Board of Directors & Advisors

Jonathan Reeves, Chairman, Chief Strategy Officer

Alex Berlin, Director, President & CEO

Brian O’Higgins, Director & Strategic Advisor

President, Brian O’Higgins and Associates
Brian O’Higgins is an executive with over 20 years as a leader in security technology development for enterprise and government customers—possibly known best for his role pioneering PKI (public key infrastructure)— and as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Entrust, a leading Internet Security Company. He was also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade, a provider of security products for physical and virtualized servers that was acquired by Trend Micro in 2009.
 
Brian’s approach to security is both visionary and pragmatic. He is a frequent presenter at security and industry events around the globe. In 2008, he was appointed as a delegate to contribute to the Global Cybersecurity Agenda of the International Telecommunications Union. He is also a founding author and contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance.

Ron Warburton, Director

Managing Partner, BDC IT Venture Funds
Ron is a an experienced senior executive with a proven record of building successful software companies over the past 26 years. During the early part of his career, he held progressively senior positions in engineering, product management, software sales and marketing. In 1991, Ron became President and CEO of Simetra Inc. after leading a management buyout. Over the following nine years, he grew Simetra’s software business across Canada and the U.S. and successfully sold it in 2000. In the process, he co-founded a second software business that he helped build and eventually sold. Ron joined BDC Venture Capital in September 2000 and is currently a Managing Partner with the BDC IT Venture Fund.
 
Ron has actively participated on the board of directors of a number of IT companies. Ron is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.”

Peter McKay, Strategic Advisor

Chief Operating Officer, Americas, VMware
Peter McKay is Chief Operating Officer for the Americas at VMware and is responsible for optimizing the alignment and integration of all go-to-market functions for the region. In this role, Peter oversees the VMware Americas Partner Organization, Americas Field Marketing, Americas Virtual Sales, and the sales organizations for emerging technologies such as Cloud Management, Hybrid Cloud and End User Computing (EUC). Prior to this position, Peter was Vice President Sales, EUC, Americas, and General Manager, DaaS for VMware.
 
Before joining Desktone (acquired by VMware], Peter served as Executive In Residence at North Bridge Venture Partners in Waltham, MA and Insight Ventures in New York. He also directed and advised many venture and private equity backed firms, including Spotfire (sold to Tibco), Application Security Inc., SmartBear Software (formally Automated QA), Lagan Software, N of One, Sonian, Inc. and Apperian, Inc.
 
As President and CEO of Watchfire, a security solutions provider, from 2001 through its acquisition by IBM in July 2007, Peter was responsible for defining and directing Watchfire’s worldwide strategic direction, software development, sales efforts, market development and expansion activities resulting in the growth of Watchfire SaaS revenues from $3 million to $50 Million. Peter remained at IBM as VP IBM Rational Software Group through July 2008. Prior to Watchfire, Peter was the President and CEO of eCredit before it was sold to Internet Capital Group in January 2001, growing the business from $3 million in revenue to $25 million in annualized revenue via a world-wide direct and indirect channel strategy. Peter came to eCredit having held Senior Executive positions at Computer Associates and Parametric Technologies. At Computer Associates, he was a Senior Vice President of Worldwide Indirect Sales responsible for over $500 million in revenue and a team of 350 people. He holds a BA degree in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University.

Anil Karmel, Strategic Advisor

Founder and CEO, C2 Labs, Inc.
Anil Karmel is the Founder and CEO of C2 Labs, Inc. C2 Labs is a cloud security and services company focused on enabling IT agility by simplifying complexity through our innovative products and services, allowing you to Command and Control YOUR Cloud. Formerly, Anil served as the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Deputy Chief Technology Officer and RightPath Chief Architect. RightPath is a lean and agile methodology employed via a partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of the Chief Information Officer and NNSA, delivering IT transformation to DOE by focusing on the key areas of people, process and technology.
 
Karmel is the inventor and architect of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) award winning secure hybrid cloud service broker, Infrastructure on Demand, illustrating an innovative partnership between industry and government. He also designed LANL’s Enterprise Collaboration Suite, which consists of a suite of tools allowing users to collaborate how, when and where they want on a variety of endpoints including smartphones, tablets and zero clients. These solutions form the basis of the NNSA’s Network Vision (2NV) – a RightPath project delivering ONEvoice powered by YOURcloud on the OneNNSA Network, laying the foundation for a dynamic, untethered virtual workforce.
 
Karmel has been in the IT Industry for over fifteen years, working with various Fortune 500 companies and government in the areas of enterprise virtualization, messaging and collaboration. He and his team garnered industry and government accolades, including the SANS National Cyber Security Innovators Award for Cloud Security, InformationWeek 500 Top Government IT Innovators, ACT/IAC Excellence.gov Award and the DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award. His team at LANL was named an ACT/IAC Excellence.gov Finalist two years running. Karmel is a nationally recognized speaker and has been featured at numerous IT conferences and webinars, including VMworld and Gartner.

Rob Rose, Strategic Advisor

Technology Business Advisor
Rob Rose is an advisor to technology business large and small on a variety of topics. Having worked extensively for the past 30 years in the industry, Rob is well-known as a leader in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Product Management and Marketing, as well as Positioning and Design.
 
Most recently, Rob was SVP, Product Management & Marketing at Ceridian. Prior to Ceridian, Rob spent five years working at IBM, where he was most recently Chief Designer, Business Analytics. Before becoming Chief Designer, Rob was worked as Director, Office of Strategy – Business Intelligence and Performance Management. Before his time at IBM, Rob had worked at Cognos for sixteen years; his last position there was as Chief Strategy Officer.
 
Rob is also an accomplished author, writing “Smooth Sailing on Rough Seas: 8 Principles of High-performance Business” in 2002, as well as numerous other articles about business performance management and technology trends. In his spare time, Rob serves the Ottawa technology community by having been an active member on various boards throughout the years. He also plays wicked lead guitar.

David J. Dutkowsky, Observer

EVP Communications Networks Division, Sanmina-SCI
Dave is EVP of the Communications Networks Division of Sanmina-SCI with responsibility for the global management of this $3B Vertical Market.  In this role, Dave is responsible for creating value for customers in this segment by providing solutions spanning from design to manufacturing to end of life services. In his 10 year career with Sanmina-SCI, Dave has lived in Asia and Latin America and run operations in these regions followed by leading the Communications Networks business on a global basis from his current home in Dallas Texas. Prior to joining Sanmina-SCI, Dave’s experience included Engineering and Plant Management roles with Dupont in the US and Asia followed by Regional Management responsibility with Berg Electronics, FCI and SCI in Asia.
 
Dave has an MBA from University of Delaware and BSME from Clarkson University.  He has also completed an Executive Leadership program at Stanford.

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