Company Names Former FireEye Sales Executive John Kassees to Lead Enterprise Sales; Former New Relic Sales Executive Brian Hurrell to Lead SMB/Commercial Sales
ShiftLeft™ Inc., an innovator in application-specific cloud security, today announced it has named former FireEye sales executive John Kassees as its new Director of Enterprise Sales; and former New Relic sales executive Brian Hurrell as its new Director of SMB/Commercial Sales. In these new roles, the new sales directors will be responsible for helping customers understand and benefit from ShiftLeft’s unique security solution that is highly accurate and highly performant.
“The addition of these proven sales leaders will rapidly accelerate the expansion of ShiftLeft’s product offerings beyond our current try-and-buy sales model,” said Manish Gupta, ShiftLeft CEO and co-founder. “Since ShiftLeft’s launch from stealth mode about a month ago, the company has seen significant traction and interest in its application-specific SECaaS solution protecting cloud applications and microservices in the DevOps process. These sales leaders bring a wealth of experience helping companies grow in new markets. We will rely on that expertise as we gear up for the next phase of ShiftLeft’s rapid growth.”
ShiftLeft has introduced the industry’s first fully automated Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) for cloud software that understands the security needs of each version of each application, and creates custom security and threat detection for it. With ShiftLeft, organizations can now secure their cloud applications as part of their continuous integration pipeline, rather than merely reacting to threats discovered in production. ShiftLeft also identifies vulnerabilities, including contextual vulnerabilities with usage of Open Source Software (OSS) and data leakage risks, allowing organizations to either fix them or protect against them in production using ShiftLeft’s Microagent.
John Kassees leads the ShiftLeft Enterprise Sales organization. He has more than 20 years of technology sales experience, focusing exclusively on cyber security for the past 10+ years. He was previously Director of the Western Region at Cynet, where he helped establish Cynet’s presence in the US market; as well as Major Account Executive at Guidance, where he helped the company pivot from forensics to cyber security. Prior to this, Mr. Kassees was a top performing Enterprise Account Executive at FireEye, the company that defined the advanced threat protection category. He was part of the early founding team and played a key role in scaling the company from approximately $3 million in annual revenue to more than $600 million over a 6-year period. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kassees held sales management positions at Proof point, Gevity and ADP, where he was also a consistent top performer.
Brian Hurrell leads the SMB/Commercial sales organization at ShiftLeft. He has more than 20 years of experience in both software engineering and technology sales. Prior to ShiftLeft, Mr. Hurrell was the top performing Account Executive at New Relic, consistently exceeding quota, closing the most new logos (Shutter stock, Yodle, News Distribution Network, Machine Zone) in the midmarket segment quarter over quarter, and serving as a major contributor to the company’s growth from $20M in sales revenue annually to more than $250M over 4 years. Prior to New Relic, Mr. Hurrell was lead Software Engineer at IGT where he built some of the most recognizable casino games for online consumption. Previous engineering experience also includes being a major contributor at Gap, Inc., bringing their commerce business to the Cloud and helping to build Gap’s first e-commerce application.
ShiftLeft™ Inc., is an innovator in application-specific cloud security, delivering the industry’s first fully automated Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) solution that understands the unique security needs of each version of each application and creates custom security and threat detection for it. With ShiftLeft, DevOps can make threat detection part of their continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) process. ShiftLeft’s approach allows teams to both protect their applications immediately and enhance the security posture of their code. The company was founded by a team with extensive backgrounds in security and cloud infrastructure who were early innovators of technologies such as sandbox, Next Generation Firewall, Next Generation Electronic Payment network and Fraud Modeling, and several open source initiatives. Head quartered in Santa Clara, Calif., ShiftLeft is backed byBain Capital Ventures and Mayfield. For more information, see https://www.shiftleft.io/.