NEW YORK, May 31, 2016Avanan, The Cloud Security Platform, announced today the appointment of Steven Toole to the position of chief marketing officer. The addition of Toole to the Avanan team further accelerates the company's rapid growth in bringing innovative, next-generation cloud security solutions to the worldwide enterprise IT security market.

Toole brings 25 years of sales and marketing experience to Avanan and an exceptional record of accomplishment in developing and growing tech startups in the areas including information security, SaaS, and cloud collaboration. Throughout his career, Toole has helped drive rapid growth leading to five successful exits to companies such as Symantec, Dell, and Veritas, generating more than $1.8 billion in capital returns to the investors.

Formerly, Toole served as vice president of marketing for semantic indexing technology provider Content Analyst Company, acquired by kCura Corporation in March 2016. Toole’s experience runs the gamut from developing corporate, product, and partner marketing strategies, to executing demand creation campaigns, new product branding and launches, and OEM, direct and channel sales enablement. A University of Maryland MBA and graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, Toole is also a highly sought after marketing speaker with more than 100 conferences to his credit.

"We are thrilled to have Steven join our team and be part of our executive leadership," said Gil Friedrich, Avanan’s founder and CEO. "We have developed something unique for cloud security, and Steven’s passion, strategic thinking, and leadership is exactly what we needed to share that message."

"What's exciting and compelling about Avanan is that they are making it easy to secure the cloud," said Toole. "Security is the number one concern when companies consider moving to the cloud. What Avanan has created fills a huge void in cloud security."