NightDragon founders Dave DeWalt and Ken Gonzalez have have more than 25 years of experience serving as senior executives at leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Mandiant, Avast and FireEye.
Dave DeWalt is a veteran CEO, advisor, and investor who has led companies, from startups to the Fortune 500, on a transformational journey of success. Focused on technology and cybersecurity, Dave helped create more than $20 billion of shareholder value during his 15-plus years as President and CEO of three major companies. That includes driving the most successful cybersecurity IPO ever in 2013, and leading the largest all-cash deal in technology history in 2010. Today, he serves as Managing Director of Allegis Cyber as well as investor and board member in the world’s most innovative companies such as Delta Airlines, Five9, Forescout, Phantom Cyber, Claroty, Team8, DataTribe, Illusive Networks, and Optiv.
Ken Gonzalez has been a senior operating executive at technology companies for over 20 years. He has led the strategy and corporate business development functions for Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Avast and FireEye. During his career her has completed over 40 acquisitions, 23 of which have been in cybersecurity. He has created, managed, and grown numerous strategic go-to-market partnerships from technology integration to OEM, reseller and two-tier distribution. Prior to joining NightDragon, Ken was Managing Director at ForgePoint Capital. Ken is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Morgan Kyauk brings a wealth of experience leading M&A transactions for companies of all sizes - from late stage, pre-IPO companies to large, serial acquirers. Most recently, Morgan was the Vice President of Corporate Development at FireEye, where he was responsible for the evaluation, execution, and integration of all acquisition, investment, and strategic partnering activity for the company. Morgan has also held corporate development leadership roles at a variety of technology companies, including Dropbox, Juniper Networks, and HP. Morgan began his career advising technology companies on M&A activity while at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Morgan received his MBA from Wharton and his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Hannah is a former senior technology consultant from the mergers and acquisitions practice at Deloitte. Throughout her consulting career, she worked with various Fortune 50 and 500 companies. Hannah focused her time on executing successful mergers and divestures, managing large scale cloud and network transformations and performing the role of a product manager for software offerings and applications. Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration - Finance from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, she was a student-athlete on the Women’s Basketball team reaching three Final Fours in her four year career.
Evan is a former technology-focused investment banker with experience executing over $4 billion of successful M&A and financing outcomes for Cybersecurity and SaaS clients. Most recently, Evan was a Senior Analyst at Momentum Cyber where he supported the execution of early & late stage Cybersecurity transactions as well as industry-leading market research reports. Evan received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Operations Management from the Carroll School Of Management Honors Program at Boston College, and has completed each exam from the CFA curriculum.
As NightDragon's CFO, Steve Simonian's responsibilities include finance, legal, investor relations, administration and compliance. Steve is also CFO of AllegisCyber, an early-stage venture capital firm that works closely with NightDragon. Steve has his own consulting practice, where he provides finance and operational services for VC, private equity and operating companies. Prior to his consulting practice, he served as CFO at August Capital, Gabriel Venture Partners and Meritech Capital Partners. Steve received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing). Steve serves on the boards of DeepSee.ai and Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre.
Executive Assistant to the management team
Therese Coutermarsh currently serves as Executive Assistant to the management team at NightDragon and facilitates the day to day operations. Therese has over a decade of administrative experience in the cybersecurity industry. Areas of expertise include partnerships with c-suite executives, driving efficiency, communications plans, and process improvements. Prior to NightDragon, Therese supported the founder of FireEye and later Dave, as CEO and Executive Chairman, while he took the company public. As an early-stage employee, Therese contributed significantly to the growth of FireEye as they grew to over 4k employees. Therese holds a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College.
National Security Agency (NSA),
Admiral Michael Rogers is the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the former chief of the Central Security Service, and the former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. One of the most-knowledgeable intelligence professionals and cybersecurity experts, Rogers assumed those posts in April of 2014 and retired in June of 2018, marking 37 years of service. He served under both Presidents Trump and Obama and oversaw the NSA and Cyber Command responses to both the Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. He also put the NSA through its largest reorganization in 20 years and led the creation and operationalization of the nation’s cyber mission force, culminating in the elevation of Cyber Command to the senior-most command level in the DOD.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nadav is the co-founder and CEO of Team8, a venture platform solving problems of magnitude by creating and accelerating category-leading companies. Team8 combines its in-depth understanding of the attacker perspective, data science and AI to enable businesses to reap the benefits of digital transformation in an agile and secure manner. Team8 is backed by some of the world’s most renowned businesses including Cisco, Microsoft, AT&T, Walmart, Airbus, Softbank, Accenture, Qualcomm, Moody’s, Munich-Re, Dimension Data, Nokia and Scotiabank. Previously, Nadav was the Commander of the IDF's Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200 (Israel's NSA).
UK’s Joint Forces Command,
Chris is the former Commander of the UK’s Joint Forces Command, which included Special Forces, Defence Intelligence, Cyber, ISR and Communications from Space, Information Systems and Services, Operational Command of UK operations overseas, Education, Medical Services, and the UK’s permanent bases overseas. He was also appointed Knight Commander of the Order of Bath in 2015, and Aide de Camp General to Her Majesty The Queen in 2016. Chris has also held a variety of leadership roles as a British Army officer, including Brigadier and Director of Equipment Capability for Ground Manoeuvre, Strategy Director, Lieutenant General, and Chief of Materiel (Land). Chris’ experience makes him a foremost expert on the intersection between cyber and physical threats facing governments and commercial organizations.
Partner and Founder
Thomas Pompidou is a Partner and Founder of Marker LLC, a New York City-based venture firm investing in the US and Israel technology ecosystems. He has been a Partner and held other decision-making roles at Crescent Point, a China-focused private equity firm, since 2005. He is also a Venture Partner of Innovation Endeavors and a Partner and member of the Investment Committee of the Armory Credit Fund. Before that he was an Executive Director in the investment banking departments of Lazard and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in New York where he focused on M&A and corporate finance. He holds a business degree from the EDHEC business school in France. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pompidou Center.
Dan is the CEO of Optiv Security, which was created in 2015 as a result of the Accuvant and FishNet Security merger. From 2002, when he co-founded Accuvant, until 2012 when he assumed his position as the company’s first CEO, Dan served as Senior Vice President of Accuvant’s sales organization. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, sales growth, and problem resolution. Dan co-developed and helped to successfully execute on Accuvant’s initial vision – to build a company with the breadth, depth, and capabilities to address the information security needs of organizations worldwide – up until the merger with FishNet Security.
Matthew is the CEO of NTT Security, formerly known as Dimension Data's Security Business Unit. Matthew is responsible for executing the organization's security strategy, services and go-to-market strategy with the goal of building the world's most recognized security brand supported by a team of highly talented security professionals. Matthew previously held the position of Group Executive of Security for Dimension Data. He held several roles during his tenure with Dimension Data. Prior to this, Matthew spent time in various security environments, from a client to a carrier to OEMs across Australia, Asia, and now global positions.
Andrew is the CEO of Kudelski Security, an independent Swiss provider of tailored cyber security solutions to enterprises and public sector institutions, with its U.S. headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Andrew has led the company’s technical strategy, product development, engineering and research, notably the launch of the IoT Security Center of Excellence, the delivery of Secure Blueprint, and the Blockchain Security Center. Previously, Andrew led an R&D laboratory focused on national defense challenges for the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Former Executive Vice President
Jason was an Executive Vice President at FireEye where he has served in leadership roles in product management, R&D, engineering and cloud operations. Prior to FireEye, he was President and CEO of SecureDNA (acquired: FEYE) which provided innovative security products and solutions to enterprises and government agencies throughout the United States and Asia. Jason also served as Chairman of Authy.com (acquired: TWLO) and currently sits on the advisory board for OneMedNet and the Board of Directors for ShieldX. Jason has also co-authored several books covering various cyber security domains and is co-founder of the ShakaCon security conference.
Founder and Managing Partner
Momentum Cyber is the premier trusted advisor to the cybersecurity industry providing bespoke high-impact advice combined with tailored, senior-level access. The firm was founded by world-class operators and advisors and caters to the unique needs of both earlier stage Founders, CEOs, & Boards as well as the complexity of later stage & public companies throughout their lifecycle – Incubation to Exit. Headquartered in San Francisco with operations globally, the founding team has closed over 250 transactions totaling over $250 billion in value.