Board of Directors
CEO Security Growth Partners Elad serves as Executive Chairman of KoolSpan and CEO of Security Growth Partners (SGP). Elad’s nearly 20 years in the cyber security industry spans experience as an executive, consultant, investor, investment banker and a several-time successful entrepreneur. Most recently Elad served as CEO of Vaultive, a pioneering cloud encryption company. Elad’s other entrepreneurial experience includes Sentrigo, a provider of database security acquired by McAfee, MediaSentry, a provider of anti-piracy technology solutions to the motion picture, music and software industries, acquired by SafeNet; and Riptech, a provider of managed security services to governments and Fortune 500 corporations around the world, acquired by Symantec Corporation.
Elad was a strategic investor in and advisor to NetWitness (acquired by EMC/RSA), ThreatGrid (acquired by Cisco), and Insightix (acquired by McAfee). Elad has also served as vice president, Global Business Development at Symantec and as vice president at Broadview International (acquired by Jeffries), an investment bank focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry, where he led the firm’s information security practice. Elad has been recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young. He is a member of several technology, security and community Boards, including the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) New York Metro Chapter; and Trustee of the Jewish Chapel Fund, US Military Academy at West Point.
Previously, he served on the FBI’s Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) and Department of Homeland Security Advisory Board for Command, Control and Interoperability for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA). Elad authored the Internet Security Threat Report, which was cited in briefings to the U.S. Congress. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Elad holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Nigel Jones brings to KoolSpan over 18 years of experience in operations, financial management, private equity, and mergers & acquisitions, with a demonstrated track record of success. Nigel has been a partner at private equity investment firm TWJ Capital since 2006. Prior to joining TWJ Capital, Nigel was a Principal at the Carlyle Group, where was a member of the U.S. Buyout team focused on the aerospace, defense, and federal technical services sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, he was an Associate in the Technology Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Nigel holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard University. Prior to business school, Nigel was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995, with a focus on secure voice and data communications.
Brad Boston joined NetNumber, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. He had been a member of the company’s board of directors since April 2002.
Boston brings more than thirty years of relevant industry experience to this role. He is a recognized team builder and leader, known for his business acumen and technological innovation. He has successfully managed organizations well known for harnessing technology for enhanced services, productivity gains and competitive advantage.
He joined Cisco in August 2001 as Chief Information Officer, and held key executive level positions during his tenure before retiring in late 2012. Boston most recently served as Senior Vice President of Cisco Global Government Solutions Group (GGSG) and Corporate Security Programs Organization (CSPO). GGSG advised global defense, space and security agencies on business practices and technology solutions to achieve and enhance their mission goals. CSPO focused on ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability of Cisco’s critical information and computing assets.
Prior to Cisco, Boston was the Executive Vice President of Operations at Corio, an enterprise-focused Internet ASP. He was instrumental in redefining the company’s product offering and business model. Before joining Corio, Boston served as Executive Vice President of product development and delivery and President of Sabre Computer Services at the Sabre Group. He prepared the organization for its spin-out from American Airlines, an historic transaction that created a leading IT firm valued at more than the former parent company. Additionally, he managed the early development, operations and support of Travelocity.com; led the largest system conversion in the airline industry when USAirways converted to Sabre; and architected the development and implementation of the technology plan to modernize the Sabre system infrastructure and applications.
Boston also has held executive positions at American Express, Visa, United Airlines/Covia and at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, where he began his career.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois, College of Engineering, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Boston currently serves as Chairman of the Board of aap3 LTD, an IT services company headquartered in Southampton, United Kingdom. He also is a member of the board of directors of Koolspan, a mobile security company based in Bethesda, Maryland. He has served on the board of directors of Mercury Interactive, Active Power and Actividentity.
Gregg Smith served as CEO of KoolSpan between September 2011 and November 2014, bringing more than 25 years of technology and business leadership experience to the growing provider of mobile security solutions. As CEO, Smith lead the company’s overall strategic direction with an emphasis on sales, organizational development, and worldwide partnerships, with a goal to make KoolSpan’s TrustChip the No. 1 choice for mobile security and encryption. Prior to KoolSpan, Smith served as CEO of Acuity Mobile, where he built the mobile marketing firm from a start-up to an industry leader.
At Acuity, Smith negotiated agreements with brands including Harrah’s Entertainment, Urban Outfitters, and Acxiom, before negotiating the sale of Acuity to NAVTEQ, a billion dollar division of Nokia. As President of Aether’s Enterprise Division, Gregg grew revenues from $3 million to $100 million, creating and launching products that won market share around the world, before negotiating a sale of the division to TeleCommunication Systems (TCS). After the sale, Gregg ran the division for TCS from 2005 to 2007.
Previously, as Corporate Vice President and Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Division of Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH), Gregg was instrumental in building the wireless software solutions provider into a global leader with a $9 billion market capitalization in less than two years. In prior roles, Gregg served as President and COO of Karch International, a software provider; and as Vice President of Nurad Technologies, a wireless hardware and product manufacturer leading both to successful exits. Throughout his career, Smith has also created and invested in several technology start-ups, including a mobile messaging and storage platform. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Gregg serves as a board member of a number of private companies, and speaks frequently at mobile and wireless industry events, as well as investment conferences.
Gary B. O’Malley
Gary B. O’Malley is senior vice president for The Greenspun Corporation (since 2002) and also serves as Chief Operating Officer for VEGAS.com (a travel and tourism portal for Las Vegas) and President of Las Vegas TV Partners, LLC. (a broadcast company). The Greenspun Corporation manages and oversees the major assets of the Greenspun Family which includes real estate, gaming, media and communications. Mr. O’Malley’s major responsibilities are related to G.C. Investments, LLC which is the private equity arm of the Greenspun Family. Gary holds a board seat with its major investments including:
Past notable investments and active board roles include: Global Locate, Inc. (www.globallocate.com), an AGPS technology & intellectual properties company supporting location based services and applications to wireless handset manufacturers including the popular Apple iPhone (sold to Broadcom, Inc. www.broadcom.com); SeaMobile, Inc. (www.seamobile.com), a provider of bandwidth for both wired and wireless communications services to the maritime industry; and Sparkplug Communications, Inc. (merged with AirBand Communications www.airband.com), a provider of high capacity business broadband connectivity. Prior to Greenspun, Gary was Fund Manager of Alistar Pilot Fund, a private equity fund, and previous to these activities he was a co-founder, shareholder and held several senior executive positions including co-president, CFO, Chief of Strategy & Business Development for Cable Plus Holding Company, a Craig O. McCaw backed company providing integrated telecommunications services to the multi-family housing industry and franchised CATV. Mr. O’Malley is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington and is a member of the American Society and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.
David S. Rose
David S. Rose, Chairman of the board of New York Angels, is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with extensive experience in high technology and wireless technology. He was named by Inc. magazine to the 1998 Inc. 500 list and lectures frequently on issues relating to the development of the international information infrastructure. During the course of his career, he has supervised the creation of an intellectual property portfolio of issued patents appraised at over $100 million.
He was a founding member of the New York New Media Association, is a frequent guest speaker at graduate business schools including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, and currently serves on the boards of directors of companies including Aereon Solutions, SignStorey, and ISoldMyStuff.com. David has a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Business School.