Welch is charged with advancing the company's long-term vision and strategy, as well as the acceleration of IronNet's commercial efforts, as the company continues to scale and expand across the globe.
Most recently serving as COO and President of Ann Arbor, MI-based Duo Security, where he successfully completed a $2.35 billion cash transaction with Cisco, Welch also previously served as COO for cloud-based network security company Zscaler. Welch led Zscaler's global sales, channel, operations, customer care, and strategy, and grew the company dramatically, leading a 4x expansion in employees, a 5x expansion in revenues, and ultimately taking Zscaler public in the IPO that led to the company's current ~$6 billion market capitalization.
Before joining Zscaler, Welch was Vice President and General Manager for HP Software Americas, responsible for more than $2 billion in sales to Global 1000 companies and also previously served as Vice President of Sales Specialists in the Americas for Symantec, integrating emerging technologies into Symantec's product set and scaling its high-growth sales effort.
IronNet Appoints Technology Leader William Welch as co-CEO "IronNet's success in bringing together industry-leading enterprises and governments under a collective defense umbrella through its IronDefense and IronDome products is unprecedented within the industry," said Don Dixon, Founder and Managing Director of ForgePoint Capital and member of the IronNet Board of Directors. "We are excited to welcome Bill Welch to IronNet's executive team. His leadership qualities combined with his extensive commercial experience makes him the ideal person to lead the company with General Alexander." "We are excited to have Bill join IronNet as co-CEO. We have selected a very strong leader at the perfect time to help us continue to deliver growth at scale," said Gen. Alexander. "Cyber threats have become the most pressing risk to both the global private sector and the international community. Today, almost every company, industry, and country are digitally interconnected. IronNet's capability to detect advanced cyber threats with high precision and efficiency enables companies and sectors to collectively defend against the most advanced cyber campaigns launched by well-funded cyber adversaries and criminals. These efforts allow our customers to mitigate critical risks to their businesses."