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Executive Team

Meet Praetorian's leadership team

Nathan Sportsman

As the Founder and CEO of Praetorian, Nathan is responsible for championing the vision, maintaining the culture, and setting the direction of the company. He also holds the additional duties of CTO, where he is responsible for overseeing the innovation and development engine of the company, keeping the firm well positioned to defeat the ever evolving cybersecurity threat.

Prior to bringing in professional management to help run the company, Nathan managed the day-to-day operations of the firm from its 2010 beginnings as a bootstrapped start-up to its current YoY hyper-growth. Since Praetorian’s founding, Nathan has successfully instilled a “customer first” mentality that has become part of the DNA of the company, which has led to unprecedented customer satisfaction reviews as reflected in a historical net promoter score of 86%. This reputation for delivering value to the customer has resulted in a three-year growth rate of 214%. Under Nathan’s leadership, the company has earned national recognition on the Inc. 5000 list multiple times, the Cybersecurity 500, CIO Top 20, and locally on Austin’s “Fastest 50” growing firms.

Prior to founding Praetorian, Nathan worked in various technical roles at industry-leading companies such as Sun Microsystems, Symantec, and McAfee. His experience has cross cut most industry sectors, and customers have ranged from Wall Street and Silicon Valley to government intelligence agencies and renowned educational institutions. Nationally recognized as a leader in the cybersecurity field, Nathan is a frequent public speaker, is a contributing author to the world's best-selling computer security book, Hacking Exposed, is a U.S. patent holder, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin (nationally ranked #5 for Computer Science and Engineering).

Nathan holds a BS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chad Walters

As Vice President of Engineering, Chad is responsible for executing Praetorian’s product vision within engineering. In addition, Chad is responsible for recruiting top engineering and machine learning talent, while creating tools and processes to help the team succeed and grow.

A proven executive with 20 years of engineering experience, Chad joined Praetorian to buildout the product team, supported and funded by the company’s profitable professional services business. In his role, Chad continues to recruit top talent and scale Praetorian’s product team while guiding the firm’s engineering culture.

Throughout his career, Chad has led engineering teams and taken concepts from early idea to mature product for leading organizations, such as Amazon, Socialware, 21CT, and Civitas Learning. In addition, he has a successful track record of scaling high-performing engineering teams and guiding startups through hyper-growth.

Most recently, Chad was VP of Engineering at Civitas Learning where he was responsible for creating products that use machine learning techniques to predict student success in college. Chad scaled his team at Civitas from 14 to 82 people, while adding new engineering disciplines including QA, data QA, development management, and scrum master. Prior to Civitas, Chad was the VP of Engineering at 21CT where he was responsible for creating products that use machine learning techniques to find Medicare fraud.

Chad holds a BS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University.

Ryan Macia

As Vice President of Finance, Ryan is responsible for all of Praetorian’s financial operations including business planning and analysis, accounting, audit and investor relations. In his role, he oversees the preparation of all financial reporting, identifies opportunities to improve unit economics, and leads the evolution and execution of the company’s long-term financial strategy.

Ryan has deep expertise developing and implementing scalable financial forecasting, reporting and budgeting processes with the goal of accelerating and maintaining sustainable cash flow and optimizing the allocation of capital in order to maximize value creation while minimizing risk.

Before joining Praetorian, Ryan served as the Director of Finance and Revenue Operations for TrendKite where he was responsible for managing all revenue-related activities across the company including sales, marketing, and customer success operations in addition to his traditional financial planning & analysis duties. Ryan has both buy-side and sell-side M&A experience and was most recently involved in facilitating the $225 Million acquisition of TrendKite by Cision Ltd in early 2019. Prior to this, Ryan was responsible for internal reporting, due diligence, transaction modeling and integration planning as a leader within the FP&A and Corporate Development teams at SolarWinds.

Ryan holds both a BBA in Accounting and MPA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Paul Jauregui

As Vice President of Marketing, Paul oversees the planning, development, and execution of Praetorian's marketing and advertising activities. He is responsible for all aspects of Praetorian’s marketing including lead generation, brand management, corporate communications, and public relations. In his role, he drives initiatives that support the company’s accelerated growth grounded in providing solutions that help today’s leading organizations protect their most important assets from evolving cyber threats.

A proven marketing executive with over 15+ years of experience, Paul has been devoted to advancing the field of cybersecurity since 2010. Most notably, Paul led Praetorian’s go-to-market strategy for the firm’s Internet of Things (IoT) security practice by landing featured coverage in Fortune Magazine, NBC News, BusinessWeek, and TechCrunch. In 2016, Paul’s work led to Praetorian’s selection by Microsoft as its global security auditing partner and a founding member of its new Security Program for Azure IoT.

Before joining Praetorian, Paul served as Creative Director for Myover Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing multidisciplinary teams in the development and production of creative B2B marketing solutions that generated results for clients. His creative work, in marketing and advertising, has been showcased in BusinessWeek and has earned him numerous state and national awards.

Paul earned his MBA from St. Edward's University and his BS in communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jolynn Cunningham

As Director of People Operations, Jolynn is responsible for Praetorian’s Culture, HR, Recruiting, and Facilities strategy and execution.  In this role, she helps drive company growth and innovation by identifying, hiring, developing and retaining world-class talent to provide exceptional cybersecurity solutions and services to our clients.

Jolynn joined Praetorian as its first People centered Leader to build out systems and programs around Talent Management, Organization Design, Compensation & Benefits, Talent Attraction, and Learning & Development.  She provides strategic data-backed reporting that focuses on the team’s results, development and retention.

Jolynn has honed her expertise through 15+ years building and leading People Operations teams for technology companies from Fortune 50 to pre-seed start-ups, providing assistance and leadership at organizations such as Cisco Systems, Indeed, TrendKite, and Dell.  She has been privileged enough to have helped shepherd several hyper growth start-ups through company evolution and been a part of three successful exits.

Jolynn holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas.

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