Chief Strategy Officer at Palo Alto Networks
As chief strategy officer, Vats is responsible for M&A, strategic investments, and developing and driving the company’s corporate strategy. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he led business operations and strategy for Google Cloud, where he created many aspects of the commercial engine to enable Google Cloud to scale from its early startup days to a multibillion business, including pricing of products and large deals, enterprise contracts, global data center footprint expansion, and the Advanced Solutions (AI/ML) lab. Prior to Google, Vats was corporate vice president of strategy at Motorola Mobility and a partner at McKinsey & Company, advising Fortune 1000 CxOs on performance transformations. He has also held operational roles at Dell and Intel. Vats holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.