A Cyber Security Company | About Us | Exabeam

Helping security teams Outsmart the Odds since 2013.

On a mission.

Exabeam’s mission is to light the way and unleash security teams and organizations by removing the obstacles of outdated tech, rigid mindsets, and talent shortages to make security success the norm. Not an easy task, but worth the fight.

Created out of necessity.

Our founders are seasoned vets of cybersecurity. As the changing threat landscape became problematic for the security industry, it was also an opportunity. If the game was changing, strategies needed to change with it.

What’s in a name?

When the founders started brainstorming company name ideas, big data was a source of inspiration.

The product would process a lot of data – many, many gigabytes. ‘Giga’ and ‘tera’ already saturated the tech landscape, so they went bigger—literally—thinking one billion gigabytes, or an exabyte. But the product also acted like a beam of light, shining down on interesting patterns contained in huge volumes of log data. The name recipe was there, and the rest is history.

Our values are our compass.

Our team, partners, and customers motivate us to continuously deliver on expectations. To do so, our company embraces our values every day.

Deliver the Exceptional

Whether it’s for a customer or fellow team member, we want to make a real impact and create a memorable, valuable experience.

Work Together, Win Together

A team mentality enables efficiency, productivity, and responsiveness—enabling our team, partners, and customers to rely on each other for success.

Engage with Confidence and Without Ego

We’ve created an environment that encourages confidence and nurtures our team’s potential, resulting in a symbiotic relationship with partners and customers.

Do What’s Right

We want the relationships across our team, customers, and partners to be based on trust—helping deliver the right action at the right time.

Communicate Openly

It’s critical for our team and customers to interact comfortably and know they’re an integral part of the process.

Diversity and Inclusion at Exabeam

Like our customers, our team comes from all walks of life. Our employees bring their full selves to work. Whether it’s championing women, supporting veterans, improving diversity or aligning our hiring process with our values, our philosophy is that we’re better together.

To this end, we’ve created the Exabeam CommUNITY Council, whose mission is to initiate conversation, educate, and enact change so our environment becomes more diverse, inclusive, and aware of the unique experiences of underrepresented groups within and outside of Exabeam.

Exabeam Cares Philanthropy Program

A rising tide lifts all boats. Exabeam Cares is dedicated to improving local and global communities through investing in give-back programs, primarily focused around education and diversity:

  • Investing in the current and next generation of cybersecurity practitioners and leaders
  • Fostering diversity by creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in our industry
  • Providing the foundation for individuals to thrive, whether by addressing food insecurity, early education roadblocks or career development and training

In addition, we created the Exabeam Cybersecurity Scholarship Program. As the cybersecurity landscape evolves and cyber threats become more complex, we need bright minds with a fresh perspective to tackle them. We’re looking for students who show passion for driving innovative solutions and addressing the cybersecurity challenges of the future.

There’s work to be done.

We look for the best and brightest in the security space. Let’s keep raising the bar together.

Our Leadership Team

Michael DeCesare

Chief Executive Officer & President

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Michael DeCesare

Chief Executive Officer & President

Michael DeCesare is CEO and President of Exabeam. Prior to Exabeam, DeCesare served as CEO and President of ForeScout Technologies and continues to serve as a board member with this leader in Enterprise of Things security. Prior to ForeScout, DeCesare spent eight years at cybersecurity giant McAfee, serving four years as President and four years as SVP of Worldwide Sales and Operations. DeCesare has also served in SVP and worldwide sales leadership roles at Documentum, EMC, and Oracle over the course of his career in cybersecurity. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University.

Nir Polak

Chairman of the Board and Co-founder

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Nir Polak

Chairman of the Board and Co-founder

Nir Polak is Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Exabeam. Polak was formerly Chief Executive Officer at Exabeam and has more than 18 years of experience in information security, including executive experience setting company strategy, driving execution, building new products, and bringing them to market. Prior to Exabeam, Polak set the company product strategy, and launched and managed the worldwide services organization at cybersecurity firm Imperva. He also held engineering positions at Adjungo Networks (acquired by Flash Networks) and Shopping.com (acquired by eBay). Polak has a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer sciences from The Interdisciplinary Center in Israel.

Domingo Mihovilovic

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

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Domingo Mihovilovic

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Domingo Mihovilovic is Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Exabeam. Mihovilovic has been delivering software innovations for enterprises and consumer-focused businesses for more than 25 years. He has held senior executive roles in leading technology companies such as Siebel Systems, Sumo Logic, SugarSync, MobiTV, and Savi Technology. An inventor of eight issued patents, Mihovilovic holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Chile, as well as a Master of Science in computer science, a Master of Science in electrical engineering, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Sylvain Gil

Vice President, Product Strategy & Co-Founder

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Sylvain Gil

Vice President, Product Strategy & Co-Founder

Sylvain Gill is Vice President, Product Strategy and Co-founder of Exabeam. Gil brings more than 15 years of experience in building, deploying, and supporting information security products for large- and medium-sized enterprises. Previously, Gil held senior-level roles at cybersecurity firm Imperva, where he led product management and product marketing for application security as well as Imperva’s worldwide customer support and professional services organization. Gil also led North American technical support and services for Solsoft (acquired by LogLogic). Gil has a software engineering degree from the Léonard de Vinci school of Melun, France.

Ralph Pisani

President

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Ralph Pisani

President

Ralph Pisani is President of Exabeam. Pisani leads all global sales and marketing go-to-market functions at Exabeam. With 20 years of experience in sales, channel, and business development, Pisani is widely recognized as one of the top security sales leaders in Silicon Valley. Prior to Exabeam, Pisani led the worldwide sales organization at cybersecurity firm Imperva from early stage through the company’s successful IPO. Prior to Imperva, Pisani served as Vice President of Worldwide OEM Sales at SecureComputing (acquired by McAfee) and Regional Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Channel and Business Development for CipherTrust (acquired by SecureComputing). Pisani also has held global sales leadership roles with Sophos, Inc., HR Logic, Inc. and EMDS Consulting, Inc. Pisani has a B.A. in Business from Bentley University.

Pedro Abreu

Chief Operating Officer

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Pedro Abreu

Chief Operating Officer

Pedro Abreu is Chief Operating Officer of Exabeam. Abreu leads worldwide business operations, customer success, and support teams at Exabeam. With more than 20 years of industry-leading operational and management experience, Abreu is recognized as a thought leader among customer and partner communities and has a proven track record of scaling global organizations. Prior to Exabeam, Pedro served as Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Forescout, where he led corporate strategy, business operations, engineering, R&D, and product management functions. Prior to joining Forescout, Pedro was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Go-To-Market Operations at McAfee. In addition, he has held several senior-level strategy and operations roles at EMC, Documentum, and McKinsey. Pedro earned a MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and a CS in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal.

Adam Geller

Chief Product Officer

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Adam Geller

Chief Product Officer

Adam Geller is Chief Product Officer at Exabeam. Geller leads product strategy, product management, research, engineering and business development for Exabeam. His focus is on identifying and solving critical customer challenges with innovative and easy-to-use solutions. Geller has worked across multiple security domains over the past 20+ years including network security, identity and access management, encryption, data protection, and security assessment and risk management. Most recently, Geller was Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering at Palo Alto Networks responsible for the VM-Series virtualization platform and the secure access service edge (SASE) and cloud access security broker (CASB) services of Prisma Access and SaaS. Geller has a degree from Cornell University and maintains both the CISSP and CISM security industry certifications.

Sherry Lowe

Chief Marketing Officer

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Sherry Lowe

Chief Marketing Officer

Sherry Lowe is Chief Marketing Officer at Exabeam. Lowe leads the global marketing organization for Exabeam and is a 20-year veteran of technology companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Exabeam she was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer of Expanse, acquired by Palo Alto Networks. Before Expanse, Lowe was the Chief Marketing Officer of Druva, a cloud data protection company. Lowe also served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Splunk for six years, was a key member of the pre-IPO team, and built and led corporate marketing during its transition to a public company. She is also an award-winning print and broadcast journalist. Lowe received a B.S. in Journalism from Arizona State University and a Masters in English from Indiana State University.

Gorka Sadowski

Chief Strategy Officer

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Gorka Sadowski

Chief Strategy Officer

Gorka Sadowski is Chief Strategy Officer at Exabeam. In his role, Sadowski assists the executive team and functional leaders across the company with developing, communicating, executing and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives. Sadowski has more than 30 years of security experience spanning leadership roles across product management, sales, marketing and operations. Most recently, Sadowski was senior director and security and risk management analyst at Gartner driving coverage for security information and event management (SIEM), security operation center (SOC), and managed detection and response (MDR), while also leading research for IT leaders on emerging topics. Prior to Gartner, Sadowski led business development at Splunk where he established and built the Splunk security ecosystem. Prior to Splunk, Sadowski established presence for LogLogic in Southern Europe, ran security activities for Unisys in France and launched the first partner-led intrusion detection and prevention system (IDPS) in the industry as lead for NetScreen’s Emerging Technology efforts. A certified CISSP, Sadowski received a computer science degree from Universite de Pau in France before moving to the U.S. as a Ph.D. candidate in network security at the University of Miami.

Manish Sarin

Chief Financial Officer

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Manish Sarin

Chief Financial Officer

Manish Sarin is Chief Financial Officer at Exabeam. Sarin has more than 20 years of experience working with high-growth technology and cybersecurity companies. Before joining Exabeam, Sarin held senior roles at Proofpoint with responsibility for financial strategy, corporate planning, M&A, and investor relations. Previously, he worked at HP, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan. Sarin has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from IIT, India.

Rajiv Taneja

Executive Vice President, Engineering

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Rajiv Taneja

Executive Vice President, Engineering

Rajiv Taneja is Executive Vice President of Engineering at Exabeam. Taneja has extensive experience in senior executive engineering management roles, building and leading global teams at a range of technology companies. Prior to joining Exabeam, as Vice President of Engineering at Cisco’s Networking & Security Group, Taneja led a global software engineering team of more than 650, including managing senior leaders in the U.S., India, and China. He has held executive engineering roles at IGT, Silver Spring Networks, and Motorola. Taneja has a M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Crendal Kear

Vice President, Sales Operations

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Crendal Kear

Vice President, Sales Operations

Crendal Kear is Vice President of Sales Operations at Exabeam. Kear is a highly regarded business operations professional with over 20 years of experience in technology sales, support and services operations roles. Prior to Exabeam, Kear was Vice President of Worldwide Sales Operations at Zscaler, where she built out the sales and support operations that ultimately led to a successful IPO for the company. Before Zscaler, Kear held various operational roles at organizations including Hewlett Packard, NetApp, Aricent and ArrayComm, where she supported organizations experiencing business transformation and hyper growth. Kear has a B.A. from University of Findlay.

Mor Lakritz

Vice President, Finance

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Mor Lakritz

Vice President, Finance

Mor Lakritz is Vice President of Finance at Exabeam. Lakritz leads Exabeam’s financial organization, overseeing financial planning and analysis, accounting, finance operations, treasury and facilities. Lakritz has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience in public companies and high-growth pre-IPO organizations. Most recently, Lakritz served as the Vice President, Corporate Controller at Talkdesk, a unicorn cloud-based contact center. Before Talkdesk, Lakritz was Corporate Controller at Apttus, a SaaS provider of quote-to-cash software. Prior to Apttus, Lakritz held a variety of finance positions at cybersecurity firm Imperva and began her career at KPMG. Lakritz holds a MBA in Finance from Tel-Aviv University, Recanati School of Business Management, and a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Board of Directors

Michael DeCesare

Chief Executive Officer & President

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Michael DeCesare

Chief Executive Officer & President

Michael DeCesare is CEO and President of Exabeam. Prior to Exabeam, DeCesare served as CEO and President of ForeScout Technologies and continues to serve as a board member with this leader in Enterprise of Things security. Prior to ForeScout, DeCesare spent eight years at cybersecurity giant McAfee, serving four years as President and four years as SVP of Worldwide Sales and Operations. DeCesare has also served in SVP and worldwide sales leadership roles at Documentum, EMC, and Oracle over the course of his career in cybersecurity. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University.

Nir Polak

Chairman of the Board & Co-founder

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Nir Polak

Chairman of the Board & Co-founder

Nir Polak is Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Exabeam. Polak was formerly Chief Executive Officer at Exabeam and has more than 18 years of experience in information security, including executive experience setting company strategy, driving execution, building new products, and bringing them to market. Prior to Exabeam, Polak set the company product strategy, and launched and managed the worldwide services organization at cybersecurity firm Imperva. He also held engineering positions at Adjungo Networks (acquired by Flash Networks) and Shopping.com (acquired by eBay). Polak has a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer sciences from The Interdisciplinary Center in Israel.

Jeb Miller

General Partner, Icon Ventures

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Jeb Miller

General Partner, Icon Ventures

Jeb joined Icon Ventures in 2009 as a General Partner, bringing 15+ years of experience working with early-stage technology companies as a venture capitalist, operating executive and investment banker. He also serves as a consultant to the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative program of the US Department of Defense. His prior experience includes senior executive roles at Morgan Stanley Technology Ventures, ComVentures, Worldview Technology Partners, and the Carlyle Group. Jeb gained his operational experience as Managing Director of Business Development for Scient, a pioneering Internet consulting firm.

Shlomo Kramer

CEO, Cato Networks

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Shlomo Kramer

CEO, Cato Networks

In 2006, Shlomo was selected by Network World magazine as one of 20 luminaries who changed the network industry. He is the founder and CEO of Cato Networks and previously was founder and CEO of Imperva. Prior to founding Imperva, he co-founded Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. in 1993. At Check Point, he served in various executive roles and as a member of the board of directors through 2003. While at Check Point, Shlomo played a key role in defining and creating several category-defining products and solutions, including FireWall-1, VPN-1, FloodGate-1, Check Point’s OPSEC alliance, and Check Point’s security appliance program.

He has participated as an early investor and board member in a number of security and enterprise software companies including Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Trusteer (Acquired by IBM), Watchdox, and Worklight (Acquired by IBM). Shlomo received a Masters degree in Computer Science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

Matthew Howard

Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

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Matthew Howard

Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Matt has over 25 years of experience in marketing, product management, engineering, business development, and sales in a wide range of technologies. Matt has appeared on the Forbes Midas List as a top 100 investor for three years and was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the “19 Best Enterprise Tech Venture Capitalists.” He was also featured on AlwaysOn’s list of “Power Players in the Cloud.”

Matt currently serves on the boards of Avere Systems, Bitglass, Blue Jeans Network, Bluenose Analytics, ConteXtream, Exabeam, Exablox, Hadapt, MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) and Pertino Networks. Previously, Matt was on the board of Airespace (acquired by Cisco Systems), Morta Security (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), Omneon (acquired by Harmonic), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Retrevo (acquired by Shopzilla), Skystream Networks (acquired by Tandberg Television), SpectraLinear (acquired by Silicon Laboratories), Spinnaker Networks (acquired by Network Appliance), Summit Microelectronics (acquired by Qualcomm), Swan Labs (acquired by F5 Networks) and Webstacks (acquired by Extreme Networks). He was a board observer with FireEye, Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Yipes (acquired by Reliance/Flag Telecom) and ZettaCom (acquired by IDT). He previously served on the board of the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA).

Theresia Gouw

Founder, Acrew Capital

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Theresia Gouw

Founder, Acrew Capital

Theresia Gouw was a co-Founder and partner at Aspect Ventures. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia has been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (AirBnB), Astro (Slack; WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).

As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics.

Theresia led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ.

Theresia is a first generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.

Ravi Mhatre

General Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

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Ravi Mhatre

General Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Ravi is a Founder and Partner of Lightspeed and focuses on investments in enterprise IT, mobility, and Internet and cloud-based services and applications. Ravi has 17 years of venture capital experience and before entering venture capital he ran a product management group at Silicon Graphics and also worked in management consulting at Booz Allen and as a software engineer for BDIS, a Silicon Valley biotech instruments manufacturer. His current investments include Nutanix, AppDynamics, Natera, Mulesoft, Sailpoint, Edgespring, TheFind and Kixeye. Ravi has been recognized as a Top 100 dealmaker on Forbes’ Annual VC Midas List. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and an MBA from Stanford University.

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