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DataGrail Adds Three Powerhouse Leaders to its Exec Team as it Delivers on its Mission to Transform How Brands Manage Data Privacy

DataGrail, January 18, 2024

Company adds Eric Brinkman as VP of Product, Jamie Dudley as CRO, and Lauren Volpi as SVP of Marketing

SAN FRANCISCO — January 18, 2024 — DataGrail, the leading Privacy Control Center™, today announced several executive appointments as the demand for its products escalates. Over the past year, DataGrail has significantly grown its customer base, adding logos such as Compass, Carvana, and New Balance, that seek guidance and full-proof solutions from a trusted source in the face of unprecedented data privacy challenges.

Entering this new phase of growth, DataGrail added Eric Brinkman as its VP of Product. Brinkman is charged with building solutions that transform how brands manage data privacy. This includes deepening the product functionality of its existing products and expanding into new areas to make DataGrail the most complete data privacy platform and the cornerstone of any risk management program. He’ll also explore product innovations in AI governance, automated system detection, responsible data discovery, and unified user consent. DataGrail also hired Jamie Dudley as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) to oversee all revenue generation processes, while marketing veteran Lauren Volpi joined DataGrail to scale its go-to-market efforts and oversee a brand refresh as DataGrail focuses on household names. The company rounded out its executive team on the heels of its first annual DataGrail Summit, where leaders across legal, security, and privacy convened to discuss the future of data privacy.

“Data privacy will be the issue that defines this decade, and it’s growing more complex daily. DataGrail has assembled a world-class team committed to delivering solutions 100% focused on solving data privacy challenges to safeguard both companies and consumers,” said Daniel Barber, CEO and Co-founder of DataGrail. “Eric, Jamie, and Lauren understand the market need and will use their respective expertise to show how DataGrail is uniquely suited to lead companies forward with data privacy top of mind.”

Meet the Team

Brinkman previously served as Chief Product Officer at Cobalt, where he also led engineering. Under his leadership, Cobalt introduced vulnerability scanning, automated pentest checks, and assurance pentesting in addition to introducing platform collaboration tooling to streamline communications between pentesters and customers. He also scaled the platform to serve more than 1,000 customers. Prior to Cobalt, Brinkman led a large team as Senior Director of Product at GitLab, helping scale the product team from 10 to 50, and bootstrapping the PLG team. As Director of Strategy at Rackspace, Brinkman innovated on managed security solutions for hundreds of customers. He is known for developing market-leading solutions by blending customer input, market dynamics, and a strong vision for the future while ensuring customers reduce operational and security risks.

Dudley is a proven sales leader, with more than 20 years of experience in the executive ranks. He most recently served as President, Americas for Enterprise Container Management at SUSE, which acquired his previous company, Rancher in 2020. Prior to Rancher, Dudley held Senior Sales leadership roles at Moogsoft (acquired by Dell), ForgeRock (IPO in 2021), Boundary (acquired by BMC) and Nimsoft (acquired by CA).

Volpi spent the last 20 years working in B2B marketing, most recently serving as VP of Marketing at Mixpanel, where she refined her approach to strategic integrated campaigns blending product launches, PLG, and differentiated offers to target specific segments in the product analytics space. She played a key role in the company’s product-led growth strategy, taking it from 7,000 to 8,000 customers in a single year. Volpi previously spent nearly a decade at Pivotal, which was spun out of EMC. She was with the company from go-to-market to its first product launch to its IPO, rising to the VP of Marketing post (the company’s first female VP) along the way. Volpi helped grow the company from zero to its $500 million exit.

Leadership for the Next Phase of Growth

Brinkman, Dudley, and Volpi join a management team that powers data privacy for the world’s most trusted companies, helping brands build and scale privacy programs that minimize risk, keep them a step ahead of people’s expectations, and save increasingly scarce resources in the process. Unlike other solutions that sacrifice depth for breadth, DataGrail’s platform goes deep on data privacy. DataGrail guides brands from a reactive, inconsistent, and manual data privacy posture to a proactive and fully automated program. DataGrail’s products are powered by Risk Intelligence that enables brands to automate and scale effective privacy programs to reduce business risk.

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About DataGrail

Headquartered in San Francisco, the world’s most trusted brands partner with DataGrail on their data privacy journey, including Salesforce, FanDuel, Dexcom, Databricks, Instacart, amongst others. It has 4.8/5 stars on G2 and is backed by leading VCs and strategic investors, including Third Point Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Next47, Cloud Apps Capital Partners, Operator Collective, HubSpot, Okta Ventures, and American Express Ventures. Visit or follow DataGrail on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more.

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