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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.

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.

Michelle McLean

VP of Marketing

Michelle has more than 20 years of market positioning, GTM, and demand gen experience at a variety of enterprise security and other software companies. She’s held marketing leadership roles at StackRox, ScaleArc, Silver Spring Networks, and Peribit Networks.

She advised clients on technology and strategy at research firm META Group and started her career as a technology journalist. Michelle earned her BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kfir Lippmann

Chief Financial Officer

Kfir brings to Salt extensive leadership and finance experience. Most recently, he was VP finance of, 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 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.

Amelia Forrest Kaye

VP of Customer Success

Amelia has worked in customer success and management consulting for almost two decades. She most recently served as the VP of customer engagement at Tanium, where her team helped customers translate technical use cases into business ROI and prioritize product and services requests.

She holds BAs in political science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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.

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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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