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Securly Makes Key Executive Hire to Head New Modalities


Securly Makes Key Executive Hire to Head New Modalities

Securly, the Silicon Valley-based student safety company, expands their executive leadership with a key hire.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Securly is excited to announce that Rich Watson has joined the company as Vice President of Accounts & Strategic Product Initiatives. Mr. Watson brings over 12 years of leadership experience within the K-12 sector, and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, leading the classroom division for Follett Corporation.

Launching in 2013 with the industry's first and only cloud-based web filter, Securly has quickly expanded since to offer a comprehensive set of online safety solutions. Mr. Watson will have the responsibility of leading go-to-market strategies for Securly's student safety modalities: 24, Auditor, Tipline, and Classroom. He will also provide leadership to Securly's Account Management and Student Safety teams.

"I have dedicated the majority of my career helping educators support students' social and emotional well-being. It's exciting to join the Securly team and further their mission of delivering holistic student safety, both at school and at home," says Watson. "Between Auditor, 24, and Tipline, there is so much potential for real-world impact on students across the globe."

Along with the addition of Mr. Watson, Securly's executive leadership team is further defined by Bharath Madhusudan, co-founder of Securly, transitioning from Chief Technology Officer to Chief Revenue Officer. They join Anders Johnsson, current Vice President of Sales, as part of Securly's B2B sales and marketing executive leadership team.

Says Madhusudan, "As companies scale from $10M ARR to $100M+ ARR, it becomes increasingly important to marry sales and marketing with an operations mindset. Building a rock solid foundation of cutting edge tools, processes, automations, and analytics ensures predictable revenue, which leads to friction-free execution of our student safety mission. We aim to use the relatively new, but increasingly important, discipline of Revenue Operations as a lever to parlay our early success into a billion-dollar revenue machine."

"I am very excited about this leadership team design," says Vinay Mahadik, co-founder and CEO. "Anders represents the dollar, Rich represents the heart, and Bharath represents Pi, the math that ties sales and marketing together."

About Rich

As the son of two educators, Rich developed a passion for supporting underprivileged and struggling students. He has spent the majority of his career helping districts scale personalized instruction and transition from print to digital. Bringing experience as former VP & GM of the classroom business at Follett Corporation and former Regional VP of strategic accounts at Amplify Education, Rich has a track record of delivering exponential revenue growth in new products. Having built organizations from the ground up and managed international sales, marketing, product management, operations, and strategy teams within complex reporting structures he understands the importance of setting processes and investing in an organization's biggest asset, its people.

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About Bharath

As one of Securly's co-founders, Bharath wrote the first version of the company's core filtering engine and led the first 200 accounts that Securly sold. He wore many hats as the company grew, including Securly's first sales engineer, post-sales representative, demand generation marketer, and renewals manager, and built and scaled the company's support and marketing teams to their current levels. Bharath has a Masters in Computer Science from Washington University at St Louis, and over a decade of enterprise security and engineering experience including an Architect level role at Huawei-Symantec. As Securly's Chief Revenue Officer he seeks to marry his engineering mindset with his operational experience in sales and marketing to help the company achieve the next level of scale.

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About Securly

Securly is a Silicon Valley-based student safety company that provides Edtech safety solutions. The only company to cater exclusively to K-12, student safety has been Securly's mission since the very beginning. Currently, over 7M students use Securly's free and paid filtering solutions worldwide, and thousands of districts use Auditor, Securly's AI-based tool for cyberbullying and self-harm detection on Gmail. In addition to Filter and Auditor, Securly has expanded their product suite to include Parent Portal, 24, Plug n' Play Hub, and many more.

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