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An Experienced Leadership Team

Dave Gerry

Chief Executive Officer

Casey Ellis

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Robert Taccini

Chief Financial Officer

Nicholas McKenzie

Chief Information and Security Officer

Tanya Gay

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Nadan

VP and General Counsel

Cassandra Morton

Senior Vice President, Global Customer Success and Account Management

Marcus MacNeill

VP of Product

Emily Ferdinando

Chief Marketing Officer

Paul Ciesielski

Chief Revenue Officer

Vlad Nisic

VP OF SALES – EMEA & APAC

Kent Wilson

VP, GLOBAL PUBLIC SECTOR

Shyam Ramamurthy

VP of Engineering

Jennifer Hood

VP, People

Julian Brownlow Davies

VP, Advanced Services Group

Dave Gerry

Chief Executive Officer

Dave Gerry is a cybersecurity thought leader with a wealth of experience in application security (AppSec). In his most recent role as Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Global Operations (COO) at WhiteHat Security, Dave spearheaded global revenue growth, managed service delivery, and orchestrated customer-facing operations. His impactful tenure at WhiteHat began in 2017 and helped to steer the company through a successful acquisition by NTT in 2019 and, more recently, its acquisition by Synopsys in 2022.

With nearly a decade entrenched in the AppSec market, Dave has occupied leadership roles in renowned cybersecurity firms such as Veracode, Sumo Logic, and The Herjavec Group, in addition to his impactful contributions at WhiteHat Security. His leadership has been consistently acknowledged in both the cybersecurity and business communities, earning him prestigious accolades such as the CyberScoop 50 Awards, Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, and Cyber Defense Magazine’s Global InfoSec Awards.

Dave’s academic credentials include an MBA from Suffolk University and a BA from Merrimack College.

Casey Ellis

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Casey is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Bugcrowd, as well as the co-founder of the disclose.io Project. He is a 20+ year veteran of information security who entered the space from a youth spent inventing things and generally getting technology to misbehave. Prior to Bugcrowd, Casey entered information security as a penetration tester and security researcher, before wearing a variety of hats ranging from solutions architecture and sales to CSO, and finally landing as a career cybersecurity entrepreneur.

Casey pioneered Crowdsourced Security as-a-Service, launching Bugcrowd and it’s first bug bounty programs in 2012, and co-founded the disclose.io vulnerability disclosure standardization and adoption project in 2014.

Since then, he has personally advised the US Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security/CISA, the US Department of Justice around CFAA reform, the Australian and UK intelligence and policy communities, and various US Whitehouse, executive, and judicial branch legislative cybersecurity initiatives, including the US National Cyber Strategy and preemptive cyberspace protection ahead of the 2020 and 2024 Presidential Elections.

Robert Taccini

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Bugcrowd, Taccini was Chief Financial Officer of WhiteHat Security, where he played a key role in the successful spinout from NTT and sale of the business to Synopsys. In previous roles, he served as the CFO of HyperGrid, CFO and Treasurer of VCE Company LLC; and Vice President of Business Operations Finance for Cisco Systems. As the startup CFO of VCE, Taccini drove revenue growth, gross margin improvements, and operating efficiencies as the business scaled up to $500 million in operating budget and from six employees to 2,000-plus employees. Taccini also executed a converged infrastructure market strategy that yielded a $3 billion annual revenue run rate with 50% compounded growth over five years.

Nicholas McKenzie

Chief Information and Security Officer

Nick joins us most recently from National Australia Bank (NAB), one of Australia’s four largest financial institutions where he served as Executive General Manager-Chief Security Officer. At NAB, he was responsible for overseeing the enterprise security portfolio, which included cyber, physical security, investigations, and operational fraud capabilities to protect customers and employees, support business growth, and enable an operationally resilient bank.

Nick currently serves as an advisory board member for Google, Amazon Web Services, and Digital Shadows. Prior to NAB, Nick held IT risk and cybersecurity leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank, J.P. Morgan, and UBS.

Tanya Gay

Chief Operating Officer

Tanya is a dynamic leader with a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in sales, revenue operation, and business operations. Her expertise lies in crafting effective go-to-market strategies, identifying growth opportunities, and devising innovative, cost-effective solutions to elevate competitive advantage, revenue streams, customer service, and overall profitability.

Known for her talent in designing and implementing repeatable and scalable motions within high-growth environments, Tanya brings a unique blend of strategic vision and tactical execution to every endeavor. Her track record includes transforming organizations through streamlined processes, enhanced efficiency, and strategic partnerships.

Prior to her current role at Bugcrowd, Tanya held executive leadership positions at several security-focused enterprises, including NTT Application Security, Bromium, and Veracode.

Chris Nadan

VP and General Counsel

Chris Nadan is VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, responsible for all legal affairs for Bugcrowd. Chris has over 20 years’ legal experience at global technology companies, including most recently SVP & General Counsel at Actian Corporation, where he executed a successful sale of the company (staying on to help lead the company into its new incarnation), and Deputy General Counsel for Sun Microsystems, where he won Sun’s Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Chris was also an adjunct professor of law at U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and lives in the Bay Area with his family.

Cassandra Morton

Senior Vice President, Global Customer Success and Account Management

Cassandra Morton was most recently WhiteHat Security’s SVP of Customer Success and Service Delivery, where she was responsible for driving the entire post-sale customer journey. With over 18 years of experience in customer-facing operations, 10 of which are in Security, Cassandra uses her expertise to build out successful programs. She holds a keen focus on delivering positive customer outcomes with a passion for cross-functional team building and supporting a thriving Customer Success organization.

Prior to WhiteHat Security, Cassandra led Customer Success and Operational Deployment programs at SaaS organizations, including Veracode and SAI Global. As an ally and advocate for increasing LGBTQ+ representation in leadership positions, Cassandra is committed to opening the door to security careers for underrepresented communities.

Marcus MacNeill

VP of Product

Marcus brings 30 years of experience defining and marketing enterprise software to his role. Most recently, he was SVP Product at ASG Technologies (acquired by Rocket Software). Prior to ASG, Marcus held senior product management and marketing positions at Zenoss, Dell, Hart InterCivic, Surgient, Troux, Vignette, and Oracle. His career began in software engineering at IBM/Platinum Technology.

Marcus holds a B.A. in Economics (CS specialization) from Stanford University.

Emily Ferdinando

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily is a go-to-market (GTM) leader with a focus on pipeline and revenue growth. She brings 15 years of GTM leadership experience, specializing in optimizing operational processes and data-driven strategy. With a background in sales and operations, Emily brings a unique approach to Marketing focused on down-funnel impact and top line growth. 

Emily joins Bugcrowd from Veracode where she most recently led the Growth Marketing organization. Her background includes leadership roles across the GTM engine, including Global Business Development, GTM Enablement, and Operational Strategy. While there, she led the team through multiple events and two successful exits.

Emily lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two young children. She enjoys the outdoors and stretching her creative muscles through painting, fiction writing, and guitar.

Paul Ciesielski

Chief Revenue Officer

Paul Ciesielski is an accomplished strategic leader with a track record of driving predictable revenue growth, new customer acquisition, and team development. Paul is methodical, data & process driven, and has extensive cybersecurity, compliance, application, and infrastructure management experience. He brings a customer-first approach along with a great mix of inspiration, operational experience, and a record of success at all stages of company growth and through a variety of sales channels, partnerships, and markets.

Most recently Paul Ciesielski was CRO at TrueFort where he led go-to-market strategy for sales, marketing, channels, and field engineering. Before TrueFort, Paul was CRO at ReversingLabs, a leading provider of explainable threat intelligence solutions where he led go-to-market strategies for sales, channel, field engineering, and customer success. Previously, he served as CRO at SevOne (acquired by Turbonomic), and also served Vice President of Sales at Chef Software where Ciesielski helped the company achieve triple-digit growth. He has also held senior sales and leadership roles at AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco), Mazu (acquired by Riverbed Technology), and Mercury (acquired by HP).

Vlad Nisic

VP OF SALES – EMEA & APAC

Vlad is an accomplished cybersecurity veteran with more than 25 years of experience in Enterprise IT and Information Security. He excels in building high-performing sales teams across EMEA and APAC regions and has extensive knowledge of DevSecOps, AppSec, GRC, Network Security, and more.

Before joining Bugcrowd, Vlad was the Regional Vice President of Sales position for EMEA at Semperis. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Sales in EMEA for the application security division of NTT. Vlad also held leadership roles at Sonatype, Dell EMC, Symantec, Orchestria, and Guidance Software.

Vlad lives in London with his wife and twin sons, who are finishing their university studies. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family and mentoring others in cybersecurity.

Kent Wilson

VP, GLOBAL PUBLIC SECTOR

Kent is a seasoned cybersecurity professional with an extensive military background, having served as an Infantryman, Paratrooper, and Infantry Squad Leader in the 82nd Airborne. Driven by his desire to have a greater impact on national security, he transitioned into cybersecurity nearly two decades ago. Kent has since served the national security mission as a consultant, engineer, and business development leader.

Kent excels in guiding early and growth-stage companies to establish high-performing public sector sales teams. Most recently, he was the VP of Global Sales Engineering at SimSpace, where he spearheaded successful efforts to expand public sector growth in the US, the Five Eyes alliance, and emerging markets in Eastern Europe. His prior experience includes sales leadership positions at Symantec, Rapid7, and Bricata.

Kent enjoys spending time with his wife and family as they try to keep up with their two gymnast sons. While they may have surpassed his athletic abilities, he can still claim victory over them in chess on a good day.

Shyam Ramamurthy

VP of Engineering

Shyam Ramamurthy is a technology leader with over three decades of experience across multiple domains–holding key leadership roles in companies such as Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, and Oracle. Most recently, he served as Director of Engineering at Google for Android and Play, driving global product development for over a billion new internet users in India and other emerging markets. During his time with Google, he helped build and launch the first ever Google co-branded Android smartphone, an operating system and a compelling set of user experiences for these geographies. Prior to Google, Shyam led global engineering and product management teams for the Amazon Advertising Platform at Amazon.

Shyam has also bootstrapped and successfully exited startups in the education-tech and financial-tech industries. He is passionate about finding graceful and massively scalable technology solutions to complex user problems.

Shyam holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and lives with his wife, Kathyayini, and their two daughters, Pooja and Preethi.

Jennifer Hood

VP, People

Jennifer Hood is a seasoned HR executive with over two decades of experience across multiple industries–technology, healthcare, banking, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at Red River, a technology transformation company where she oversaw employee engagement along with diversity, equity, and inclusion, all while supporting the organization through explosive growth. Prior to Red River, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources at American Renal Associates, a publicly traded company with more than 4,000 employees in 26 states.

Jennifer is passionate about employee experience and enjoys building scalable people functions to support organizational growth and excellence. She earned her BA in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Her boys are off to college and she recently moved to coastal Maine with her husband and two dogs.

Julian Brownlow Davies

VP, Advanced Services Group

Julian Brownlow Davies is a seasoned tech services professional with nearly 3 decades of working in commercial, operational and leadership roles within start-ups and scaleups across multiple geographies. Julian has a proven track record in developing and executing strategies that drive above-industry year-on-year growth and experience in scaling commercial and business operations internationally. Julian is a customer focussed leader who has a passion for problem solving and building high performing teams.

Julian has spent the last 20 years within the Cyber industry and most recently was the VP and GM for EMEA for Bishop Fox, leading their expansion into the European market. Prior to that he was the Commercial Operations Director at Slipstream Cyber, a boutique SOC and DFIR firm where he was responsible for accelerating growth, leading to their successful exit in 2022. Before joining Slipstream, Julian was the Managing Director of Asia Pacific & Japan for NCC Group, where he grew the regional business from scratch at a 6-year CAGR of 80%. Julian also operated in leadership roles within NCC Group in the UK.

Julian is now based back in the UK with his wife, twin teenagers and two dogs. He has an MBA from Griffith University, and a BSc in Psychology from York University, UK. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, kayaking and hiking.

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