Illumio promotes Gautam Mehandru to the role of Chief Marketing Officer

Gautam Mehandru, Chief Marketing Officer at Illumio
Gautam Mehandru, Chief Marketing Officer at Illumio

Illumio, Inc., the Zero Trust Segmentation company, announced the promotion of Gautam Mehandru to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). The former Illumio Senior Vice President of Marketing has 20+ years of cross-functional leadership experience working at large-scale Fortune 500 companies and high-growth enterprises and small to midsize business startups.

What does Mehandru bring to Illumio in the role?

As CMO, he will further solidify Illumio’s position as the clear Zero Trust Segmentation market leader, while shaping the marketing strategy to drive the next phase of growth for the firm.

Mehandru has been with Illumio for almost two years. Prior to Illumio, he led portfolio and customer marketing and orchestrated the go-to-market strategy at Tanium — the industry’s first and only provider of converged endpoint management. He also led product marketing, as well as the global channel and alliances business for SAP Concur’s mid-market division.

“In this new era of cybersecurity, where firms are focused on containing cyberattacks, Illumio helps organisations isolate ransomware, build cyber resilience, and prevent breaches from turning into cyber disasters. Particularly during a tough economy, clients need to be able to show the business results of each investment – and I’ve seen firsthand the impact our products have on our customer base and the industry as a whole,” said Mehandru.

“I’m inspired by Illumio’s innovation, commitment, and approach to cybersecurity for modern threats and look forward to continuing to help our clients achieve their business outcomes.”

What does the appointment mean for Illumio?

Andrew Rubin, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at Illumio
Andrew Rubin, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at Illumio

“Gautam is a seasoned marketing executive and business leader with a history of success in developing and executing new marketing strategies and creating compelling go-to-market plans to drive market awareness and achieve aggressive growth targets in developed and emerging markets,” said Andrew Rubin, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at Illumio.

“Gautam has a very customer centric mindset that is crucial to our success and has been instrumental in successfully evolving our GTM strategy to bring the benefits of segmentation to firms of any size. He has also played an essential role in creating and further solidifying our position as the leader in the Zero Trust Segmentation category. I look forward to many more record-setting successes with Gautam at the helm of our world-class marketing team.”

Despite economic uncertainty, Illumio closed a record fiscal year ending on January 31, 2023. Illumio’s fourth quarter delivered record performance for all top-line metrics, with bookings of over $100m. The firm also celebrated its largest number of new customers in a single quarter and the highest amount of net new annual contract value (NNACV) in its history.