KoolSpan Adds Former Cisco Senior Vice President of Government and Intel Brad Boston to Board of Directors
Bethesda, Md. (March 26, 2014) — KoolSpan Inc., a communications security company named a top “Company to Watch” by Federal Computer Week, today announced the appointment of new board member Brad Boston, the current President and CEO of NetNumber. Boston brings more than 30 years of security and IT industry experience to the position, having previously held top positions at Cisco and Amex. He is not only as a leader known for his business acumen and technological innovation, but also for his success in managing organizations that are recognized for harnessing technology for enhanced services, productivity gains and competitive advantages.
“We are thrilled to have Brad bring his technology and business expertise to Koolspan at such a critical time in the company’s growth,” said Gregg Smith, CEO of Koolspan. “The security industry is at a turning point, and having an innovative thought leader at the table who also has decades of experience under his belt, is an incredible asset to our company.”
Boston currently serves as the President and CEO of NetNumber, a centralized signaling, routing and database services platform provider to wireless and wireline telecommunications operators around the globe.
Boston got his start at the University of Illinois, College of Engineering, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science. He began his career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, and over the years has held executive positions at companies such as Cisco, Corio, American Express, Visa, and United Airlines/Covia.
Most notable is his time spent as Executive Vice President of product and delivery and President of Sabre Computer Services at the Sabre Group, where he prepared the organization for its spin-out from American Airlines, a historic transaction that created a leading IT firm valued at more than its former parent company. Further, he managed 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.
His most recent accomplishments include serving as Senior Vice President of Cisco Global Government Solutions Group (GGSG) where he advised global defense, space, and security agencies on business practices and technology solutions to achieve and enhance their mission goals; and Corporate Security Programs Organization (CSPO) where he focused on ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability of Cisco’s critical information and computing assets.
“I am honored to join the Koolspan’s board and work with a company that is really at the forefront of a burgeoning mobile security market,” Boston said. “Koolspan has positioned itself as a global force in enterprise security over the next decade, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge in ancillary industries to further expand the company’s growth.”
His current position as chairman of the Board of aap3 LTD, an IT Services Company headquartered in Southampton, UK, along with his service on the board of directors of Mercury Interactive, Active Power and Actividentity lend him invaluable insight and knowledge that KoolSpan Inc. looks forward to leveraging in favor of clients and stakeholders in the near future.
With 18 patents underlying its technology, KoolSpan, Inc. offers communications security to companies and government agencies worried about loss or theft of intellectual property, vital information and proprietary assets. KoolSpan develops hardware-based encryption and security applications to protect data and voice communications over network-connected devices. The foundation for KoolSpan encryption is TrustChip®, a hardware-based security platform delivered through a secure microSD processor. It protects connected devices including cell phones, office network phones, laptops, and tablets, PCs, desktop phones and servers.
KoolSpan is a privately held and based in Bethesda, Md. For more information, visit www.koolspan.com, follow us on Twitter @KoolSpan and at Facebook.com/KoolSpan.