LEADERSHIP

Management Team


Louis Ryan

CEO and Executive Chairman

Mr. Ryan brings over 20 years of executive leadership to his position as Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ryan became a member of the company’s Board of Directors upon completion of the merger of St. Bernard Software, Inc. with Sand Hill IT Security Acquisition Corp. in July 2006, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 2008.

Mr. Ryan’s extensive background in the technology industry includes roles as a co-founder and/or executive in several technology startups including Delrina and Living VideoText, which were both sold to Symantec Corp., and Entercept Security Technology, which was sold to McAfee Inc. Mr. Ryan also remains an active investor and /or board member for several companies including HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc., Paglo, Plastic Jungle, SprayCool, Network Chemistry, which was sold to Aruba, and Foundstone, which was sold to McAfee Inc.

Thalia R. Gietzen

Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Gietzen brings over 15 years of senior-level financial management experience within the technology industry to her position as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the company, Mrs. Gietzen was the CFO at 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.

Farley Stewart

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Stewart brings over 20 years of product strategy and leadership to EdgeWave. Mr. Stewart was the CEO and founder of Internet Products Inc., which was acquired by EdgeWave in 2000. After overseeing the acquisition, Mr. Stewart transitioned to lead product strategy and execution at McAfee and Websense. Now back with EdgeWave, Mr. Stewart is responsible for shaping and shepherding the long-term strategic product vision and roadmap.

Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of California, San Diego, and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.

Ian Thompson

Vice President, Technical Operations

Mr. Thompson brings 20 years of technical support, customer service and operations management experience to the company. Mr. Thompson was Vice President of Central Services at technology company Mitchell International, where he led the organization to multiple national awards for technical support and service. Mr. Thompson also centralized customer service and order processing operations for catalog sales company Maintenance Warehouse, which was subsequently purchased by The Home Depot. He has held management positions at Continental Airlines, The Automobile Club of Southern California and the Institute for International Research, and has spoken on the topic of technical support operations at numerous industry conferences. He received his diploma in education from Loughborough University of Technology in England.

Bob Crowe

Vice President, Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Crowe brings over 20 years of development and management experience to his position leading all technical functions for the company. Mr. Crowe is one of the pioneers of content filtering, having worked in this market since the early 1990’s. From 1992-2000, Mr. Crowe was a co-founder of and Vice President of Engineering at Internet Products, then a leading provider of award-winning turnkey Internet servers which was sold to St. Bernard Software in 2001. This acquisition became the technology platform upon which the company’s secure web gateway is based.

Board of Directors


Louis Ryan

CEO and Executive Chairman

Mr. Ryan brings over 20 years of executive leadership to his position as Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ryan became a member of the company’s Board of Directors upon completion of the merger of St. Bernard Software, Inc. with Sand Hill IT Security Acquisition Corp. in July 2006, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 2008.

Mr. Ryan’s extensive background in the technology industry includes roles as a co-founder and/or executive in several technology startups including Delrina and Living VideoText, which were both sold to Symantec Corp., and Entercept Security Technology, which was sold to McAfee Inc. Mr. Ryan also remains an active investor and /or board member for several companies including HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc., Paglo, Plastic Jungle, SprayCool, Network Chemistry, which was sold to Aruba, and Foundstone, which was sold to McAfee Inc.

Bart van Hedel

Member, Board of Directors

Mr. van Hedel is an Executive Officer for Vogel Investments B.V. in addition to the companies listed below. Mr. van Hedel became a member of the Board of Directors of the Company upon completion of the merger of St. Bernard Software, Inc. with the Company (when the Company was known as “Sand Hill IT Security Acquisition Corp.”) in July 2006. Prior to the merger, he served as a director of St. Bernard Software since 1996. He has been a Partner of BeeBird Corporate Finance C. V. since 1992. Mr. van Hedel was a non-executive member of the board of Ai-Investments N.V. from 1997 until December 2005, when he was named an executive board member. He was an executive board member of venture capital firm Paribas Participations N.V., from 1990 to 1992 and was an executive board member for Kempen & Co., Investment Bank in Amsterdam from 1981 to 1990. Mr. van Hedel graduated in 1973 from Eramus University of Rotterdam with a Masters in economics and tax.

Jeb Spencer

Member, Board of Directors

Mr. Spencer is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of TVC Capital. He focuses his time and energy on the acquisition of and investment in software and software-enabled services firms. He has proven to be effective in working closely with management teams to rapidly professionalize and grow software companies into leaders in their fields.

Mr. Spencer has had a number of investment successes including the sale of Accordent Technologies to Polycom Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM); the sale of Del Mar Datatrac to Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV); the sale of TechnoCom Mobility to Kapsch (Vienna: KTCG); the sale of TechnoCom MRM to CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) and the sale of Del Mar DataTrac, Inc. to Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI). Jeb was Chairman of the Board of all of these companies at the time of exit. He was a co-founder, President and board member of Backwire.com, Inc., which was acquired by Cricket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP).

Mr. Spencer currently serves on the board of directors of Edgewave, Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), ReverseVision, Inc (Chairman), Levels Beyond (Chairman), LocationSmart, Inc. (Chairman), and Halo Business Intelligence, Inc. Mr. Spencer is an honors graduate of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He attended Oxford University (St. Anne’s College) and graduated with honors from Harvard University, with an MBA from Harvard Business School.

William Baumel

Member, Board of Directors

Mr. Baumel is a Managing Director of RWI Ventures and has been a venture capitalist for over fifteen years. He was named to the Venture Capital 100 in 2009 as one of the top 100 venture capitalists based on realized returns. Mr. Baumel’s current and past investments focus on data storage, security, communications and mobile and include: BlueArc, ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX), Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN), Magnet (sold to Intuit, Nasdaq: INTU), Optical Solutions (sold to Calix, Nasdaq: CALX), and SiGe and Turin/Force10, both of which have registered for an IPO. Prior to his career in Venture Capital, Baumel was a small-cap portfolio manager at Brinson Partners, a $40 billion institutional investment firm acquired by UBS.

Mr. Baumel joined the company’s Board as part of its acquisition of Red Condor, an award-winning e-mail security vendor. Mr. Baumel holds a B.S. summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan and earned his CPA while at Deloitte & Touche.

Rear Admiral David S. Bill III

Member, Board of Directors

Rear Admiral David Bill, a 1966 graduate of the US Naval Academy, retired from the United States Navy in 1998 after thirty-two years of active duty. RADM Bill’s naval career included four operational commands, including the USS Enterprise Carrier Battlegroup and the Battleship Wisconsin during the 1991 Gulf War. Admiral Bill later served as the Deputy Commander of the US Naval Forces in Europe, and as the senior US military officer in the United Kingdom, where he officially represented the US Navy throughout the European Theater.

Following his retirement from the Navy in 1998, RADM Bill was Managing Director of a golf resort management company, Executive Director of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, CEO of Xslent, LLC and a Director on several private company boards. He is currently on the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School. RADM Bill brings extensive leadership and management experience to EdgeWave.