Checkmarx, the global leader in application security solutions, announced today that technology executive Sandeep Johri will succeed co-founder Emmanuel Benzaquen as CEO. Benzaquen will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.
Johri has spent many years in Silicon Valley as an executive, founder, strategic advisor and investor. He most recently served as CEO of Tricentis, which he led for seven years from an early-stage startup to a global leader of continuous-testing software solutions. Previously, Johri held senior management roles at HP, where he created and implemented the strategy to grow the software division from $600 million in revenue to category leadership and $3.5 billion in revenue. Johri has been the founder of several VC-funded security startups such as Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina and Bluelane (both acquired by VMware).
With over 1,800 customers worldwide, including 60% of the Fortune 50, and as a long-time leader in industry analysts’ competitive market reports, Checkmarx pioneered the application security (AppSec) market. The company is a market innovator with its Checkmarx One™ Application Security Platform. The platform enables development and security teams to “shift everywhere” based on its unparalleled accuracy, coverage, visibility and guidance to reduce risk across all components of the modern software development cycle. Mission-critical AppSec teams are constantly required to reduce risk, meet compliance and support their organizations’ business growth plans. The challenges are increasingly critical at a time when threat actors are proliferating at an accelerated rate.
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“I have long admired the application security brand and platform that Emmanuel, Maty and the Checkmarx team have created and am excited to build on that foundation to further scale the company’s business and to drive leadership in the market,” said Johri. “I am honored and excited to work closely with Emmanuel, the Board and the rest of the leadership team to capitalize on the many opportunities ahead.”
“It has been a tremendous honor to be at the helm of such an organization from its inception to where it stands today. Thanks to long-time partner and founder CTO Maty Siman, together with the leadership team, our employees, shareholders, customers and partners, we’ve had an incredible 17 years. I am enormously proud of what we have accomplished,” Benzaquen said. “I look forward to the next chapter of the Checkmarx story as an active board member, helping drive the business while focusing on our strategic path ahead.”
“On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Sandeep to the Checkmarx team,” said Tarim Wasim, Partner at Hellman & Friedman. “The depth and breadth of his leadership in security and DevOps uniquely position him to help take Checkmarx into its next stage of growth. We are grateful to Emmanuel for his leadership of Checkmarx. It’s a testament to his vision that the company is considered the leader in the application security market.”
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