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Horangi appoints Steve Surdu, Mike Leyden to drive growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region

Horangi Cyber Security has announced that veteran builder of elite cybersecurity teams, Steve Surdu, is joining the company as senior advisor. Horangi has also appointed Mike Leyden as vice president of the Revenue department to grow the business across the Asia-Pacific region.

Horangi Cyber Security offers the latest in product innovation and technology to protect organizations, backed by a team of CREST-certified global cybersecurity experts in Asia. Horangi’s integrated cybersecurity model is built to comprehensively secure organizations of all sizes. With headquarters in Singapore, Horangi has seven offices globally serving customers across a broad range of industries.

Steve Surdu brings more than 35 years of experience in professional services and solutions delivery. Previously the vice president of Professional Services at Mandiant, Steve spent over seven years building one of the most elite cybersecurity teams in the world. At Mandiant he directed the activities of the consulting and education teams, ensuring the company provides unsurpassed service to its clients. Steve brings his experience with clients in the financial services, high technology, healthcare, manufacturing, state and federal government, and retail industries.

“The challenge within Asia is that there are relatively few cybersecurity professionals,” Surdu said. “There’s a great limitation around the world, but it is especially acute in Asia. And that’s where you need organizations that like Horangi that you can tap into their expertise and apply that either at the strategic level or the more tactical.”

“I have worked in services organizations and I’ve worked in product organizations, and one of the major issues or limitations associated with product companies is they are attempting to have their product be the entire answer,” he added. “In security, generally the successful implementation of product depends very significantly on the human component ensuring that they tailored. When I work with Horangi, I see them focusing on the human element just as much as their products, and I think that’s a really good thing.”

Mike Leyden has more than 15 years of sales and leadership experience in media and technology. His deep operational expertise comes with an emphasis on go-to-market strategy and execution, along with a focus on SaaS. At Horangi, Mike will be responsible for sales team leadership to accelerate growth of Horangi’s revenue. He is charged with expanding Horangi’s go-to-market organization, including the development of new channels and to contribute to the company’s customer lifecycle strategy.

“I’m excited at the opportunity to grow Horangi in Asia and beyond,” Leyden said. “Horangi represents an exciting recipe: high quality, passionate people dedicated to delivering customer value in a fast-growing market.”

Mike is a graduate of Monash University, Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Laws. Prior to joining Horangi, Leyden gained expertise growing and leading high-performance sales teams in North America and globally at Nitro, Lob and Dealpath.

“I am delighted to welcome Mike and Steve to our executive team, as they will help build the business across Asia,” said Paul Hadjy, CEO and co-founder of Horangi Cyber Security. “Steve will help us build out a world-class professional services organization and will assist with key customers to tackle their most complex and challenging cybersecurity problems. Mike is a proven sales leader who has scaled and led global enterprise sales organizations at multiple venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley.”

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