Meet the Team

We put software and hardware security into billions of devices. 100+ security patents. 30+ papers in top conferences. USENIX, CCC, and Blackhat presenters.

Leadership

Ambuj Kumar
Prior to founding Fortanix, Ambuj was the lead architect at Cryptography Research Inc. where he led and developed many of the company's security technologies that go into millions of devices every year. Previously, he worked for NVIDIA where he designed the world's most advanced computer chips including the world's fastest memory controller. He has a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur and a Master of Science from Stanford University, both in EE.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
nvidia rambus
Anand Kashyap
Anand has previously worked at Symantec and VMware, as a researcher and an engineer in the areas of security and networking. He has presented at Financial Cryptography and BlackHat conferences and has filed over 25 patents. Anand holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur, both in Computer Science.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
symantec vmware
Faiyaz Shahpurwala
Faiyaz Shahpurwala most recently led the charter for IBM Cloud Platform as VP/GM delivering a portfolio of enterprise cloud offerings. Prior to that he was SVP at Cisco Systems, responsible for building and running their Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services Organization. He also spent 4 years in India leading Cisco’s globalization efforts in Bangalore and being responsible for the Advanced Services and Industry solutions business for Asia Pac and Emerging Markets. In 2001 he was part of a storage Networking Startup Andiamo Systems that was acquired by Cisco. He was the inventor and holds a patent for NatKit, a remote monitoring tool. He has held an advisory role for many startups (View, Platform 9, Truu.ai, Minjar).
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
cisco IBM Cloud
David Greene
David Greene is a business leader with the expertise to drive growth and the energy to get teams excited about the journey. 20+ years of executive and hands-on experience.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
Aerohive BMC riverbed
Anand Balasubrahmanyan
Anand Balasubrahmanyan is a proven strategic financial leader for high-growth businesses. Prior to joining Fortanix, he was Head of Finance & Business Operations for VeloCloud Networks, where he was a key member of the executive team navigating through the inevitable ups and downs of hyper-growth in the enterprise infrastructure space, and led VeloCloud's $50M Series D fundraising and subsequent strategic sale to VMware. Prior to VMware/VeloCloud, Anand had a 20-year career as an investment banker and private equity investor at DLJ, Morgan Stanley, and The Carlyle Group. Anand holds Bachelors degrees from Wharton and the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
VeloCloud VMWare
Gerry Sillars
Gerry Sillars leads the Asia Pacific Region for Fortanix. Prior to his current role, Gerry ran the Asia Pacific Region for Skybox Security a leader in Vulnerability and Network Management, he has led businesses in the Asia Pacific Region for the last 20 years with CommVault Systems, Alcatel Lucent, and UpGuard. Gerry is a native of Scotland and an Australian citizen and resides in Singapore.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
CommVault Skybox
Andy Leiserson
Andy has sixteen years of experience designing and building complex computer systems. He is an expert in the design of secure systems and has presented at the prestigious Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems conference. Prior to joining Fortanix, Andy most recently worked at Square, where he designed and implemented hardware and firmware security measures for Square's innovative payment devices. Before that, Andy worked at Cryptography Research, Inc., and NVIDIA, on numerous silicon design projects.
Andy has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
nvidia square
Jethro Beekman
Having been with Fortanix from the beginning, Jethro is responsible for the overall design and security of the Fortanix architecture and products. Both in academia and industry, he's considered a pioneer in the confidential computing field, having published many papers and filed several patents in the field of cloud computing security. Jethro holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
Intel
Manas Agarwal
Manas is a technologist and an entrepreneur with experience in building diverse web-scale applications. Prior to establishing the Fortanix R&D team in India, Manas co-founded Qureto Technologies, which uses heavy image processing, deep learning, and recommendation algorithms, in an attempt to revolutionize product discovery in the fast-growing Indian e-commerce industry. Previously, he has worked with Amazon, Meru Networks, and Cisco Systems, building products in the domains of Cloud Network Administration, SDN, Risk Management, Fraud Detection, and Machine Learning. Manas has a bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT-Kanpur.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
amazon cisco
Nikolaus Oberhuber
Nick has a long history of start-up sales leadership. Prior to joining Fortanix Nick was in sales leadership roles at Corelight, Cohesity, Actifio, and 3PAR. Each of these companies grew in value more than 10x and several over 100x during his tenure. He has a passion for selling innovative products and finds nothing is more professionally rewarding than helping customers solve some of their toughest challenges in new and innovative ways.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
cohesity corelight
Eduard Meelhuysen
Eduard joined Fortanix to lead and grow the EMEA team and territory. Prior to Fortanix Eduard ran the EMEA Sales for Link11, which was the largest European cloud-based DDoS mitigation solution. He has set up CASB in EMEA for Netskope and Bitglass, where he was the 1st man on the ground and build the EMEA team and grew the business. At Aerohive he started the Northern European region and grew it to one of the largest contributing regions WW within 3 years. Eduard has been in the IT Security industry for over 20 years focusing on starting regions and build them to become a steadily contributing region and running/co-owning several IT-Security focused resellers and distributors.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
link11 netskope aerohive
Rob Lee
Rob Lee joined Fortanix to build revenue-generating strategic partnerships. Prior to Fortanix, Rob was the Senior Director of Business Development at PagerDuty leading Cloud and Technology Partnerships, where he helped grow PagerDuty’s Cloud Business 3x and forge executive level relationships with key partners like AWS, Microsoft, Slack, and DataDog. Rob has held Strategic Alliance roles at Cisco, CA Technologies, Infoblox, and Puppet in his 25 year professional career. Rob holds a MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN:
cisco pagerduty puppet

Board Members

Krishna Kolluri
Krishna is a Founder and Managing Director, NeoTribe Ventures
Sunil Kurkure
Sunil is a Managing Director at Intel Capital driving early-venture and growth-equity investments in the Software and Security Sector across cloud infrastructure, big data, security, and next-generation enterprise applications. In addition to Fortanix, Sunil has held board or advisory roles at several leading companies including Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), Sumo Logic, Snowflake Computing, XenSource (NASDAQ: CTXS), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), and TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV).

Advisors

Donald Porter
Professor Porter is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research develops abstractions for managing concurrency and security, primarily in the operating system, and extends these abstractions to other portions of the technology stack as appropriate. Contributions of his team include study of modern Linux API Usage and Compatibility and Graphene-SGX.
Srini Devadas
Professor Devadas is the Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include computer architecture and computer security. His team has done pioneering work on secure processing, including a detailed analysis of Intel SGX.
Benjamin Jun
Benjamin Jun is an internationally recognized expert in security. He formerly co-founded Cryptography Research, and over 20 billion consumer devices have shipped with security technologies he helped develop and architect. His security components play a role in leading payment systems, mobile phones, digital content, and semiconductor companies. Ben serves on the Board of Advisors of the RSA Conference.