Pondurance Expands Leadership Team and Appoints Mike Melka Chief Financial Officer and Amy Thaler VP of People Operations

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pondurance, a leader in managed detection and response (MDR) services, today announced the addition of two industry veterans who will play key roles in supporting the company’s next phase of growth. Leadership additions include the appointment of Mike Melka as chief financial officer and Amy Thaler as vice president of people operations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and Amy to our leadership team as we significantly grow our operations and our team to serve organizations nationwide,” said Doug Howard, CEO of Pondurance. “Mike and Amy’s experience and accomplishments in the technology industry, combined with their world-class level of expertise in their respective fields, make them the ideal fit to contribute to Pondurance’s continued growth.”

Reporting to CEO Doug Howard, Melka brings to the CFO role extensive experience growing major software and technology companies. During his career, he has led numerous acquisitions, built high performing global teams and proven himself as a strategic business partner.

Melka previously served as CFO of Avenue Insights & Analytics, a private equity-backed software and services provider for the public sector. At Avenu, he led the integration of several separate acquisitions to build a cutting-edge technology platform serving state and local governments. Prior to that, he served as CFO at Unirisx, a private equity-backed SaaS solution for commercial insurers, where he oversaw the company’s global expansion. He also served as CFO at Social Growth Technologies, a hyper-growth digital advertising platform that was later acquired by Kiswe.

“I am delighted to join Pondurance at this time of exceptional growth and expansion,” said Melka. “I look forward to playing my part in helping the company drive sustained growth and deliver a world-class experience that enables customers to proactively detect and stop cyberattacks.”

Thaler is a people leader, strategic visionary, and operational powerhouse with more than 20 years of leadership experience in enterprise software, startups, and international nonprofit organizations. Reporting to Melka, she will lead the people operations team for Pondurance and focus on building the infrastructure necessary to support the company’s growth plans as well as its goal of being an employer of choice for talent in security.

“I am deeply impressed by the importance Pondurance places on its people and maintaining a culture of inclusion, and I look forward to helping accelerate our efforts to attract, retain and develop the best talent in the industry,” Thaler said. “I am honored to join the leadership team and champion Pondurance’s commitment to employee engagement and transparency.”

About Pondurance

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Pondurance provides world-class managed detection and response services to industries facing today’s most pressing and dynamic cybersecurity challenges, including ransomware, compliance requirements complexity and digital transformation accelerated by a distributed workforce. Combining our advanced platform with our team of experienced analysts, we continuously research, investigate, validate and contain threats so your own team can focus on what matters most.

Pondurance’s experts include seasoned security operations analysts, digital forensics and incident response professionals, and compliance and security strategists who provide ongoing services to clients seeking greater visibility. broad, faster response and containment, and more unified risk management for their organizations. Visit www.pondurance.com for more information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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