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Neal Creighton, Chief Executive Officer


Neal Creighton has more than a decade of experience in the cybersecurity industry. As president and CEO, Creighton leads fundraising efforts, having raised $45 million for CounterTack to support next-generation endpoint security innovation. 

As co-founder, president and CEO at GeoTrust, Creighton lead a $24 million financing round, and selling GeoTrust to VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for $125 million. Other ventures Creighton has spearheaded include GeoTrust spin-off ChosenSecurity, acquired by PGP, Corp. (now Symantec), and AffirmTrust LLC, acquired by Trend Micro. 

Creighton serves on advisory boards for OneID and the Army Cyber Institute, is Chairman of Robly, and speaks regularly at industry conferences including RSA, Gartner Security & Risk Summit and America’s Growth Capital.

Creighton is a graduate of the USMA at West Point, and holds a JD and an MBA from Northwestern University. 

Jim Bandanza, CRO/Chief Operating Officer


Jim Bandanza brings over 20 years of enterprise security and software experience to CounterTack as CRO/Chief Operating Officer. Prior to CounterTack, Bandanza served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Egenera. During his time with the company, he led the transformation of the go to market model to meet the needs of the company's evolving cloud based software business. 

Previous to his time with Egenera, Bandanza was the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at RSA, The Security Division of EMC; leading sales and business development operations when EMC acquired RSA for $2.1 billion in 2005.

Bandanza also held senior roles with Stream International, Versys Inc, BBN and LTX Corporation, and is currently an advisor to a number of emerging IT Security firms. He earned his Bachelor's degree in business from Northeastern University.

Alen Capalik, Founder and Chief Architect


Capalik believes that information security is an evolutionary arms race and that the key to victory is adaptability. While serving as network and security architect for banks, financial institutions and national exchanges, he realized that designing security systems to predict human behavior in cyber attacks was a losing proposition. Capalik’s passion for meeting unconventional threats with unconventional technology led him to found NeuralIQ, a company dedicated to creating real-time systems that turn the collective intelligence of attackers into a resource that can be used against them.

Capalik most recently served as chief technology officer for Tradeware Global, a leading provider of Order Management Systems software on Wall Street. Prior to Tradeware, he served as network and security architect for CollabNet, a venture capital-funded startup focused on open source software development. Before CollabNet, Capalik worked as Network and Security Architect for Barclays Bank.

Stan Eramia, Co-Founder & Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Support


Eramia is a veteran of the financial industry, where he oversaw Risk Management, Compliance and Clearing Services as Managing Director at JonesTrading Institutional Services. Eramia also held positions at the Nasdaq Stock Market, TIAA-CREF and Oppenheimer & Company.

After working with leading financial services firms for more than a decade, Eramia realized that the information systems at the heart of the nation's capital infrastructure were increasingly vulnerable to attack. Knowing that revolutionary technology would be required to combat these emerging threats, Eramia left the financial industry to co-found CounterTack.

Eramia drew on his passion for information integrity to forge the company's vision and build its world-class team of engineers and technologists. He is currently Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Support, and he's responsible CounterTack's strategic partnerships and client-support initiatives.

Jim Harrison, Chief Financial Officer


Harrison brings a wealth of experience in financial management and business operations to CounterTack. As chief financial officer, he directs all financial and administrative functions for the organization.

Harrison has spent the majority of his career serving in executive financial roles at start-up technology companies, and has helped to procure more than $50 million in venture capital funds. Most recently, Harrison served as sales operations leader at EXFO Inc. He previously held the position of vice president and director of business operations at Workscape. He has also held executive roles at early stage companies including Ratepoint, Chosen Security, GeoTrust and CyberTrust. Formerly, Harrison served as director of business operations at BBN Genuity.

Harrison has completed Master of Business Administration coursework at Babson College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Michael Davis, Chief Technology Officer

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As CounterTack's CTO, Michael Davis is responsible for driving the advancement of CounterTack's revolutionary endpoint security platform, as well as leveraging his visionary approach to push defenders ahead of attackers. 

Davis is one of the nation's leading authorities on information technology, authoring top selling book, Hacking Exposed, and contributing to publications such as InformationWeek and Dark Reading. He was voted one of the “Top 25 under 25” by BusinessWeek, and named semi-finalist of the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

In 2005, he founded Savid Technologies, an IT security consulting firm. By 2010, Savid was ranked 611 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America. Prior to Savid, he served as senior manager of global threats at McAfee, where he led a team of researchers investigating confidential and cutting-edge security analysis.

Raj Dodhiawala, SVP Product Management & Engineering


Over the last 25+ years, Raj Dodhiawala has led new product development and marketing, software engineering, partner development, customer care & services and business development. As SVP Product Management & Engineering at CounterTack, Raj is responsible for product management, engineering, company strategy and direction, setting the organization on the path to growth and high-value. 

Previously he served as VP of Products and Marketing at VANTOS, helping to drive their cyber incident response, case management and threat intel platform. As the Vice President of Innovation and Engineering at Morse Best Innovation, Raj led the company's effort in technical marketing services. At Microsoft, he was the Chief Architect of the .Net Center of Excellence as well as the Program Co-Lead for the Net Effect program. Prior to Microsoft, Raj served as Director of Engineering at Blue Coat. Raj received his Masters in Computer and Systems Science from Louisiana State University and his B. Tech in Electronics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at BHU in Varanasi, India.

Tom Bain, Vice President, Marketing


Bain leads the Marketing and research efforts at CounterTack with over 12+ years of experience with leading IT Security organizations. He serves as a key security evangelist for CounterTack.

Bain’s responsibilities include strategic messaging, security research, demand generation and analyst/investor relations. Prior to CounterTack, he spent time with Security Innovation, Q1 Labs (an IBM Company) and Application Security, Inc. (a Trustwave company), and has worked with leading security brands including Wave Systems, Sophos, CA and Red Hat.

Bain has been an industry speaker at conferences including the Global CISO Forum, Hacker Halted, SecureWorld Expos, OWASP, Strata + Hadoop World, Terrapin Cyber Security Conference, The Montgomery Summit, Camp IT, Boston Security Conference and Security Meet-ups. He earned a MS degree in International Relations and Public Affairs from UMASS-Boston and holds a BA in Communications from Rhode Island College.

Kirk Appelman, Senior Vice President, Sales

Kirk-v2Appelman leads CounterTack’s Sales team and is responsible for driving the company’s revenue growth. Appelman has over 20 years of technology sales & sales management experience and has focused exclusively on information security since 2000. He joined CounterTack from Damballa, a provider of Advanced Threat detection technology, where he served as Vice President of Service Provider Solutions. In this role he established the company’s Telco/ISP business and grew it to a substantial portion of the company’s overall revenue. He also established Damballa’s international presence by signing marquee clients in Europe and Asia.

Prior to Damballa, Appelman was a Director of Sales at Proofpoint where he restructured and returned to growth the company’s business in the Eastern US. Appelman has also held sales leadership positions with McAfee, Juniper Networks and Internet Security Systems (ISS).

Wade Lance, Vice President, Solution Architect


Lance is the Vice President, Solution Architect at CounterTack, and has been productizing new technologies in Education, Healthcare and Information Security for over 15 years.  As Chief Information Officer at A.C.E.C, Lance managed the development of the first completely online university platform.  He then co-founded Linqware and served as VP, Product Management.  Linqware developed one of the first secure business instant messaging systems, and Lance is a co-inventor of their patented technology. 

In 2005 Lance partnered with the Washington Health Foundation and the Washington State Governor’s office to develop the online infrastructure for the Healthiest State in the Nation Campaign.  By 2008 it was the largest health-based civic engagement program in the United States.  Lance has been at CounterTack for the last 5 years with roles in Technical Project Management, Product Management, Sales Engineering and Business Development.

John Adams, CounterTack Fellow


With more than 30 years experience in information technology, primarily in the areas of networking and security, Adams has assisted in leading the technical direction and product development for CounterTack.

Most recently, Adams worked in the office of the CTO at Symantec. Previously, he served as chief technology officer of PGP, which was later acquired by Symantec. Prior to PGP, Adams held the role of chief technology officer at ChosenSecurity, which was spun out of the VeriSign acquisition of GeoTrust in 2006. Prior to Chosen Security, Adams held senior executive management positions at RSA Security and Digital Equipment Corporation.  

Adams graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering from Tufts University, and has a doctorate in civil engineering from MIT.

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