Our Team:


Paul Paget | CEO

Paul PagetPaul is President and CEO of Pwnie Express and has more than 30 of years of leadership experience in technology and information security. Paul joined Pwnie Express in 2013, transforming the company into the world’s first SaaS based wired and wireless threat detection platform for threats caused by the growth in enterprise BYOD and IoT devices.

Previously he was CEO at Savant Protection, an innovator in industrial control system protection that was sold to Digital Guardian. He also served as CEO of Core Security Technologies, where he successfully built the first commercial grade automated penetration testing solution with over 600 customers in 40 countries. Prior to that, Paul was President of the Americas region at Baltimore Technologies, where he grew the US company 5X to a $30+ million-dollar business after a year as VP of Sales and Marketing at CyberTrust – acquired by Baltimore Technologies for $150 million. He served on the board of Nitro Security that was sold to Intel/McAfee. He also held management positions with Lotus Development and IBM. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College.

Kasha Gauthier | CFO

IMG_3463.jpgKasha Gauthier comes to Pwnie Express with 15 years of leadership experience in financial management and operations at organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. She was most recently at RSA, where she held a series of strategic roles across finance, operations and marketing.

Prior to that at EMC, she led sales operations for the NY/NJ division, and implemented Sarbanes Oxley across the corporation. She began her career in public accounting, where she earned her CPA and performed forensic audits and consulting for distressed companies. She has a deep passion for Infosec, including cybereducation and cybersafety and advances these missions through her extracurricular activities.

Kasha is a graduate of UMass Amherst.

Edwin Marin | Vice President, Engineering and Product Management

Edwin-Marin.jpgEdwin Marin has a diverse background in all disciplines related to delivering Saas and Enterprise Software products to customers. The Pwnie team looks to Edwin to lead the overall direction of our products and to implement the features and functionality that enable our customers to properly secure their workplaces.

Previously Edwin was with BMC Software via the BladeLogic acquisition. He held various key Engineering leadership roles (Product Management, Program Management, Engineering, QA) during his tenure at BladeLogic/BMC as part of the Data Center Automation/Cloud group. Prior to BMC, Edwin was SVP of Product Development at IntraLinks, a company that delivers a trusted Saas platform enabling global collaboration and content sharing across businesses.

Edwin holds a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bo Thurmond | Vice President, Sales

Bo ThurmondBo Thurmond leads the Pwnie sales force, a highly integrated team of people and partners distributed throughout the world to provide direct relationship management of our prospects and customers.

A results driven, senior sales executive, Bo has continuously proven his ability to build, motivate and lead all facets of a sales teams in high growth environments. Previous to Pwnie, Bo has held multiple VP-level sales leadership positions for both startups and Fortune 500 organizations. From companies such as Digital Lumens and Mazu Networks to Cisco, Bo brings to each role his proven and measured approach to building a successful sales infrastructure.

Bo is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Dimitri Vlachos | Vice President, Marketing

Dimitri VlachosDimitri Vlachos brings over 15 years of marketing leadership in both startups and established corporations to Pwnie Express. Most recently he served as VP of Marketing at ObserveIT where he was responsible for scaling demand generation and establishing the company as a leader in Insider Threat management.

Before ObserveIT, he served as VP of Marketing and Products at Riverbed Technologies, where he was responsible for all marketing and products across the $250M performance management business unit. He has also held roles at Mazu Networks (acquired by Riverbed), Cisco, and BBN (acquired by GTE).

Dimitri is a graduate of Bucknell University.


Our Board:


Paul Paget | CEO

Paul PagetPaul brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the technology and information security markets to his roles as CEO of Pwnie Express and Executive Chairman of Savant Protection.

Previously, he was CEO at Savant Protection, an innovator in infrastructure protection and industrial control systems and was sold to Digital Guardian, and served as CEO of Core Security Technologies, where he led the company’s transformation into an automated penetration testing leader with more than 600 customers in 40 countries. He also held key executive positions at Baltimore Technologies, where he grew the Americas company 5x to a $30+ million dollar business, a board member of Nitro Security, which then sold to Intel/McAfee, and as VP of Sales and Marketing at CyberTrust.

Paul’s early career included management positions with Lotus Development and IBM. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College.

William “Bill” Swanson | Former CEO and Chairman, Raytheon

bill-simpson.jpgBill is the former CEO and chairman of Raytheon, having spent 42 years with the company. During his tenure as CEO, Raytheon’s stock price and dividend increased three-fold.

While with the company, he held a wide range of leadership positions, including manufacturing manager of the company’s largest operation, senior vice president and general manager of the Missile Systems Division, general manager of Raytheon Electronic Systems, president of Electronic Systems, chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Systems Company, and president of Raytheon.

Among his other professional accomplishments, Mr. Swanson is a member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and Chaired the committee on the Internet of Things. He is currently a member of the Department of Defense’s Defense Business Board, and sits on the board of directors for NextEra Energy Inc., where he serves as chairman of the audit committee. He is actively involved in the Boston community as chairman of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and vice chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation board of directors.

He is also active in the field of education as chairman of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation board of directors, and as a member of the Cal Poly President’s Cabinet and the University of Massachusetts President’s Advisory Council.

Maria Cirino | Co-Founder, Managing Director at .406 Ventures

Maria-Cirino.jpgMaria is Co-founder and Managing Director of .406 Ventures, with 25 years of entrepreneurial, operating and senior management sales and marketing experience in venture-backed technology companies. Prior to founding .406, she was Senior Vice President of VeriSign, following its 2005 $142 million acquisition of Guardent – a company Maria co-founded and led as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.

Maria has received numerous industry awards and honors including “Massachusetts CEO of the Year 2004” and Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year 2003.” Additionally, Maria was named one of the top 25 women in Information Security by Information Security Magazine and inducted by Women’s Business Magazine into the “Women’s Business Hall of Fame.

Rick Grinnell | Co-Founder TD Capital Ventures & Fairhaven Capital Partners

rick-grinnell.jpgRick Co-Founded TD Capital Ventures in 2001 and Fairhaven Capital Partners in 2007. Rick primarily focuses on the enterprise infrastructure market, investing in storage, security and application technologies.

He has invested in and served on the boards of companies including: Brabeion (acquired by Archer Technologies/EMC), Bridgeport Networks (acquired by Counterpath), Co3 Systems, Dataupia, Everypoint, EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert, TrackVia and VeloBit.

Previously, Rick held senior marketing positions within the Content Bridge Division of Adero (acquired by Inktomi) and ClearOne Communications (acquired by Gentner Communications and rebranded ClearOne), as well as senior engineering and marketing positions at PictureTel (acquired by Polycom). He also worked for General Electric, while at GE Rick earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Charter Member of TiE, a member of Sigma Xi, and holds a United States patent.

Matt Fates | General Partner, Ascent VP

matt-fates.jpgMatt has worked with emerging technologies companies since 1996, joining the Ascent team in 2002. At Ascent, Matt has focused on investments in data analytics (Interactive Supercomputing – acquired by Microsoft and Cymfony – acquired by TNS), cloud business services (HubCast – acquired by Mimeo, StrikeIron – acquired by Informatica) and security (Fidelis – acquired by General Dynamics, and PerspecSys – acquired by Blue Coat Systems).

Prior to Ascent, Matt was with Norwest Venture Partners, involved with companies such as Broadband Access Systems (acquired by ADC Telecom), Gold Wire Technology (acquired by Intelliden), and COSpace (acquired by InterNAP). Before Norwest, Matt started his career at Alex Brown & Sons, where he helped execute both equity and M&A transactions, working with companies such as BBN, CIENA, DSET, RSA Security and SwitchBoard.com.

Matt was a double major in computer science and economics at Yale University and earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Tuck Scholar).

Todd DeSisto | Former CEO Axeda Corp.

todd-desisto.jpgTodd brings more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in venture-backed technology companies. He has managed multiple successful exits, generating investor returns of over 190% and 7x while creating over $1.5 billion of value.

Todd is the former CEO of Axeda Corporation, a cloud-based software platform serving the Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. During his tenure, Axeda became a recognized leader in the emerging IoT space, winning numerous “best of” awards including being named one of the 10 Most Powerful IoT Companies with the likes of Amazon, Cisco and Google.

Todd started his career as an early pioneer in the wireless space at Atlantic Cellular Co. and recently was a partner with Aloha Partners, one of the largest independent holders of wireless spectrum licenses prior to its sale to AT&T. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School.


Our Advisors:


Dave Porcello | Founder

Dave Porcello founded Pwnie Express in 2010 with the clear vision of providing unparalleled hardware and expertise in network security to safeguard enterprises across sectors, enabling them to conduct business from anywhere while mitigating risk.

An accomplished entrepreneur with more than 10 years experience in security, Dave served as IT Director for Technology Infrastructure at The School for Field Studies, leading six international field stations. Dave also held an IT Management position at Vermont Mutual Insurance. Throughout the country Dave is an active participant in industry topics and conferences, as well as a sought after resource for both media and industry analysts. 

Dave draws on his security, business and leadership positions to provide the vision for Pwnie Express’s evolving product line.

David Bradbury | VCET President, Fund Manager, and Investment Committee Member

David has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets, early stage technology firms and venture investing. He is an expert in economic development, working with entrepreneurs on technology commercialization and business formation, early stage ventures, and business growth strategies. Since 2007, David has served as President and CEO of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), an independent non-profit technology business incubator in affiliation with the University of Vermont and eight other Vermont colleges.

Previously, David operated Aggregate Capital Partners, which provides management consulting, strategic planning, private capital and new venture development services. He also served in Governor Howard Dean’s Administration from 1992-1997, including a role as Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and prior to that worked as an asset/liability analyst and portfolio trader at BayBanks from 1988-1991.

David serves as Board Director, Investor or Adviser to several Vermont companies and non-profit organizations.

Gerhard Eschelbeck | Vice President of Security Engineering, Google

Forrmer Sophos Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gerhard Eschelbeck was responsible for Sophos’ technology strategy, driving product direction and innovation. Gerhard has a passion for creating and championing new technologies and for developing and growing successful organizations and people, and is also a trusted advisor to a number of early stage startup companies. He was named one of InfoWorld’s 25 Most Influential CTO’s, and is perhaps best known for publishing the “Laws of Vulnerabilities.” Gerhard is also one of the inventors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and holds numerous patents in the field of managed network security.

He recently served as CTO and senior vice president at Webroot Software, where he was responsible for the development of their cloud-based technologies. Prior to Webroot, as CTO and vice president of engineering at Qualys, he helped the company achieve a leadership position in the SaaS-based vulnerability management market.

Previously, he served in senior product and technology roles at companies including Network Associates and McAfee.

Mark Goodman | Managing Director, MassMutual Ventures

As Managing Director of MassMutual Ventures, Mark Goodman, along with Eric Emmons and Doug Russell, manages MassMutual Ventures investment portfolio. Before joining MassMutual Ventures, he was the Founder and General Partner of Terawatt Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on technology innovation in sustainability, cybersecurity and hardware. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Brookline Venture Partners, a venture capital firm which he co-founded in 2004. Under his leadership, the firm achieved competitive returns during historically challenging years for the venture capital asset class. Mr. Goodman has worked closely with portfolio companies on strategy, business development, restructurings and exits. He is a Board Observer at Recorded Future and Tamr.

Mr. Goodman began his career at First Chicago (now part of Chase Bank), where he gained broad experience in corporate finance, capital markets and credit analysis. During his academic career, he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at Boston College and in Liberal Arts at Emerson College.

Mr. Goodman was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council in 2010. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Temple Israel of Boston.

Mr. Goodman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Emory University, and earned his Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College.

Ed Skoudis | Co-Founder, InGuardians and SANS Institute Fellow

Ed is a seasoned IT security leader with more than 15 years of experience in helping organizations and IT professionals improve their security posture. He is a founder and senior security consultant with InGuardians.

Ed is author of and regularly teaches the SANS courses on network penetration testing (Security 560) and incident response (Security 504), helping over 3,000 information security professionals improve their skills and abilities to defend their networks each year. He is a SANS Institute Fellow, as well as the Curriculum Lead for SANS Penetration Testing courses. He has performed numerous security assessments; conducted exhaustive anti-virus, anti-spyware, Virtual Machine, and IPS research; and responded to computer attacks for clients in financial, high technology, healthcare, and other industries.

Stephen Pace | Senior Vice President (SVP), Raytheon Cyber Products Company

Senior VP of Global Sales at Dynatrace, Steve is a highly accomplished, results-oriented sales executive with more than 30 years experience in helping early- to mid-stage companies rapidly capture market share. He was responsible for sales, channels, service and support at Core Security, a leading provider of predictive security intelligence solutions. Earlier, Steve was a founding member and chief operating officer of Chosen Security, acquired by PGP.

He also has served as VP of sales and services at GeoTrust, which was acquired by VeriSign, senior vice president of sales and marketing at NaviSite, which was sold to Time Warner, and SVP of worldwide sales and marketing at Seagate Software, which was acquired by Veritas.

Philip T. Susmann | President, NUARI and Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Norwich

Phil T. Susmann is the President for Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). NUARI serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. NUARI conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies, addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and accomplishes its mission through development of strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders; communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions; and business and industry associations and entities.

Phil Susmann is also the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University and is responsible for new business initiatives at Norwich University. Mr. Susmann has been at NU for 27 years as a faculty member, academic leader, Chief Information Officer, and recently responsible for creating a research and development activity – Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, NUARI. NUARI is responsible for the development of the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Exercises, DECIDE the platform used to deliver two large scale financial sector exercise Quantum Dawn 1 & 2. In addition, NUARI has developed, in partnership with USU Space Dynamics Lab Cyber SMART, a cyber exercise scenario development tool.

Chris Wysopal | Co-Founder, CTO, CISO, Veracode

Chris Wysopal is Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Veracode, which he co-founded in 2006. He oversees technology strategy and informationsecurity. Prior to Veracode, Chris was vice president of research and development at security consultancy @stake, which was acquired by Symantec.

In the 1990’s, Chris was one of the original vulnerability researchers at The L0pht, a hacker think tank, where he was one of the first to publicize the risks of insecure software. He has testified to the US Congress on the subjects of government security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software.

Chris received a BS in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer PolytechnicInstitute. He is the author of The Art of Software Security Testing.

Chris is often called upon to download the latest Minecraft mods for his 6-year-old son. An avid photographer and nature-lover, Chris spends his free time hiking the many conservation trails near his home outside Boston.

Jack Hembrough | Strategic Advisor to High-Growth Startups

Most recently, Jack was CEO and Chairman of Application Security, Inc., a database security company. He led the company in 2003 from inception through five years of rapid growth and 3 rounds of venture financing. He returned to the company in 2011 to bring it to a successful outcome – a financially rewarding merger with Trustwave.

Jack is an accomplished security professional and seasoned executive having led successful organizations and guided strategy at several leading security companies – including Authentica, a private messaging venture sold to EMC, and IRE/SafeNet, Inc. a publicly traded encryption company providing chips and software to fuel the VPN market. Jack was the 14th employee of Raptor Systems, one of the first firewall companies. At Raptor, he built the global reseller sales channels. After taking the company public, he was installed as the Vice President/General Manager European Operations, and created Raptor’s European organization headquartered in Amsterdam. The company was eventually acquired by Symantec.

He flew jets in the USAF; earned a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy.