Unpacking XDR & Business Applications – Chris Thomas, Oliver Tavakoli – ASW #286

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Chris Thomas
Chief Revenue Officer at AlgoSec Inc.

Chris Thomas brings over 25 years of technology sales, partnerships and executive management experience. He has been part of the executive management teams which led four venture-backed companies to three successful acquisitions (Kontiki, Deja, Vidyo) and one $1.2B IPO (Intralinks).
Most recently, Chris was SVP, Worldwide Sales for Vidyo, an enterprise-grade unified communications platform for businesses and developers. Over a 10-year period Chris was responsible for Vidyo’s accelerated growth, Channel and Partners strategy and execution, and led Vidyo’s move to the cloud. Chris was also responsible for a vertical sales strategy and global expansion which led to Vidyo’s acquisition.
Prior to Vidyo, he was SVP of Worldwide Business Development at Intralinks, SVP Worldwide at Deja, President & CEO at Summitworks Technology, an IT solutions provider. Chris also held senior sales positions at Kontiki, Ziff Davis and IDG. He holds a BA in English with a minor in Business from The Catholic University of America.

Oliver Tavakoli
Chief Technology Officer at Vectra AI

Oliver Tavakoli is chief technology officer at Vectra AI. He sets the technical strategy for the company. Oliver has overseen the adoption of technology in cybersecurity for over 25 years, the last ten of which have been at Vectra AI. Prior to Vectra, Oliver was the CTO for the security business of Juniper Networks. He joined Juniper as a result of its acquisition of Funk Software, where Oliver was the CTO. Earlier in his career, Oliver worked at IBM, Fluent Machines, and Novell Inc and founded Trilogy Inc, which was acquired by Funk Software.


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