Cato SASE. Ready for Whatever's Next.
Cato pioneered the convergence of networking and security into the cloud. Aligned with Gartner's Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework, Cato's vision is to deliver a next generation secure networking architecture that eliminates the complexity, costs, and risks associated with legacy IT approaches based on disjointed point solutions. With Cato, organizations securely and optimally connect any user to any application anywhere on the globe. Our cloud-first architecture enables Cato to rapidly deploy new capabilities and maintain optimum security posture, without any effort from the IT teams. With Cato, your IT organization and your business are ready for whatever comes next.
Co-Founder and CEO
Shlomo is co-founder and CEO of Cato Networks. He is a network security expert and a serial entrepreneur. Shlomo has co-founded Check Point Software, who created the first commercial Firewall, and Imperva, the innovator of the Web Application Firewall. Shlomo has made early investments in successful cybersecurity companies including Palo Alto Networks, Trusteer, and numerous others. He was named CEO of the Year by SC Magazine in 2008, one of “20 luminaries who changed the network industry” by Network World in 2006, and was inducted into the InfoSec Hall of Fame in April 2013.
Shlomo holds a master’s degree in computer science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Tel Aviv University.
Co-Founder, President and COO
Gur is co-founder and COO of Cato Networks. Prior to Cato Networks, he was the co-founder and CEO of Incapsula Inc., a Cloud-based web applications security and acceleration company. Before Incapsula, Gur was Director of Product Development, Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Products at Imperva, a web application security and data security company.
Gur holds a BSc in Computer Science from Tel Aviv College.
Chief Finance Officer
Tomer is a finance executive with over 15 years of leadership experience in global companies across all aspects of financial management. Tomer has a demonstrated history of working in both public companies and private companies. Before joining Cato Networks, Tomer was CFO at Juno Inc, an on-demand mobility company which was acquired by Gett. Prior to Juno, Tomer was CFO at Vizrt a provider of real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the media industry. His earlier experience includes corporate finance roles at Attunity Ltd. (NASDAQ: ATTU) and Ernst & Young.
Tomer is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from the Tel Aviv University and a BA in Economics and Accounting from the Bar Ilan University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Yishay directs Cato’s global marketing. Yishay was previously the Vice President, Marketing for Trusteer, a financial fraud and advanced malware protection company, acquired by IBM in 2013. Prior to Trusteer, Yishay was Sr. Director, Product Marketing at Imperva. Yishay has over 25 years of experience in marketing and product management for enterprise software solutions in the areas of security, fraud prevention, storage, and mobile computing.
Yishay holds a bachelor degree in Law from Tel Aviv University.
Chief Revenue Officer
Alon directs Cato’s global sales and business development. Prior to Cato, Alon was the Vice President of Global Sales at Incapsula, now Imperva Incapsula, where he built the sales organization and was responsible for growing the business from $1M to the high tens of millions within four years. Alon has 18 years of experience in leading global sales, business developments, operations and software development of Cloud and Cyber Security solutions.
Alon holds an M.B.A degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School Of Business.
Vice President of Sales, Americas
Nick directs Cato’s sales and channel organizations in the Americas. He has over 15 years of experience in the Networking and Telecommunications industry. Nick was previously Vice President and General Manager, Americas at Aryaka Networks, and has held Sales leadership positions at Masergy Communications, and XO Communications.
Nick holds an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, and a B.A. from the University of California, Davis.
Vice President of Sales, EMEA
Luca manages Cato Networks’ overall business operations in the EMEA region. He has over 25 years of experience in building and growing businesses from the ground up, developing global sales strategies and leading successful International sales organizations. Prior to Cato Networks, Luca spent over two decades in the networking and security industries, holding several leadership positions at Cisco, Lastline, Fortinet, and Attachmate.
Luca holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Milan, Italy.
Vice President of Sales, APJ
Daniel manages Cato Networks’ overall business operations in the APJ region. He has over 27 years of experience in building and growing businesses from the ground up, developing sales strategies and leading successful APJ sales organizations.
Prior to Cato Networks, Daniel spent over two decades in the Enterprise Mobility, Networking, Security, Cloud-Based Video Collaboration industries, holding several APJ leadership positions at Nokia/Check Point Software, TippingPoint, Rapid7, and Lifesize. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Information System from The University of Manchester, UK.
Vice President, Operations
Aviram directs Cato Networks DevOps and IT. Prior to Cato, Aviram spent 12 years at Imperva, a web application and data security company, where he served as Senior Director of R&D Operations. Aviram has over 16 years of experience in cyber-security, operations, development and customer success.
Aviram holds a BA in Computer Science from the Open University.
Vice President, Engineering
Eyal directs Cato Networks Engineering organization, and has over 15 years of experience in Cyber Security & Networking leadership. Prior to Cato, Eyal served as Director of engineering at Akamai’s Enterprise Security Business, pioneering their first enterprise security product and heading their Threat Research and Big-Data group.
Eyal holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Vice President, Human Resources
Zehorit leads Cato Networks’ global human capital activities. She has over 15 years of experience in HR in the computer and network security industry. Prior to Cato, Zehorit served as Director of HR at Imperva, leading the HR activities for Imperva’s Israeli sites, as well as for the global technology business units. Her areas of expertise include HR consulting, organizational development, and talent acquisition.
Zehorit holds an M.Sc. in Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Psychology from Bar Ilan University.
Board of Directors
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder, President and COO
Steven is a general partner at U.S. Venture Partners with over 30 years of venture capital experience. He has led numerous investments which included 18 IPOs and several acquisitions. He currently serves on the boards of Active‐Semi, Appthority, Box (NYSE: BOX), Cato Networks, Electric Cloud, Exablox, Inside Sales (observer), Kaiam, Megapath, Prevoty, Quantifind, Quixey, Smartling, Xirrus and ZEFR. Steven is the former executive board member and Treasurer of the National Venture Capital Association. He also serves on the boards of the WAVC, the World Affairs Council, the Stanford GSB Venture Fund and DAPER Investment Fund. Steven holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Theresia Gouw is a founding partner at Acrew Capital. In 2014, she co-founded Aspect Ventures. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia has been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (Airbnb), Astro (Slack: WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Designs (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).
As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as product manager at Silicon Graphics.
Theresia led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX Networks and PredictHQ.
Theresia is a first-generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.
Jerry joined Greylock in 2013 as an investor and currently sits on the Board of Docker, Awake Networks, Attic Labs, Gladly, Rhumbix, and is a board observer on Cloudera. He invests in entrepreneurs building new enterprise SaaS applications and in all aspects of cloud, data, and application infrastructure. Prior to joining Greylock, Jerry was Vice President of Cloud and Application Services at VMware where he was part of the executive team that scaled the company from 400 to over 15,000 employees and $5B in revenue. During his ten years at VMware, Jerry launched dozens of products including several “1.0” releases and started two new business units for VMware including the Cloud Application Platform and the Enterprise Desktop business units.
Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Yoni Cheifetz, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, brings with him more than 15 years of operating experience. At heart he’s an entrepreneur, someone who’s served a variety of roles—co-founder, CEO, chairman, investor—for nearly a dozen software companies, including Demantra (acquired by Oracle), Agentics (acquired by Mercado), and Traiana (acquired by ICAP).
Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Yoni earned a BSc in applied mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and an MSc in applied mathematics and computer science from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Later, he ran product management and business development for Click Software. At Lightspeed, he’s filled out his portfolio with investments in a variety of sectors, including Internet, digital media, mobile, communications, software, semiconductors, and cleantech.
Aspect Ventures partners with entrepreneurs at the ground floor to help build businesses and support them through the entire arc of their growth. We invest in companies that are leveraging data analytics and embracing interconnectivity to create new digital approaches to Marketplaces, Work, Security and Health IT. We founded Aspect to combine the best of what we’ve learned – across 100+ Seed and Series A investments – with a fresh perspective to do things better. We work together with entrepreneurs as their active advisors, board members and partners to help them grow their companies from inception to standalone, sustainable businesses. Follow Aspect Ventures @AspectVC.
Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).
Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. Over the past two decades, the Lightspeed team has backed hundreds of entrepreneurs and helped build more than 300 companies globally, including Snap, The Honest Company, Nest, Nutanix, AppDynamics, MuleSoft, and GrubHub. The Firm currently manages over $6 billion of committed capital and invests in the U.S. and internationally, with investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, Israel, India and China.
Singtel Innov8, the venture capital arm of the Singtel Group, invests in and partners with innovative tech start-ups worldwide. It has a fund size of US$250 million and its own set of decision making, approval and funding processes. Beyond funding, Singtel Innov8 is a gateway for start-ups to tap on the resources and expertise of the Singtel Group, while enabling the Group to gain access to emerging technologies. Singtel Innov8 focuses its investments on technologies and solutions that can lead to quantum changes in network capabilities, next generation devices, digital services and enablers to enhance customer experience. Headquartered in Singapore, Singtel Innov8 also has offices in San Francisco and Tel Aviv.
USVP is a leading venture capital partnership, helping entrepreneurs transform their ideas and efforts into world-changing companies. The firm focuses on early-stage ventures in information technology and health care, where innovation is unbridled and has led to the creation of economic wealth and millions of jobs over the past thirty-plus years of the firm’s existence. Areas of particular interest to our investment professionals include enterprise software, IT security, consumer internet, mobile, and e-commerce, healthcare, and IT-enabled healthcare services. The USVP team consists of former entrepreneurs, technologists, corporate executives, financial professionals and industry domain experts.
Coatue is one of the largest technology investment platforms in the world with approximately $30 billion in assets under management. Our dedicated team of engineers and data scientists work closely with investment professionals to add value to founders and executive teams in our portfolio. With venture, growth and public funds, we back entrepreneurs from around the globe and at every stage of growth. Some of our private investments have included Airtable, Ant Financial, Anaplan, ByteDance, Chime, Databricks, DoorDash, Instacart, Meituan, Snap, Snowflake and Spotify.