Expanse announced on Tuesday that retired U.S. Navy Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld has joined the company’s advisory board. He will advise on Expanse’s national security business, as well as its positioning for C-suites and boards.
“Sandy is an incredibly accomplished leader who brings extensive national security and business acumen to Expanse,” said Tim Junio, Expanse’s CEO and co-founder. “Keeping our government agencies and military services safe from security risks is necessary to preserve the United States’ position in the world and the freedoms we enjoy. Sandy’s strategic mind and extensive advanced technology expertise will be tremendous assets as we execute on an ambitious innovation plan.”
Winnefeld brings more than 40 years of government and military experience with the U.S. Navy to Expanse. Most recently, he served as the ninth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as the second ranking military officer in the U.S. He’s also served as the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy and assumed command of United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
In addition, Winnefeld has been awarded the Distinguished Defense Service medal, which is the highest non-combat award given in the U.S. military. He is a frequently published author, co-founder of a nonprofit that battles the U.S. opioid epidemic, and a director or advisory board member for several companies including Raytheon. Winnefeld is an alumnus of and currently lectures at Georgia Tech, just down the street from Expanse’s new Atlanta office and a growing center of engineering expertise for the company.
“I have seen warfare and military preparedness evolve exponentially over my career and while the U.S. still operates from a position of great strength, the military needs to be more innovative to address the growing threat of cyber warfare and digital attacks from rogue states and criminals,” said Winnefeld. “I am excited to join the Expanse advisory board because I believe in the company’s ability to help the government identify open security risks and help the country stay as secure as possible in today’s always-connected environment,” he added.
Expanse helps IT operations and security teams discover, manage, and secure all of their global internet assets. Current Expanse customers comprise more than 10 percent of the routable internet and they use the company’s platform to monitor for real-time changes to their infrastructure.
Using leading-edge collection and analysis technology, Expanse improves organizations’ visibility, governance, and IT operations, reducing risk associated with internet-connected assets and enabling a secure digital transformation. Founded in 2012, Expanse is headquartered in San Francisco and is now backed by more than $135M in funding.