ReliaQuest, the globally renowned company in Open XDR-as-a-Service, has announced the appointments of Mike Burkland, John Spiliotis and John Fernandez to its Board of Directors. The strategic additions further strengthen the company’s senior leadership team to support its rapid employee and revenue growth, driven by increased market demand for GreyMatter, the cloud-native, vendor-agnostic Open XDR technology, adopted by hundreds of organisations worldwide. Burland, Spiliotis and Fernandez join recently appointed Board Member - Kara Wilson, adding industry expertise across sales, marketing, Cloud and finance to the ReliaQuest board. Open-XDR-as-a-Service approach “Customers are responding to our Open-XDR-as-a-Service approach and we continue to expand the company at every level to meet this growing demand,” said Brian Murphy, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ReliaQuest. Brian Murphy adds, “Mike, John Spiliotis and John Fernandez each bring strategic insights from extensive careers that will help support our rapid growth, and they join us during an exciting phase for the company, as we drive security innovation with our GreyMatter platform and build our global presence to become the cyber security force multiplier for customers around the world.” Go-to-market advisor John Spiliotis joins the ReliaQuest Board of Directors, serving as a go-to-market advisor John Spiliotis joins the ReliaQuest Board of Directors, serving as a go-to-market advisor. Spiliotis brings more than 35 years of technology leadership experience across multiple industries. While at Palo Alto Networks from 2013-2017, he was responsible for driving the company’s direct and indirect sales in the Americas, across all customer segments. Currently, John Spiliotis is a member of the KKR Next Generation Technology team, a senior operating advisor at LLR Partners and an advisor to several venture capital and private equity-backed cyber security companies. Cloud infrastructure solutions expert Mike Burkland is the Chairman of the Board and former President and CEO at Five9, a cloud contact centre solution provider. Through his leadership, Five9 has increased its revenue by 50 times and increased its valuation by 700 times to over 10 billion, becoming one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of cloud contact centre software. Before Five9, Burkland was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of several enterprise software and cloud companies in market segments, ranging from systems management and content management to security and CRM. He also led three private companies through successful acquisitions by public companies. High-growth software companies’ veteran With more than two decades of experience managing major financial organisations, John Fernandez brings extensive experience working with high-growth software companies, ranging in size from start-ups to large public companies. He has accomplished work in the area of capital raising, both debt and equity, and has successfully completed and integrated multiple transactions in software mergers and acquisitions. His prior employers include Rearden Commerce, Siebel Systems and UBS Financial Services. Fernandez currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Vice President of global operations for ForgeRock, an enterprise identity platform company.
ReliaQuest, a global company in cyber security, announced the appointment of Kara Wilson to its Board of Directors and Alex Bender as its Chief Marketing Officer. “Providing world-class cyber security capabilities requires a world-class team, working together with the common goal of building trust and confidence for businesses of all sizes and sectors,” said Brian Murphy, ReliaQuest CEO and co-founder. “It is a great honour for me to bring both Kara and Alex on board during this exciting chapter for ReliaQuest, as their combined leadership and experience is already helping shape our future operations and strategy to best serve our customers and prospects across the globe.” Kara Wilson With more than 25 years of experience in driving go-to-market strategies for both large and medium companies and hyper-growth startups, Kara Wilson has played an integral role in growing some of the most influential technology companies, including Okta, FireEye, Rubrik, and Cisco. She also currently serves as a board member for a number of companies including Paychex, KnowBe4, OneStream, and OutSystems in conjunction with her Senior Advisor role at KKR & Co. Establishing company position “With over 70% of IT and security teams planning to budget for XDR over the next 6-12 months, ReliaQuest is uniquely positioned to transform this market,” said Wilson. “Providing a highly capable and essential cyber security solution is only half the battle - motivating people and establishing loyalty in a competitive market is the key differentiator and ReliaQuest got this right from the beginning. I look forward to my continued involvement in helping ReliaQuest scale its business.” Alex Bender Over his 20-year career, Alex Bender has established a track record of driving growth in both revenue and brand marketing for some of the most influential cyber brands including Tripwire, McAfee, Archer Technologies, RSA, and Mimecast (MIME) where he recently served as SVP of Global Marketing. In his new role, Bender will be spearheading ReliaQuest’s global brand and revenue marketing growth strategies as the organisation expands its operations to meet the industry’s increasing demand for unified extended detection and response (XDR) security solutions. Transforming Security “At ReliaQuest, we are delivering a unified detection, investigation, and response approach for top Fortune 1000 organisations that are transforming security operations by delivering the right data, from the right systems at the right time, making security teams more efficient and focused to take decisive action,” said Bender. “I am truly honoured to be joining ReliaQuest and working with an extremely talented team that is laser-focused on extending the company’s rapid growth trajectory as we build business resilience and security confidence on a global scale.”