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CrowdStrike appoints two key executives to leadership team
By Zach Thompson, News editor
Fri, 20th Jan 2023

CrowdStrike has appointed Daniel Bernard as Chief Business Officer and Raj Rajamani as DICE (Data, Identity, Cloud and Endpoint) Chief Product Officer to continue driving the company’s momentum throughout its channel and small business markets.

Bernard will report directly to George Kurtz, Founder and CEO, and Rajamani will report to Amol Kulkarni, Chief Product and Engineering Officer.

Bernard and Rajamani most recently served as the CMO and CPO at SentinelOne, respectively.

They both bring extensive experience with high-growth, disruptive cloud and SaaS businesses, as well as elite reputations in the cybersecurity industry, and have been widely recognised as key architects of SentinelOne’s go-to-market and product strategy.

“For the past few years, I’ve watched Daniel and Raj’s impact as key executives instrumental in the growth of SentinelOne,” says George Kurtz, Co-Founder and CEO, CrowdStrike.

“They were the driving force behind the product and go-to-market strategy that helped the company go public.

“I’m looking forward to working with Daniel and Raj. Having their talent, leadership and drive here is a win for our customers, our partners, and shareholders, and provides a significant advantage as we look to bring the value of the CrowdStrike platform to new audiences.”

Bernard will serve as CrowdStrike’s chief business officer, a new senior executive role responsible for driving revenue from the company’s global channel and accelerating momentum in CrowdStrike’s robust and growing partner ecosystem.

Michael Rogers, Global Alliances Vice President at CrowdStrike, will report directly to Bernard, with all channel, alliances and business development-related revenue and functions rolling up under Bernard.

Bernard will also lead CrowdStrike’s overall SMB go-to-market strategy and growth initiatives, including its eCommerce business, to accelerate revenue growth in the SMB segment and increase market share.

“CrowdStrike is the unequivocal cybersecurity leader as evidenced by its marquee customer base, cutting-edge technology and customer satisfaction scores,” Bernard says.

“Doubling down on the channel and bringing CrowdStrike into new markets will drive continued growth.

“George has assembled a stellar team that wins, and I’m excited to join CrowdStrike for its next growth chapter.”

Rajamani joining CrowdStrike in this new senior product leadership role will mean he is responsible for product strategy, management and delivery across CrowdStrike’s core platform offerings.

Rajamani’s responsibilities include XDR, EDR, cloud security, identity threat protection and data protection offerings.

“Having worked both with and against George and team over the years, CrowdStrike has been a company I’ve long respected and admired,” Rajamani says.

“So when offered the opportunity to help shape the future of CrowdStrike’s product strategy and innovation – and to work with CrowdStrike’s amazing product team – it was simply too good to pass up.

“CrowdStrike set the bar for the XDR era, and I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to keep raising it higher -  and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

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