Damballa names David Earhart and Julie Preiss to its management team

David Earhart
David Earhart

Damballa, a provider of advanced threat protection and containment solutions, announced on January 21 two new executive appointments, on the heels of the strongest sales quarter and year in the company’s history.

David Earhart joins the company as senior vice president for worldwide field operations, and Julie Preiss joins as vice president of marketing.

“In 2013, major enterprises around the world increasingly turned to Damballa for automated breach defense,” said David Scholtz, CEO for Damballa. “We are thrilled to welcome David and Julie, who each have experience delivering high growth for security companies, at a time when we are so well positioned for significant global expansion.”

Earhart was previously senior vice president responsible for leading CA Technologies’ security (identity and access management) field operations. During his tenure, CA’s security business experienced approximately 300% growth, says the company.

Prior to CA, he spent many years in sales leadership positions at BMC Software, and has held executive positions with two venture-backed firms where he ran worldwide sales, support and services. Earhart currently sits on two boards of companies in the security space: Cyren and Coreblox. He earned a B.B.A. in finance from Texas Tech University.

Julie Preiss was previously head of marketing for Dell SecureWorks, an information security services provider growing at twice the industry average. During her tenure, the company launched an innovative portfolio of targeted threat and incident response services.

Prior to Dell SecureWorks, Preiss served as director of marketing for Cbeyond, and has also held marketing management roles at technology companies including, StorageTek, Teligent and MCI. She earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Georgia.

Damballa Failsafe helps enterprises fill the security gap between failed prevention and their incident response, in order to mitigate risk. It discovers and validates active infections with certainty, so incident responders can quickly mitigate risk.