where the hype takes over.)
My LinkedIn profile is a better overview of my background, but if you're having trouble getting to sleep, read on...
I am a technology CEO, currently COO of AutoLoop, a fast-growing disrupter in the automotive software space. Before AutoLoop, I spent the last few years as an
investor, board member and turnaround engineer, 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 $60 million security division, 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 pending IPO process.
For many years, I was active in the software security area and wrote a blog
for many years, Sunbelt Blog.
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
subsequently was part of the founding of the JulieGroup, an organization
dedicated to seeking fairness in the intersection of law and
From 1999 to 2002, I was a managing director at Bulldog Capital
Management (now part of Monitor),
an investment management firm with peak assets of $1.4 billion. At
Bulldog, I managed the firm's private equity activities. As an
institutional investor, I worked on investments in a wide range of
private companies, including Vendio, Acta Technology,
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
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
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 for the utilities business unit, where I managed the company's
core tools business with a $40 million P&L, achieving rapid
through acquisition, aggressive new product
development and product licensing. I managed the marketing and
development direction of the company's flagship
products, including CleanSweep, QEMM, MagnaRAM, WINProbe,
GameRunner and Hijaak Pro.
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.
I like writing, and I've written one book and edited another.
Due to a peripatetic (wandering) 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 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.