PLAN news…

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE: PLAN), a pioneer in Connected Planning, today announced the appointment of Mark Anderson as Chief Growth Officer, effective August 5, 2019.

Anderson is well known as a dynamic executive with a wealth of experience leading global sales organizations and go-to-market operations at leading enterprise technology companies.

“I am very excited to welcome the kind of talent and breadth of knowledge Mark brings as a visionary growth leader,” said Frank Calderoni, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anaplan. “He has deep experience driving sustained growth and scale, and his passion for building exceptional teams who will think, act and deliver on Anaplan’s ‘Customer First’ promise aligns with our strategy and culture.”

Anderson was most recently at Palo Alto Networks, where he served as President and Chief Revenue Officer since 2012. During his tenure, he helped grow the company from pre-IPO to one of the leaders in enterprise security. Prior to his role at Palo Alto Networks, he served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at F5 Networks, where he managed a 1,000-person sales team and helped grow the company’s annual revenue to more than $1 billion.

At first glance this looks like a pretty nice get for Anaplan. From what I was able to find, Anderson left Palo Alto when he was passed over for the CEO job in favor of Nikesh Arora from Google. I’d have to think Anderson’s Palo Alto experience will be very helpful as PLAN continues to grow.