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Great Companies Are Built on Great Leadership – Valtix CEO Doug Murray Honored with 2021 Stevie Award

Great Companies Are Built on Great Leadership – Valtix CEO Doug Murray Honored with 2021 Stevie Award

I am proud to share that our very own CEO, Doug Murray, was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year Category for Companies Under 500 Employees in the 19th Annual American Business Awards®.

As a serial entrepreneur, Doug has made impressive business decisions along his career path and 2020 was no exception. Early in the year, as CEO of Big Switch Networks, he orchestrated the sale of the company to Arista Networks. After leading the integration, he was on to his next adventure when he joined us here at Valtix in the second part of the year. My co-founders (Vijay Chandler and Praveen Patnala) and I were happy to have Doug join us on the journey of building the next great company in security. In short order after joining, Doug helped us expand the leadership team, making several key executive hires, relooked at the financial and pricing models, raised $12.5M in new capital, and forged an important strategic partnership with Cisco – all in the midst of a pandemic.

Additionally, it was just announced that Valtix was named a Gartner 2021 Cool Vendor. This is a clear statement that the market is moving in our direction.

With Doug’s leadership in place, the stage is set to create a great cloud security company for the next decade. I look forward to working with Doug in the future and congratulate him on this award.


For background, the American Business Awards are one of the premier business awards programs around.  More than 3,800 nominations submitted – a record number – organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Virtual Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. 

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

According to Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher, “The American economy continues to show its resilience, and as we’re poised on the beginning of what should be a phenomenal period of growth, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of a wide range of organizations and people over the past 18 months.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2021 Stevie winners are available at

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