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Taimur S.

Taimur S.

Finance & Strategy at PANW / ex-growth & private equity software and services investor / Stanford GSB alum

San Francisco Bay Area

Currently, Senior Director at Palo Alto Networks (ticker: PANW), where I lead various teams within our Cloud & AI Finance group.

Versatile business/finance executive and proven investor within the software and services sectors. Expertise in strategic planning, corporate finance, capital structure, M&A, and business unit (speedboat) & functional finance, including supporting complex, matrixed Sales organizations at high-growth, public technology company (Hardware | Software | SaaS). Deep knowledge in capacity planning, compensation/incentive design, sales productivity, and business transformation initiatives.

Former software and services institutional investor with experience in sourcing, executing, and managing both control and minority investments across stage (Venture | Growth | Buyout). Early career bulge bracket investment banker (Lehman Brothers) and management consultant (Deloitte).

Results-oriented leader with strong analytical, communication, and problem solving skills with experience in starting, scaling, and turning around / elevating groups and teams.

Holds a B.A. in Business Economics, with a Minor in Accounting and a Specialization in Computing, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


  • Principal (ClearPoint Investment Partners)
  • Senior Director, Cloud & AI Finance & Strategy (Palo Alto Networks)
  • Senior Director / Director, Global Sales Finance & Strategy (Palo Alto Networks)
  • Investment Banking Analyst (Lehman Brothers)
  • Private Equity Associate (Oak Hill Capital)
  • Vice President (Trident Capital)
  • Lead, Corporate & Strategic Finance (Palo Alto Networks)
  • Director, Growth | M&A Finance (Palo Alto Networks)


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