Today we announce that industry veteran Tyler Winkler has been appointed as CEO of our portfolio company, UserIQ, by its board of directors. Winkler was formerly the VP of Global Sales & Marketing at SecureWorks, where he played a key role in the company’s rapid growth leading up to its 2011 acquisition by Dell for $650 million and 2016 IPO. UserIQ provides an innovative customer success platform helping businesses align around user needs and recently raised $3.6 million in a funding round led by BIP Capital, which has participated in multiple funding rounds. Earlier this year, Atlanta Inno also named the company as a “Startup to Watch”.
During his 15-year tenure at SecureWorks, Winkler was highly instrumental in growing the company from $800,000 in revenue to become the leader in global managed security services with revenue of $450 million in 2016. Winkler also led SecureWorks’ global expansion and large-scale restructuring following its acquisition by Dell, including the simultaneous enlargement of its sales operations, marketing, channel, and business development functions.
“There are similarities between the early years of SecureWorks and UserIQ in terms of company size and sheer market potential, so we’re very pleased that Tyler is taking on the CEO role,” said Mark Buffington, BIP Capital CEO and a member of UserIQ’s board of directors. “Tyler’s executive leadership and proven track record of rapidly scaling technology companies will be a huge asset as UserIQ begins its next phase of growth.”
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