Meet the Preempt Team
We’re changing the way Enterprises combat and eliminate malicious breaches and internal threats.
Preempt was founded in 2014 by global security and networking experts with a passion for making IT security teams more effective in protecting their organizations from breaches and internal threats.
Preempt protects organizations by eliminating insider threats and security breaches. Threats are not black or white and the Preempt Platform is the only solution that delivers adaptive threat prevention that continuously preempts threats based on identity, behavior and risk. This ensures that both security threats and risky employee activities are responded to with the right level of security at the right time. The platform easily scales to provide comprehensive identity based protection across organizations of any size.
Leadership and Board of Directors / Investors
CEO and Co-Founder, Board Member
Ajit Sancheti is CEO and Co-Founder of Preempt and has over 20 years experience in IT security and executive leadership. Previously, he co-founded Mu Dynamics (acquired by Spirent Communications) and held various management roles. Before Mu Dynamics, Ajit was part of the Corporate Development Group at Juniper Networks and an integral member of the team that developed the industry’s first Intrusion Detection and Prevention system at OneSecure (acquired by NetScreen). Prior to OneSecure, he spent 7 years at Western Digital, holding various engineering and management positions. Ajit received his M.S. in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his MBA from INSEAD, France.
CTO and Co-Founder, Board Member
Roman Blachman is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Preempt and is responsible for product strategy and research and development. Prior to Preempt, Roman was a leading Apple iOS mobile security strategist and researcher at Lacoon Mobile Security (acquired by Check Point Software Technologies). Roman also served over ten years in the elite Israeli Defence Forces in Research and Development where he led a cyber-security product development teams and a mobile cyber-security research team. He was also the Head of Israeli Intelligence Branch where he received an Excellence Award in 2006. Roman is an expert in enterprise grade security systems.
Vice President, Marketing
Heather Howland is Vice President of Marketing. Heather has over 20 years of experience marketing enterprise security and infrastructure solutions at both innovative startups and market leading companies. Prior to Preempt, Heather was Vice President of Marketing for Lacoon Mobile Security (acquired by Check Point in April 2015). She has also held senior marketing roles at Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM Security) Ascendent Systems (acquired by BlackBerry), Phonetic Systems (acquired by Nuance Communications) Xylogics (Acquired by Bay Networks). Heather earned her BA degree in Marketing and English from the University of New Hampshire.
Vice President, Product Management
Eran Cohen is the Vice President of Product Management. Eran has over 20 years of experience in product management, sales, and technical services with an enthusiasm for technology. Before Preempt, Eran held various products management roles in startups and leading networking and security companies. Most recently he was at CloudLock managing their Cloud Security UBA product (acquired by Cisco 2016). Prior to that he lead Imperva’s (IMPV) web application security products and architecture, where he proved his technical knowledge and sales skills. Additionally, Eran has held senior roles at Checkpoint Software Technologies and Radware. He has a voracious passion for learning; most recently earning a practical architect degree where he graduated with excellence. Eran is a also a prolific blogger and leads practical training sessions on Product Management.
Board Member, Investor
As managing director at General Catalyst Partners, Steve invests in enterprise infrastructure start-ups. Until 2013, Steve was chief technology officer and senior vice president of Research and Development at VMware. During his tenure, Steve helped build a world-class 3,000-person engineering organization that delivered numerous industry-changing products; he was also named InfoWorld’s CTO of the Year in 2009. Prior to VMware, Steve co-led the development of a virtual CPU with “code morphing” technology at Transmeta Corporation, and held roles at SGI and MIPS Technologies. Outside of work, Steve focuses on the advancement of children’s education, particularly around STEM. Steve holds a PhD and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, and a BA with distinction in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Board Member, Investor
Patrick Heim joined ClearSky as an Operating Partner and Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Heim is a senior security executive with a over two decades working in security spanning Fortune 500 enterprises, cloud providers as well as early stage security technology companies.
Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Heim was Head of Trust and Security at Dropbox. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at Salesforce.com. Patrick has also held Chief Information Security Officer roles at Kaiser Permanente and McKesson Corporation. In the startup world was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at eNetSecure (a subsidiary of Applied Signal Technologies / Raytheon). Mr. Heim also has previously held senior positions at nCircle and Ernst & Young.
Patrick holds a B.S. from Indiana University marketing as well as an MBA in international business / finance from the University of South Carolina.