dotCMS announces new Director of Cyber Security and Product Manager

Oct 18, 2022

dotCMS, a leading hybrid-headless content management system, announced today the appointment of Mehdi Karimi, Ph. D. as Director of Cyber Security and Damen Gilland as Product Manager.

Karimi brings over 14 years of experience in the high-tech and fintech industry with building SaaS products and applications at companies like GE, Schneider-Electric, and Sophos. He has a Ph.D. in cybersecurity from the University of British Columbia and holds various top-tier publications and awards in distributed software systems and computer security. Karimi is also a SOC2 reviewer and implementer, and his appointment comes after the recent announcement that dotCMS has, yet again, maintained effective security controls according to the 2022 SOC2 report.

“We are on a mission to build the most scalable, agile and secure CMS for enterprises building cutting-edge digital experiences,” said Zain Ishaq, CEO of dotCMS. “As we navigate the world of shaky geopolitics with an exponential increase in cyber-attacks, it is paramount that we protect our customers’ data with the highest level of security. Mehdi’s addition to the team will help us do just that.”

Gilland joins dotCMS with over 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge defining technology project best practices and product consultation for companies like Amazon, Coach, Pfizer, and Microsoft. He graduated from Cornell University and has spent his career working for a variety of creative digital agencies, including Digitas, where he ran the Delivery Team in Sydney, Australia. Gilland’s appointment comes on the heels of the announcement that dotCMS has launched a new interactive product roadmap to encourage continuous development of products and features.

“Damen joins us with a deep background in both content and product management,” expressed Will Ezell, dotCMS CTO. “His insights into the CMS marketplace and customers’ real-world content management needs is going to be instrumental to shaping dotCMS’s product vision.”

In the past year, employee headcount at dotCMS has grown by over 50 percent, with the recruitment for additional roles ongoing.

About dotCMS

dotCMS is the most agile, scalable and secure content management system for enterprise. Built on leading Java technology, dotCMS is an open-source, hybrid-headless content management system that gives developers the flexibility of a headless CMS while equipping marketers with no-code visual content authoring.  Whether you're building a network of global websites, an employee intranet, customer portal, or single page web application, dotCMS helps you manage content, images, and assets in one centralized location and deliver them to any channel.

Founded in 2003, dotCMS is a privately held US company with a global network of certified development partners and an active open source community. dotCMS has generated millions of downloads and more than 100,000 implementations and integration projects worldwide. Notable customers include: Telus, Standard & Poors, Hospital Corporation of America, Royal Bank of Canada, Comcast, Thomson Reuters, Dairy Queen, City Furniture, Varo Bank, Lennox International, Firstmac and Newell Brands.