Executive Team

Prakash Panjwani, Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining WatchGuard as CEO in April of 2015, Prakash was CEO at SafeNet, one of the largest information security companies in the world. While at SafeNet, Panjwani led the strategic acquisition of 12 companies including Aladdin Knowledge Systems and Cryptocard. He spearheaded the software division’s transformation from a copyright protection offering into a modern software monetization platform. Panjwani also refocused the company’s data protection product portfolio on three rapidly growing markets – crypto management, data encryption, and authentication – and successfully executed against a highly aggressive product development and go-to-market plan. SafeNet was sold to Gemalto (Euronext: GTO) for $890 million, a transaction that closed in January 2015.

Prakash holds a Masters degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

Richard Barber, Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining WatchGuard, Richard Barber has served in several executive level finance roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Insightful Corporation, a public software company, and CFO of FullPlay Media Systems, a public hardware and software company. Most recently, Barber served as CFO for MOD Systems, Inc., a privately owned digital media software company. Barber has also served as an independent financial consultant to high-technology companies and held various positions, the last of which was Senior Manager, at KPMG LLP.

Barber holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Gonzaga University magna cum laude and with honors and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Corey Nachreiner, Chief Technology Officer

Recognized as a thought leader in IT security, Nachreiner spearheads WatchGuard's technology vision and direction. Previously, he was the director of strategy and research at WatchGuard. Nachreiner has operated at the frontline of cyber security for 16 years, and for nearly a decade has been evaluating and making accurate predictions about information security trends. As an authority on network security and internationally quoted commentator, Nachreiner's expertise and ability to dissect complex security topics make him a sought-after speaker at forums such as Gartner, Infosec and RSA. He is also a regular contributor to leading publications including CNET, Dark Reading, eWeek, Help Net Security, Information Week and Infosecurity, and delivers WatchGuard's "Daily Security Byte" video on Facebook.

Shari McLaren, Vice President, Customer Services and Support

Shari McLaren became Vice President of Customer Services and Support after serving three years as Director of LiveSecurity Services at WatchGuard. In that position, McLaren was instrumental in increasing revenue growth, standardizing support offerings across all product lines, implementing critical business applications and programs to help the channel maximize services revenue, and ensuring that WatchGuard's support remained a critical differentiator for all WatchGuard products. Prior to joining WatchGuard, she held a variety of positions in the high tech industry, including Director of North America Channel Services for Computer Associates and North American Technical Marketing Specialist for Legent Corporation.

McLaren has a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Sean Price, Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Sean Price leads WatchGuard’s global go-to-market strategy and is directly responsible for the company’s field, channel, and technical sales teams, as well as, sales operations and administration. Sean is a seasoned sales and business development executive with more than 30 years’ experience building and managing high-performance direct and indirect sales organizations for high-tech, information security companies. Sean specializes in utilizing a broad range of complementary sales channels to effectively grow small to mid-sized tech companies at a rapid pace.

Prior to joining WatchGuard, Sean served as the CEO of CloudCheckr, a bootstrapped start-up focused on AWS security and compliance, where he led the structuring of the company’s operations and early customer acquisition. Before CloudCheckr, Sean served in various executive-level sales and business development roles during his 14-year tenure at SafeNet (now Gemalto), a world leader in data protection. While at SafeNet Sean consistently delivered double-digit revenue growth, built and implemented the company’s award-winning channel partner program, and built, from the ground up, the company’s strategic partner ecosystem which leveraged relationships with nearly 200 technology partners to deliver significant incremental revenue while positively influencing millions more in new business.

Prior to SafeNet Sean also served in executive sales leadership roles at Fidelis Security Systems, Application Security Inc., Nuera Communications Inc., and Network Equipment Technologies.

Wayson Vannatta, Vice President of Information Technology

Wayson Vannatta joined WatchGuard in 2015 as Vice President of Information Technology and is responsible for the company’s global IT strategy, development, operations, and business systems and services. He brings over 18 years of IT management, software development and operations experience to WatchGuard. Previously, Wayson was Vice President of Technology at InfoSpace, a leading provider of search and monetization solutions, where he led software engineering, infrastructure engineering, corporate systems, and data warehouse. During his tenure at InfoSpace, he was instrumental in moving their entire infrastructure to the public cloud while transforming the way they deliver software solutions. Wayson has also served in a variety of senior IT leadership roles at InfoSpace and program manager positions at AT&T Wireless. He began his IT career in the U.S. Air Force.

Wayson holds an MBA from Columbia College and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from St. Martin’s College.

Michelle Welch, Vice President of Marketing

Michelle Welch joined WatchGuard in 2015 as Vice President of Marketing and is responsible for the development, execution, and organization of the company’s global marketing strategy. Prior to WatchGuard, she served as vice president of marketing at SafeNet, one of the largest information security companies in the world. During her time at SafeNet she transformed the branding and go-to-market strategies for the company’s Data Protection, Software Monetization, and Embedded Security portfolios and was also responsible for building the company’s Interactive and Inbound Marketing organizations from the ground up. Michelle has also served in a variety of product, field, sales operations, and corporate marketing leadership roles and brings more than 11 years of experience in security-focused B2B marketing to WatchGuard.

Michelle holds a degree in Marketing and Communications from Towson State University.

Andrew Young, Vice President of Product Management

Andrew Young has more than 20 years of experience bringing security hardware and software products and SaaS services to market, including more than 10 years of progressive product management expertise. He most recently served as senior vice president of Identity Protection at Gemalto, managing the Enterprise, eBanking and Trusted Identity segments. Prior to that, Young spent 11 years with SafeNet in a variety of senior product management roles for IPsec and SSL VPN, high-speed encryption, and Identity and Authentication. Before that, he managed engineering teams at Rainbow Technologies, a leader in enterprise security products. Andrew studied Mechanical Engineering at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.

Jack Waters, Vice President of Engineering

Jack Waters joined WatchGuard as Vice President of Engineering in July of 2016. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the engineering organization, and brings a deep experience in security, software, and hardware engineering. Most recently, he served as the Senior Vice President of Encryption products at Gemalto, and was responsible for engineering, product management, and technology strategy for Encryption products within the company’s Identity and Data Protection division.

Prior to his time at Gemalto, he spent more than nine years at SafeNet (which was acquired by Gemalto) in a variety of leadership roles. As the Corporate Vice President of Client Services he was responsible for driving customer satisfaction, retention, and SAS service operations excellence. Also, Jack previously served as the Vice President of Engineering for SafeNet’s Data Protection product portfolios.

Before joining SafeNet, he was the Director of Software Development at Conexant where he supported the development of software and reference designs for the company’s DSL and home networking products. He began his career as a software programmer for IBM.

Jack earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.


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