Meet the Leadership Team

StackRox was founded by visionary entrepreneurs who set out to reinvent enterprise security. Our team brings together experts in security, infrastructure, and machine learning from leading technology companies and top government intelligence agencies.

With our passion and commitment to advancing the cybersecurity industry, we have created a groundbreaking new security platform to protect Global 2000 enterprises throughout their journey from containers to web-scale microservices.

Sameer Bhalotra
Sameer BhalotraCo-founder & CEO

Sameer is the Co-founder and CEO of StackRox. He served as co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Cyber Policy Task Force for the 45th Presidency, and is affiliated with Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), UC Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked in cybersecurity at Google and as COO at Impermium (acquired by Google). In government, he served as Senior Director for Cybersecurity on the National Security Council staff at the White House, Cybersecurity & Technology Lead for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and in various roles in the intelligence community. Sameer graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics and from Stanford University with a PhD in Applied Physics.

Ali Golshan
Ali GolshanCo-founder & CTO

With a passion for building disruptive products, Ali is Co-founder and CTO for StackRox, where he oversees the company’s technology strategy and roadmap. Prior to StackRox, Ali was the Founder & CTO of Cyphort and led the company's product strategy, research, and technical initiatives, including the Threat Research Lab. Previously, Ali advised numerous Fortune 100 companies, including Google, Microsoft, PwC, and Visa. Ali has also worked with government intelligence agencies and defense contractors.

Wei Lien Dang
Wei Lien DangVP, Product

As VP of Product for StackRox, Wei Lien is responsible for product management and strategy. Previously, he was Head of Product at CoreOS and held senior product management roles for security and cloud infrastructure at Amazon Web Services, Splunk, and Bracket Computing. He was also part of the investment team at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Wei Lien holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School and a BS in applied physics with honors from Caltech.

T.J. Cooley
T.J. Cooley VP, Sales

With over 15 years of enterprise technology sales experience, T.J. serves as StackRox's Vice President of Sales, responsible for sales strategy and execution. With a solid track record of driving sales growth, T.J. excels at building and developing passionate, high performance sales teams. Most recently, T.J. served as the Regional Vice President of the Western Region at Tanium, where he helped grow the company's revenue by 100 percent year over year. Before Tanium, T.J. spent eight years at VMware in a variety of sales and sales leadership roles, focusing on Global 2000 companies. Prior to VMware, T.J. was a top performing strategic sales representative for Citrix. He holds a BA from the University of San Diego.

Michelle McLean
Michelle McLean VP, Marketing

As Vice President of Marketing at StackRox, Michelle is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s marketing strategy and initiatives. She has more than 20 years of market positioning, GTM, and demand gen experience. Prior to StackRox, she was VP of Marketing at ScaleArc, where she oversaw all outbound marketing activities, and she previously held director of product marketing positions at Silver Spring Networks, ConSentry Networks, Peribit Networks, and Trapeze Networks. She previously served as program director at the research firm META Group, providing technology and strategy direction to global 2000 enterprise clients. She started her career as a technology journalist. Michelle earned her BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley.


Sequoia Capital
Amplify Partners

What our investors are saying

"Enterprises with advanced IT infrastructures are moving to containers, but they aren’t sure how to address security. I was an early investor in StackRox because they had the vision to build a platform to address this coming need, and they designed an innovative new security model for container environments instead of just retrofitting old technology. Now they’re well positioned to help define enterprise security in the post-virtualization future."

Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer for Facebook

"Technologies are frequently adopted because they save money and make it easier to accomplish missions. Unfortunately new technologies are usually deployed without security, an afterthought added on later in a way that does not work well. That’s why I was so excited to be an early investor in StackRox. They’re getting out ahead of the security requirements for containers. Now we can deploy containers and know the system is secure, thanks to StackRox."

Richard A. Clarke Former Special Adviser to the President for Cyber Security, Author of Cyber War, and CEO of Good Harbor Security Risk Management

"Microservices are redefining IT delivery right now, and as with many evolutions before this, the security community needs to adapt again. I believe StackRox is a company that will help secure infrastructures for the long term."

John N. Stewart, Chief Security and Trust Officer of Cisco

"I decided to invest in StackRox when I met Sameer Bhalotra and recognized his drive to advance the security field. Since then, StackRox has attracted world-class talent and has built an ambitious product that is already in use by Global 2000 customers. I’m excited about what the future holds for this innovative company."

Mark Leslie Founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software, and Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business