Nigel Jones brings to KoolSpan over 20 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 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 and Red Owl Analytics.
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.
Julie A. Holdren
Chief Product and Operations Officer
Julie Holdren brings to KoolSpan 25 years in executive-level positions for operations and product management within multiple technology and cybersecurity companies. In her role as Chief Product Officer Julie is responsible for the KoolSpan product family as well as all corporate operations.
Julie 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.
VP of Product Management and System Engineering
Alessandro has over 15 years of experience in security and cryptographic solutions applied to mobile communication services within carriers, enterprises and public institutions internationally. In his role, Alessandro ensures KoolSpan’s products maintain the highest levels of quality and security according to evolving markets, as well as supporting customers on all technical requirements.
Alessandro holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication from Politecnico di Torino University. Before joining KoolSpan, he served as Senior Product Manager and Project Manager in TIM – an Italian Mobile Carrier; managing the development of innovative solutions for mobile security applied to business and consumer markets. Alessandro is based in Italy.
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.
VP of Sales Latin America and the Caribbean
John Puente has 22 years of experience launching and scaling 6 emerging growth IT wireless and software companies into Latin America and the Caribbean, including two filings of Initial Public Offerings. From 2009 to 2014, John served as Vice President of Sales and General Manager at Cellcrypt where he launched an international rollout of their product suite, establishing Cellcrypt as the leader of voice encryption in Latin America. Prior to 2009, John was the VP of Sales and GM in Latin America at Orion for 7 years, preceding its acquisition by Loral Space Systems; and VP of Business Development and Sales for Qtel Global.
VP of Sales, North America
Prior to joining KoolSpan, TK Eppley was the Chief Product Officer & Chief of Staff for Silent Circle where he led global operations. Prior to Silent Circle, Eppley was a Program Manager and Senior Educator at Blackbird Technologies Inc. He is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who has led and managed global operations throughout his decorated career.
VP of Sales, EMEA
Mark Leverattt has over 16 years of experience as a defense and security professional operating in a diverse range of roles and environments to include corporate strategy, international business development, marketing & communications and operations to government, defence and enterprises across EMEAA.
Before joining KoolSpan Mark served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Defense Services Marketing Council, a leading defence, aerospace and security consultancy and marketing incubator based in the UAE.
Mark has served in a variety of corporate security roles, the British Armed Forces, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management from University College London.