Keyavi Data appoints board of directors and advisory board

Industry Luminaries Join Award-winning Cybersecurity Trailblazer as Momentum Grows for Self-Protecting, Intelligent and Self-Aware Data Technology

DENVER—June 10, 2021 – Keyavi Data Corp., a cybersecurity innovator whose breakthrough technology is transforming the very nature of the data security industry, today announced the formation of a four-person board of directors and a three-member advisory board. These leaders are all highly experienced executives at major technology, healthcare, financial services, investment management and national security firms who recognize Keyavi’s growth trajectory and prominence as a category-creating leader in self-protecting data security.

Elliot Lewis – Director, Board Chairman, Founder & CEO of Keyavi Data

Mr. Lewis is an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert with nearly 30 years of leadership protecting some of the world’s most valuable intellectual property. Before launching Keyavi in 2020, he served as chief security architect at Dell, director of security and identity at Cisco, chief information security officer (CISO) at Merrill Lynch and senior security architect at Microsoft’s Security Center of Excellence.  He was also an industry advisor helping hundreds of customers solve their most challenging data security problems, including federal agencies and military defense and civilian contractors.  Mr. Lewis studied computer science at Northeastern University and holds five network security patents for Microsoft and Dell.

Todd Demko – Director

Mr. Demko is the founder of Vonzos Partners, an investment group focused on growth-oriented private companies with disruptive innovations. He is a proven revenue generator, successfully growing small- to mid-market companies and expanding their revenue operations. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Demko has worked with a wide variety of technologies at firms ranging from small startups to major enterprises, including Samsung, HP, IBM and Qualcomm. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) from Clarkson University.

Jim McDonnell – Director

Mr. McDonnell serves as the global security strategic advisor at Mission Support and Test Services, LLC, a firm selected by the National Nuclear Security Administration to manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site. Mr. McDonnell is a renowned expert in international security, counterterrorism, business operations and risk management, having held senior executive positions in the federal government and private sector. Previously, he was appointed by the President as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office to foil attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to attack the U.S. using a weapon of mass destruction. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. McDonnell became the founding director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Assurance, which is responsible for protecting America’s energy infrastructure. He retired from the Navy as a commissioned officer after 20 years of service in special operations and counterterrorism. He then founded the National Security Programs business unit at Oak Ridge Associated Universities and managed a number of terrorism-related national security activities, including restructuring the technical response by the U.S. to nuclear terrorism threats. Mr. McDonnell earned a B.A. from Regents College, University of the State of New York, and a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University.

Heather Callender-Potters – Director

Ms. Potters is the vice chairman, co-founder, chief advocate and shareholder relations officer at PharmaJet, Inc.®, a technology company whose innovative, needle-free injection devices are being used to deliver multiple vaccines worldwide, including COVID-19 vaccines. The company is also advancing more than 100 novel vaccine and therapeutic development programs globally. Ms. Potters has over 25 years of active investment experience, including private equity fund management and international investment (BCEE; Enterprise Investors) across multiple jurisdictions. She has managed individual investments and financial investor consortiums, ranging from $1 million to more than $100 million. Ms. Potters earned a B.A. in international management from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania.

John Friedman – Advisor

Mr. Friedman is the founder and managing partner of the Easton Capital Investment Group, where he oversees capital funds managing several hundred million dollars of investment funds for diversified industries. He also heads the company’s healthcare practice. Earlier, he was the founder and managing general partner of Security Pacific Capital Investors, a $200-million private equity fund focused on expansion financings and recapitalizations.  Before joining Security Pacific, he was a managing director and partner at E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., Inc., where he spent eight and a half years. Previously, Mr. Friedman was an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell.  During his career he has invested in six transactions that generated 100x-to-1 returns (including a company he co-founded). He holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and a B.A. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale College.

Jesper Johansson – Advisor

Mr. Johansson is head of technology risk at Robinhood, an online investment company on a mission to democratize finance for all through commission-free trading in stocks, ETFs and cryptocurrency. Before joining Robinhood, Mr. Johansson was chief security architect and chief information security officer (CISO) at GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest Internet domain registrars and web hosting companies. Earlier, he was VP and CISO at Yubico, where he designed and implemented a company-wide security strategy as well as managed a security team in multiple locations across nine time zones. Previously, Mr. Johansson was a senior member of Google’s technical staff responsible for protecting all information assets used by Google, the corporate infrastrure production systems and the Google cloud platform. At Amazon, where he held increasingly senior security leadership roles for nearly a decade, including chief security architect, Mr. Johansson was responsible for the entire company’s security strategy outside Amazon Web Services. He was also a senior security strategist at Microsoft and an assistant professor at Boston University. He holds an M.S. degree in information systems and an MBA from the University of Maryland as well as a Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Minnesota.  

Chad Skipper – Advisor

Mr. Skipper serves as global security technologist in the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware, a network and security virtualization company. He has more than 25 years of experience in many executive security technologist and strategist roles at Symantec, Cisco, Dell, Cylance, Lastline, BlackStratus Inc., and Trident Data Systems.  He is an expert in the security design of endpoint, network, cloud and hosted security solutions and a leader in security prevention, management, monitoring, testing and intelligence mitigation. Mr. Skipper also co-authored “Next-Generation Anti-Malware Testing for Dummies.” He holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Park University.

Recent industry recognition of Keyavi’s vision and market leadership include:

  • Three prestigious Cyber Defense Magazine Global Infosec Awards at RSA’s 2021 virtual conference last month: Cybersecurity Startup of the Year, Hot Company in Data Security and Self-protecting Data Security.
  • Creation of a new cybersecurity industry category – self-protecting data – by analyst firm Omdia in its “On the Radar” report, available here for download.

About Keyavi Data Corp.

Headquartered in Denver, Keyavi Data’s transformative cybersecurity technology makes any type of data self-protecting by infusing multi-layered protections into the actual data itself. This innovative technology – now available as an API, client software product, mobile apps and web client – makes data intelligent and self-aware of where it is, who has it and what device it is on to determine whether it is authorized by its owner at that time to allow access.

Launched in 2020, Keyavi already has multiple families of patents. For companies and the public sector that need to control confidential and intellectual property from accidental loss or a cyber attack, Keyavi’s easy-to-use yet robust security delivers the ultimate peace of mind. In today’s growing locations of disparate workforces and partner ecosystems, Keyavi plays a critical role in making data leaks and breaches irrelevant. Follow Keyavi on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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