Thursday, September 23, 2021

Okta Hires Google VP of Engineering as President of Technology and CTO

SAN FRANCISCO — Okta is turning to a long-time Google executive to lead strategic planning for product development and its engineering and business technology teams. 

Okta hired Sagnik Nandy as its president of technology and CTO, according to the company, the maker of identity management software, last month.

Nandy will join Okta’s executive management team and report directly to Todd McKinnon, co-founder and CEO. 

The 15-year Google veteran built a reputation for “effectively leading development teams and delivering engineering solutions at scale.”

Most recently, Nandy served as VP of engineering at Mountain View-based Google, overseeing several “critical components” of the company’s core advertising business and the “backbone” of its revenue and growth. 

Previously, he helped build Google’s measurement and analytics offerings, taking several products “from inception to market leaders.” 

Nandy has also held other senior leadership roles at Google, working in enterprise technology development and design. 

He holds a B.E. from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani in India and a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of California San Diego.

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Oka’s identity management software for employees and customers is used by over 13,000 organizations. 

Through the Okta Integration Network (OIN), over 7,000 applications are integrated with the Okta platform. 

“With Sagnik at the helm of our technology team, we’re deepening our investment and further asserting the importance of identity,” McKinnon said. 

“As an engineer at heart and by trade, I have a special appreciation for Sagnik’s impressive background and depth across enterprise software development, cloud infrastructure, and business-critical systems.

“Beyond his technical expertise, he’s a strong team builder and understands the importance of people and culture.”

Nandy said identity is “the most important and powerful component of an organization’s technology and security strategy.”

“Okta occupies the critical position as the gateway to digitization for companies large and small across the globe, and the opportunity this creates is tremendous.

“I’m excited to build on Okta’s already strong foundation and lead the talented team responsible for the future of development and innovation at the company.”

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