Steven Mark Kahan

Steven Mark Kahan

My Story

Steven Mark Kahan has successfully helped to grow seven startup companies from early-stage development to going public or being sold, resulting in a total value of more than $3 billion.

Bringing passion and positive energy, Steve inspires teams and their organizations to take on the impossible and succeed. He is best known for his ability to plan marketing strategy and execute it, so that companies can accelerate revenue, grow market share, and consistently deliver superior returns for shareholders.

In his current position as Thycotic’s Chief Marketing Officer, he has helped take the company from a $10M to $60M+ in the first three years. It’s been a similar story with the other companies where he’s brought his talents over the past three decades, including KnowledgeWare, PentaSafe, Postini, Quest Software, and The Planet.

In a rare move, Gartner Group recognized Thycotic in their 2018 PAM Magic Quadrant as having superior marketing in its peer group. And Web Host Industry Review recognized Steve as “Marketer of the Year” in 2009. He also has been featured as “the ideal CMO” by a recruiting firm that used Steve as a model to help its clients hire the best CMO for their startups.

A previous board member of Target Hunger in Houston, Steve is passionate about making the world a better place by helping those who need it most.

Steve attended college at Illinois State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication. He’s an avid paddle boarder, and he taught himself to play the guitar. He and his wife of thirty years live in Texas. They have two children and one grandchild.

Steven Mark Kahan has successfully Featured as the ``Ideal CMO``

by Summit Executive Search Group
Josiah Sternfeld

“Steve is the most talented C-level executive I know and his advice for helping young professionals succeed at a startup is spot on”

Josiah Sternfeld

Founder, President of Integrous Marketing - Lecturer, Masters of Science in Marketing Company NameMcCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Kevin Klausmeyer

“Steve is the best startup CMO on the planet!”

Kevin Klausmeyer

Cloudera Board Member & SEC Financial Expert
Laurie Stone

“Steve’s career coaching is exactly what college graduates need to succeed in the startup world”

Laurie Stone

Trustee Emeritus, William Rainey Harper Community College