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CrowdStrike Co-Founder and CTO Steps Down to Launch Nonprofit Policy Accelerator

CrowdStrike Names New CTO as Dmitri Alperovitch Leaves to Start Policy Accelerator Focused on National Security and Foreign Policy Challenges

Endpoint security firm CrowdStrike announced on Wednesday that Michael Sentonas has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO) after Dmitri Alperovitch decided to leave the company to launch a non-profit policy accelerator.

Alperovitch, one of the founders of CrowdStrike, has been acting as CTO since the company’s launch in 2011. In its announcement, CrowdStrike only said he had transitioned out of the company, but Alperovitch has shared some information about his future plans on social media.

“I have left CrowdStrike to launch a non-partisan, non-profit policy accelerator,” Alperovitch said. “Since founding CrowdStrike and during my tenure, I helped transform the cybersecurity industry and want to apply the same ingenuity and a venture approach to galvanize solutions to pressing cybersecurity national security and foreign policy challenges.”

Sentonas, who replaces Alperovitch as CrowdStrike’s CTO, has been responsible for developing and executing the company’s overall technology strategy. Before joining CrowdStrike, he had similar roles at Intel Security.

“At CrowdStrike, we have a deep bench of technology talent and we are pleased to appoint Mike to his new role as chief technology officer. During his tenure at CrowdStrike, he has demonstrated leadership and a vision for building out CrowdStrike’s technology that uniquely meets the needs of organizations worldwide looking for reliable cybersecurity solutions that stop breaches,” said George Kurtz, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and CEO.

“Mike's deep industry knowledge and strong performance as a leader across multiple strategic functions within CrowdStrike position him well for success in his new role, which will include close collaboration with our engineering and products organization that is led by Amol Kulkarni, chief product officer,” Kurtz added.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.