Tony Thompson brings more than 20 years of dynamic marketing leadership to Swimlane, having elevated cybersecurity and IT networking technology brands, defining new markets, and breaking through the noise in crowded markets. Prior to joining Swimlane, Tony was Chief Marketing Officer for Kemp Technologies, where he successfully transformed the company from niche load balancing/application delivery into the rapidly growing category of “Application Experience (AX).” Kemp was acquired by Mill Point Capital, then later acquired by Progress Software. Under Tony’s leadership, the company saw brand awareness increase with nearly 50% new user acquisition growth while also achieving the #1 rating on Gartner.
Previously, Tony served as vice president of marketing and general manager for SS8 Networks (acquired by HighBar Partners), where he led the strategy, sales and marketing execution for a breakthrough in network intelligence, breach detection, and network detection and response (NDR). Prior to SS8, Tony was vice president of marketing for Silver Peak, where he reshaped the company from niche player into a leader in WAN optimization, and ultimately the pioneer of the burgeoning SD-WAN market. Silver Peak was acquired by HPE.
Prior to Silver Peak, Tony led OEM and embedded security marketing for McAfee. He came to McAfee from the acquisition of Solidcore, where he established the company as a leader in application whitelisting security. Earlier, Tony led public relations for security products at Juniper Networks, and was instrumental in the launch of Blue Coat, the web security leader that achieved over 300% growth in market valuation and profitability within 18 months, later acquired by Symantec. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State, where he was awarded Public Relations Alumni of the Year.