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An open letter to our customers and partners

An open letter to our customers and partners

Helping software-driven companies take full advantage of the application economy by getting secure code swiftly flowing across their complete Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is at the heart of what Contrast Security is all about. 

As Contrast’s new CEO, I wanted to reach out to introduce myself and to communicate our continued commitment to helping you break out of the world of outdated, disconnected security tools that create friction, slow developers down and clog up the development pipeline. 

As of April 10, I stepped into the CEO role at Contrast with a track record that includes growing businesses from an early stage to more than $1 billion in revenues. I take a disciplined approach to inculcate a strategy into organizations, to build operating rhythms that drive accountability and to hire teams that embody a high-growth mindset in order to scale the business. 

You can find out more about me on my LinkedIn profile, but allow me to tackle some of the questions I’m sure you want to ask and which I’m happy to answer:

 Why Contrast?

I’m an executive leader with strong technical roots. I’ve built products for development and operations teams for my entire career, solving some of their most difficult problems. My background enables me to understand how to help our customers save time while improving their security posture. 

I see a need for securing the world's applications and will make it my mission to simplify the lives of our customers. 

What’s next for Contrast?

Contrast has already experienced tremendous growth since its founding in 2014. The company has grown 25x in annual recurring revenue (ARR), 1000x in cash and 10x in number of employees. Departing CEO Alan Naumann, the investors and the board of directors know that the path isn’t a straight line up and to the right. They firmly believe that Contrast has the opportunity to redefine the Application Security (AppSec) testing market. 

Next week, I’ll meet with customers and industry leaders at RSAC (Moscone South #2251) in San Francisco.

I plan to spend the next 90 days gathering information from our customers and employees so that together, we can shape Contrast’s mission and goals for our next growth phase and for attaining market leadership. I will spend a significant amount of time meeting with you, our customers and partners, to better understand what we can do to help you improve your security and save time.

In closing, I want to share that I’m grateful to Alan Naumann for his leadership and passion for the business, which has amassed an impressive cohort of customers around the world that I am delighted to serve. 

On behalf of the entire Contrast team, thank you for your continued partnership and support. I look forward to meeting with you and working by your side to move into a world that’s fueled by secure code. 

For additional details on the news, please see our official press release.

Rick Fitz, Chief Executive Officer, Contrast Security

Rick Fitz, Chief Executive Officer, Contrast Security

Rick Fitz is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Contrast Security. Prior to joining Contrast, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Splunk’s IT Operations & Application Development Market Group. He helped lead the company through multiple acquisitions, launch new products, develop new capabilities and develop new go-to-market strategies. Rick has over 25 years of experience building software for the enterprise and a proven track record of scaling high-growth companies. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of the Pacific and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Golden Gate University.