Joseph Mara, a veteran of tech sales and management, has been named vice president/Americas for State, Local and Education by Elastic.

Mara was most recently VP/Americas for Symantec, and before that was affiliated with Veritas Technologies. In addition to SLED, Mara has experience in the health-care technology sector and has won numerous sales and marketing awards.

“I have a very high level of excitement about joining a high-growth organization focused on innovation, and doubling down on significant momentum in the SLED market,” Mara told Techwire.

He has a degree from the University of Phoenix in business, management and marketing, and is an alumnus of Executive Development Programs at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business.