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Security Automation Provider Torq Nabs Splunk, Pax8 Vets to Lead Sales, Marketing

The new CMO will spearhead an evolution of Torq’s MSP and MSSP strategy.

Edward Gately

February 13, 2023

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Torq, a security automation provider, has hired Josh Morris, previously with Splunk, as senior vice president of worldwide sales.

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Torq’s Josh Morris

The company has also hired Don Jeter, formerly of Pax8, as its chief marketing officer. Together, Morris and Jeter will be responsible for helping to propel Torq into its next phase of growth. They’ll also shape the company’s sales and marketing strategies to maximize its pipeline, customer engagement, and brand reach and engagement.

These additions to the Torq executive team also coincide with the security provider moving its U.S. headquarters to New York City so it’s more closely connected with major global enterprises.

Here’s our list of channel people on the move in January.

Morris has more than 20 years of sales leadership in global companies across all aspects of cybersecurity. He has a demonstrated history of working in both public companies and early-stage ventures.

Morris most recently was group vice president at Splunk. Before that, he held sales leadership roles at Palo Alto Networks, and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence via its Silversky acquisition. He also worked for Symantec via its Messagelabs acquisition.

The addition of Morris follows the appointment of Paulo Veloso, also previously with Splunk, as vice president of sales for the Americas.,

Strong Demand for Security Automation

“There has never been a greater need in the history of cybersecurity for security automation than at this present moment,” Morris said. “That means there has also never been a greater market opportunity for Torq. Multinational enterprises across the Fortune 500, including some of the world’s biggest financial, technology, consumer packaged goods, fashion, hospitality and sports apparel companies are seeing extraordinary outcomes with Torq. This growth reflects significant enterprise traction across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. I’m thrilled to build on those impressive achievements to create an even more powerful sales trajectory for Torq.”

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Torq’s Don Jeter

Jeter has built and led marketing organizations through hyper-growth stages. In his previous role, he was Pax8‘s senior vice president of marketing. There, he developed the company’s brand strategy and built its demand-generation engine.

Before Pax8, Jeter held key sales and marketing roles at Veritas and Symantec.

Jeter will spearhead an evolution of Torq’s MSP and MSSP strategy. In addition, he’ll create a new relationship for Torq with Pax8 that provides it with access to its community of technology professionals.

Accelerating Torq’s Growth

“I’m excited to help Torq accelerate its incredible growth and revenue potential,” Jeter said. “Torq’s trajectory doesn’t surprise me. Historically, security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) platforms have been complex and clunky. Torq is dramatically changing that. Customers want an easier way to orchestrate and automate security workflows. The Torq platform is uniquely positioned to deliver enterprise-grade security with an intuitive, consumer-level, drag-and-drop user experience. Torq’s market prospects are immense and I look forward to harnessing its incredible momentum to take the company to the next level.”

Ofer Smadar is Torq’s CEO and co-founder.

“Josh and Don’s collective leadership and expertise will take Torq to new heights by elevating our go-to-market (GTM) success,” he said. “In 2022, Torq achieved 800% revenue growth and 10x customer growth, even while so many other technology companies are dealing with revenue declines, resulting in mass layoffs. We’re just at the beginning of a spectacular journey as we continue to strengthen our market position and drive home the dramatic benefits our enterprise-grade security automation platform provides to organizations across every industry.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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