Gary Steele is the founding CEO of Proofpoint, an enterprise software security company with over 3,300+ employees worldwide. The company provides solutions for large and mid-sized organizations, protecting people, data and brands from advanced threats and compliance risks.
Steele has over 30 years of tech industry experience. Prior to Proofpoint, he was the CEO of Portera and held leadership roles with Sybase, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard.
Under his leadership, Portera raised over $100 million from leading venture capitalists and grew from its initial concept to $20 million in revenue. At Sybase, an organization of more than 350 people, generating $150 million in revenue, Steele spearheaded all new Internet projects targeted at the enterprise. His experience with Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard included business development, marketing, and engineering roles.
After joining Proofpoint in November 2002, Steele led the company in its rise from an early-stage startup to a leading security-as-a-service provider. He raised over $86 million in capital and steered the company through its successful IPO in 2012.
An established thought leader in the cybersecurity space, Steele’s expertise has been featured by outlets such as Forbes, CNBC, Fox Business, Fortune, Investor’s Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch.
Steele holds a degree in computer science from Washington State University, and he serves on the board of directors for Malwarebytes, Synack, Vonage, and Upwork.
During the past quarter, Gary Steele has sold $649,400.00 in Proofpoint stock. Most recently, Gary Steele sold 5,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.88, for a transaction totalling $649,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 68,290 shares of the company's stock, valued at $8,869,505.20.