NightDragon saw a breakout year in terms of investment, platform expansion and brand value in 2022.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (October 26, 2022) – NightDragon, a dedicated cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy (CSSP) investment and advisory firm, today announced multiple promotions across its team, highlighting the success it has seen as a firm across key functions, including investment, business development and marketing.
The announcement comes on the heels of strong momentum for NightDragon, including investments in 13 leading CSSP companies out of the firm’s $750M growth fund, 58+ NightVision and other thought leadership events held, broad expansion of programs and partnerships, 55+ new top industry leaders added to the NightDragon Advisory Council, and being named 2022 Growth Investor of the Year by SC Magazine. In addition, the firm hosted 21+ portfolio days this year to showcase NightDragon portfolio companies to top systems integrators, defense contractors, technology companies and channel partners and formed 25+ new partnerships, including 15 Master Service Level Agreements, a unique partnering approach that establishes preferred terms for portfolio companies.
“NightDragon operates with an important mission to help secure our world for tomorrow through investments in and advising leading cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy companies. At the core of delivering on that mission is our team, which we are proud to recognize through these promotions. We look forward to creating further impact together against today’s biggest risk categories, as well as returns for our investors,” said Dave DeWalt, Founder, CEO and Managing Director at NightDragon.
Promotions across the team include:
- Morgan Kyauk to Managing Director – Morgan joined NightDragon in 2019 as partner and has been a key member of the investment team, helping the firm identify, diligence and execute deals that best align with the firm’s strategy and objectives. Additionally, he brings a wealth of experience leading M&A transactions for companies such as FireEye, Dropbox, Juniper Networks, and HP. As a result of Morgan’s efforts, NightDragon has become one of the most significant venture capital firms in the CSSP investing category.
- Amy De Salvatore to Partner, Business Development and Platform – Amy brings more than 25 years of business development and strategic alliance experience to the NightDragon team from leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, McAfee, Intel Security and Forescout Technologies. Since joining NightDragon in 2021, Amy has driven incredible value for the firm and its portfolio companies, including launching 21+ partnerships, expanding talent and diversity efforts, leading portfolio days to get in front of key companies, driving co-invest opportunities, and launching the ND Advisory Council.
- Sarah Kuranda Vallone to Vice President, Marketing and Communications – Sarah joined NightDragon in 2021 and launched the firm’s marketing practice across public relations, web, social media, email, content creation and other key functions. Bringing her nearly decade of experience in journalism and communications to the role, her efforts have helped propel NightDragon to become a significant brand in the cybersecurity and venture capital space.
“We are thrilled to recognize individuals on our team who have added significant value to our firm and to our portfolio companies,” said Ken Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, NightDragon. “NightDragon will continue to drive its value as strategic operating investors to our portfolio and deliver on its mission to secure our world for tomorrow.”
Additional promotions include Hannah Huffman and Evan Gibney, who were both promoted to Senior Associate following significant contributions to the investment team strategy and execution.
To learn more about the NightDragon team, please visit our website at www.nightdragon.com.
NightDragon is an investment and advisory firm focused on growth and late-stage investments within the cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy industries. Its platform and vast industry network provide unparalleled threat insights, deal flow, market leverage and operating expertise to drive portfolio company growth and increase shareholder value. Founded by Dave DeWalt, the NightDragon team has more than 25 years of operational and market expertise leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Mandiant, Avast and FireEye. Read more about NightDragon at www.nightdragon.com.