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Okta names former Google exec as president of technology and CTO

Identity and access management company has named former Google executive Sagnik Nandy (pictured) as its new president of technology and CTO.

In his new role, Nandy will lead Okta’s engineering and business technology functions, while also overseeing the strategic planning of its product development activities. 

Nandy joins Okta after a 15-year stint at Google, most recently as VP of Engineering, where he was responsible for managing several critical components of Google’s core advertising business.

Before this, Nandy helped build Google's measurement and analytics offerings, taking several products from inception to market leaders.

Over the years, he has held other senior leadership roles at Google, gaining significant expertise in a wide range of areas, including people leadership and end-to-end enterprise technology development and design.

"Okta’s vision is to enable everyone to safely use any technology. We’re driven to bring simple and secure digital access to people and organisations everywhere, and with Sagnik at the helm of our technology team, we’re deepening our investment and further asserting the importance of identity,” said Todd McKinnon, CEO and co-founder of Okta. 

“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. Sagnik is the right leader to further extend Okta’s technology and market leadership and drive our next phase of innovation — we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team.”

Nandy, Okta’s new president of technology and CTO, 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 digitisation for companies large and small across the globe, and the opportunity this creates is tremendous

“Okta is uniquely able to address the most pressing technology and business problems organisations face to deliver delightful customer and workforce experiences. 

“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.”