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In conversation with Preethy Padmanabhan, Product Marketing Executive with Freshworks with Gayatri Kalyanaraman from PM Power Consulting

  • Preethy talks about her career starting in India working for networking software firms

  • She discovered her passion for technology and later in product development and later in product marketing. She has also tried being Chief of staff.

  • She talks about building a career leading to be a General manager and how all these career choices have made sense

  • Preethy shares a story on the risks that she has taken for a role and how that had helped her to understand new ways of working

  • It has also brought a real sense of being out of the comfort zone and continuous learner

  • Preethy talks about tips on building your first few weeks in a new firm

  • She elaborates on being a mindful practitioner and teacher as well as a volunteer and how the social engagements have helped her take decisions in her professional life

  • Preethy talks about stories around investing and how she chooses them

  • Preethy is passionate about creating a self awareness in oneself and taking time to do that

  • She also advises on building strong mentors relationships that work around you and create a habit that grows with you

Preethy Padmanabhan is the Head of Platform Product Marketing at Freshworks. Prior to joining Freshworks, Preethy was the VP of Marketing at Panzura. She is also an angel investment partner with SV2, Portfolia and a Board Member for She started her career as a Software engineer at Hughes, India. She moved to the US to take up technical and business responsibilities in large companies such as Cisco and Dell. Later she moved to hi-tech startups such as Nutanix, Panzura and grew her career across product management, marketing and sales.


Preethy has 20+ years high tech and leadership experience across marketing, sales & engineering. She is a strategic problem solver and connector who brings teams together to create exponential value for companies. Preethy has strong leadership, management and people skills. She has effective interpersonal and communication skills with customers, partners. She has delivered multiple customer EBC, demos, sales & partner training, trade show presentations, webcasts etc.


Preethy has a high tech background in virtualization, Cloud, SaaS, Networking, Security, Collaboration, Video, Mobile, Enterprise & Service-Provider marketing. She is a self-starter, strong communicator with customers, partners, internal teams and a business leader with a can-do attitude


She served in various non-profit boards focused on economic empowerment, women, children and education. She’s a mindfulness teacher and lives with her husband, teenage son and their dog in Palo Alto, California.

Preethy can be reached at