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Smart contract and blockchain security company bolsters leadership team with veterans from Microsoft, Check Point Software Technologies, Cisco and more to lead CertiK into its next phase of growth.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
CertiK, the global leader in smart contract and blockchain security, today announced the appointment of three new members to its leadership team: Zhong (Kevin) Liu – Chief Product Officer (CPO), David Tarditi – Vice President (VP) of Engineering, and Monier Jalal – Vice President of Marketing. The new hires bring a combined experience of over 50 years in technology, spanning the cybersecurity, blockchain, telecommunications and IoT markets to support the fast-growing company.
Kevin Liu is an experienced product and engineering leader with over 20 years of global experience in the technology industry, with a focus on media and telecommunications. Prior to CertiK, Kevin was a founding member of FreeWheel (a Comcast company) where he held various leadership positions including Vice President of Products and Vice President of Engineering. He also served as Managing Director, China, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ads at iflix. As CPO at CertiK, Kevin will be responsible for leading product strategy across the company, laying the foundation for blockchain application security initiatives, and providing insights to the community, project owners and to other participants.
David Tarditi has decades of experience growing and leading engineering and research teams. Prior to joining CertiK, David spent 25 years at Microsoft, with his most recent role as the group’s Senior Director of Software Engineering, leading the development of a secure IoT operating system. David has worked in the development of compilers, programming languages, operating systems and security systems and is an expert in creating software development tools for enabling secure software. David has done pioneering work on typed intermediate languages, which allow verification of compiler outputs. He is the creator of Checked C, an extension of C which makes it possible to write more secure C code. In his role at CertiK, David leads the strategy and development of the CertiK product roadmap, including tools for defect detection, verification and smart contract monitoring. David is the inventor or co-inventor of 22 patents.
Monier Jalal has over 20 years of cybersecurity marketing leadership experience. He has helped companies successfully market and launch products and has driven the growth, acquisition and IPO of a number of high-growth cybersecurity startups. Most recently, he was Head of Marketing for Check Point Software Technologies, a cybersecurity company. Prior to Check Point Software Technologies, he worked for WhiteHat Security (acquired by NTT Security), Sift Security (acquired by Netskope), and Vyatta (acquired by Brocade, later Broadcom). His experience also includes Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Fortinet. As Vice President of Marketing at CertiK, Monier is responsible for leading CertiK’s overall marketing strategy and execution.
These new appointments follow a period of exponential growth at CertiK, which audited 117 projects in 2020 and 1,737 in 2021. In December 2021, the company announced an $80 million Series B2 funding round, raising the valuation of the company at nearly $1 billion. The Series B2 funding round, led by Sequoia Capital and backed by other existing investors, came just months after a $24 million Series B+ funding round in August 2021 and a 37 million Series B round. millions of dollars.
“Over the past two years, the explosion of Decentralized Finance projects has transformed the blockchain sector into a major global industry. This trend has also put security in the spotlight, and the number of blockchain projects seeking a security audit has increased accordingly,” said CertiK co-founder, Ronghui Gu. “CertiK has experienced an explosion of growth over the past year – over 1,385% year-over-year between 2020 and 2021 – creating demand for top talent in the industry to guide us through our next phase of the company. We look forward to working with our experienced leadership team to help propel CertiK forward in the market and address the important issue of blockchain and smart contract security.
Learn more about the CertiK team on certik.com/company/about/.
CertiK’s mission is to secure the cyberworld. Beginning with blockchain, CertiK applies cutting-edge innovations from academia to the enterprise, enabling mission-critical applications to be built with security and accuracy. Based in New York, CertiK was founded by computer science professors from Yale University and Columbia University. CertiK is backed by industry leaders including Sequoia, Coatue Management, TigerGlobal, GLVentures (the venture arm of Hillhouse Capital), Binance, Coinbase Ventures, Lightspeed, and more. Learn more about www.certik.com.
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