Management Team

Steve Kelley

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kelley is a cybersecurity veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise security and software industries and serves as Chief Executive Officer for the company. Prior to joining EdgeWave, Mr. Kelley was Chief Marketing Officer and Worldwide Sales Leader at Trustwave where he was instrumental in helping the company reposition itself as a global leader in the managed security service provider market and successfully completing the sale of the company to Singtel for $850 million in enterprise value.

Before Trustwave, Mr. Kelley also worked at BeyondTrust and Websense in corporate development, product management and product marketing roles. In addition, Mr. Kelley was also CEO and Co-founder of Taasera, which pioneered a “Trust as a Service” model for preemptive breach detection and protection prior to selling the company to Full Circle Investments in 2012.

Mr. Kelley began his career as a consultant at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and has earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Thalia R. Gietzen

EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Gietzen brings over 15 years of senior-level financial management experience within the technology industry to her position as Chief Financial 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.

Bob Crowe

Senior Vice President of Engineering

As Senior 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.

Tom Beck

Vice President of Marketing

For over 25 years, Mr. Beck has been a leading B2B brand, marketing and demand generation executive supporting some of the biggest and fastest growing business and technology companies in the country.

Prior to EdgeWave, Mr. Beck was Founder/ CEO at CatapultWorks where for over 20 years, he created the largest independent marketing agency in Silicon Valley before being acquired by R2i. Mr. Beck worked strategically with executive leadership at companies such as Cisco, Citrix, Juniper, BlueCoat, Symantec, Proofpoint, ServiceNow, Seagate, and others to develop global brand and demand marketing strategies. Mr. Beck graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a BA in Economics.

Anita Boghoussian

Vice President of Sales

Mrs. Boghoussian brings over 20 years in enterprise sales experience in the software and cybersecurity industries. As the Vice President of Sales, Mrs. Boghoussian is responsible for driving the sales strategy and driving new business growth across the product channels, while working with key channels to grow and accelerate revenue. Prior to joining EdgeWave, Mrs. Boghoussian has held several leadership and management positions including Dassault Systemes, Websense, and Panda Security. Mrs. Boghoussian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

John Randall

Vice President of Product Management

Mr. Randall brings over 25 years of cybersecurity and technology experience. As the Vice President of Product Management, Mr. Randall is responsible for developing both product innovations and solutions strategies to help EdgeWave customers protect their organizations from the latest security threats.

Mr. Randall brings deep technical and market expertise driven by his diverse background. His past experience includes roles as Director of IT providing internal security services as well as overseeing key relationships with multiple security vendors. Prior to joining EdgeWave, Mr. Randall has also held several leadership positions, most recently with Trustwave and Websense, across both Product Management and Product Marketing.

Gang Ding

Director of Engineering

Mr. Ding serves as Director of Engineering, where he is responsible for technical strategy of EdgeWave’s core solutions in web and email security. With over 15 years of software and cybersecurity experience, Mr. Ding has previously held technical leadership positions at ZitoVault, Qualcomm, and Olympus. Mr. Ding brings deep network and security expertise that spans IoT, network device and software infrastructure.

Mr. Ding holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Purdue University and undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University. Mr. Ding holds over 50 patents in the area of telecommunication, networking, and security.

Aron McGrane

Director of Customer Success

Mr. McGrane joins EdgeWave with over 10 years of customer success and management experience in the Cyber Security industry. As Director of Customer Success, Mr. McGrane is responsible for delivering exceptional customer experience across all customer channels, from pre-sales implementation and onboarding to technical support. Prior to joining EdgeWave, Mr. McGrane served in leadership positions at Websense as well as Forcepoint, a Raytheon company. Mr. McGrane has acquired several industry related engineering certifications in the networking and infrastructure fields including Cisco and Microsoft.

Board of Directors

Louis Ryan

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.