Neal Creighton, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Creighton has more than a decade of experience in the cyber security industry. As president and CEO, Creighton leads fundraising efforts, having raised $75 million for CounterTack to support next-generation endpoint security innovation.

As co-founder, president and CEO at GeoTrust, Mr. Creighton lead a $24 million financing round, and selling GeoTrust to VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for $125 million.

Other ventures Creighton has spearheaded include GeoTrust spin-off ChosenSecurity, acquired by PGP, Corp. (now Symantec), and AffirmTrust LLC, acquired by Trend Micro.

Mr. Creighton serves on advisory boards for OneID, Comodo and the Army Cyber Institute, is Chairman of Robly and Chairman of Shield Capital Partners technology advisory board. Neal speaks regularly at industry conferences including RSA, Gartner Security & Risk Summit and America’s Growth Capital.

Mr. Creighton is a graduate of the USMA at West Point, and holds a JD and an MBA from Northwestern University.

James Kunkel, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Kunkel has 20+ years of experience in strategy, corporate development & administrative roles primarily in the security industry. At GoSecure, his focus is on managing the company’s accelerating growth as the company scales both organically and via acquisitions.

Prior to GoSecure, Mr. Kunkel was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, at Trustwave. He led Trustwave’s M&A rollup strategy and successful exit in its sale to SingTel. Prior to Trustwave, Mr. Kunkel held senior positions with leading payment processing companies, including Electronic Payment Services, Concord EFS and Vital Processing, where he led similar strategic planning, corporate development and M&A activities. He was named a top corporate development executive by ExecRank in 2012.

Steve Kelley, Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Kelley is a cybersecurity veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise security and software industries and serves as Chief Revenue Officer for the company. Prior to joining GoSecure, Mr. Kelley was Chief Executive Officer at EdgeWave . He also had recent experience as Chief Marketing Officer and Worldwide Sales Leader at Trustwave where he was instrumental in helping the company reposition itself as a global leader in the managed security service provider market and successfully completing the sale of the company to Singtel for $850 million in enterprise value.

Before Trustwave, Mr. Kelley also worked at BeyondTrust and Websense in corporate development, product management and product marketing roles. In addition, Mr. Kelley was also CEO and Co-founder of Taasera, which pioneered a “Trust as a Service” model for preemptive breach detection and protection prior to selling the company to Full Circle Investments in 2012.

Mr. Kelley began his career as a consultant at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and has earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Thalia R. Gietzen, Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Gietzen brings over 15 years of senior-level financial management experience within the technology industry to her position as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining GoSecure, Mrs. Gietzen was Chief Financial Officer at EdgeWave and Vycera Communications, a $20 million telecommunications company. Mrs. Gietzen has also served as CFO at Communications Telesystems International, a telecom company that went from a start-up to over $100 million dollars in annual revenue during her two-year tenure.

Mrs. Gietzen started her professional career in public accounting at Grant Thornton and continues to be a licensed CPA. Mrs. Gietzen graduated Cum Laude from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

Michael Davis, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Davis serves as CTO of GoSecure. He chose to build the CounterTack technology because he recognized that the battle is moving to the endpoint, and that conventional IT security technologies can’t protect enterprises. Rather, he saw a need to deliver to the community continuous cyber security attack monitoring backed by automated threat analysis.

Mr. Davis has been privileged to help shape and educate the global community on the evolution of IT security. His portfolio of clients includes international corporations such as AT&T, Sears, and Exelon as well as the U.S. Department of Defense. Davis’ early embrace of entrepreneurship earned him a spot on BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 under 25” list, recognizing his 2005 launch of IT security consulting firm Savid Technologies, which was recognized as one of the fastest growing security companies of its decade. He has a passion for educating others, as a contributing author for the “Hacking Exposed” books, as a speaker at dozens of conferences and symposiums, and through industry publications including InformationWeek and Dark Reading.

Mr. Davis brings a solid background in IT threat assessment and protection to his latest posting, having been Senior Manager Global Threats for McAfee prior to launching Savid, which was acquired by External IT.

Aside from his work advancing cyber security, Mr. Davis has been a partner in a number of diverse entrepreneurial startups; held a leadership position at 3com; managed two Internet service providers; and recently served as President/CEO of the InClaro Group, a firm providing information security advisory and consulting services based on a unique risk assessment methodology.

Mr. Davis’ ability to analyze, translate, and make connections among emerging IT and security trends combined with a business and entrepreneurial mindset make him a popular speaker — he strives to present complex concepts in a way that delivers value to a range of listeners. He regularly presents at industry conferences including Black Hat, Interop, SuperStrategies, and InfoSecWorld. His long-term vision, to create systems that will “push defenders ahead of attackers,” is relevant to wide array of enterprise, government and vertical-industry stakeholders.


Anil Saldanha, Senior Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Saldanha brings over 20 years of experience in the Software and Enterprise Security industries and serves as Senior Vice President of Engineering for the company. Prior to joining GoSecure, Mr. Saldanha was Vice President of Engineering at Tempus Inc. He led the Engineering organization from the early days of the company to about $1B in valuation. He led the successful implementation of a HIPAA compliant platform in AWS for Cancer Genomics.

Prior to Tempus, he was the Director of Engineering at Trustwave where he was instrumental in building infrastructure and technology solutions involving Big Data, Analytics, Search and large scale Data Ingestion. He was involved in projects in Engineering that included the breadth of products sold by Trustwave. His contributions in Engineering were key for the successful sale of the company to Singtel for $850 million in enterprise value.

Before Trustwave, Mr. Saldanha worked at Red Hat Inc as the Chief Security Architect managing the efforts in Security and Identity Management in the Middleware Division. He was critical in the adoption of Red Hat Middleware at Enterprises around the world.

Before Red Hat, Mr. Saldanha worked at Sun Microsystems Inc and Siemens in the technology departments.

Mr. Saldanha is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University.

Mr. Saldanha has earned an MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Business Administration Certificate (Extension Program) at the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from the Bangalore University.

Eric Rochette, Senior Vice President of Global Services

Mr. Rochette brings over 15 years of experience in information security and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Global Services for the company. Over the last few years he has led the company’s professional services, which includes offerings in advisory, pentesting and operational services. With a background in information security risk assessments, cybersecurity assessment and security architecture, his strong experience in service delivery has allowed him to help structure, organize and improve the organization’s offerings and ensure the delivery of high-value services. In addition, he has served as a security advisor to numerous boards in need of strategic guidance in cybersecurity.

Prior to leading professional services at GoSecure, Mr. Rochette built and led the company’s Advisory team where he managed the delivery of a variety of assessments, audits and security architecture design projects. He started his career as a security analyst having performed a multitude of security solution implementations for private and public sector organizations.

Mr. Rochette holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Montreal’s Polytechnique University.

Travis Barlow, Senior Vice President of Managed Detection & Response

Mr. Barlow brings over 21 years of experience in information security and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Managed Detection and Response for the company. Additionally he currently leads Internal Infrastructure, GoSecure Email Security, and Global Incident Response. With a background in incident investigation and response, cybersecurity assessment and common-sense information technology implementation, his strong experience in client service delivery has allowed him to create, managed and grow key critical information security initiatives that translate into high value services. In addition, he has served as a security advisor to numerous global companies.

Prior to building and leading the MDR practices at GoSecure, Mr. Barlow led multiple Incident Response initiatives for other companies. He started his career as a security systems administrator having performed a multitude of security solution implementations for private and public sector organizations.

Mr. Barlow holds a diploma in Network Security and has held the CISSP certification since 2006. Furthermore he founded the AtlSecCon Security Conference in 2010, one of the top 10 of 100 conferences to attend globally.

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