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Thales Leadership Team

Cloud Protection & Licensing Leadership Team

Sebastien Cano

Sebastien Cano

Senior Vice President Cloud Protection & Licensing

As the Senior Vice President of Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing, Sébastien Cano leads a global business focused on helping organizations and the most respected brands in the world protect their most sensitive data, secure the cloud, and create more value for their software in the devices and services used by billions of consumers every day. He is responsible for the business and strategy for the company's industry-leading data encryption, identity and access management, and software monetization solutions.

Over the past twenty years Sébastien is a proven global leader of high growth businesses in the highly competitive security, telecommunications and financial services industries. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business unit. Prior to that he was President of Gemalto North America (2014-2016), responsible for all business operations across the region, and before that he managed the company's Telecommunications Business Unit in North America for five years. During these two previous assignments, he led the transformation of Gemalto into a leading provider of software, solutions and services to Fortune 500 Corporations.

Prior to these positions, he served Gemalto in a number of leadership roles including SVP Convergence Business Group in France, VP of Operations in Brazil during the country's EMV migration and General Manager of the Telecommunications Business Unit for southern Europe.

Sébastien has a master's degree in Technology Management from Grenoble École de Management.

Elie Amar

Elie Amar

Vice President, Finance

Elie Amar is the head of Finance at Thales Cloud Protection and Licensing. He joined Thales through the acquisition of Gemalto where he served as head of finance for the company’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business unit.

Prior to that he held various Finance roles at Gemalto for over a period of two decades. This included working as Corporate Operations Controller in France, Controller for Latin America based in Brazil. During this time he has been involved in various integration projects having joined Gemalto through the merger of Gemplus and Axalto in 2006.

Elie originally started his career in the consulting industry, having worked at both Coopers & Lybrand Financial Auditors and PricewaterhouseCoopers in France. He is a graduate from the French business school Kedge, formerly known as Euromed or Ecole Superieure de Commerce.

Todd Moore

Todd Moore

Vice President, Encryption Products

Todd Moore is the head of the Encryption Products portfolio at Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing, where he drives the strategy for the company’s industry-leading data encryption portfolio. Moore is a respected cybersecurity professional with more than 20 years of experience helping enterprises protect their most sensitive data and applications. He is a growth leader who routinely develops business cases and market analysis for new product investments, demonstrated capability to develop competitive strategies, and build teams from the ground up and negotiate strategic relationships and alliances.

Previously he was Senior Vice President for Encryption Products at Gemalto prior to its acquisition by Thales. Before that he was Vice President of Encryption products at SafeNet before its acquisition by Gemalto. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Product Management for the Federal Market at SafeNet where he focused on high-speed link encryption, high assurance authentication, cross domain solutions and cybersecurity. Before joining SafeNet, he was a director of product management at Harris Corporation.

Todd holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer & Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s of Art in Physics & Mathematics from Ithaca College.

Francois Lasnier

Francois Lasnier

Vice President, Identity & Access Management Products

Francois Lasnier leads the Identity and Access Management products at Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing. He leads the strategy for the company’s industry-leading Identity and Access Management products focused on providing protection to a wide range of verticals for both the enterprise and government sectors.

Most recently, Francois led the Identity and Access Management strategy of Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business which incorporated the Identity & Access segment of Gemalto and the SafeNet Authentication business acquired in January 2015.

Francois’ history with Gemalto spans across many years and various disciplines and geographies, starting in product development, based in Paris and later moving into marketing, based in San Jose and business management, based in Austin.

Previously Francois worked as Vice President Banking, Retail, Access and PST for Axalto in North America as well as Marketing Director and later Vice President eTransaction Cards at Schlumberger where he managed some of the early smart card deployments in the United States.

Francois holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the French graduate school of engineering, Supélec.

Ashvin Kamaraju

Ashvin Kamaraju

Vice President, Engineering

Ashvin Kamaraju drives the technology strategy for Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing, leading a global organization of researchers and technologists that develop the strategic vision for the company’s portfolio of industry-leading data protection products and services.

Previously Ashvin served as Vice President Global Engineering at Thales following its acquisition of Vormetric. He lead a geographically distributed engineering organization that developed a broad portfolio of leading edge data security products which met rigorous security standards and were designed for deployment in the enterprise, private and public clouds.

Ashvin is an experienced leader with a proven track record, having more than 25 years of software development experience with domain experience in storage management, operating systems, big data security, encryption and key management.

Prior to joining Vormetric, Ashvin spent four years as General Manager and Vice President of Engineering at Symantec Corporation, where he led the development of a portfolio of enterprise storage software products. Earlier in his career Ashvin worked at Sun Microsystems as a member of technical staff and engineering manager where he contributed to the Solaris operating system software for SPARCstations and led the development efforts for file and proxy cache servers. He has a MSCE and a master's in mathematics and computer science from the University of Cincinnati.

Heather Johnston

Heather Johnston

Vice President, Legal Affairs

As the head of legal affairs for Thales Cloud Protection and Licensing, Heather Johnston is responsible for all legal affairs including advising peers on the senior management team on various topics around compliance, operational matters, governmental inquiries and legal risk, commercial contracts as well as managing potential claims, litigation and regulatory issues facing the business.

Heather has most recently worked as General Counsel for Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business unit. Previously Heather supported the Mobile Services and Banking & Payments commercial businesses of Gemalto providing support to affiliate entities with diverse business offerings including human resources, regional procurement, factory, operations, marketing communications, litigation, mergers and acquisitions as well as risk management and insurance.

Previously Heather worked as an Associate at various legal firms in the United States, including O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLC both in the Los Angeles area. During this time Heather represented clients in a variety of corporate, real estate and public development matters.

Heather holds a Juris Doctor’s degree from Pepperdine University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Speech Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Sanjeet Purohit

Sanjeet Purohit

Vice President, Human Resources

Sanjeet Purohit leads global human resources for Thales Cloud Protection and Licensing. Most recently Sanjeet worked as the Vice President for Human Resources at Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business. Prior to that he managed the worldwide human resources for the S&I vertical based in La Ciotat, France. He started his career with Gemalto fourteen years ago and held various positions all within the Human Resources field looking after various geographies including Singapore, India, South Africa and Dubai.

His experience in multicultural and multinational environments enables him to partner with business to interpret people implications on business strategy in order to shape and drive a long term strategy for organizational efficiency, performance and integration management. Sanjeet’s focus is on simple and transparent human resources practices to facilitate an employee centric and barrier free workplace culture which promotes innovation and technical excellence.

Prior to joining Gemalto, Sanjeet worked as human resources specialist across various disciplines and verticals in India, including the Entertainment, Healthcare and Services industries. He has a Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Delhi.

Tina Stewart

Tina Stewart

Vice President, Marketing

Tina Stewart leads the global marketing strategy and execution for Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing with responsibility for brand, communications, lead generation, digital marketing and field marketing in support of the company’s industry-leading data protection portfolio.

Previously she was Vice President of Market Strategy at Thales. Tina was responsible for spearheading digital transformation projects within the organization, and leading global, high-performing teams in executing on business strategies and market programs. Prior to that, Tina served as Vormetric’s Vice President of Marketing. Her strategic business initiatives directly contributed to the company’s rapid revenue growth and its growing share of voice in the industry.

Tina is a proven B2B digital, marketing and strategy leader, with deep expertise in the enterprise information security and networking space. She brings a field-level comprehension of highly-technical products, and takes a data-driven approach towards her marketing role with specific focus on positioning and product differentiation.

Tina has successfully developed global go-to-market strategies for over 26 years, joining Thales in 2012 and previously holding leadership positions with Juniper Networks, Arbor Networks and Network Associates. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in mass communication from San Jose State University.

Diane Pewitt

Diane Pewitt

Vice President, Global Operations

Diane Pewitt is the head of Global Operations for Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing. In this role, Diane is responsible for overseeing customer service, manufacturing, supply chain management, order fulfillment, professional services, trade compliance and global facilities.

Diane has more than 25 years of experience in vertical manufacturing, systems integration and full out- sourcing model for both corporations and service providers within the telecommunications and networking technology industries.

Prior to Thales, Diane served as Vice President of Operations at Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business unit and held the same position at SafeNet until its acquisition by Gemalto. She also held senior operational roles at Asurion, Ciena Corporation, Extreme Networks, VINA Networks, Lucent Technologies and Octel Communications.

Torjus Gylstorff

Torjus Gylstorff

VP, Worldwide Sales - Data Protection

Torjus brings more than 20 years of global leadership experience in data security, network security and software technology to his role of Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Thales’ cloud protection and licensing business line. During his career, he has held a number of senior management positions, overseeing sales, market development, operations, and alliance partnerships.

Prior to joining Thales in 2020, Torjus served as Vice President of Worldwide Channels & Alliances for Symantec, where he led all aspects of revenue generation, operations, sales and relationships with the company’s global network of partners. Torjus joined Symantec through its acquisition of Blue Coat Systems, where he held sales leadership positions for the company in the APAC and Japan regions. Prior to that, he held sales management positons at Norman Shark, IBM and Lotus Software.

Torjus has a master’s degree in International Marketing Management from the Copenhagen Business School.

Jake Fox

Jake Fox

Vice President, Product Management – Software Monetization

Jake is Vice President of Product Management for Thales’s market-leading Sentinel software licensing protection and entitlement management solutions. In this role, he is responsible for overall product strategy and management of the Sentinel portfolio.  Prior to this role, he held the same role at Gemalto until its acquisition by Thales in 2019.

Jake joined Gemalto through its acquisition of SafeNet in 2015, where he was responsible for the product development and market launch of the Sentinel Cloud Services. He joined SafeNet in 2005, as part of SafeNet’s acquisition of MediaSentry, where he was the Director of Business Development, Digital Media Services.  In this role, he brought two new anti-piracy services to market in the entertainment industry. He was responsible from inception to launch of all aspects of product management, business development, and management oversight of all engineering activities.

Prior to joining MediaSentry, Jake worked for EarthLink, Inc., a leading Internet Service provider where he spent nearly eight years in various leadership roles.  Prior to this, he was Director of Broadband Operations where he oversaw all operations activities related to the cable, DSL, and alternative high speed businesses.

Jake graduated with honors from UCLA where he received a degree in Economics.

Damien Bullot

Damien Bullot

VP, Global Sales – Software Monetization

Damien is Vice President of Global Sales for Software Monetization and is based in Austin, Texas. In this role, he leads the global go-to-market and sales strategy for the company’s industry-leading portfolio of Sentinel software licensing, protection and entitlement management solutions.

Previously he served as Vice President of Sales (East Region) for Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity business. Prior to this, he held many roles within Gemalto, including Sales Director for the Telecom Business Unit, country manager of Brazil with responsibility for driving the software and services business and various sales and marketing management roles in other business units. A graduate from Aix-En-Provence University in France, Damien also holds an MSC in Marketing Management from IAE Business Institute.