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Today’s mobile app world requires complex security, but it can’t get in the way of usability. That’s why we’re here.

Blue Cedar was founded on the principle that the app is the optimal security control point for the modern organization. Why? Because mobile app adoption isn’t just about customer engagement and employee productivity– it’s a matter of security. When users abandon a company’s mobile apps and seek alternatives, risks increase.

That’s why we make it simple and seamless for businesses to protect mobile apps and the sensitive data they rely on. Our platform uses advanced security measures that form a protective barrier around mobile apps, without the need for intrusive agents or containers. It’s mobile app security that’s always present, but never in the way.

Blue Cedar has over 150 customers spanning every major industry vertical, including some of the largest financial services, wireless and telecommunications, CPG, manufacturing, healthcare, and government organizations in the world.

 

Leadership

Protecting today’s mobile apps requires a careful balance between robust security and elegant usability. That’s who we are.

Blue Cedar’s executive leadership team offers a world of experience when it comes to advanced security that’s easy to use, too. From technologists on the leading edge of encryption and endpoint protection to product veterans who pioneered SaaS solutions, we’ve built the right team when it comes to simple, seamless mobile app security.

John Aisien

Chief Executive Officer

John is the CEO of Blue Cedar. He brings a wealth of relevant experience as a successful enterprise software product and go-to-market executive, spanning roles in strategy & IT consulting, and successful stints running multiple functions in emerging, high-growth & large enterprise software firms.

He was most recently the President & COO of Mocana, where he ran go-to-market operations, including sales, marketing, corporate development, product management, and professional services for the Atlas platform business. Before that, he was the VP of Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware, which encompasses solutions for mobile application security & platform services for IoT applications, among other application platform technologies. John joined Oracle in November 2005 as part of its acquisition of Thor Technologies, an enterprise identity and security management software leader. At Thor, he ran marketing, product management & business development, and he was instrumental in re-engineering its branding & positioning, and in establishing & managing its partnerships with RSA Security & Accenture, among others. Prior to Thor, John also completed stints as a strategy & IT consultant at Deloitte Consulting & Gemini Consulting. John also serves on Blue Cedar's board of directors.

Mahesh Tyagarajan

Chief Product Officer

Mahesh brings over 25 years of extensive engineering leadership, product strategy and software architecture experience to his new role as Chief Product Officer at Blue Cedar, where he will be responsible for product and engineering.

Previously, he held technology leadership roles at Walmart, Ticketmaster, Paypal, eBay, RichRelevance and DemandTec (an IBM company). He has scaled several product and engineering organizations in these prior roles with a focus on delivery and creating business value. Mahesh received his Masters in Computer Science and Chemistry from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

Kevin Fox

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin is the CTO of Blue Cedar, leading both the Engineering and Support teams. Kevin has spent his career developing software and hardware solutions addressing Networking, Network Security, and Endpoint Security markets.

Prior to Blue Cedar, Kevin was the VP of Engineering at Mocana, designing and implementing the Atlas Gateway. His prior experience includes work as a technical lead for the Network Security Group and the Endpoint Security Group at Cisco as well as architect for IP and MPLS routing systems at Fujitsu and Equipe Communications. Kevin holds multiple patents in VPN Security. Kevin also serves on Blue Cedar's board of directors.
Greg Ammirati

Greg Ammirati

Vice President, Global Sales

Gregory Ammirati joins Blue Cedar from IBM where he led North American Sales for its Unified Endpoint Management and Mobile Security brands.

Greg has spent the last 25+ years building and leading global teams that introduce innovative and disruptive technologies to the marketplace in verticals including advanced HealthCare Information Systems, Banking/Financial Services, High Performance Computing, Mobility, Analytics, and SaaS

Greg has over a decade’s experience in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Mobility, Analytics, and Security and participated in multiple IPO’s and successful M&A’s.

Greg has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from The College of William and Mary.

Dean (Kip) Witter III

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Witter’s finance career started in 1974 with US Leasing International, Inc., after which he spent 12 years in various finance positions with Amdahl Corporation (formerly ASE: AMH). His last 5 years there were as Vice President and Treasurer.

Since Amdahl, he co-founded Eeonyx Corporation and served as a senior consultant with The Capstone Group and The Brenner Group. Mr. Witter joined Hello Direct, Inc. in 1999 and served as its Chief Financial Officer until the time of its acquisition by GN Great Nordic (2001). He became President of William D. Witter, Inc., in May 2003, and served as Chairman from February 2005 until April 2007.  He re-joined The Brenner Group in January 2009.  He served as interim CFO of Unwired Planet, Inc. (NASDAQ:  UPIP) and of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has served as a director of PrimaryData. Mr. Witter received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and his BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College (magna cum laude), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He served two years on active duty in the U.S. Army (1969 – 1971). 

Board of Directors

Ken Denman

Executive Chairman

Ken Denman is an entrepreneur, board member and investor. Mr. Denman, is an experienced serial technology CEO. Ken is a Venture Partner with Sway Ventures.

Most recently, he was President and CEO of Emotient, Inc., an innovative venture-backed software startup that built an artificial intelligence (deep learning) based platform for measuring facial expressions, leveraging computer vision and behavioral & cognitive science to predict emotions. Emotient was acquired by Apple in January 2016. Ken has also been CEO of two silicon valley public software companies, including Openwave, where he directed this Nasdaq listed mobile middleware technology company through a major strategy transition. While at iPass, Mr. Denman was Chairman and CEO and led a successful IPO in 2003. He has also served as Senior Vice President for MediaOne, leading a significant portion of this top 4 cable operator’s US operations. In an expat role, he served as Chief Operating Officer—Wireless, for MediaOne International, based in London. Ken holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Washington and a B.S. in accounting from Central Washington University.

Mr. Denman is a member of the board of the directors of Costco Wholesale (COST), Motorola Solutions (MSI), Mitek Systems (MITK), and LendingClub (LC).

In September 2012, Mr. Denman was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, as a Visiting Professor. Ken is also a board member of the UW Foster School of Business and is also a member of the board of directors of the UW Foundation.

Sway Ventures

Sway Ventures

Brian Nugent

Brian Nugent is a founding General Partner of Sway Ventures, as well as a seasoned technology industry executive, entrepreneur and board director. As an investor, entrepreneur, operator and strategic advisor in over 150 technology ventures, Brian has built domain expertise and deep connections across the IT industry on five continents.

Brian has a proven record of driving software, SaaS, hardware and IT Services companies to market leadership positions. As an entrepreneur and operating executive he ran both public and privately-held enterprise software companies. Previously, Brian was a senior executive at Teros (acquired by Citrix), Atrica (acquired by Nokia-Siemens) and LuxN (acquired by Sorrento Networks). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of ThreatSTOP, Liquid Grids, and CyberHive.

Brian is a member of the ‘Alliance of CEOs’, the San Diego Venture Group, and is a frequent lecturer at CEO consortium’s such as the ‘CEO Total Access Series’. He is active in a variety of charitable organizations and is a Board Member of PEERS Network and is a member of the 2013 National Champion Sunset Water Polo Club. Brian holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Benhamou Global Ventures

Benhamou Global Ventures

Anik Bose

Anik Bose has 15 years of active venture capital and corporate development experience, with particular emphasis on transaction structuring and strategic planning, including 7 years as SVP, Corporate Development at 3Com Corporation, and 10 years as General Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures.

In his role as SVP, Corporate Development at 3Com he played a significant role in company strategy, managed a $250MM corporate venture fund and a team of 20 investment and business development professionals, spearheaded 20 venture capital investments and executed numerous spin out transactions as well as several large M&A transactions totaling over $1.4Bn in value. His venture investments on behalf of 3Com Ventures (3CV) include – Mesh Networks, Parthus, Cicada Semiconductor, Microtune, ADMTek, Atrica, Intransa, Sheer Networks, Air Prime, Yipes, Silicon Wave and Healthetec.

In his role at BGV, Anik Bose is currently a General Partner and works closely with Eric Benhamou. He is very active in every portfolio company where he spearheaded the investment, and serves as board member of Spikes Security and Crestatech. He also served as advisor to the CEO of Echelon and of GigOptix.

Anik Bose has extensive global experience as a private company director, having served on the board of several 3CV and BGV portfolio companies and on the board of H3C.

As a senior operational executive, Anik Bose architected the creation and launch of the fastest growing Asian networking company H3C, a joint venture between Huawei and 3Com. H3C achieved annual revenues of over $700 million and a market valuation of $1.8Bn within 36 months of launch. H3C was formed in 2003 with two key objectives: (1) Establish a significant market presence in China, the world’s fastest growing LAN switching and routing market; and (2) Establish world class R&D platform in China for LAN switching and routing at a highly competitive cost structure. At the time of formation, H3C was the first joint venture of its kind between a Silicon Valley technology company and a China based technology company focused on exploiting global markets. Anik Bose was the lead executive for 3Com who oversaw the growth of H3C, resolved day to day operational issues, worked closely with H3C management, nurtured the Huawei strategic relationship and ultimately negotiated the buyout of Huawei’s ownership stake by 3Com in late 2006.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Bose served as a Partner in the High Technology Strategy Practice of Deloitte Management Consulting in San Francisco as well as a Principal in the High Tech Strategy Practice of Gemini Management Consulting. In his management consulting roles Mr. Bose worked with high tech companies such as LSI Logic, Advanced Micro Devices and Hewlett Packard.

Grayhawk Capital

Grayhawk Capital

Sherman Chu

Mr. Chu is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Grayhawk Capital. Prior to co-founding Grayhawk in 1999, Mr. Chu was a Partner at the predecessor firm of Cornerstone Equity Partners. He began his venture capital career with Banc One Capital Partners as Associate and later Assistant Vice President.

Mr. Chu has served on the boards of 15 privately held companies. A sample of prior successful investments includes: New Century Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: NEW), AccountNow (acquired by GreenDot), ESS (acquired by IHS), QCSI (acquired by Trizetto), and ITax Group (acquired by First Advantage).

Mr. Chu holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Arizona.

Current Boards: StackIQ, TM International

Generation Ventures

Alistair Mitchell

Alistair Mitchel leads Generation Ventures, the venture arm of a family office based in Toronto, Canada. Responsible for the firm’s LP funding partnerships with VCs in Toronto, Montreal, and Silicon Valley, Alistair and his team also pursue direct investments in early growth stage companies – last year, closing eight tech deals in three countries, Canada, USA, and the UK.

Prior to Generation Ventures, Alistair made a number of seed stage tech investments for the Investment Accelerator Fund at MaRS, one of Canada’s leading venture platforms for early stage companies.  Alistair Mitchell’s career in venture capital is backed by 20 years of operational experience, in both venture and corporate, public and private sectors.  During BlackBerry’s hyper growth years, Alistair led BlackBerry’s instant messaging and multimedia businesses – owning senior executive responsibility for all supporting teams across product management, software engineering, and platform monetization. As an entrepreneur pre-BlackBerry, Alistair co-founded Puretracks, a pioneering digital music service that he lead and ultimately sold to Bell Canada, Canada’s largest telco.  Alistair holds an MBA from Rotman, University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University.