Industry recognized leadership with a deep knowledge and experience machine identity protection.

Jeff Hudson, CEO

“Our mission is to secure and protect our customers. Customers need it, the world needs it, and we have an obligation to secure and protect.”

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Jeff Hudson
CEO

Jeff Hudson is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of leadership and management experience in information technology and security management. Jeff has spent a significant portion of his career developing and delivering leading-edge technology solutions for financial services and other Fortune-ranked organizations and government agencies.

Prior to joining Venafi, he was the CEO of Vhayu Technologies Corp., CEO and cofounder of MS2, senior vice president of corporate development at Informix Software, and CEO of Visioneer. Jeff speaks regularly to global audiences at technology and business conferences worldwide. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of California, Davis.

Peter Bartok
CTO & Chief Architect

Peter is responsible for driving the company’s technology strategy and product architecture, working closely with product management and engineering. Actively involved in standards bodies on behalf of Venafi, he is a voting member of the Oasis Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) technical committee.

Peter brings more than 17 years of award-winning enterprise software engineering experience to Venafi. Prior to joining the company, he was the lead UI architect for the Mono open source project and chief architect for both the Secure Identity Management (SIM) and Collaboration Services at Novell.

Peter began his career at Siemens-Nixdorf AG in Augsburg, Germany. He holds two U.S. patents and has a third pending.

Francois Delepine
CFO

Francois leads the global finance organization, and he is putting a wealth of experience to work to help drive Venafi’s growth and development as the world’s leading protector of machine identities for the Global 5000.

Francois has spent his career in the finance organizations of the world’s top growth technology companies. Before joining Venafi, he was CFO of Trimble Navigation, CFO of global business units at VMware, vice president of finance at Google and director of finance at Apple. He also held senior positions at Business Objects and Hyperion.

Francois holds a master’s degree in engineering from Institut Catholique d’Arts et Metiers (ICAM) in France and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Melissa Keohane
VP, Legal

Melissa is responsible for all contract negotiations and legal affairs for Venafi. She also supports the company as leader of the sales operations function and works closely with the field organization in this capacity.

Melissa brings to Venafi 20-plus years of technology and software industry experience. She has worked with the largest companies in the world as well as federal and state government entities in multiple capacities, including contracts management and negotiation, sales and customer services. Prior to joining Venafi, Melissa held roles of increasing responsibility at Raytheon and RSA Security, and was most recently vice president of customer services at Fox Technologies.

Melissa graduated summa cum laude with a BBA in finance from East Tennessee State University.

Elizabeth Ireland
Elizabeth Ireland
CMO

Elizabeth is the voice of the company, leading positioning, branding and awareness, public relations, market research, analyst relations, market strategy and go-to-market execution. She is an accomplished global marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in high technology, including more than a decade in the cybersecurity industry. She has developed pragmatic, effective strategies that have accelerated growth and built the brands of several leading technology and cybersecurity firms. Prior to joining Venafi, Elizabeth was vice president of marketing and business development for Tripwire and held executive marketing roles at nCircle and Extensity.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business.

Dave Cutler
VP, Customer Support

Prior to joining Venafi, Dave held a variety of service management positions at Novell in Utah, San Jose and Japan. Under Dave’s leadership, Novell Technical Support Centers became SCP certified in 2005, won the 2007 HDI “Team Excellence” award, and entered the Association of Support Professionals (ASP) Hall of Fame by being recognized among “Ten Best Web Support Sites” for four consecutive years from 2007 to 2010.

He has been chairman of the board for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and served on boards for the Consortium for Service Innovation, Utah Technology Council and Timpanogos Regional Hospital. Dave earned a B.S. in computer science from Brigham Young University and has completed post-graduate business courses, including Harvard’s General Manager Program.

Aaron Aubrecht
VP, Products & Strategy

Aaron leads Venafi’s product, strategy and market research programs. Prior to joining Venafi, Aaron was vice president of products, SaaS solutions and enablement within EMC’s Information Intelligence Group (IIG). He held strategic positions at Symantec in data loss prevention and encryption, IT governance, risk management and compliance, and storage management. At McKinsey & Company, Aaron counseled high tech and telecommunications executives on strategy, sales and marketing and operations.

Prior to that, he held positions at Morgan Stanley and Accenture and served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Aaron holds a MBA from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from North Carolina State University in electrical and computer engineering.

Kevin Bocek
VP, Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence

Kevin is responsible for security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. He brings more than 16 years of experience in IT security with leading security and privacy leaders, including RSA Security, Thales, PGP Corporation, IronKey, CipherCloud, NCipher, and Xcert.

Kevin has authored several books and is often sought after for comment by the world’s leading media, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, BBC, Suddeutsche Zeitung, USA Today, Associated Press, Guardian and The Telegraph, along with security press including SC Magazine, Dark Reading and Network World. Kevin has a B.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Christophe Culine
VP, Worldwide Field Operations

Christophe leads the global sales, systems engineering, business development and professional services teams in delivering machine identity protection to Global 5000 organizations and federal governments. With over 20 years of experience in building enterprise software and security sales teams, Christophe is a transformational and proven leader.

He has focused his career on bringing ground-breaking IT security solutions to domestic and international markets. Before joining Venafi, Christophe was vice president of sales and field operations at several market-leading security companies including iPass, Mimosa Systems/Iron Mountain, Mirapoint, Fortinet, Qualys, GRIC Communications, and NCK. Christophe holds a master’s degree in engineering from Ecole Universitaire d’Ingenieurs de Lille (Polytech) in France.

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Jeff Hudson
Jeff Hudson

CEO

Peter Bartok
Peter Bartok

CTO & Chief Architect

Francois Delepine
Francois Delepine

Chief Financial Officer

Melissa Keohane
Melissa Keohane

VP, Legal

Elizabeth Ireland
Elizabeth Ireland

CMO

Dave Cutler
Dave Cutler

VP, Customer Support

Aaron Aubrecht
Aaron Aubrecht

VP, Products & Strategy

Kevin Bocek
Kevin Bocek

Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence

Christophe Culine
Christophe Culine

VP, Worldwide Field Operations

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