Blogger profile: Prakash Panjwani
Prakash Panjwani has extensive experience overseeing global product management, marketing, engineering, sales, operations, and business development teams. He is a seasoned IT security executive and has served as an executive leader for SafeNet for over a decade. Since joining the company in 2002, Prakash has been instrumental in driving major product strategy, infrastructure, and operational shifts throughout the organization. Prakash led the strategic acquisition of 12 companies resulting in SafeNet being the cybersecurity powerhouse that it is today -- Rainbow Technologies marked SafeNet’s entry into the HSM, authentication, and software protection markets, Ingrian Networks, broadened SafeNet’s data encryption and encryption key management portfolio, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, doubled the size of SafeNet’s software monetization business, and most recently, Cryptocard which brought the company’s award-winning authentication business into the cloud. Most recently, Prakash served as the SVP and General Manager of SafeNet’s Data Protection business unit where he has been able to refocus the team on three rapidly growing markes – crypto management, data encryption, and authentication and then successfully executing against a highly aggressive product development and go-to-market plan to support it. Prior to that position, Prakash served as the SVP and General Manager of the company’s Software Monetization group where he successfully spearheaded the division’s transformation from a copyright protection offering into a robust software monetization platform capable of software provisioning, license enforcement, usage tracking, and entitlement management for on-premise and cloud software applications. Prakash has held several additional executive positions at SafeNet, including Vice President of Worldwide Embedded Sales and Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Panjwani has more than 20 years of experience in the software, security, and telecom industries. Prior to joining SafeNet, Mr. Panjwani spent more than four years at Certicom Corporation in various management positions, including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development. Prior to this, he served at Motorola Inc. and Telcordia (formerly Bellcore). Mr. Panjwani holds a Masters degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.