Management and Board
Aanand Krishnan is the CEO and Founder of Tala Security. Prior to Tala, Aanand was most recently a senior director of product management at Symantec where he built Symantec’s first big data security analytics platform and led key strategy projects that helped establish the company’s vision and strategic focus.
Aanand spent several years in investment banking at and mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and Dolby Labs and acted as an adviser to leading security software, semiconductor and clean tech companies. He started his career building high-speed optical networking products at Agilent Technologies. Aanand holds an MBA from Berkeley where he was a recipient of CJ White Fellowship, a Masters in Photonics and Optoelectronics from UC Santa Barbara where he was a QUEST Fellow and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Honors from BITS, Pilani.
Hemant Puri is the VP of Cloud Engineering at Tala. He has 20+ years of experience in the area of networking, security, storage and cloud infrastructure and holds several patents in the field. He has worked in several startups as well as big companies.
Before co-founding Tala, he was a Senior Researcher at Symantec Research, where he worked on a variety of cloud, mobile and network technologies. Prior to Symantec, he held various engineering positions in startups (Neoscale Systems, Ukiah Software) as well as big companies (Cisco, Novell). Hemant holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT, India.
Sanjay Sawhney is the co-founder and VP of Engineering of Tala. Sanjay is an experienced, engineering leader, technologist and entrepreneur who has worked for 25+ years in various engineering capacities in both well-established companies as well as startups.
Most recently, he spent 9 years at Symantec managing Symantec Research Labs, one of the key innovation engines of the company. Prior to joining Symantec, he co-founded two companies and led their engineering – Neoscale Systems, a data encryption company, and Ukiah Software, a network security company. Earlier in his career, he has worked in various engineering positions at Novell. Sanjay received a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Swapnil is the Tala’s Chief Technology Officer. Swapnil had over 14 years of experience in researching and building security technologies.
Swapnil started his career as a Security Consultant at Ernst & Young, followed by extensive work in the threat research and response teams at Microsoft, Symantec and Dell. Swapnil holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Mark brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a solid understanding of marketing technology. He is responsible for Tala’s awareness building and go-to-market strategies including analyst relations, market research, communications, digital marketing, demand generation, PR and partner marketing. Prior to Tala, Mark held senior marketing roles with Source Defense, NetShield and Kaspersky Lab. Mark holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.
Mr. McNeight has had a thirty five year career in enterprise software systems. Currently an Operating Partner with Tech Operators, LLC, he was formerly the President and CEO of GuardedNet, Inc., a security information management (SIM) software company acquired by Micromuse. Prior to joining GuardedNet, he was a top executive of Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) where he was responsible for building the field operations. During his tenure, ISS grew from approximately $700,000 to $190,000,000 in revenue and had a successful public offering.
Steve Bennett is a board member, angel investor and advisor with a long track record of delivering strong results for customers, partners, employees, and shareholders.
His operating roles included 23 years at GE, 8 years as CEO of Intuit and 20 months as CEO of Symantec. His board experience spans a wide range of public companies including Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Qualcomm, Symantec and Insweb.
Pete is a founding partner of Jackson Square Ventures. He was the CIO of Cisco during an incredible growth phase of 100X over 8 years to a total of $20B in annual sales. Before that, he was an IT exec at Apple for 11 years and oversaw the Apple Online Services group. Pete is second to none in understanding the mind of an enterprise software buyer.
Philippe De Ryck helps developers protect companies through better web security. As the founder of Pragmatic Web Security, he travels the world to train developers on web security and security engineering.
His Ph.D. in web security from KU Leuven lies at the basis of his exceptional knowledge of the security landscape. Philippe is a Google Developer Expert and an Auth0 Ambassador/Expert for his community contributions on the security of web applications and APIs.
General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Chairman and Founder of Enverra, Inc. a licensed investment bank; Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations; Advisory Board member of SICPA, Trustee of International Crisis Group; Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock; Chairman of Energy Security Partners, LLC; as well as numerous corporate boards including BNK Petroleum and Leagold Mining.
Founder and CEO of Rafay, Soha (sold to Akamai), CPO of Infineta.
Former Head of Alliances, Enterprise CTO at Symantec).