Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Sudhakar Ramakrishna joined SolarWinds as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2021. He is a global technology leader with nearly 25 years of experience across cloud, mobility, networking, security and collaboration markets. He most recently served as the CEO of Pulse Secure®, a leading provider of secure and zero trust access solutions for Hybrid IT environments, where he was responsible for all aspects of business strategy and execution. Prior to Pulse Secure, Mr. Ramakrishna served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Enterprise and Service Provider Division at Citrix®, where he had responsibility for Citrix’s portfolio of virtualization, cloud networking, mobile platforms and cloud services solutions. Mr. Ramakrishna also has held senior leadership roles at Polycom, Motorola and 3Com. Mr. Ramakrishna is an experienced public and private company board member. Mr. Ramakrishna is a partner at Benhamou Global Ventures, a leading venture capital firm investing in emerging startups in the fields of security, analytics and applications. Mr. Ramakrishna earned a master’s degree in computer science from Kansas State University and a master’s of management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

J. Barton Kalsu, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

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J. Barton Kalsu has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since April 2016. He served as our Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer from October 2013 to April 2016 and served as our Chief Accountant and Senior Vice President, Finance, from November 2011 to October 2013. Mr. Kalsu joined the Company as Chief Accountant and Vice President, Finance in August 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kalsu worked for JPMorgan Chase Bank as Vice President, Commercial Banking, from June 2005 until August 2007. From April 2002 until June 2005, Mr. Kalsu worked for Red Hat, Inc. as Senior Director of Finance. Mr. Kalsu serves on the board of directors of EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE). Mr. Kalsu previously served on the board of directors of Athlon Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHL) prior to its acquisition by Encana Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Jason Bliss, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

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Jason W. Bliss has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer since April 2021. Mr. Bliss previously served as our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, General Counsel and Secretary from January 2020 to April 2021, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from June 2016 to January 2020, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from April 2016 to June 2016, Senior Vice President, Legal Operations and Corporate Development from October 2013 to April 2016, Vice President, Corporate Development from June 2012 to October 2013 and Assistant General Counsel from March 2008 to June 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bliss was an associate at DLA Piper LLP (US) specializing in mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and technology licensing. Prior to DLA Piper, Mr. Bliss was a technology consultant with Accenture. Mr. Bliss earned a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia.

David Gardiner, Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer

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David Gardiner has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer since April 2021. Mr. Gardiner previously served as our Executive Vice President and President, ITOM from January 2020 to April 2021, Executive Vice President, Core IT from January 2018 to January 2020, Executive Vice President, International Sales from October 2015 to January 2018, Senior Vice President, Sales from July 2013 to October 2015 and Vice President, Sales from November 2007 to July 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gardiner worked as Director, Business Development for Motive, Inc., Manager, Business Development for BroadJump, LLC, and in channel business development for Trilogy, Inc. Mr. Gardiner holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Darren Beck, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

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Darren Beck joined SolarWinds from Guaranteed Rate™, where he also served as CMO. In his nearly 20-year career, he has built a track record of defining strategic vision and executing cross-functional initiatives to realize aggressive goals. He has held a number of senior leadership positions, managing all aspects of marketing and demand generation, including advertising, digital marketing, web development, and public relations for companies including LendingTree®, Capital One®, and Wal-Mart®.

Rohini Kasturi, Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer

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Rohini Kasturi serves as our Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer and is responsible for the product organization, inclusive of engineering, product management, and product marketing. Kasturi leads the development, launch, and integration of new and enhanced SolarWinds products, accelerating the company’s integrated journey into cloud and SaaS in support of hybrid deployments. He is a seasoned product executive with more than 25 patents in the SaaS, cloud, data, analytics, security, and SDx spaces. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Kasturi was Chief Product Officer at Pulse Secure where he transformed its on-premises product portfolio to SaaS while driving product excellence.

David Owens, Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, EMEA

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David Owens serves as our Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, EMEA. Prior to joining SolarWinds in 2007, Owens worked for Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, for over seven years, where he served initially as Director of Global Logistics and Production and then as Senior Director of Finance- EMEA. Owens qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Tiffany Nels, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer

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Tiffany Nels serves as our Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, leading corporate marketing, corporate communications, community, and creative initiatives. Her 20-year commitment to storytelling and cross-functional teamwork have enabled her to hold a variety of marketing leadership roles for a wide range of companies. Previously, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Lifesize, a vice president at Fleishman-Hillard supporting AT&T, Extend Fertility, and other tech-based clients. She has also held marketing leadership roles at Mediaprise and pcOrder. She holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University. 

Andrea Webb, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer

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Andrea Webb serves as our Chief Customer Officer and is responsible for expanding the SolarWinds customer success culture and simplifying user experiences. Webb partners closely with global sales leaders on the end-to-end customer lifecycle and with the larger organization to share expertise in support of the SolarWinds vision to put customer success at the forefront of its corporate strategy. Webb joined the company in 2002 and previously served as Senior Vice President, Customer Success, Retention during which she built a world-class team contributing heavily to the renewals, customer service, sales engineering, and customer success areas of the business.