Exclusive: Cloudflare promotes Michelle Zatlyn to president, a gain for women in tech
Web infrastructure and security company Cloudflare has added “president” to cofounder and chief operating officer Michelle Zatlyn’s title, making her part of an small cadre of women serving as president at a publicly traded technology company.
San Francisco-based Cloudflare disclosed the promotion in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.
As part of the move, Zatlyn, who retains her seat on the Cloudflare board, will now oversee sales, customer support, special projects, communications, and human resources.
“I’ve been an operator, then an executive and a director of a public company, and now president,” she says. “I feel really lucky because not all founders get to see all the different chapters.” Cloudflare went public in September 2019, and has a market valuation of about $25 billion.
Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince credits Zatlyn with bringing discipline to the founders, including Lee Holloway, who left Cloudflare in 2015 for health reasons. “Had it just been me and Lee, we’d still be in the small office over the nail salon in Palo Alto, California, talking about all the amazing things we could do,” Prince says.