Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board, Founder & CEO
Pravin Kothari has over 20 years of experience successfully bringing new products to market in information security, cloud computing, compliance, enterprise software, and large-scale software infrastructure. Pravin founded CipherCloud in 2010. Prior to founding CipherCloud, Pravin was Founder, CTO, and Interim-CEO of Agiliance, a leading Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) software company. Previously, he was Co-founder and VP Engineering of ArcSight, a leading security company, where he led product development for five years from inception to market dominance. ArcSight was recently acquired by HP for $1.5 billion. Prior to ArcSight, Pravin Kothari was Co-founder and Chief Architect at Impresse Corporation. He has also held technical leadership positions at Verity, Attachmate, and Tata Consultancy Services.
Pravin holds an MS degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Charter Member of TiE, a global organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship.
John M. Jack
Board Member, Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz John M. Jack has 32 years of sales, marketing, and executive management experience in the software industry. Highlights include: CEO at Fortify Software (sold to Hewlett Packard) and Covalent (sold to VMware), COO at The Vantive Corporation (public, sold to PeopleSoft), and executive positions at Sybase, Inc.
Most recently, at Fortify Software, John M. Jack led an experienced management team and company whose products protected enterprises from the threats posed by security flaws in business-critical software applications. Along with the management team and founders, he grew the company to become the undisputed market leader in the software security space. The company was acquired by Hewlett Packard in September of 2010, and he remained with Hewlett Packard until January 2012. John M. Jack is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where he earned a degree in Business Administration.
Gilles Samoun is the CEO at NTR Global in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to NTR Global, Gilles was Chairman and CEO of Solsoft. Previously, he served at Benchmark Capital as a member of its EIR team. Prior to Benchmark, he was the founder and CEO of Qualys, where he established the company as the leading global online security auditing service provider. Before founding Qualys, Gilles was the CEO of MediaPath Technologies, a LAN caching software company. He also spent five years at Verity, a leading provider of software solutions that power business portals, where he served as General Manager and Vice President for Europe. While at Verity, he successfully managed sales growth and developed the company’s European presence. Prior to Verity, Gilles Samoun held various technical leadership and management positions at Artefix and Fininfo.
Board Observer – SVP Strategy, Global Alliances and Customer Success
Debashis (Dev) Ghoshal brings over 20 years of experience in technology, business, and management consulting to the CipherCloud executive team. He plays a critical role in guiding the organization’s field strategy, building the global partner eco-system, and driving customer success. Dev began his career at McKinsey & Company, a global strategic consulting company serving Fortune 100 customers. He then joined i2 Technologies where he served for six years as Vice President, Europe and SVP of Global Solution Delivery and Business Development. In these roles, he was instrumental in the company’s growth from $50 million in annual revenue to over $1 billion. He then joined Sun Microsystems as a Vice President, where he ran Asia-Pacific services, and later as Vice President of Sun’s Global Software Practice. Dev has also served as General Manager of Microsoft’s Global Services Division, SVP of Services at Saba Software, and COO and Board Advisor at Agiliance.
Dev Ghoshal has a BS degree from IIT, Kanpur, an MS degree from Texas A&M, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.