Gary Steele is CEO and chairman of the board for Proofpoint, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, where he directs a global workforce of over 2,000 employees to protect people, data, and brands from advanced threats and compliance risks. He brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the Upwork board of directors. Prior to Proofpoint, Steele held the position of CEO of Portera and leadership roles with Sybase, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Washington State University.