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SolarWinds has announced the extension of its executive team with three new appointments, including Chief Product Officer, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and Chief Customer Officer.

SolarWinds has appointed Rohini Kasturi as executive vice president and chief product officer, Tim Brown as chief information security officer (CISO), and Andrea Webb as senior Vice President and chief customer officer.

SolarWinds states these three new appointments reinforce the company’s commitment to customer experience and success, security, and product innovations to support an increasingly hybrid IT world.

“These three executive functions are strategic in supporting the mission I stated upon joining the company in January 2021 - to continue to build on the earned trust of our customers by delivering powerful, affordable, and secure solutions,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President and CEO, SolarWinds. “The appointment of these new executive roles marks a key moment in our company’s evolution, signalling our commitment to investing in the next phase of SolarWinds transformation and growth to better serve the expanding needs of our customers as they accelerate their digital transformation efforts in a hybrid IT world.”


 
EVP, Chief Product Officer, Rohini Kasturi
Rohini Kasturi joined SolarWinds on March 4, 2021, and is responsible for the IT operations management product organisation, inclusive of engineering, product management, and product marketing. Kasturi has over 25 patents in the SaaS, cloud, data, analytics, security, and SDx spaces. He previously served as Chief Product Officer at Pulse Secure and transformed the on-premises product portfolio to SaaS.

Kasturi will define the SolarWinds product strategy and be a part of a global organisation responsible for product management and positioning and engineering execution.
 
Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President, Security, Tim Brown
Tim Brown joined SolarWinds in 2017 as Vice President, Security with responsibilities spanning internal IT security, product security and security strategy, and has now expanded his role as SolarWinds CISO. Brown is a former Dell Fellow and CTO and understands the challenges and aspirations of the person responsible for driving digital innovation and change. He has over 25 years of experience developing and implementing security technology and holds 18 patents on security-related topics.

Brown will be responsible for SolarWinds security compliance, internal audit, IT operations, risk measurement and remediation efforts. He will promote the company’s “Secure by Design” initiative internally and externally, enabling SolarWinds and the overall development community to produce exemplary secure and resilient software and services.

Tim Brown previously spoke exclusively with iTWire about the company's recent supply chain attack and what this meant for software development at the company.
 
SVP, Chief Customer Officer, Andrea Webb
Andrea Webb has been with SolarWinds since 2002, building a team contributing heavily to the customer service, sales engineering, renewals, and customer success areas of the business.

In her new role as SVP, Chief Customer Officer, Webb will expand the customer success culture and simplify user experiences. She will be tasked with improving expertise-sharing across the organisation to support the SolarWinds vision to put customer success at the forefront of its corporate strategy. Webb’s team will be responsible for the company’s comprehensive post-sale customer experience, partnering closely with global sales leaders on the end-to-end customer lifecycle.

“I’m delighted to appoint Tim, Rohini, and Andrea to their new, respective roles at SolarWinds,” added Ramakrishna. “I’m confident their experience and leadership will help us successfully accelerate our focus on customer success, security and product innovation.” 
 


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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