New Crowdstrike president to drive cyber leader’s growth

CrowdStike has announced former CTO Michael Sentonas as its new President, aligning product and go-to-market functions to drive its next chapter of growth

Cybersecurity leader CrowdStrike has announced the promotion of Michael Sentonas to president. Sentonas, who has served as CrowdStrike’s chief technology officer (CTO) since 2020, will be responsible for leading the company’s product and go-to-market functions, including its sales, marketing, product and engineering, threat intelligence, corporate development and CTO teams. The appointment comes as CrowdStrike, a recognised market leader in endpoint security, drives growth at scale as customers consolidate point products, including XDR, cloud security, identity protection and more, on its industry-leading cybersecurity platform.

In his new role Sentonas will report to CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO, George Kurtz, with CrowdStrike’s Chief Sales Officer Jim Seidel, Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Johnson, Chief Product & Engineering Officer Amol Kulkarni, and Senior Vice President of Intelligence Adam Meyers reporting directly into Sentonas.

“Mike has proven himself as a one-of-a-kind leader maniacally focused on execution,” said Kurtz. “No one in cybersecurity is more adept at aligning customer needs with technology and go-to-market excellence than Mike. His technical acumen, market mastery, and passion for winning have made him highly sought by customers, employees, partners, analysts, and investors alike. 

“Mike is a tremendous partner and will continue helping me drive the company to our next level of growth. His unique skill set and leadership will allow me to engage even more with our customers and partners as we continue scaling CrowdStrike into a once-in-a-generation cybersecurity company."

Sentonas joined CrowdStrike in 2016 as Vice President of Technology Strategy, and was promoted to CTO in 2020. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Sentonas held multiple leadership roles at McAfee that spanned sales, go-to-market, and technology responsibilities. He served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer – Security Connected, and chief technology and strategy officer Asia Pacific (APAC). Sentonas was also part of McAfee’s Advanced Technology Group, a specialist sales team where he drove customer transactions, go-to-market strategy, and previously oversaw sales engineering and services for the APAC region. 

“CrowdStrike became one of the fastest growing cloud companies ever by rewriting the playbook on how organisations stop breaches and protect themselves against sophisticated and relentless adversaries,” comments Sentonas. “The combination of a single lightweight agent, cloud-native platform, unparalleled threat intelligence and elite human expertise that helped us dominate the modern endpoint security market and become the gold standard in cybersecurity now has us poised to become an increasingly foundational element of our customers’ digital estate. 

“It’s a rare opportunity to work with a founder and CEO of George’s calibre. I’m grateful for the confidence and faith that he has placed in me to help drive our next phase of growth.”

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