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NS1 appoints new heads for finance, people and product

09 July 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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NS1 has announced the appointments of a new CFO, VP and global head of people, and president of product marketing.

The new hires were announced as the company reached “a point of strategic growth”, as demand for foundational infrastructure technology continues to accelerate.

The company said the collective experience and vast knowledge of the three appointees will support continued innovation both in product and employee experiences while solidifying NS1’s leadership in delivering software-defined application and access networking solutions that power the growing connected economy.

“We have seen a decisive shift in how people work, learn, and connect, and it underscores the critical importance and increasing demand for the elastic, resilient modern infrastructure solutions that NS1 provides,” said Kris Beevers, co-founder and CEO for NS1.

“These executives each possess decades of experience in their respected fields, and their leadership will be invaluable to accelerating product development initiatives, guiding our strategic growth, and enriching our culture of innovation.”

As VP of product marketing, Sanjay Ramnath will spearhead messaging and GTM strategies for NS1’s solutions. The former software engineer has previously held similar roles with Barracuda Networks, AlienVault/AT&T Cybersecurity, and Arctic Wolf Networks.

Lorraine Heber-Brause joins as VP and global head of people, following leadership roles at Yotpo, AppNexus, BlackRock, American Express, and Citi. In the new role, she will lead people and operations and shape NS1’s employee growth strategy, which includes goals for hiring and team diversity as well as deepening all facets of inclusion.

And as CFO, David Wilson (pictured) will put NS1’s capital to work to “help the company maximise returns from its rich opportunity set”.

With a 20-year track record, Wilson has previously worked as CFO for Symphony Communications, a private company valued at greater than $1 billion that provided encrypted communication technology; Ooyala Inc, a leading provider of online video services, where he played a lead role in its sale to Telstra (ASX: TLS); ACS (NASDAQ: ALSK), a facilities-based telecommunications provider that outperformed the market by 14 times during his tenure; and DirecTV Broadband (formerly Telocity; NASDAQ: TLCT).

Over the course of his career, Wilson has raised more than $1 billion in capital and played a leadership role in M&A deals exceeding $500 million.

He takes the helm just nine months since NS1’s $33 million Series C funding round.