Management Team

Nigel Jones

CEO

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 he 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. Nigel is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund.

Elad Yoran

Elad Yoran

Executive Chairman

Elad Yoran serves as CEO of Security Growth Partners (SGP) and Executive Chairman of KoolSpan. His nearly 20 years in the cyber security industry spans experience as an executive, investor, advisor and several-time successful entrepreneur. He works with leading cyber security companies and drives them to rapid growth. Elad also serves as Director at Infinidat, Red Owl Analytics and MKA Cyber.

Elad has been recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young. His entrepreneurial experience includes Riptech, a provider of managed security services to governments and Fortune 500 corporations around the world, acquired by Symantec Corporation; MediaSentry, a provider of anti-piracy technology solutions to the motion picture, music and software industries, acquired by SafeNet; Sentrigo, a provider of database security acquired by McAfee; and Vaultive, a pioneering cloud encryption company. In addition, 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.

He is an advisor or director at the Army Cyber Institute (ACI), 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). 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.

Thomas Bryant

Chief Commercial Officer

Tom Bryant has over 25-years experience in the Telecommunications Industry having held senior leadership positions with mobile networks in Europe and the United States, among them, Digicel, Verizon and Nextel.

Tom began his professional career at Motorola following graduation from The University of New York. Initially based in West Texas, he designed communications systems for the oil and gas exploration industry.

In 1997 Tom moved to Dublin, Ireland at the launch of the mobile network Esat Digifone and after several years moved into the company’s expansion throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and the South Pacific as Digicel grew to more than 30 countries. Over the course of his 12 years at Digicel Tom held various executive roles, most notably Senior Vice President-Global Distribution. Tom also worked closely with The GSM Association’s Foundation Board and has been an active published contributor to their Green Power for Mobile and mWomen initiatives.

Mr. Bryant was also Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer for Brightstar-Russia, overseeing their operations in Moscow for more than 3-years.

Tom has worked closely with the leading Korean and Chinese handset manufacturers in their design, production and portfolio development. Additionally, he was co-inventor of the world’s first solar powered mobile phone designed specifically for users in emerging markets around the world. This technological advance earned him the Innovation of the Year Award from a leading European mobile technology magazine.

Tom currently serves on various Boards of Directors, most notably as Chairman of Haven-USA, a Haiti based aid organization centered on housing and career training. He’s also a long standing member of the advisory board for The National Concert Hall of Ireland.

Bill Supernor

Chief Technology Officer

Bill Supernor brings to KoolSpan a robust track record of performance and innovation based on more than 20 years of combined engineering and management experience. Supernor joins KoolSpan from McLean, Va.-based Trust Digital, a leading provider of smartphone security management. Prior to Trust Digital, Supernor served in senior-level positions at Cognio, Symantec, and McAfee/Network Associates.

Supernor also served as a Lieutenant and Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Supernor graduated with honors from National University with a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering, and with distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Julie Holdren

Julie A. Holdren

Chief Operating Officer & VP Products

Julie Holdren brings to KoolSpan 25 years in executive-level positions for operations and product management within multiple technology and cybersecurity companies. She personally founded three start-up companies and served as CEO, including OGI (SharePoint Mobile Security software and Insider Threat product company), Twin-Soft (Enterprise Portal, Content Management and Business Intelligence service provider to the Federal Government) and Olympus Group (web application development provider to predominantly large commercial accounts). Following the acquisition of OGI by Fixmo, Julie was EVP of Collaboration Security Products for the secure mobile container company, and ran on-shore and off-shore development teams building next generation products. Julie also worked in product management at Sprint International, in data communications and messaging technologies.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University. She was the alumnus of year of George Mason University and received the Outstanding Engineering Entrepreneurial award from the School of Engineering. Julie has testified before the U.S. Senate on technology workforce issues. She has also served on the White House Millennium Council, Boards of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, the Alexandria Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Orville Pike

VP of Software Engineering

Orville has over 17 years of database administration, systems analysis, software development, and product management experience. Currently responsible for leading KoolSpan TrustAPI, TrustCenter and Mobile Applications development teams, Orville can be credited with designing and developing KoolSpan’s TrustChip Development Kit (TDK) for Java, a Java API that allows applications to interact with and use KoolSpan‘s TrustChip on Android, Blackberry, Windows and Linux. Prior to joining KoolSpan in 2008, Orville was a Senior Game Developer at OpenPath Products LLC porting and developing numerous games and application for early mobile platforms such as Brew, J2ME and Symbian.

Prior to OpenPath Products Orville was a Senior Principle Engineer and Product Manager at Telecommunication Systems Inc. (TCS), responsible for TCS’s Wireless Internet Gateway and development of other products. Orville received a B.S. in Information Systems at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Anne Sears

Vice President of Sales, North America

As Vice President of Sales, Anne has built and managed the KoolSpan partner program in North America. Anne’s responsibilities include creating and managing strategic alliances and partnerships across North America as well as managing direct sales. Anne has over 25 years of experience in sales management in the mobile industry including 9 years at AT&T, 5 years at Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile where she managed Direct Sales, and 7 years at T-Mobile creating and building the Direct and Corporate sales teams in NJ and NY. Anne has extensive experience in Channel Management, Business to Business (B2B) Management, Corporate Sales and Strategic Selling within the Mobile Industry.

Rolando Monti

Vice President of Sales, Europe

Rolando Monti has over 25 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, including over 20 years in Sales and Sales Management. Rolando is currently responsible for Koolspan Sales and Business throughout Europe.

Rolando started his career in Control Data Corp UK, in Engineering, was transferred to Italy and progressed in various Engineering Support positions until he was promoted to Engineering Services Country Manager with full Profit and Loss (P+L) responsibility.

Rolando extended his professional career into Sales Management, with various multinational companies including Compuware Inc., where he set up and managed marketing, the indirect sales organization and the corporate account sales teams, selling productivity tools for the application life cycle. During this period he was also involved in solution selling for the year 2000 and Euro conversion projects in Italy. He then moved to Netopia Inc. responsible for southern Europe sales of xDSL products and remote TR069 management tools, and then to Motorola in the Home & Networks Mobility organization, where he built an extensive sales experience in the Telco market for Wi-Max, LTE, xDSL and IPTV technology.

Rolando holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business and Computer studies from the City of London Polytechnic, and is an Advanced Management Program (AMP) alumnus from INSEAD (Fontainebleau – France).

Steve Kang

Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific

Steve Kang has over 12 years of experience in the Information and Telecommunication Industry with extensive experience in Product Marketing, Account Management and B2B Sales Management.

Before joining KoolSpan, Steve worked at Motorola Mobility in Korea, where he led Go-To-Market Strategy and developed a strategic partnership with SK Telecom; facilitating a sell-in of Mobile Smartphones. Prior to Motorola, Steve held a Sales and Product Marketing position with Samsung Electronics, where he was involved in marketing innovative products across international markets. He then moved to Sales where he built up B2B sales and managed major corporate accounts selling IT components.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University. Steve also served in the Republic of Korea Army where he was awarded a certificate of Appreciation from Air Vice-Marshal of the United States Air Force for outstanding contribution of service to the US Forces.