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I'm currently the president and CEO of Clearwater-based Sunbelt Software
, a leading provider of security software for the Windows market. I'm also actively involved in the software security area and write a blog, sunbeltblog
From 1999 to 2002, I was a managing director at Bulldog Capital Management, an investment management firm with peak assets of $1.4 billion. At Bulldog, I co-managed the firm's private equity activities and later, worked briefly as a buy-side analyst. As a private equity investor, I worked on investments in a wide range of private companies, including Auctionwatch, Acta Technology, Vina Technology (now public), 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 (NASDAQ: ONDI) in 1999. I was responsible for launching several award-winning products, including a PC Week Best of Comdex Winner (1998).
Prior to Mijenix, I was with publicly-traded Quarterdeck Corporation (now part of Symantec) from 1990 to 1997, which had at the time that I left revenues in excess of $130 million. My most recent role was as vice president, worldwide marketing. My prior positions there included: vice president and general manager, utilities business unit; director, utilities business unit; group product manager, utilities software; product manager, CleanSweep and QEMM; director, channel marketing; and manager, channel marketing. As the VP and general manager of Quarterdekc's utilities business unit, I managed one of the company's most successful business units with over $40 million in revenue, achieving growth through acquisition, product development and product licensing. I directed the marketing and development direction of the company's utility software, launching several products, including CleanSweep, QEMM, MagnaRAM, WINProbe, GameRunner and Hijaak Pro.
From 1988 to 1990, I worked for multimedia software developer Aegis Development (whose assets were acquired by Oxxi, Inc. in 1999). 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.
I have also served on the board of advisors 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 a peripatetic childhood, I have a rather 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 school 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. I also studied chemistry and FORTRAN 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 Clearwater, Florida.