VENTURE PARTNERS

Nawaf Bitar, Chief Information Officer, Citadel Securities

Nawaf Bitar is CIO of Citadel Securities where he leads all technology-related initiatives for the firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Plum, Inc and Pulse Secure, LLC. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Citadel Securities he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. Prior to joining VMware, Mr. Bitar served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security Business Unit at Juniper Networks. Prior to Juniper, he served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations of Security Technology at Cisco Systems, having joined that company in 2007 through the acquisition of IronPort Systems, where he was Senior Vice President of Engineering. Before IronPort, he served as Vice President of File Systems and Services at Network Appliance, and previously held roles at Silicon Graphics, Apollo Computer and other firms. Mr. Bitar graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Hossein Eslambolchi, 2020 Venture Partners, Cyberflow Analytics Chairman and CEO

Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi is a highly recognized thought leader and consultant to private equity firms; telecommunications service providers, enterprise customers, venture capitalists and start-ups in the areas of business transformation, content distribution, and wireless technology and IP communications. He was the Founder and Chairman of CyberFlow Analytics, a start-up company in the Big Data Analytics – Cyber Security domain. Previously, we was the Chairman and CEO of 2020 Venture Partners and highly recognized thought leader and consultant to private equity firms; telecommunications service providers, enterprise customers, venture capitalists and start-ups in the areas of business transformation, content distribution, and wireless technology and IP communications. Dr. Eslambolchi has served as a director of Clearwire Corporation since December 2010 and is currently a technical advisor to Ericsson Corporation, and the University Of California School Of Engineering along being board of advisors to Allegis Capital VC and Seraphgroup VC and Avalon Global Solutions. Dr. Eslambolchi is recipient of numerous innovation and technology awards such AT&T Fellow which is highest technical honor along with AT&T science and technology medal and strategically significant patent award, Thomas Alva Edison Inventor of the year, Number 1 mover and Shaker in Telecom world and has currently over 1000 patents received, pending or in preparation and considered as one of the foremost technological visionary scientist with expertise around IP, Mobility, Wireless Technologies, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing and knowledge based mining technologies.

Jean-Louis Gassée PICTURE   

Jean-Louis Gassée was a Special Limited Partner and advisor for AVI III, through which he developed his working association with Bob Ackerman and Allegis Capital. He joined Allegis full-time in October 2002 and was named a general partner in April 2003. Jean-Louis has served as a director of publicly traded companies, including Cray Computer Corporation, 3Com, Logitech and Electronics for Imaging. He was chairman of PalmSource (until late 2005). He is a mathematics and physics graduate of Paris (Orsay) University in France.

Prior to joining Allegis, Jean-Louis headed up Be, Inc., The company went public in 1999 and was sold to Palm in 2001. Before Be, Jean-Louis spent nine years at Apple Computer. He started Apple’s French subsidiary and in 1982 was also named president of the “Apple Education” foundation. He was also president of the Apple Products Division, responsible for managing all of Apple’s global product functions. Before joining Apple, Jean-Louis was a president and a general manager of the French subsidiary of Exxon Office Systems.

Tom Gillis, Founder and CEO of Bracket Computing, Inc. Picture and

Tom Gillis co-founded Bracket Computing with the vision of re-imagining enterprise computing by making the public cloud meet enterprise requirements. Prior to Bracket, Mr. Gillis was VP/GM of Cisco’s Security Technology Group, leading business units responsible for Cisco’s entire Network and Content Security product portfolio.

Prior to Cisco, Mr. Gillis was SVP Marketing and part of the founding team at IronPort Systems, acquired by Cisco in 2007 for $830M. He was VP/GM of Media at IBEAM Broadcasting, which went public on NASDAQ in 2000. He has held leadership roles at Silicon Graphics, the Boston Consulting Group, and Raytheon Corporation. Tom holds a BSEE from Tufts, an MSEE from Northwestern, and an MBA from Harvard. His Forbes blog is widely followed by CIOs and global IT professionals. Tom is a three time serial Allegis entrepreneur.

Joe Levy of Sophos

Joe is recognized as a thought leader in IT security, will lead the company’s technology strategy worldwide, driving product vision and innovation to both enhance and simplify IT security.

Levy brings more than 20 years of leadership and development expertise focused on information security. Prior to Sophos, Levy was CTO for Blue Coat Systems following the company’s May 2013 acquisition of security analytics pioneer Solera Networks, where he had served as CTO since 2008. Prior to Solera, Levy was CTO of SonicWALL (acquired by Dell), where he led research and development teams with concentrations in the areas of next-generation firewalls, deep packet inspection, cryptography, and secure remote access.

Todd Rowe, Managing Director – Global Channel Sales, Google

Mr. Rowe leads Google’s $5 billion Channel Sales organization globally, which is one of Google’s fastest growing sales organizations worldwide.  He is responsible for selling Google’s AdWords, video and mobile products to small and mid-sized companies through third parties in 25 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.  Mr. Rowe has 20 years experience in the hardware and software industries, with sales, marketing and general management experience.

Before joining Google, Mr. Rowe was the Group Vice President & General Manager of SAP Business Objects’ Mid-Market business unit, responsible for Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Strategy. Mr. Rowe began his career at IBM in direct sales, where he achieved the Top 1% of Sales nationwide. Mr. Rowe has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah, and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President – Chief Security & Trust Officer, Cisco

John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization, underscoring Cisco’s commitment to address two of the most critical issues that are top of mind for boardrooms and world leaders alike. Under Stewart’s leadership, the organization’s core missions include protecting Cisco’s public and private customers, enabling and ensuring Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across Cisco’s portfolio, and protecting the Cisco enterprise from ever-evolving cyber threats.

Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in widely ranging security initiatives from IT design for elementary schools to national security programs. In addition to his role at Cisco, he sits on technical advisory boards for Area 1 Security, BlackStratus, Inc., and Threatstream. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Shape Security, Shadow Networks, Inc., and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA). He also serves as a special advisor to Redseal’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Stewart serves on the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Review panel and on the Cybersecurity Think Tank at University of Maryland University College. He served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th United States Presidency and on advisory boards for many companies including Akonix, Cloudshield, Finjan, Fixmo, Inc., Ingrian Networks, Nok-Nok Labs, Riverhead, and TripWire. Stewart is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker and most recently was recognized with the RSA 2015 award for Excellence in Security. Other recent honors include the global 2014 Golden Bridge Award for CISO of the Year, as well as the CSO 40 Silver Award for Chief Security Officer of the Year in 2014.

Stewart has a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University.

Jeff Williams, VP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, FireEye, Inc.

Jeff has served as vice president of worldwide sales and business development at FireEye since March 2010. He also served as a member of the advisory board from April 2006 to February 2010. Prior to joining FireEye, Jeff was vice president of sales at Cisco Systems, Inc. from April 2003 to January 2010. Prior to Cisco Systems, Jeff was the Vice President of Sales at IronPort Systems, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Cisco Systems in June 2007. Prior to IronPort, Jeff was vice president of sales at IntruVert Networks, Inc., which was acquired by McAfee, from February 2002 to April 2003. Prior to IntruVert Networks, Jeff was vice president of sales of

Abeona Networks, Inc. from January 2001 to January 2002 and at GlobalCenter Inc., which was acquired by Exodus Communications, from February 1990 to January 2001. Additionally, Jeff served on the board of directors of Meraki, Inc. from 2010 until its acquisition by Cisco Systems in 2012. He holds a B.S. in marketing from California State University, Chico.