Gary Steele joined the Board in July 2016. Mr. Steele is Chairman and CEO of Proofpoint, a publicly traded global Security as a Service vendor. Before joining Proofpoint in 2002, Mr. Steele served as the CEO of Portera, an applications company delivering solutions for the professional services industry. Prior to Portera, Mr. Steele served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Middleware and Data Warehousing Product Group at Sybase, Inc. where he initiated and spearheaded many early internet projects. Before joining Sybase, Mr. Steele served in business development, marketing, and engineering roles at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Washington State University. Mr. Steele also serves on the board of directors of Upwork Inc.
Mr. Steele brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the Board, including 14 years as the CEO of Proofpoint, a high growth security-as-a-service platform. Mr. Steele provides deep knowledge of enterprise sales operations and distribution, operations and M&A activity. Mr. Steele also adds understanding of the evolving enterprise SaaS market and his strategic experience with global B2B service and subscription businesses.