Management Team


Reed Taussig
President and CEO

Reed Taussig has more than 30 years of experience in the computer hardware and software fields. Prior to ThreatMetrix™, Mr. Taussig was president and CEO of Vormetric, Inc., a leader in data privacy and protection. Under his leadership, Vormetric established itself as a leading provider of encryption solutions for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards industry.

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, 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 degree in economics from the University of Arizona.


Alisdair Faulkner
Chief Products Officer

Alisdair Faulkner is a technology entrepreneur who has nearly two decades of experience building products and delivering mission critical technologies that are run by the world’s most trusted brands.
Mr. Faulkner is a noted industry expert in issues relating to online fraud, cybercrime, identity theft, information security and networking technology. As chief products officer and co-founder at ThreatMetrix, he is responsible for product management and strategy. Prior to ThreatMetrix, Mr. Faulkner was a founder and head of products and business development for NetPriva, a leading network performance software provider, acquired by Expand Networks now Riverbed.  Prior to NetPriva he was a senior consultant at Accenture in their e-commerce practice.

Alisdair holds a master of engineering degree in information technology and telecommunications from Adelaide University, a graduate diploma in applied finance from the Securities Institute Australia, and has authored several patents in the fields of security, fraud and networking.


Armen Najarian
Chief Marketing Officer

Armen Najarian has more than 15 years of B2B and technology marketing experience, primarily with cloud-based software and data-driven solutions for the enterprise. Prior to ThreatMetrix, Najarian worked at IBM where he held senior global marketing roles within the IBM Cloud and IBM Commerce business units.

Najarian previously served as vice president of corporate marketing for DemandTec, culminating in the $440 million acquisition of the company by IBM in 2012. Following the acquisition, Najarian joined IBM, where he led worldwide go-to-market strategy and category awareness for the IBM Cloud portfolio of more than 100 SaaS offerings. Najarian also helped launch a content marketing discipline for the $8 billion IBM Cloud business unit, leading to new customer-facing content experiences such as the “Thoughts on Cloud” news property.

Prior to his six year tenure with DemandTec, Najarian held senior marketing roles at startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Softcoin (acquired by YOU Technology), Gateway, Avery Dennison, Velosel (acquired by TIBCO) and ConAgra Foods.

Najarian holds a bachelor of science in accounting from University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.


Frank Teruel
Chief Financial Officer

Frank Teruel is an experienced executive with significant domain knowledge in sales, finance, and operations.  As chief operating officer at Lightpost Holdings, a global publishing, licensing, and media company, Mr. Teruel held global profit and loss responsibility and directed all group operating activities.

Prior to joining Lightpost, Mr. Teruel served as chief financial officer and vice president of worldwide services and support for Vormetric, an enterprise data security and encryption company.  Prior to joining Vormetric, he served as vice president of finance at Emagia Corporation, an enterprise software company focused on working capital optimization solutions.  Prior to Emagia, he served as vice president of finance and chief financial officer at TelePost, Inc., an international provider of conferencing and collaborative solutions. Mr. Teruel has also served as managing director of Montgomery Financial Management where he was responsible for all aspects of the northern and southern California practices. He also brings experience from SyQuest, Inc (NASDAQ: SYQTQ) where he held senior financial and sales management positions and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Teruel is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and is a faculty member in the Business and Computer Information Systems department at De Anza College.  He previously served as chairman of the Data Security Chapter of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, been an industry keynote speaker, contributed articles on data security, and served on a number of company and non-profit boards.  He previously served as the president of the Thomas Kinkade Foundation and is the founder of Aqua Munda, an organization dedicated to clean water solutions for the developing world.

Mr. Teruel holds a master of business administration from Liberty University, a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and is a CPA.


Phil Steffora
Chief Information Security Officer

Phil Steffora has more than 20 years experience in building, scaling and maintaining high availability Internet infrastructures with high volume transactional requirements. Prior to joining ThreatMetrix Mr. Steffora was the CIO and vice president of technical operations at Collarity, a leader in integrated on-site behavioral segment targeting for web publishers.

Previous to Collarity, he served as vice president of technical operations for Vendio Services, Inc., a multi-channel e-commerce company that provided a one-stop solution for small businesses that sold online across multiple channels. Vendio Services, Inc. was later acquired by, the world’s leading e-commerce company for small business.

Mr. Steffora has also held executive roles as vice president of technical operations for Mailblocks, which was later sold to America Online; vice president of global datacenter operations for Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc.; and senior director of technical operations for Alta Vista, Inc.


Andreas Baumhof
Chief Technology Officer

Andreas Baumhof, chief technology officer, ThreatMetrix, is an internationally renowned cybersecurity thought leader and expert with deep experience in the encryption, PKI, malware and phishing markets. His commentary has appeared in numerous publications including SecurityWeek, The Paypers, Dark Reading, Computerworld, CIO, PC Magazine, BankInfoSecurity, SC Magazine, American Banker, PaymentsMarket, Digital Transactions and others. Prior to ThreatMetrix, Mr. Baumhof was an executive director, CEO and co-founder of Australian-based TrustDefender, a leading provider of security and fraud detection technologies. Mr. Baumhof previously served as co-founder and chief technology officer of Microdasys Inc., a leading provider of deepcontent security solutions. While there, he developed the first SSL proxy and has patents pending in Europe and the U.S. Mr. Baumhof holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Munich, Germany.


Pascal Podvin
Senior Vice President, Field Operations

Pascal Podvin is responsible for ThreatMetrix’ Sales and Customer Services in the Americas and EMEA.

Podvin brings 20 years of international experience in General Management of software and internet companies, started 4 businesses, conducted successful VC funding, and helped 3 established businesses to accelerate growth. Most recently CEO of Compario software (eCommerce SaaS), Podvin was previously COO of blueKiwi (Enterprise Social Network SaaS). Before that, Podvin was responsible for Blue Martini’s (Web Content Software) European business, and worldwide sales ops. He managed Vignette (Web Content Software) South-European business, served as VP of Sales at i2 Technologies (Production Management). Podvin also served at PeopleSoft (ERP), where he ran worldwide strategic alliances, founded the first subsidiary of PeopleSoft in Europe, and became VP Europe. Pascal started his career as a sales executive at ADP/GSI (Payroll and HR services) in Europe, then North America. Podvin earned an MBA from ESSEC international business school.


John Lindner
Vice President of Sales, Americas

John Lindner is a seasoned software sales and operations executive with a history of building and managing successful sales teams including field, inside, channel and OEM.

Prior to ThreatMetrix, Mr. Lindner served as vice president of sales for AbsolutData, an award-winning global analytics and research firm, where he was responsible for building the North American sales organization focused on the CPG, technology, pharmaceutical and consulting verticals.

He has additional executive experience as chief revenue officer at Solariat, a solution for listening and acting in social; area vice president of sales, social media analytics, IBM; vice president of worldwide field operations at business intelligence software company Cognos; and vice president of worldwide field operations at business intelligence company Celequest.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Lindner also served as vice president of worldwide sales, search and commerce divisions, at web and enterprise search firm Inktomi before it was acquired by Yahoo!

Mr. Lindner holds a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.


Dr. Stephen Topliss
Vice President Services and Support

Dr. Stephen Topliss has 15 years experience in consulting, management and business development in the software industry. At ThreatMetrix, Dr. Topliss was initially responsible for opening the European office in 2010, and providing regional consulting and support services, before moving into the global role in San Jose in 2013.

Prior to ThreatMetrix, he was director of presales engineering and international shared services at Callidus Software, where he was responsible for managing technical teams in both presales and solution delivery.  Earlier in his career, he held various consulting positions, contributing the success of large scale software deployments at companies like Vodafone, HSBC, ING and others.

Dr. Topliss holds a Ph.D. in Space Plasma Physics from University College London.


David Jones
Technical Advisor

David Jones has more than 15 years experience in technical and management roles in the software industry. Prior to co-founding ThreatMetrix in 2005, Mr. Jones founded SpamMATTERS, delivering products used by federal government law enforcement agencies for tracking phishing and spamming operations.

Mr. Jones joined SurfControl when EmU Tech, another company he founded, was acquired by SurfControl in 2001. At SurfControl, he was vice president of global research, a leading Internet content filtering company that was acquired by Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN). Among his major accomplishments at SurfControl was the management of the email filtering and flagship anti-spam solutions generating over 30% of company revenues.

Mr. Jones holds a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.