I am a technology CEO, most recently President and COO of AutoLoop, a fast-growing disrupter in the automotive tech space. Before AutoLoop, I spent several few years as an operating partner, investor and board member, including being a board member of BlueStripe Software (acquired by Microsoft); a board member of StopBadware;a board member of Knowbe4; a board member of MalwareBytes; and chairman of the board of Runaware.
Previously, I was the president of the security business unit for GFI Software, subsequent to the acquisition of Sunbelt Software in 2010, where I was its CEO for eight years.Sunbelt Software was a leading provider of security software for the Windows market, best known for its VIPRE Antivirus product. While at Sunbelt, I profitably grew the company to $50 million in revenue — over 350% on an organic basis, providing our investors with a 135% internal rate of return.
At GFI, I was president of the company’s million security division with a $60 mill P&L, and was responsible for both the enterprise and consumer security business. The product areas included email security, antispam, antivirus and the creation of the company’s first mobile security offering. I also developed GFI’s SaaS and gateway email security strategy, and was one of the primary Wall Street contacts for the company’s IPO process.
For many years, I have been active in the cyber security area and wrote a blog for many years, Sunbelt Blog, which was one of the first security blogs on many of the early battles with malware, exploits and vulnerabilities. I speak on security issues fairly often, and have been interviewed for national publications, radio and television, including appearances on Good Morning America and CBC Canada. I have also keynoted the VirusBulletin conference and have written a couple of articles for them. In 2006, Google was kind enough to thank a number of security folks and me for work on Google Security; and I also co-founded PIRT, the Phishing Incident and Termination squad, the largest all-volunteer group that performs “takedowns” of phishing sites. I was also deeply involved in getting a very nice lady out of going to prison and subsequently was part of the founding of the JulieGroup, an organization dedicated to seeking fairness in the intersection of law and technology.
From 1999 to 2002, I was a managing director at Bulldog Capital Management (now part of Monitor Deloitte), an investment management firm with peak assets of $1.4 billion. At Bulldog, I managed the firm’s non-public investments. As an institutional investor, I worked on investments in a wide range of private companies, including Vendio, (acquired by Ali Baba), Acta Technology (acquired by SAP), Vina Technology (acquired by Verlink), Achex (acquired by First Data), YouCentric (acquired by J.D. Edwards) and T.sqware (acquired by Globespan). While at Bulldog, I developed capabilities in the areas of private equity deal structure, capitalization and distressed/crisis situations.
Prior to joining Bulldog, I was the executive vice president for Mijenix Corporation, a developer of Windows software, from 1997 to 1999. We achieved over 700% profitable revenue growth in two and a half years, as a fully self-funded effort, leading to the successful sale of the company to Ontrack Data International in 1999. I was responsible for launching several award-winning products, including a PC Week Best of Comdex Winner (1998).
Before Mijenix, I was vice president of worldwide marketing for publicly-traded Quarterdeck Corporation (now part of Symantec) from 1990 to 1997. My prior positions included being the VP and general manager of the Windows Tools business unit, where I managed the company’s core tools business with a $40 million P&L, achieving rapid growth through acquisition, aggressive new product development and product licensing.
From 1988 to 1990, I worked for multimedia software developer Aegis Development (later known as Oxxi). While there, I launched several products, including Showcase F/X, a professional multimedia system for the Macintosh; SpectraColor, a 16-bit paint and animation system; and Animagic, an animation control system.
I started my software career at Borland International in 1987, working in channel management.
I have also served on the board of advisers at startup Cybermedia Corporation, where I advised the company on its initial marketing direction. The company successfully went public in 1996 and was acquired by Network Associates in 1998. I am also a past member of the board of directors for VitalStream, Inc.
Due to being part of a large expat family, I had a peripatetic childhood and hence an eclectic educational background. I attended Ecole Bilingue in Paris, Bjorns International School in Copenhagen, Hollywood Professional School in Los Angeles, and was one of the first students at SOCES, one of the early progressive magnet schools in Los Angeles. Originally trained as a classical musician, I studied piano at the Feninger/Brooks Studio and baroque classical music at the Early Music Institute, both in Los Angeles and since, I’ve been involved in electronic composition. I also studied chemistry at the California Institute of Technology as a teenager and later attended Eckerd College, studying for a major in Business Management.
I was born in Paris, France to American parents and live with my wife and four children in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
I am best contacted by email.