Meet the Directors
Chairman of the Board, CrowdStrike
Gerhard Watzinger assumed the role of the chairman of the board of CrowdStrike in April 2012. Before CrowdStrike, Watzinger served as the chief strategy officer and executive vice president at McAfee, where he was responsible for guiding McAfee’s global business strategy and development. Watzinger has helped accelerate the international expansion of McAfee and has directed the company through numerous successful mergers and acquisitions, which have resulted in record revenue growth and increased market share. He was also the architect of McAfee’s acquisition by Intel, a $7.7B transaction which was one of the largest deals in the security industry. Watzinger has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
President/CEO & Co-Founder
Serial entrepreneur George Kurtz is the CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, a leading provider of next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and services. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in the security space. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies has enabled him to drive innovation throughout his career by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback, resulting in rapid growth for the businesses he has run. His prior roles at McAfee, a $3-billion security company, include worldwide chief technology officer and GM, as well as SVP of enterprise. Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other six founding team members. Foundstone had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry and was acquired by McAfee in October of 2004. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.
President and CEO, Austin Investment Advisors
Roxanne Austin is President and CEO of Austin Investment Advisors, a private investment and consulting firm and chairs the US Mid-market Investment Advisory Committee of EQT Partners. Ms. Austin serves on the Board of Directors of Target Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, and Teledyne Technologies and formerly, the Board of Ericsson. She was named 2018 Director of The Year – Corporate Leadership and Service by the Forum for Corporate Directors and one of the most influential directors in the boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is co-chair of the annual corporate governance conference at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She is a frequent speaker on matters of corporate governance and crisis management.
Previously, Ms. Austin was the President and CEO of Move Networks, an IP-based television delivery service. She has also served as the President and COO of DIRECTV, the world’s leading provider of digital television entertainment services. Prior to joining DIRECTV, Ms. Austin was the Executive Vice President and CFO of Hughes Electronics Corporation (then parent of DIRECTV). She was a partner of Deloitte and Touche before joining Hughes, and served as a firm designated specialist in mergers and acquisitions and aerospace and defense.
Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
Cary J. Davis is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 1994 and is responsible for technology, media and telecommunications investments in the software and financial technology sectors. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Davis was executive assistant to Michael Dell at Dell Computer and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a director of Interactive Data Corporation and TradeCard. Mr. Davis has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and is chairman emeritus of the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst. He is also chairman of the Boys Prep charter school and a trustee of the American Academy in Rome. Mr. Davis received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Managing Partner, Encore Financial Partners, Inc.
Denis O’Leary is a private investor. From 1978 to 2003 he held a variety of executive positions at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. including: treasurer for the corporation, DGM for the company’s processing businesses, chief information officer, head of retail and small business branch banking, and managing executive of Lab Morgan (the firm’s focal point for strategic investing in the new economy). He became a member of Chase’s executive committee in 1997. Following JPMC, Denis was active as a senior advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and through 2015, as managing partner of Encore Financial Partners, Inc. a firm focused on the acquisition and management of U.S. based banking organizations. He received his MBA from NYU and his B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester. Denis served as a director of McAfee (until its sale to Intel) and numerous private and not for profit entities, and as Chairman of NYCE Corporation. Presently he is also director of Fiserv (FISV), The Warranty Group, and Hamilton State Bancshares.
Sameer Gandhi joined Accel in 2008 and focuses on consumer, software and services companies. He led Accel’s early investments in Bonobos (acquired by Walmart), CrowdStrike, Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon), DJI, Dropbox (DBX), Dropcam (acquired by Google), Grovo, Jet (acquired by Walmart), Plex, Raise, Rylo, Spotify (SPOT), Venmo (acquired by Braintree/PayPal), World View, and Yapstone. Sameer works closely with Accel’s India team, and is involved in investments such as Flipkart, BookMyShow, and Freshworks – some of India’s most prominent technology companies today. Prior to Accel, Sameer was a partner at Sequoia and led investments in companies like Barracuda Networks, Dropbox (initial seed), Gracenote, Trulia, and Sourcefire. Sameer graduated from MIT and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus
Joseph P. Landy is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm with more than $35 billion of assets under management, where he has been engaged in all aspects of private equity investing since 1985. He has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000, including the formulation of strategy, oversight of investment policy and decisions, leadership of the firm’s Executive Management Group and the coordination of limited partner communications. During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Landy’s principal areas of investment focus have been information technology, Internet applications and infrastructure, communications applications and structured investments. Mr. Landy currently serves as a Director of AmRest Holdings SE, CrowdStrike and Kosmos Energy Ltd. He also serves as an Officer of the Boy Scouts of America and a Member of its National Executive Board. Mr. Landy holds a B.S. degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
Retired President, AppDynamics
Joe Sexton brings decades of top industry experience and deep operational expertise to the CrowdStrike board. Mr. Sexton recently retired as president of AppDynamics, the leader in application intelligence for software-defined businesses. Prior to joining AppDynamics, Mr. Sexton was executive vice president of worldwide sales at McAfee, where he was responsible for $2.5 billion in annual sales, managed an organization of 2,000 people, and doubled McAfee’s sales. Before joining McAfee, Mr. Sexton served as senior vice president of the Americas at Mercury Interactive, where he helped triple sales to $1 billion by establishing Mercury’s leadership in the enterprise market. Mr. Sexton also serves on the Board of Directors of Snap Route Inc., a leading open source network stack provider and on the Executive Advisory Board of PagerDuty, a leading digital operations management platform company. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Splunk Inc.
CrowdStrike named Godfrey Sullivan to its Board of Directors in November 2017. Since 2011, Mr. Sullivan has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Splunk Inc. and was president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Splunk from 2008 to 2015. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Sullivan led Splunk’s initial public offering (IPO) as the first big data company to enter the public market, largely hailed as one of the most successful technology IPOs in recent history. Mr. Sullivan brings more than 30-years of technology and business leadership experience including serving as president and CEO of Hyperion Solutions and in senior leadership positions at Autodesk and Apple. Mr. Sullivan has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Citrix Systems, Inc. since 2005. He holds a bachelor in Business Administration from Baylor University.