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Welcoming Steven A. Adams, Tanium’s new Chief Accounting Officer

Steven A. Adams joins Tanium at a key point in the company’s evolution, and is charged with positioning the accounting organization to realize the full potential of our rapid growth.

Who doesn’t want a dynamic in which complementary skills elevate an organization well above the sum of its parts? This dynamic was top-of-mind for me when I reached out to my former colleague Steven A. Adams to offer him the role of Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) at Tanium.

I’ve worked with Steve at two previous companies – DreamWorks and DirecTV. His technical accounting knowledge, steady hand, and organizational leadership skills are among the factors making Steve the right fit for the CAO role at Tanium.

Steve is a leader who knows how to develop high-performing teams, break down barriers, and work across functions to achieve corporate goals. In his role at Tanium, Steve and I will work closely on positioning the company’s finance organization to realize the full potential of our rapid growth rate.

In his role as CAO, Steve is responsible for overseeing all accounting and tax functions, including general accounting, financial reporting, and cost control systems. His focus includes regulatory compliance and practices, and collaborating with me, in my role as CFO, to develop the financial strategies that will move Tanium to the next level of corporate maturity.

Beyond the tactical aspects of his role, Steve will be instrumental in establishing sustainable, durable, automated processes and controls for Tanium that meet all the requirements of our rapidly growing business.

Steve joins Tanium after a brief role as CAO at Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings. Prior to that, he served as Chief Accounting Officer at DreamWorks Animation. Before joining DreamWorks, Steve held various roles at DIRECTV, including VP/General Auditor and CAO. Steve began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a certified public accountant (inactive) in the state of California. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. He will be based in our Emeryville, Calif., headquarters.

We look forward to working with Steve to bring Tanium’s finance organization to the next phase of its corporate development. Please join me in welcoming him to Tanium.

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About the author: Fazal Merchant is Tanium’s COO and CFO. In addition, he currently serves as an advisor to WndrCo, a new media- and technology-focused holding company founded by partners including former DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Previously, he was the CFO of DreamWorks Animation, leading up to the company’s November 2016 sale to Comcast. Prior to that, Fazal held various positions at DirecTV, including CFO of the Latin American division, Corporate Treasurer and Head of Corporate Development. Before DirecTV, Fazal spent eight years in Investment Banking during which he was a Managing Director at both Barclays Capital and the Royal Bank of Scotland. He began his career at Ford Motor Co. where he held a variety of domestic and international finance roles of increasing responsibility at both Ford and Ford Credit.

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