Founded in 2013 by successful security industry pros, Illumio started with the mission that security should be the enabler -- not the roadblock -- to agile computing in both traditional data centers and public clouds. To build the most comprehensive and continuous security platform for the world’s most demanding organizations, our management team was recruited from industry leaders in the security and computing world including Cisco, Juniper, VMware, Nicira, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, InfoBlox and Riverbed. They bring with them the knowledge and well-earned track record to make Illumio the new foundation for cloud and data center security.

Andrew Rubin

chief executive officer and founder
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As chief executive officer and founder, Andrew is responsible for the overall strategy, vision, and funding of Illumio. With expertise in the areas of network security and compliance management, Andrew is a frequent participant in panels, articles, and podcasts for leading industry events and publications. Goldman Sachs named Andrew one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2015.

Prior to Illumio, Andrew was president of Cymtec and led Business Development for VoiceNet, where he was responsible for sales strategy, business development activities, and customer relationship management. Andrew graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BSBA in Finance.

 

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Prior to Illumio, Andrew was president of Cymtec and led Business Development for VoiceNet, where he was responsible for sales strategy, business development activities, and customer relationship management. Andrew graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BSBA in Finance.

 

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PJ Kirner

chief technology officer and founder
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As chief technology officer and founder, PJ is responsible for Illumio’s technology vision and platform architecture. PJ has 20 years of experience in engineering, with a focus on addressing the complexities of data centers. Prior to Illumio, PJ was CTO at Cymtec. He also held several roles at Juniper Networks, including distinguished engineer focused on advancing Juniper’s network security and layer 4-7 services plane. PJ graduated with honors from Cornell University.

Alan S. Cohen

chief commercial officer
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As chief commercial officer, Alan leads Illumio’s go-to-market strategy and customer engagement life cycle organizations, including marketing, support, and talent. He is a 25-year technology veteran known for company building and new-market-creation experience. Alan’s prior two companies, Airespace (acquired by Cisco for $450 million) and Nicira (acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion), were the market leaders in centralized WLANs and network virtualization, respectively.

Prior to Nicira, Alan led the enterprise marketing organization at Cisco, a team of 300 responsible for bringing to market an associated $25 billion product portfolio. He serves as an advisor to technology companies including Highfive, Mist, Netskope, and Vera. Alan is a frequent industry speaker and commentator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Re/code, and Gigaom. He has a BA from SUNY Buffalo, an MA from the School of International Service at American University, and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. 

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Prior to Nicira, Alan led the enterprise marketing organization at Cisco, a team of 300 responsible for bringing to market an associated $25 billion product portfolio. He serves as an advisor to technology companies including Highfive, Mist, Netskope, and Vera. Alan is a frequent industry speaker and commentator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Re/code, and Gigaom. He has a BA from SUNY Buffalo, an MA from the School of International Service at American University, and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. 

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Emily Couey

vice president of people
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As vice president of People, Emily is focused on talent acquisition and the employee experience. Prior to Illumio, Emily was vice president of People at Eventbrite and held leadership positions at Genomic Health. Emily has spent 16 years in the Valley focused on building companies from early stage to mid-market with cultures that are globally recognized and considered a key competitive advantage. Emily received a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources from Chico State and holds an SPHR certification.

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Scott Downie

vice president of support and services
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As vice president of Support and Services, Scott is responsible for leading Illumio’s customer experience and implementation engagements. Previously, Scott built the support organization at Riverbed, where he grew revenue from $10 million to more than $400 million, operating a 24/7, global, follow-the-sun environment that supported a range of products from consumer-level software downloads to software and hardware appliances for 90 percent of the global 100 enterprises.

Prior to Riverbed, Scott was with Intransa, where he served as vice president of Client Advocacy, and Luminous Networks, where he was vice president of Customer Service. Scott studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Prior to Riverbed, Scott was with Intransa, where he served as vice president of Client Advocacy, and Luminous Networks, where he was vice president of Customer Service. Scott studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Nathaniel Gleicher

head of cybersecurity strategy
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As head of Cybersecurity Strategy, Nathaniel is responsible for thought leadership, public engagement, and overseeing Illumio’s cybersecurity technology strategy. Nathaniel is a regular speaker at leading industry events, and his writing has appeared in industry publications, the popular press, and academic journals.

Prior to Illumio, Nathaniel investigated and prosecuted domestic and international cybercrime at the U.S. Department of Justice, advised the South Korean government on technology policy, and served as director for cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council at the White House. Nathaniel received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of Saint Vincent and as a Luce Scholar based in Seoul, South Korea.

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Prior to Illumio, Nathaniel investigated and prosecuted domestic and international cybercrime at the U.S. Department of Justice, advised the South Korean government on technology policy, and served as director for cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council at the White House. Nathaniel received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of Saint Vincent and as a Luce Scholar based in Seoul, South Korea.

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Matthew Glenn

vice president of product management
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As vice president of Product Management, Matt is responsible for Illumio’s product lines and product strategy. Prior to Illumio, he was vice president of Product Management for the Network Security business unit at McAfee, supporting its Firewall, Intrusion Detection System, Email Security, Web Security, Data Loss and Prevention, and Identity product lines. Before McAfee, Matt was founder and CEO of PlantSense, an Internet of Things start-up that created the EasyBloom Plant Sensor, whose sensor technology was sold to Parrot SA.

Before starting EasyBloom, he worked at Cisco Systems—after its acquisition of Airespace—where he ran Product Management and grew the organization’s revenue from zero to a billion dollar run rate. Matt previously worked at Xircom (IPO), Xylan (IPO), and Packet Engines (acquired by Alcatel). Matt studied English and Computer Information Systems at Humboldt State University.

 

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Before starting EasyBloom, he worked at Cisco Systems—after its acquisition of Airespace—where he ran Product Management and grew the organization’s revenue from zero to a billion dollar run rate. Matt previously worked at Xircom (IPO), Xylan (IPO), and Packet Engines (acquired by Alcatel). Matt studied English and Computer Information Systems at Humboldt State University.

 

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Nathanael Iversen

vice president of customer engineering
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As vice president of Customer Engineering, Nathanael is responsible for driving how customers gain value from the Illumio Adaptive Security Platform. Nathanael brings 23 years of customer-facing experience to Illumio, including positions in systems engineering, product management, and technical marketing. Prior to Illumio, he worked at Xangati as vice president of Product Management; before that he was one of the initial eight employees at Cyan Optics (IPO; later acquired by Ciena).

With a career that began with designing and implementing large-scale data centers for the U.S. Air Force, Nathanael’s experience spans both the enterprise data center and telecommunications provider networks (Cosine Communications—IPO). Nathanael holds a degree in Communication Systems Design from the Community College of the Air Force.

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With a career that began with designing and implementing large-scale data centers for the U.S. Air Force, Nathanael’s experience spans both the enterprise data center and telecommunications provider networks (Cosine Communications—IPO). Nathanael holds a degree in Communication Systems Design from the Community College of the Air Force.

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Ben Verghese

vice president of engineering
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As vice president of Engineering, Ben leads the team that delivers Illumio’s products. Prior to Illumio, Ben was vice president of Engineering and chief management architect at VMware. During his 13-year tenure at VMware, he was part of the ESX Server product founding team, led and delivered the VirtualCenter product from its inception, and led a number of the company’s strategic engineering initiatives.

In his career, Ben has spanned product development and research in networking, operating systems, and computer architecture at HP, Apollo Computers, DEC Research, and Compaq. Ben has a BS from IIT Madras, an MS from Cornell University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

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In his career, Ben has spanned product development and research in networking, operating systems, and computer architecture at HP, Apollo Computers, DEC Research, and Compaq. Ben has a BS from IIT Madras, an MS from Cornell University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

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Wendy A. M. Yale

vice president of corporate and revenue marketing
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As vice president of Corporate and Revenue Marketing, Wendy is responsible for Illumio’s brand, communications, go-to-market programs, and business development representatives team. Wendy has 18 years of experience focusing on category creation and go-to-market strategy for the B2B technology industry. Prior to Illumio, she was the head of Worldwide Marketing Programs & Strategic Events at Palo Alto Networks, where she was responsible for global demand-generation strategy.

Before Palo Alto Networks, Wendy led worldwide marketing for Varonis Systems as it grew from hundreds of customer installations to more than 5,000+. She has also held leadership roles at Symantec and VERITAS. Wendy studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a special focus on cultural and economic Geography and received a BA in Geography from Cal State Northridge.

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Before Palo Alto Networks, Wendy led worldwide marketing for Varonis Systems as it grew from hundreds of customer installations to more than 5,000+. She has also held leadership roles at Symantec and VERITAS. Wendy studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a special focus on cultural and economic Geography and received a BA in Geography from Cal State Northridge.

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Jim Yares

senior vice president of global field operations
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As the senior vice president of global field operations Jim is responsible for field sales, sales engineering, customer channel development, and customer success. He brings a long history of leading strategic go-to-market functions for successful technology companies that disrupt the status quo. Prior to Illumio, Jim served as COO and interim CEO of Crownpeak – the Web Content Management market's first cloud-based SaaS player.  Before Crownpeak, Jim joined AlienVault as EVP of global field ops and helped this creator of “Unified Security Management” establish itself in the United States and globally.  Prior to that, he served as Fortify Software's general manager for the Americas. Fortify pioneered the Application Security market and built the leading company that resulted in a successful acquisition by HP.  As general manager Jim was responsible for field marketing, inside sales, sales, and services.

Jim’s experience spans more than three decades of enterprise technology sales, marketing, and professional services leadership.  He holds a BS in Business and Marketing from the University of West Florida.

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Jim’s experience spans more than three decades of enterprise technology sales, marketing, and professional services leadership.  He holds a BS in Business and Marketing from the University of West Florida.

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