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Agari was founded by the thought leaders behind Cisco's IronPort solution and co-founders of the DMARC standard for email authentication. Using predictive AI informed by global intelligence from around 2 trillion emails annually, we protect organizations against phishing, business email compromise (BEC) scams and other advanced email threats.

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Agari Timeline

2010

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Beginning Agari

Agari partners with PayPal, Yahoo!, and Google on a pilot project, testing the program that became the DMARC open standard and paving the way for standard email authentication.

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2011

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Hitting the Market

The first customers purchase the Agari software, gaining unprecedented visibility into their email security infrastructure.

Joining Early Adopters

JPMorgan Chase, PayPal, Facebook, Netflix, and LinkedIn jump aboard to eliminate malicious email attacks within global email ecosystems.

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2012

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Raising Series B Funding

Agari closes a Series B financing round and quickly begins scaling the business.

Finding Initial Success

Finding early success, Agari is honored as the Security Project of the Year and wins the ISE Northeast.

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2013

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Joining the Big Dogs

Agari assists the FBI in the highly publicized Citadel botnet takedown and is honored to receive the JPMorgan Chase Hall of Innovation Award.

Moving Onward and Upward

Revenue grows to 300% and Agari brings new executives on board, doubling the size of the team and moving into larger offices.

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2014

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Expanding Globally

After securing Series C financing, Agari opens an office in the United Kingdom and launches the Agari Partner Network, rapidly expanding throughout the world.

Earning Kudos

Agari continues to make an impression in the cybersecurity space, winning the AlwaysOn Global 250 award and being recognized with the highly sought-after Gartner Cool Vendor Award.

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2015

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Increasing the Customer Base

The company grows quickly, expanding its customer base internationally and within the federal government and Fortune 1000.

Growing Online Trust

Agari is included as a member of the 2015 Online Trust Honor Roll by the Online Trust Alliance, showcasing best practices in brand and consumer protection, security, and privacy.

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2016

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Welcoming Norwest Venture Partners

Additional funding is raised through a Series D round and Agari welcomes Norwest Venture Partners to the Board of Directors.

Launching a New Product

Agari expands it focus and introduces Advanced Threat Protection to protect employees from inbound threats like business email compromise and spear phishing.

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2017

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Helping with BOD 18-01

A government directive gives federal organizations one year to adopt DMARC and Agari helps bring government agencies into compliance.

Researching Prominently Attacked Industries

Agari research into healthcare organizations shows that the industry is especially vulnerable, with 57% of email “from” the healthcare industry being fraudulent.

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2018

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Transitioning to the Secure Email Cloud

New market positioning shows Agari as the leader in the race to detect, defend against, and deter advanced email attacks.

Entering a New Age of Security

A new round of Series E funding with $40 million in growth capital from an investor group led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity.

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2019

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Continuing to Grow

Agari continues to lead the Secure Email Cloud market by innovating with new inbound and outbound email security solutions, automation tools, and more.

Perfecting Active Defense

The Agari Cyber Intelligence Division (ACID) continues to use active defense measures to track down cybercriminals, including gangs like London Blue and Scarlet Widow.

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Leadership Team

Pioneers. Game-changers. Visionaries. Meet the executive team behind Agari.

Patrick Peterson

Founder and CEO

Patrick Peterson is Agari’s visionary Founder and CEO, who has spent more than 15 years securing the email ecosystem. Peterson founded Agari in 2009, when he saw a real need in the industry for a solution that would secure the email channel. Under his leadership as Chief Executive Officer, he has developed the company’s industry-changing security platform that now protects many of the world’s largest enterprises from email threats. Prior to Agari, Peterson joined IronPort Systems and invented IronPort’s SenderBase, the industry’s first reputation service.

Armen Najarian

Chief Marketing Officer

Armen Najarian is a 15 year Silicon Valley marketing veteran with deep experience scaling pre- and post-IPO cloud and security companies to successful shareholder outcomes. He joined Agari as CMO in April 2018 to accelerate demand and position Agari as the premier worldwide provider of advanced email security solutions. Prior to Agari, Najarian served as Chief Marketing Officer at ThreatMetrix after a successful career in product marketing.

Raymond Lim

Chief Financial Officer

Raymond Lim is the CFO of Agari, with 20+ years of financial and high technology experience building and scaling SaaS startups and growth companies. Prior to Agari, Lim served as CFO and VP of Finance at three other Norwest Venture Partners portfolio companies including Rafter, Badgeville and Jigsaw. He also served in the same capacity for other venture-backed technology companies including Saisei Networks and CrowdFlower.

John Giacomini

Chief Revenue Officer

John Giacomini is Chief Revenue Officer at Agari. He has years of experience building dedicated and growth-oriented sales teams for cybersecurity companies as Executive Vice President, Global Sales at Cylance and Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Forcepoint.

Doug Jones

Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer

Doug Jones is Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer at Agari. Over the last 20 years, he has served in several executive positions at high-growth companies, most recently as CEO of GrandCanals. Previously, he was Interim Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Badgeville, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Lithium Technologies, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for BridgeScale Partners.

Sheryl Hawk

VP of Customer Success

Sheryl Hawk is VP of Customer Success at Agari, where she is responsible for product implementation, user adoption and support, customer expansion, and ongoing account management and success. She joined Agari from WhiteHat Security, a cloud-based application security provider, and previously served in a similar role at Conversica.

Jacob Rideout

VP of Product Management

Jacob Rideout is the VP of Product Management at Agari, where he leads new product development and applied research. Previously, Jacob has led efforts in retail analytics, marketing optimization, and email security at Return Path. He is a regular collaborator in industry initiatives at M³AAWG and ETIS that foster data-sharing and define industry best practices.

Sabina Knotter-Finney

VP of Business Operations

Sabina Knotter-Finney is VP of Business Operations at Agari, where she is responsible for leading sales operations and building the system infrastructure for all business units. Prior to Agari, Knotter-Finney worked in business operations at MongoDB and in product management at Oracle.

John Wilson

Field Chief Technology Officer

John Wilson is the Field Chief Technology Officer at Agari, responsible for researching and utilizing the company’s advanced data security insights to drive continuous technology innovation. An esteemed security expert, Wilson is often called upon to assist major organizations in fighting cyber crime. During his career, he assisted Microsoft and the FS-ISAC with taking down the B54 Citadel botnet by providing data related to Citadel botnet infections and acting as a declarant in the civil forfeiture action filed in US District Court.

Trevor Pagliara

VP of North America Sales

Trevor Pagliara is VP of North America Sales at Agari. With twenty years of experience executing rapid revenue growth for companies, Pagliara has previously worked FireEye and Dell EMC.

Patrick Peterson

Founder and CEO

Patrick Peterson is Agari’s visionary Founder and CEO, who has spent more than 15 years securing the email ecosystem. Peterson founded Agari in 2009, when he saw a real need in the industry for a solution that would secure the email channel. Under his leadership as Chief Executive Officer, he has developed the company’s industry-changing security platform that now protects many of the world’s largest enterprises from email threats. Prior to Agari, Peterson joined IronPort Systems and invented IronPort’s SenderBase, the industry’s first reputation service.

Armen Najarian

Chief Marketing Officer

Armen Najarian is a 15 year Silicon Valley marketing veteran with deep experience scaling pre- and post-IPO cloud and security companies to successful shareholder outcomes. He joined Agari as CMO in April 2018 to accelerate demand and position Agari as the premier worldwide provider of advanced email security solutions. Prior to Agari, Najarian served as Chief Marketing Officer at ThreatMetrix after a successful career in product marketing.

Raymond Lim

Chief Financial Officer

Raymond Lim is the CFO of Agari, with 20+ years of financial and high technology experience building and scaling SaaS startups and growth companies. Prior to Agari, Lim served as CFO and VP of Finance at three other Norwest Venture Partners portfolio companies including Rafter, Badgeville and Jigsaw. He also served in the same capacity for other venture-backed technology companies including Saisei Networks and CrowdFlower.

John Giacomini

Chief Revenue Officer

John Giacomini is Chief Revenue Officer at Agari. He has years of experience building dedicated and growth-oriented sales teams for cybersecurity companies as Executive Vice President, Global Sales at Cylance and Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Forcepoint.

Doug Jones

Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer

Doug Jones is Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer at Agari. Over the last 20 years, he has served in several executive positions at high-growth companies, most recently as CEO of GrandCanals. Previously, he was Interim Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Badgeville, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Lithium Technologies, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for BridgeScale Partners.

Sheryl Hawk

VP of Customer Success

Sheryl Hawk is VP of Customer Success at Agari, where she is responsible for product implementation, user adoption and support, customer expansion, and ongoing account management and success. She joined Agari from WhiteHat Security, a cloud-based application security provider, and previously served in a similar role at Conversica.

Jacob Rideout

VP of Product Management

Jacob Rideout is the VP of Product Management at Agari, where he leads new product development and applied research. Previously, Jacob has led efforts in retail analytics, marketing optimization, and email security at Return Path. He is a regular collaborator in industry initiatives at M³AAWG and ETIS that foster data-sharing and define industry best practices.

Sabina Knotter-Finney

VP of Business Operations

Sabina Knotter-Finney is VP of Business Operations at Agari, where she is responsible for leading sales operations and building the system infrastructure for all business units. Prior to Agari, Knotter-Finney worked in business operations at MongoDB and in product management at Oracle.

John Wilson

Field Chief Technology Officer

John Wilson is the Field Chief Technology Officer at Agari, responsible for researching and utilizing the company’s advanced data security insights to drive continuous technology innovation. An esteemed security expert, Wilson is often called upon to assist major organizations in fighting cyber crime. During his career, he assisted Microsoft and the FS-ISAC with taking down the B54 Citadel botnet by providing data related to Citadel botnet infections and acting as a declarant in the civil forfeiture action filed in US District Court.

Trevor Pagliara

VP of North America Sales

Trevor Pagliara is VP of North America Sales at Agari. With twenty years of experience executing rapid revenue growth for companies, Pagliara has previously worked FireEye and Dell EMC.

Leadership Team

Pioneers. Game-changers. Visionaries. Meet the executive team behind Agari.

Awards & Recognition

Gartner 2014 cool vendor
Global excellence bronze
Golden bridge awards
online trust honor roll

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