NinjaOne Welcomes Business Visionary Gerhard Watzinger and Marketing Legend Hila Nir to its Board of Directors

Watzinger, CrowdStrike Chairman, and Nir, Former ZoomInfo Chief Marketing and Product Officer, also invest in NinjaOne

Austin, TX – December 13, 2023 — NinjaOne, a leading IT management platform for IT departments and managed services providers, today announced the appointments of Hila Nir and Gerhard Watzinger to its Board of Directors. Nir is a marketing and product legend who took ZoomInfo public and made it a household name for every B2B marketer as the company went from $10 million to $1+ billion in revenue under her leadership. Watzinger has decades of enterprise software and cybersecurity leadership, including steering CrowdStrike through its IPO and architecting one of the largest security acquisitions in history at McAfee. Nir and Watzinger also invested in NinjaOne, underscoring the trust, commitment, and belief they have in the company.

“NinjaOne is a remarkable growth company with a disruptive product that delivers business value from the CIO to the system administrator,” said Watzinger. “The company is more than just a product platform; it embodies a vision for how IT departments should be evolving. Work faster and easier. Reduce risk simply. And do it with customer success being the only goal that matters.”

“NinjaOne is relentlessly focused on making its customers and partners successful, and this is why they may have the best growth story of any SaaS company I’ve been part of,” said Nir. “The passion, integrity, and opportunity at NinjaOne are an ideal fit for my experience, and I’m excited to be working with the leadership, marketing, and product teams to fuel the next wave of customer success, innovation, and growth.”

Modern organizations are run on endpoints, but there is a meteoric rise in the complexity and number of endpoints on the market. In order to manage endpoints in an efficient manner that reduces security risks, IT teams are forced to rely on a dizzying number of legacy point solutions that put the business at risk. The NinjaOne Platform was built to help IT and MSP teams efficiently manage, patch, and support all endpoints. More than 15,000 customers in more than 80 countries work with NinjaOne to:

  • Automate IT: 95% of customers save time automating manual tasks.
  • Cut Costs: Nine out of every 10 customers replace two or more tools with NinjaOne (and seven of the nine replace more than four tools).
  • Reduce Risk: 95% of customers improve patch compliance.*

“Gerhard and Hila are superb additions to the NinjaOne Board of Directors. They are both seasoned senior executives who have extensive experience with and an intimate understanding of IT buyers, go-to-market best practices, and building scalable growth businesses,” said Andy Collins, a Managing Director at Summit Partners who has served on the NinjaOne Board of Directors since 2018.

Watzinger is Chairman of the Board of Directors at CrowdStrike and member of the Board of Directors for Invicti Security. Watzinger has led several companies as CEO throughout his career and served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at McAfee. During his time at McAfee, he was responsible for record revenue growth and market share expansion, and he was the architect of the Intel acquisition of McAfee for $7.7 billion in 2011. Watzinger has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany.

Nir was Chief Marketing and Product Officer at ZoomInfo from 2015 to 2023, previously serving as Vice President of Marketing from 2011 to 2015. At ZoomInfo, Nir built and led the marketing and product strategy which took the company from $10 million to $1+ billion in revenue and through the first major technology IPO of the 2020s. Nir has a master’s degree in economics from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“Hila is a modern marketing leader who built one of the most lasting B2B brands of all time, and she is an invaluable advisor from go-to-market strategy to day-to-day execution. Gerhard is a business and software visionary, and his guidance and mentorship are helping us to further improve customer success and accelerate growth as we redefine endpoint management,” said Sal Sferlazza, CEO and Founder of NinjaOne. “We are fortunate and grateful to have leaders like this to back us and to help guide our growth with a customer-first focus.”

Learn more about the NinjaOne leadership team at

* Leading IT Trends for 2024: Embracing Automation, Security, and Consolidation. Omdia.

About NinjaOne

NinjaOne is a leading unified IT management solution that simplifies the way IT teams work. With NinjaOne, IT teams can automate, manage, and remediate all their endpoint management tasks within one fast, modern, intuitive platform, improving technician efficiency and user satisfaction. NinjaOne is consistently ranked #1 for its world-class customer support and has been recognized as the best-rated software in its category on G2 and Gartner Digital Markets for the past three years. For more information, visit

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