The advisory board will serve as a strategic resource to Device Authority as it continues to develop its IoT security platform and deliver further value to its customer base.
George Samenuk, Board Advisor and Investor
George Samenuk is an Investor who specializes in Technology Companies particularly in the Software Space. He also is an Investor in Stocks, Bonds and Commercial Real Estate. He formerly served as the Chairman and CEO of McAfee (NYSE: MFE), the world’s largest dedicated security leader. During his tenure at McAfee the stock price increased from $3 to $30. The Market Capitalization of McAfee increased from $500 Million to over $5 Billion. He retired from McAfee in 2006.
Prior to McAfee George was the CEO of TradeOut.com, an independent, business-to-business Internet marketplace initiated to facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers of excess inventory. Tradeout.com was owned by eBay and GE. George started his career at IBM. During his 22-year worldwide career at IBM he held a variety of Executive Positions in Sales, Marketing and Services. He was one of the original Executives in ISSC which was later was renamed IBM Global Services. He also lived in Singapore where he managed the 17 ASEAN/South Asia countries including India. George’s last position was General Manager of the Americas where he was responsible for IBM’s $45 Billion business in the USA, Canada and Latin America.
George has served on the Boards of McAfee.com (sold to McAfee for $233 Million), Symbol Technologies (sold to Motorola for $3.9 Billion) and other privately-held companies. George is a graduate of Brown University where he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science. George has been married 34 years and is the proud father of 4 children.
Dan McDuffie, Board Advisor
Dan is a renowned IoT technologist and visionary, bringing a rich and diverse set of business strategy and technology industry experience to Device Authority.
Dan acts as a consultant and advisor to Private Equity, Venture Capital and Strategic investors in the areas of IoT, M2M and Enterprise Mobility. Prior to this Dan was Group CEO of Wyless Inc, a global leader in the M2M and IoT Managed Services market where he achieved increased revenues of nearly 500% over a four year period.
Due to his diverse industry background, in the trenches experience and keen understanding of technology, Dan moves easily between sales powerhouse, technology visionary, strategist, M&A specialist and thought leader. Few Senior Executives have Dan's depth of experience in this rapidly expanding market, and coupled with his remarkable track record of building valuable companies, he is extremely well placed to help Device Authority expand their IoT partnerships.
George Apostol, Board Advisor
George is the Vice President, Data Center Initiative, in the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, a division of Samsung Electronics. Since May 2013, his objective is to innovate new architectures and apply Samsung’s world-class, market-leading, component technology to the development and implementation of revolutionary next-generation data centers.
Prior to Samsung, he was Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations and Chief Technology Officer for Exar Corporation; Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for PLX Technology Inc; Vice President of Engineering for Audience, Inc; and Vice President of Silicon Engineering for Brecis Communications Corporation.
George has nearly 30 years of experience in the design and management of a variety of complex electronic system products. Prior to Brecis, he held senior design and management positions at Cabletron Systems, RedCreek Communications, TiVo, LSI Logic, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox. With a strong background in system design and ASIC design methodologies, he holds several patents in the areas of system bus interface and buffer management, has shipped multiple system products and systems-on-silicon, and has developed a number of ASIC design productivity tools.
William Crowell, Board Advisor
William P. Crowell is a Partner at Alsop Louie Partners. He is also an Independent Consultant specializing in Information Technology, Security and Intelligence Systems. He is a director at SafeNet, Inc., encryption, data protection and authentication solutions, which is in the process of being acquired by Gemalto. He is also a director at SAP NS2, a subsidiary of SAP; and Toopher, a multifactor authentication start-up. He is Chairman of the Board of Centripetal, a startup in the rule-based packet gateway and filter area. Until its acquisition by Cisco in June 2007, he was Chairman of Broadware Technologies, a video surveillance software company. He was also a director at ArcSight, Inc. (ARST), which was acquired by HP in October 2010; Narus, Inc. which was acquired by Boeing in July 2010; Six3 Systems which was acquired by CACI in November 2013, Air Patrol, wireless network security company acquired by Sysorex in May 2014, and Fixmo, Inc., a mobile device security company acquired by Good Technologies in June 2014.
Crowell is an expert on network and information security issues. In December 2008 Security Magazine selected him as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry. In May 2007 he co-authored the book, “Physical and Logical Security Convergence,” published by Elsevier. He has been quoted in many trade and business publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Information Week, Network World, Computer World, Federal Computer Week, CIO Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Crowell has also appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNET News, CNBC, and The Charlie Rose Show. He was the technical advisor to the TV series, “Threat Matrix” during its run on ABC in the 2003 season.