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Saviynt Expands Leadership in Marketing, Cloud Platform Innovation and Security


Tara Ryan, Akshay Sivananda, and Sapna Nair have been appointed as the company expands its global go-to-market capabilities and cloud platform innovation.

In order to strengthen its position as the market leader in identity management, Saviynt, a top provider of intelligent identification and access governance platform solutions, has announced important senior hires. Tara Ryan, Akshay Sivananda, and Sapna Nair have all been appointed as chief marketing officers, chief information security officers, and general managers, respectively. These hires strengthen Saviynt’s executive strength and dedication to providing its unified identification platform in response to the market’s rising demand.

“Our funding in January has allowed us to make large strides in both our go-to-market strategy and deepen the leadership team driving that initiative”, “Having these leaders at the table is the next step towards executing our goals as the most comprehensive cloud-native solution to identity and access management. Winners attract winners, and we are fortunate to have and draw in that kind of talent at Saviynt.”

Sachin Nayyar, CEO, Saviynt

At both pre- and post-IPO companies and enterprise giants like Coupa, Proofpoint, Zebra Technologies, Netsuite, McAfee, and Deloitte, Tara Ryan has built brands and generated revenue growth. As CMO at Saviynt, she will collaborate with the company’s leadership on global marketing strategy planning, development, and execution to strengthen the Saviynt brand and enable scaled, industry-leading growth. The company’s ongoing efforts and authority in the identity and access governance industry will benefit from Ryan’s ability to execute.

“Saviynt is a leading global brand in the making. Much like Coupa, they innovated ahead of the category and now stand to replace legacy solutions with their converged identity cloud,” said Tara Ryan. “ I am excited to work with the teams at Saviynt and their world class partners to take the brand to the next level.”

Tara Ryan, Chief Marketing Officer, Saviynt

Since taking on the role of CISO at Saviynt, Akshay Sivananda has strengthened the company’s enterprise-level security practices and built a strong security team. He has decades of experience in a wide range of security-related fields, including insider risk, infrastructure and cloud security, red teaming, incident response, risk management, product security, and cyber defense. Prior to joining Saviynt, Sivananda held the positions of Divisional CISO at Capital One and Executive Director and Global Head of Cyber Defense at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Sapna Nair has over 26 years of significant experience establishing and transforming world-class teams at some of the most successful global technology companies, including Intuit, ThoughtWorks, Groupon, Eventbrite, and Epsilon. Sapna Nair is a technologist herself. She will manage the operations in India in her capacity as General Manager of India and assist in implementing Saviynt’s high-growth business strategy. She is renowned for her skill in motivating teams and interacting with executives in organizations with complex organizational structures and numerous locations.

These hires highlight the company’s explosive expansion in the past year, which has been mostly fueled by the high demand for its corporate Identity Cloud, a top cloud-native converged identity ecosystem for employee, corporate application, privileged, and third-party identities.

Sachin Nayyar, the company’s founder, returned to Saviynt in January 2023 as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, while Paul Zolfaghari, a leader in the sector, joined as President. Nayyar has returned to lead Saviynt in the delivery of its best-in-class identification solutions after leading the firm from its birth in 2011 to dominance in 2018. The employment of Ryan, Sivananda, Zolfaghari, and Nayyar as well as Nayyar’s return highlight the breadth and depth of experience at Saviynt’s head.


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