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President and CEO, ThreatMetrix™
Reed Taussig has more than 30 years of experience in the computer hardware and software field. Prior to joining ThreatMetrix, Mr. Taussig was president and CEO of Vormetric Inc., a leader in the data privacy and protection industry. Under Mr. Taussig’s direction, Vormetric established itself as a leading provider of encryption solutions for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). Mr. Taussig also served as president and CEO of Callidus Software [NASDAQ:CALD], the leading provider of enterprise incentive compensation management application systems. As founding CEO and the fifth employee, Mr. Taussig led the growth of company to more than $70 million in revenues and over 350 employees. Prior to Callidus, Mr. Taussig was the president and CEO of inquiry.com, a pioneer in the B2B Internet space as well as senior vice president of operations for Gupta Technologies, the leader for PC client server software development tools and databases. Mr. Taussig holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Arizona.
Mark Gill joined CM Capital in 2006 and is involved in all aspects of IT and telecommunications investments. Over the past 16 years, Mr. Gill has worked in general management, CEO, and global sales and marketing roles, building and managing organizations and delivering products to over 30 countries. He has been actively engaged in the many challenges facing entrepreneurs, including raising capital on several continents. In 1994, Mr. Gill became CEO of Star Technologies, a telecom software products company, concluding a successful sale in 1997 to Claremont. Subsequently, CEO at satellite modem developer, DSpace, Mr. Gill led the company to profitability and in 2006 executed a sale to a large U.S. corporation.
Rick Lewis is a technologist and two-time software entrepreneur. Mr. Lewis joined USVP in 2004 and is a general partner in the firm. At USVP, he focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and security) and consumer Internet (social, mobile, and e-commerce).
In software, Mr. Lewis serves on the board of directors at Act-On Software, Victrio, Yammer, and ThreatMetrix. In consumer Internet, he led USVP’s investment in myYearbook.com (acquired by Quepasa, NYSE:QPSA) and he serves on the board of directors at Hooked Media Group, ScoreBig, Trunk Club, and Wayin. Mr. Lewis also helped lead USVP’s investing activities in energy-efficiency technology, including Intermolecular (NASDAQ:IMI), Redwood Systems and Xicato.
Prior to joining USVP, Mr. Lewis spent six years in high-tech leadership roles spanning software engineering, product management, operations, and strategy for market leaders Autodesk and Walt Disney Imagineering, and as a co-founder of software companies Design Variations (funded by Parametric Technology Corporation) and Common Point Technologies (acquired by Bentley Systems). He also held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Lewis has been published for his research in computer graphics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.
He holds a bachelor of science in computer science and engineering from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), a master of science in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a masters of business administration from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction. Mr. Lewis is actively involved with the San Francisco non-profit Real Options for City Kids (www.rocksf.org), which provides services such as after-school tutoring and sports clinics to underprivileged children in San Francisco’s Visitation Valley neighborhood. He lives with his wife and daughter on the San Francisco peninsula.
Vivek Mehra is a partner at August Capital. Mr. Mehra invests broadly in IT infrastructure and areas of interest including security, storage, cloud computing and SaaS. Prior to joining August Capital, he co-founded Cobalt Networks. As chief technology officer and vice president of product development, Mr. Mehra built the first successful server appliance and grew Cobalt into a worldwide leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $2 billion.
At Sun, he served as the vice president and general manager of the Cobalt Business Unit and served as a member of Sun’s Technical Architecture Council. Prior to founding Cobalt, Mr. Mehra held a number of technical and management positions at Apple, SGI, and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Current investments include DotNetNuke, Mavenir Systems, RetailNext, Tegile Systems and Virsto Software. Prior investments include Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Encentuate (IBM), NeoPath Networks (Cisco), PulseCore Semiconductor (ON Semiconductor), PacketTrap Networks (Quest Software), Mimosa (Iron Mountain), Iridigm (Qualcomm), NetFish (Iona) and Octane Software (Epiphany). Mr. Mehra was an advisor to Perfigo (Cisco) and served on the board of Net6 (Citrix).
MacLean Risk Partners, LLC
Rhonda MacLean has more than 30 years of information technology industry experience and is founder and CEO of MacLean Risk Partners LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategic security and risk advisory services. Prior to founding MacLean Risk Partners, Ms. MacLean was the global leader of information security for Barclays, PLC in London, England and Bank of America headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
For over 12 years she was responsible for the respective banks’ security policies; compliance reporting for relevant legal and regulatory statutes; security and risk technology implementations; cyber forensics and e-discovery; and general information risk management awareness. Prior to joining Bank of America in 1996, she was responsible for information security at The Boeing Company, managing Boeing’s proprietary and government programs. Ms. MacLean previously served on the board of directors for the Vontu Corporation and PGP prior to their respective acquisitions by Symantec Corporation.
In 2002, the U.S. Treasury Secretary appointed Ms. MacLean as the financial services sector coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security. Over the years numerous awards have been presented to her for visionary industry leadership. Some highlights include The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) “2003 Women of Vision”; NetworkWorld’s 2003 and 2004 issues named her one of the 50 most powerful people in technology; 2005 CSO’s Compass Award; 2008 EMEA Visionary Award; and most recently in 2009, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EWF.
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired)
Steve Boutelle brings decades of strategic and operational experience managing complex technology systems to ThreatMetrix. Most recently Mr. Boutelle served as the chief information officer of the U.S. Army responsible for the Army’s worldwide use of information technology. He has received numerous industry citations for his leadership, including “Top 100 CIO” by Federal Computer Week in 2006; the “North American Leadership Award” by Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association – Rocky Mountains in 2006; and “U.S. Department of Defense Executive of the Year” by Government Computer News in 2005. Mr. Boutelle has served in several leadership positions in the U.S. Army throughout his career, including director of information, operations, networks and space; program executive officer of command, control and communications systems and Joint Chiefs of Staff project manager communication systems. He holds a doctor of laws (honorarium) from the University of Puget Sound. Mr. Boutelle graduated with departmental honors and a bachelor of arts in business and finance from the University of Puget Sound and from Marymount University with a master’s degree in business administration as a member of the National Honor Society. He also holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.
Peter Relan brings over 20 years of domain expertise, as well as technology and executive management experience to ThreatMetrix. Formerly the founder and CEO of Business Signatures Corporation, he led the company from inception through to acquisition by Entrust Corporation for its bank fraud detection. At Oracle, Mr. Relan was vice president of its Internet division, responsible for creating Oracle’s Application Server and E-Commerce applications. At Hewlett-Packard he was principal architect of the Open View enterprise platform. Before co-founding Business Signatures in 2001, Mr. Relan was founding senior vice president of technology and CIO for two years at Webvan Group, where he was responsible for the technology organization and CRM platform, including software development, IT operations, and application support. Mr. Relan holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from UCLA and a master of science degree in management from Stanford University.
David Jones co-founded ThreatMetrix in 2005. He has more than 15 years experience in technical and management roles within the software industry. Prior to co-founding ThreatMetrix, Mr. Jones founded SpamMATTERS delivering products used by federal government enforcement agencies for tracking phishing and spamming operations. At SurfContol, a leading Internet content filtering company that was later acquired by Websense, he served as vice president of global research. Among his major achievements at SurfControl was the management of the email filtering and flagship anti-spam solutions generating over 30% of company revenues. Mr. Jones arrived at his position at SurfControl when EmU Tech, another company he founded, was acquired by SurfControl in 2001. Mr. Jones holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.