July 28, 2021 – Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, has placed Jean English as the new chief marketing officer of Armis, a unified asset visibility and security platform provider. “Jean is an exceptional modern marketing leader with an impressive record of delivering results,” said Yevgeny Dibrov, co-founder and CEO of Armis. “She has proven experience in successfully taking companies to their next level. She will be instrumental as we expand our addressable market and increase our momentum towards an IPO.”
Ms. English brings more than 20 years of marketing leadership across the cybersecurity, cloud, analytics, software, and infrastructure technology sectors. Jean’s extensive experience building strong brands, establishing market leadership, and exceeding high growth targets empowers marketing organizations to become revenue generators. Most recently, she served as chief marketing officer at Palo Alto Networks.
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Ms. English was previously chief marketing officer of NetApp and held global vice president roles at IBM, leading the transformation to the cloud. She is an advocate for mentoring and is a board member for Athena International, which is focused on empowering women to become leaders in all industries and sectors.
“I’m thrilled to join Armis and its leadership team at such a pivotal time in the company’s growth journey,” said Ms. English. “Armis is uniquely positioned to be the global leader in unified asset visibility and security. I am honored to join Armis to build a world-class marketing organization, accelerate hyper-growth and partner with customers around the world to ensure they can see and protect all the devices in their environment.”
Armis enables enterprises to adopt new connected devices without fear of compromise by cyber attack. Armis was formed to help organizations discover and secure managed, unmanaged, OT / ICS, medical devices and IoT devices. With over 400 employees globally, Armis is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.
Ms. Chatfield-Taylor runs Caldwell’s global venture capital and private equity practice. She focuses on executive-level search for high-growth technology companies, with deep expertise in B2B SaaS, DevOps, E-commerce, consumer, and other transformative technologies. She has completed more than 50 CEO searches as well as hundreds of high impact investor and C-level assignments for her clients, with a deep passion and expertise in helping to diversify VC and PE firms, and their portfolio company boards and their leadership teams. Ms. Chatfield-Taylor recently placed Sarah Patterson as CMO of Samsara, Derrick Ware as CTO of Newsela, Sun Lee as CMO of Sisu, Heidi O’Neill as a board member at Spotify (IPO), and Prashanth Chandrasekaran as CEO for Stack Overflow.
Chief Marketing Officers
As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position.
Current business landscape demands have only increased the contribution from CMOs, according to the latest research report from Forrester and Heidrick & Struggles. The survey found that CMOs are building strong relationships with the head of product and research and development to prepare their organizations for digital disruption.
“We see CMOs moving beyond functional expertise to assume responsibility for driving overall growth within their organizations,” said Sheryl Pattek, vice president, CMO executive partner at Forrester. “They are evolving into key strategic partners on the executive team and know that collaboration with the rest of the C-suite will be instrumental to their success.”
Here’s a sampling of recent chief marketing officer searches taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of Andrew Savitz as the new chief marketing officer of Azul Systems. Dave Mullarkey led the assignment. “Andrew has a tremendous amount of experience across all aspects of marketing, and a proven track record of helping companies effectively message, drive awareness and leads, position products, create new market categories and enable high growth sales,” said Scott Sellers, co-founder, president and CEO of Azul.
CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted Christian Community Credit Union in the recruitment of Aaron Caid as chief marketing officer of this mission-driven credit union. “We are excited to have Aaron Caid join the Christian Community Credit Union family,” said Blair Korschun, CEO of the financial institution. “Aaron is a man of faith with vast experience in leading marketing and analytics for companies with millions of customers and accounts. He has chosen to use his talents to help us grow the credit union and to help us better serve our members.”
Following a nationwide search, New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates placed Gil Phipps as SVP and chief marketing officer of Sprouts Farmers Market in Phoenix, AZ. President Brenda Malloy led the search along with managing director Alison Weil and VP Caitlin Kenefick. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Gil to the Sprouts team,” said Jack Sinclair, CEO of Sprouts. “The experience Gil brings will be instrumental in shaping Sprouts’ long-term strategy to build brand awareness and loyalty with our core shopper, including strengthening and defining our private label business.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media