Tech job moves – Claroty, Cydarm, Nutanix, Validity & Zepto – IT Brief Australia

We round up all job appointments from October 30 – November 4, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.

Blockchain NZ (New Zealand)
Ben Rose, General Manager of Binance NZ, has been appointed to the executive council of Blockchain NZ, an association of organisations and individuals dedicated to growing the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem in Aotearoa.
The council assists with networking, business projects, government engagement and public education in the blockchain space.
Rose says he's thrilled to join the council and be part of such a passionate group of blockchain advocates, including Alex Sims of Auckland University, Bridget Beale of Toha, Brett Calton of Callahan Innovation, Sorrel Carr of Bank of New Zealand and more than half a dozen other crypto and financial services experts.
"I am delighted to be appointed to the executive council of Blockchain NZ, where I hope to add value to this growing sector in New Zealand. This country already has a great track record of innovation in the fintech space and the right mindset to take these new technologies into new and creative directions," Rose says.
"Now that the Government is starting to embrace these technologies we are likely to see more benefits for the local economy emerge as entrepreneurs develop new business models and ways of accessing financial services."
Rose became the General Manager of Binance NZ in June after just over a year as the Chief Commercial Officer of CodeHQ.
Binance is the world's leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider and recently set up shop in New Zealand. Binance is fully compliant with New Zealand regulations and is registered as a financial services provider with the Ministry for Business, Employment and Innovation.

blueAPACHE (Australia)
The company has launched a new experience business unit to support its scale for global growth and continuing effort to drive customer success.
The new business unit will be led by James Bubbers as General Manager Experience and will bring together the employee and customer delivery teams to enhance both the internal and external experience.
Bubbers originally joined blueAPACHE four years ago as Operations General Manager and will now oversee the company's key customer-facing teams, including service delivery and end-user help desk services, talent acquisition and people operations.
The new division will empower every employee to drive a positive impact on both the employee and customer experience, as well as encourage innovation and engagement.
"Through the creation of our experience business unit, blueAPACHE is putting both employee experience and customer experience at the heart of what we do whilst staying true to our DNA of technical excellence," says Chris Marshall, Founder and Managing Director, blueAPACHE.
"We're building on our heritage of technical excellence to ensure we can continue to provide a consistency of the experience as the company expands.
"A great team member experience motivates and drives the desire to achieve exceptional customer outcomes and that ultimately supports our business aspiration of becoming the global mid-market service provider of choice," Marshall continues.
"I'm relishing the opportunity to ensure our teams are empowered to deliver great outcome-based services centred around a strategy that customer experience and innovation is a responsibility shared across the blueAPACHE business," Bubbers says.
"The new experience business unit is an evolution of our organisation as a fast-growing business which will help us to scale and gear blueAPACHE to successfully deliver on the promise to our customers, working together to drive strategic transformations that support their organisational objectives through the provision of IT services excellence," Marshall adds.

Claroty (US)
CJ Radford has been appointed as Channels and Alliances Global Vice President.
He brings over 15 years of experience leading channel sales, alliances, and business development for market-leading cybersecurity solution providers, including Thales and Symantec. In this role, he will oversee Claroty's ecosystem of channel and technology alliance partners, who are focused on safeguarding and improving customers' security operations across industrial, healthcare, and commercial environments.
"Claroty is committed to building a partner ecosystem that delivers the solutions, services, and security expertise required to combat today's advanced cyber security threats, and with CJ at the helm, we are strengthening this commitment even further," says Simon Chassar, Chief Revenue Officer, Claroty.
"With his deep domain expertise and impressive track record, CJ is the perfect person to lead this next stage of our maturity."
Radford joins Claroty from Sotero, a seed-stage data security company where he served as interim CEO. Previously, he was Channel Sales and Alliances Global Vice President for Thales' Cloud Protection & Licensing business unit, where he led a team focused on indirect routes to market and strategic and technology alliances.
"I'm excited to lead Claroty's rapidly growing partner program and work with our strategic and technology alliance partners to further develop and support a powerful security ecosystem," Radford says.
"Claroty offers the most technically advanced platform for partners to help organisations get the visibility they need across cyber-physical systems to identify threats and improve cyber resilience.
"With an advanced cyber-physical systems protection platform, a partner program that puts the customer first, and the worthy mission of securing the connected world, I couldn't be more thrilled to join the Claroty team and lead the next chapter of partner growth."

Cydarm (Australia)
Phil Cole has been appointed as Technical Account Manager.
Based in Brisbane, Cole will apply his knowledge as a security operations subject matter expert to support Cydarm customers with their technical needs, providing training, building playbooks, and helping them to utilise the Cydarm platform to uplift their cyber resilience.
"Phil has the rare combination of the knowledge of cybersecurity best practices, workflows, and operations to be able to offer deep insight and support to our customers," says Ben Waters, Co-founder and COO, Cydarm Technologies.
"At the same time, he will enable us to uplift the playbooks provided to customer response teams and enhance our training and customer success function while bringing his vast experience to support product development. His significant expertise in security operations will be invaluable as we look to further expand our business in the year ahead."
Cole joins Cydarm Technologies in this new company appointment with more than 20 years' experience in engineering and cybersecurity technical management.
He was previously Principal Security Advisor at Suncorp Group, where he was practice lead for security operations and incident response. During his more than three years with the Group, he raised the maturity of the organisation's security operations in incident response capability and transformed the company's security operations practices and team expertise.
"I'm excited about the Cydarm product and its power to dramatically improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of security teams," Cole says.
"The innovations that Cydarm has introduced will support enterprise cybersecurity environments, and I'm thrilled with the opportunity to support this game-changing case management technology among both existing and new partners and customers in the years ahead."

DigiCert (US)
Amit Sinha has been named CEO and a member of the DigiCert Board of Directors.
Sinha joins DigiCert from Zscaler, where he served as President and member of the Board of Directors. During his 12-year tenure, Zscaler grew from a startup to a NASDAQ-100 company and established itself as a leader in enterprise security. DigiCert is backed by Clearlake Capital Group, LP, together with its affiliates, "Clearlake", Crosspoint and TA.
"I'm honoured and grateful for the opportunity to lead the DigiCert team," Sinha says.
"Digital trust is the cornerstone of our connected world, and DigiCert has built a foundation with global enterprises by delivering comprehensive security solutions.
"As we look ahead, the company is positioned to accelerate its leadership in digital trust for connected device and user authentication, secure software, documents, digital content and data integrity," he says.
"Amit has a track record of delivering technology innovation, operational excellence, and customer value," say Behdad Eghbali, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Prashant Mehrotra, Partner and Managing Director, Clearlake.
"We look forward to partnering with Amit and the DigiCert leadership team as the Company embarks on its next phase of accelerated growth and expansion," they add.
"Amit is a seasoned industry leader with deep security domain expertise and business acumen," says Greg Clark, Managing Partner of Crosspoint Capital and Chair of DigiCert's Board of Directors.
"With Amit at the helm, we believe we can drive increasing market adoption of our core platform and deliver innovative new products and services to strengthen DigiCert's position as the dominant provider of digital trust."

FirstWave (Australia)
Dino Davanzo has been appointed as Chief Revenue Officer to oversee the company's growth and sales across its global operations.
Davanzo is based in Sydney and joined FirstWave's senior executive team when he begun in the role on November 2, 2022. He will work closely with recently appointed North American Sales Director James Morzelewski, who provides dedicated sales leadership for the North American market, while previous (US-based) Chief Revenue Officer Craig Nelson takes on an advisory role to ensure a smooth operational transition to the enhanced structure.
Davanzo joins the company with more than 35 years of experience, including vendor and systems integration sales roles and sales leadership positions. Before FirstWave, he held senior sales positions at HPE, Optus, Dell and NetApp.
FirstWave CEO Danny Maher says Davanzo will play a critical role in the company's future growth plans while overseeing a number of existing key partnerships in Australia.
"The appointment strengthens our sales capability and our sales capacity to ensure we can execute our plan to boost sales and revenue over the coming years using our industry-leading software platforms," Maher says.
"We have worked hard to build our product suite and are now focussed on delivering those products to as many clients as possible."
Davanzo says it is an exciting time to be joining FirstWave following the successful integration of the Opmantek business that was acquired by FirstWave earlier this year.
"FirstWave has built an industry-leading package of cybersecurity and network management tools that have huge potential for a wide range of partners and customers," Davanzo says.
"I look forward to supporting the company as it enters a new growth phase."

HireVue (US)
Patrick Morrissey has been appointed as Chief Growth Officer, and Amanda Hahn has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer.
The role will see Morrisey lead the company's drive to catalyse the movement around hiring for customers and job candidates alike. Marketing, Product, Data Science and I/O psychology divisions will all report to Morrissey, enabling innovations that help customers orchestrate talent plans for future success and allowing interviews to happen on a candidate's terms, connecting them to the best roles on offer.
Morrisey brings 25 years in global sales and marketing leadership roles to HireVue, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the enterprise sales and marketing business unit at Upland Software, connecting customer journeys to repeatable sales processes.
Hahn, HireVue's Product Marketing Vice President for the past nine years, has been promoted to the role of Chief Marketing Officer as another key building block of the company's growth strategy.
Helping current and future customers optimise how HireVue helps them to find and retain the best candidates requires a stellar CMO with a global mindset.
Combining her deep knowledge of the product and background as a corporate recruiter, Hahn brings a wealth of marketing, and leadership experience into the role, alongside a deep understanding of customers' challenges.
"I'm excited to share our ongoing commitment to growth as we introduce Patrick Morrissey in the newly created role of Chief Growth Officer, and the promotion of Amanda Hahn to Chief Marketing Officer," says Anthony A. Reynolds, CEO, HireVue.
"The way the world works is changing at lightspeed, and with Amanda's deep industry background, and Patrick's keen eye for innovation, we're poised to help our customers continue hiring the top talent they need to thrive."

La Trobe University (Australia)
Mark Smith, Chief Operating Officer at La Trobe University, has announced Shainal Kavar as the University's new Chief Information Officer, starting in the role on November 21, 2022.
Smith says the appointment comes after an in-depth internal and external recruitment process.
"Shainal joins the University with significant experience in senior executive roles delivering large digital transformation projects. He has led digital transformation teams and delivered significant outcomes in complex operating environments," Smith says.
"His experience leading strategic programs of work and projects for global enterprises, including Downer, Spotless, Clarity Consulting, LogicaCMG and Accenture, has spanned multiple geographical groups and territories.
"A key leadership position, the Chief Information Officer is a member of the Chief Operating Officer's portfolio and leads the Information Services team.
"Shainal will work to support delivery of a fit-for-purpose, customer-focused digital infrastructure that will enable delivery of the University's digital transformation as a core part of our Strategic Plan.
"This will include developing appropriate student, staff and industry-relevant information services strategies, policies and operational programs, as well as monitoring, reviewing and reporting on digital effectiveness across the University.
"Shainal will work closely with key senior leaders in teaching and learning, research and student support, operations and infrastructure and to maximise the benefits of relationships with industry."

NextMinute (Australia)
A trio of new Sydney-based appointments have been made to bolster the company's expansion in Australia leading into 2023.
Erica Price has been appointed Growth Marketing Manager and will oversee all aspects of NextMinute's global demand and lead generation activities.
Price joins NextMinute with more than ten years' experience in marketing and account management and previously worked as Senior Marketing Manager at Beforepay, where she managed all aspects of their marketing department, having built it from the ground up.
Anna-Kate Maguire has been appointed Account Executive and will be responsible for accelerating new business acquisitions for NextMinute across Australia and New Zealand.
Maguire joins NextMinute with 12 years of sales and account management experience in large enterprises and the public sector.
Omar Ebrahimi has been appointed Account Executive and joins NextMinute with four years of account management experience, having previously worked at Fergus Software as Senior Account Manager.
In his new role at NextMinute, Ebrahimi will be responsible for further building out market momentum for the company's portfolio of job management software for residential trade and construction businesses across Australia and New Zealand.
"We're delighted to welcome these three new executives to NextMinute and look forward to the positive impact that their expertise will bring to both our partner momentum and overall customer experience," says Michael Savanis, Chief Revenue Officer, NextMinute.
"As we look forward to the year ahead, we're continuing to invest in our product development and partner ecosystem and have maintained our pricing, all of which have proven to be beneficial in attracting new employees to the NextMinute business despite the tight labour market.
"The three new appointments are testament to the fact that working with a great product and the opportunity to forge your own career path will still enable a company to attract the brightest of candidates."

Nutanix (Asia Pacific & Japan)
Daryush Ashjari has been appointed as APJ Presales Vice President.
Ashjari brings a wealth of experience in a range of enterprise-class disciplines with multinational IT solution providers, including IBM, Novell, Cisco, Citrix, and EMC, leading their presales communities across Asia Pacific and Japan. He joins Nutanix from McAfee, now Trellix, where he spent 13 years as their APJ CTO and Presales leader.
"Daryush has a passion for technology and transformation programs, and he has a long track record engaging with prospects, partners, and customers," says Aaron White, APJ Sales Vice President and General Manager, Nutanix.
"He has been very active across APJ, speaking about industry trends, evangelising, and promoting solutions to generate awareness that converts to opportunity. He has also earned multiple industry certifications and qualifications and is a certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner."
Ashjari will be based in Sydney, where he lives with his wife of 30 years and has two adult children.
Dayrush replaces Jeff Smith, APJ Systems Engineering Vice President at Nutanix, who will retire at the end of the year after eight years with Nutanix.
"We give thanks to Jeff, congratulate him, and wish him all the best after a successful career as he enjoys life with his family and friends in New Zealand where he lives," White adds.
Ashjari will work closely with Smith through the end of the year to ensure a seamless leadership transition for Nutanix's APJ Presales Systems Engineers and specialists.

Ordr (US)
Jim Hyman has been appointed CEO and member of the company's Board of Directors.
With more than 25 years of deep experience in cybersecurity and technology and a proven record of scaling and operating companies for growth, Hyman will use his experience to continue building a world-class organisation as the company enters a new phase of growth.
Hyman succeeds Greg Murphy as CEO, who is leaving to pursue other interests, but will remain an advisor to the company.
"Jim's background in cybersecurity and his experience across sales, business development and operations make him the perfect leader to accelerate Ordr's growth. He embodies our customer-centric culture, represents our values, and has a clear vision for Ordr's future," says René Bonvanie, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ordr.
"On behalf of the board, I want to thank Greg for his significant contributions as CEO for the past four years," Bonvanie adds.
"I'm thrilled to join Ordr at such an exciting time and look forward to building on the company's foundation of world-class, innovative technology in the connected device security market," Hyman says.
"Ordr is uniquely poised to address visibility and security challenges with the growth of connected devices and also accelerate the digital transformation and Zero Trust initiatives across multiple industries. We have unparalleled technology and an enormous opportunity ahead of us," Hyman notes.
"When we founded Ordr, our goal was to help organisations address their connected device security challenges," says Pandian Gnanaprakasam, Ordr Co-founder and Chief Product Officer.
"Our growth and customer momentum validate our best-in-class approach. Jim is the right person at the right time. His experience and passion, combined with Ordr's extraordinary market position and financial resources, put Ordr in a perfect position to capitalise on new opportunities, offer best-in-class customer experiences, and accelerate growth. I look forward to working with Jim as we continue to scale."

Validity (US)
The company has made two new additions to its leadership team as part of the company's rapid growth and momentum. Andrew Lazarus has been named Chief Financial Officer, and Geoff Charron Chief Technology Officer.
With these two strategic leadership changes coming at the heels of recent product expansions and offerings, Validity says it is positioned to offer world-class solutions to businesses of all sizes in 2023.
In an increasingly competitive email landscape, Validity helps companies target, contact, engage, and keep customers by using trustworthy data in ethical ways.
Lazarus will leverage his experience in finance and investor relations to scale the company for its next stage of growth. With a focus on strategy and execution, he will pull in his past experience in building financial infrastructures and enabling strategic business growth to elevate the documentation and processes to ensure clarity and alignment across teams as Validity scales its business.
Charron will oversee Validity's engineering, DevOps, security, compliance, and privacy teams, with a particular focus on innovation as the organisation continues to scale for growth. His primary goal will be ensuring Validity continues to expand and improve its world-class, critical solutions.
"I am excited to welcome two remarkable leaders to the Validity executive team as we enter a massive period of growth within the company," says Mark Briggs, CEO, Validity.
"Validity has a longstanding commitment to empowering customers with the right tools and leadership team to navigate an evolving data and marketing landscape. Andrew and Geoff both bring exceptional skill sets and knowledge that enable Validity to continue providing innovative, people-first solutions, and we're fortunate to have the opportunity to expand with their guidance."

Zepto (Australia)
Julia Bearzatto has been promoted to Chief Product Officer.
Since joining as Head of Product in April 2022, Bearzatto has played a critical role in Zepto's innovative approach to solving merchants' payment pain points which has led the business to scale rapidly and launch into new markets.
Prior to joining Zepto, she was Head of Technology at accounting software company MYOB and a member of their A/NZ Senior Leadership Team. In this role, she was responsible for technology strategy, delivery, and leadership of the over 100-strong financial services team.
"Julia has proven herself to be the innovative payments product authority and an inspiring executive technology leader," says Chris Jewell, CEO, Zepto.
"She is a highly regarded member of the payments industry and a superpower that dynamically and expertly blends product vision expertise with inspiring people leadership and excellence in delivery. Julia's appointment couldn't come at a more critical time for Zepto."
As Chief Product Officer, Bearzatto is now responsible for business operations and engineering as well as spearheading Zepto's product vision and strategy.
"I'm incredibly excited to lead Zepto's product vision and strategy. We're pioneering the next evolution of payment companies under our vision of being a Better Way to Pay, and we're uniquely positioned to help define the future of payments," Bearzatto says.
"With our eyes always on the horizon, we're exploring new forms of digital currency, accessing new infrastructure, and leveraging new open banking frameworks to enable velocity and availability of money."



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