Elia Zaitsev

Elia Zaitsev

Chief Technology Officer

Elia Zaitsev leads CrowdStrike technology vision and strategy, notably driving the company’s data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and malware research functions. Zaitsev was promoted to CrowdStrike’s Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in 2023. He joined the Office of the CTO in 2020 after having led the Americas Sales Engineering organization. He joined CrowdStrike in 2013 as the company’s first sales engineer. Throughout his tenure, he has worked closely as a trusted advisor to CrowdStrike’s largest customers while collaborating with the product and R&D teams to ensure continued customer success and safety through innovation and evolution of the Falcon platform. Prior to CrowdStrike, Zaitsev was at IBM, i2 Inc. and Northrop Grumman.


  • Chief Technology Officer of the Americas – CrowdStrike
  • VP Americas, Sales Engineering – CrowdStrike
  • Director of Sales Engineering, Americas – CrowdStrike
  • Sales Engineer – IBM
  • Sales Engineer – i2
  • Systems Engineer – Northrop Grumman


  • Masters in Engineering, Cornell University
  • B.S. in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, Cornell University