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Securing your innovation

Our mission

To accelerate business innovation by making APIs attack proof.

Our vision

To see every API in the world protected by Salt Security.

Roey Eliyahu, CEO and co-founder

Michael Nicosia, COO and co-founder

The Salt leadership team

Roey Eliyahu

CEO, Co-Founder

Roey is a former elite cybersecurity unit veteran, where he led development of high-end security systems to protect the largest network in Israel of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the government.

Roey also led development of security system projects at Cigol Digital Systems, a military-grade security systems company. He went on to found the cybersecurity college that trains the next generation of leaders and prepares them for serving in the IDF’s elite security units.

Michael Nicosia

COO, Co-Founder

Michael has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software sales and marketing. He joined the founding team at Adallom, a cloud security company, as VP of Global Sales from inception to the acquisition by Microsoft for $327M.

Prior to Adallom, Michael was VP of Sales at Appsense, a virtualization and endpoint security software company, growing sales from $10M to $100M+ and was acquired by Ivanti.

Ori Bach

Executive VP of Product

Ori has more than 15 years of experience leading product strategy across technology companies and government agencies with expertise in cybersecurity, threat intelligence and compliance.

Prior to joining Salt, Bach served as senior vice president of product at Mend (formerly WhiteSource), where he created a compelling product strategy that drove product growth and expansion of its product line. Before Mend, Bach held the role of vice president of product and CEO of TrapX Security (now a Commvault company), where he implemented drove the product to adoption by some of the world's largest enterprises and Series C investment. Bach holds a bachelor's degree in law from Tel Aviv University.

Michael Callahan

Chief Marketing Officer

Michael joins Salt with more than 20 years of marketing expertise spanning across product marketing, marketing operations, corporate branding and positioning, demand generation, field and channel marketing and public relations. He boasts extensive cybersecurity experience, most recently serving as CMO at Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection. He has also held leadership roles at Cofense, McAfee, HP, Firemon, Juniper, Zimperium and others.

Gilad Gruber

SVP of Engineering

Gilad is a seasoned technology executive, who has managed large distributed global engineering teams, as well as co-founded several startups. Before joining Salt, Gilad served as CTO at the financial technology company, Payoneer, where he led a team of more than 500 engineers in R&D, data, cyber, corporate and production IT. Prior to Payoneer, Gilad held the position of Vice President, Research and Development at Panaya, an agile HDLC company and subsidiary of Infosys. He also served as Senior Vice President of front-end development at Citibank Innovation Center.

Gilad holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

Renee Hollinger

Chief People Officer

Renee has a long history of executive coaching and HR consulting, working with founders and startups. Her last in-house position was CHRO at Reltio, a SaaS-based master data management organization, where she led staffing, employee development, culture, and engagement. Prior to Reltio, Renee was Executive Vice President Human Resources for ironSource, and she held HR leadership roles at Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Urban Outfitters and Warner Bros.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of California, Los Angeles and participated in a year-long Executive Coaching Program through New Ventures West.

Kfir Lippmann

Chief Financial Officer

Kfir brings to Salt extensive leadership and finance experience. Most recently, he was VP finance of monday.com, where he built and lead the finance department, growing the company from 40 to 900 employees and leading to its successful IPO. Kfir is experienced in raising capital, secondary transactions, and scaling hyper growth startups.

Kfir has held senior positions at Start.io and Ernst Young and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has an MBA in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation and a BA in accounting and East Asia from Tel Aviv University.

Michael Porat

SVP of Corporate and Business Development

Porat brings more than 20 years of experience in business development strategy, with expertise in security, infrastructure software, and SaaS. Before joining Salt, Porat was SVP of corporate and business development at Vectra.a, where he was instrumental in driving key alliances to solve critical issues and maximize customer value. Prior to , Porat was VP of strategy and business development at Cohesity. At Cohesity, he also served as GM of Cohesity’s SaaS transformation initiative, drove joint ventures, and led a number of company acquisitions.

Porat holds a B.A., Economics, from Yale University.

Matt Quarles

Chief Revenue Officer

Matt is an experienced CRO with a proven track record driving revenue growth across all commercial functions at disruptive, rapid-growth software companies. Prior to joining Salt, Quarles served as CRO at Posit, an open-source data science company, where he led the company’s global sales, customer success, business development, and field operations. He has also previously worked at publicly traded companies including Google and Accenture, and has built global commercial teams at early-stage cybersecurity companies such as Ionic Security and Evident ID.

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The Salt Labs team of security researchers identifies API security vulnerabilities across both published and private applications and services. The team publishes its findings, following responsible disclosure or preserving anonymity, so that the larger industry can learn from the exposures and improve their API security.

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