Saryu Nayyar

Chief Executive Officer

Saryu Nayyar is a recognized visionary in the Information Security and Risk industry. Having held leadership roles with Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Ernst & Young, Disney, and Vaau (acquired by Sun), Saryu has over 10 years of experience in assessment, strategy, design and implementation of information security, identity and access management, and risk solutions. Saryu has served clients in several industries including telecom, retail, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, entertainment, financial services, and insurance. Recognized as a thought leader, Saryu has published several white papers in the information security space.

Leslie K. Lambert

Chief Security and Strategy Officer

Leslie K. Lambert, former CISO for Juniper Networks and Sun Microsystems, has over 30 years of experience in information security, IT risk and compliance, security policies, standards and procedures, incident management, intrusion detection, security awareness, and threat vulnerability assessments and mitigation. She received CSO Magazine’s 2010 Compass Award for security leadership and was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2009. An Anita Borg Institute Ambassador since 2006, Leslie has mentored women across the world in technology. Leslie is also serving on the board of the Bay Area CSO Council since 2005.

Nilesh Dherange

Chief Technology Officer

Nilesh Dherange is responsible for development and execution of Gurucul’s technology vision. Nilesh brings a wealth of experience in inventing, designing, and building software from inception to release. Nilesh has been a technologist and leader at three startups and at one of the largest software development companies in the world. Prior to founding Gurucul, Nilesh was an integral member of a company that built a Roles and Compliance product acquired by Sun Microsystems. Nilesh was also a co-founder and VP of Engineering for BON Marketing Group where he conceptualized and created BON Ticker — an innovative patented bid management system which used predictive analytics to determine advertising bids for PPC marketing campaigns on search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. Nilesh holds a B.A in Social Science, B.E in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai and M.S in Computer Science from University of Southern California.

Craig Cooper


Craig Cooper has served in several information security and risk management roles including CISO for a Fortune 500 Financial Services organization. While in this role, Craig defined and implemented an ISO standards-based Information Security program. Craig has led, developed, and delivered multiple Identity and Access Management Strategies and Roadmaps for several organizations. Craig has written for several trade magazines and has had been a speaker with Burton Catalyst, Gartner, and ISSA.

Tom Clare

VP Marketing

Tom Clare brings over 20 years of experience to lead marketing strategies and content creation. His previous roles include leading marketing teams, product marketing and product management with Blue Coat, Check Point, McAfee, Qualys, Texas Instruments and Websense. Recent marketing leadership includes managed SIEM services with Arctic Wolf Networks. His background includes experience with SIEMs, firewalls, VPNs, DLP, encryption, intrusion detection, risk-assessment, anti-malware and web proxy solutions. Tom holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from CMU and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Tom Clare
Beau Hutto

B. Beau Hutto

VP Federal

Beau began his career in sales leadership position 20 years ago, growing revenue and developing long-lasting relationships with customers, partners, and co-workers. Beau started his career with Cox Communications and transitioned into IT security, with Internet Security Systems/IBM, with an emphasis on the Federal sector for the past 12 years. Beau also led a high-performing team at Juniper and most recently served as a vice president at Blue Coat’s Federal sector enabling significant YoY returns. Beau graduated with a B.A. from Western State Colorado University, with a degree in Finance and Marketing.

William Goins

VP Global Systems Engineering

William Goins has over 20 years of experience in cyber security and the information security industry as a consultant, architect and leader of technical teams. Before joining Gurucul, William served as VP of Global Systems Engineering at Absolute, prior to that he spent 13 years at Symantec as the Sr. Director of Systems Engineering where he led the technical teams in the East & Canada regions supporting a $350-million-dollar business. He also had stints at Cisco and various security startups where he was primarily focused on host and network security. William currently holds and maintains several information security accreditations and is an active participant in the information security community.

William Goins
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What a name!

What a name!

GURUCUL (goo-roo-cool)  

The name Gurucul comes from Sanskrit (गुरुकुल). This word is a contraction of the Sanskrit word ‘guru’ which means teacher or expert and ‘cul’ means extended family or group. In ancient times this was the place of learning. As a security analytics company expertise and learning hold a very special meaning as it reflects in our name.