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Board of Directors
Ed Mallen, Chairman
Ed Mallen has over 25 years of professional management experience in software and systems. He started his career at IBM. As vice president of US sales at Interleaf he was part of the team that built the company to $100 million in sales, an IPO and subsequent financings. As vice president of software products for Xerox Imaging Systems he led the marketing and development of TextBridge, which became the premiere OCR product in the world. He joined Xionics as an executive vice president at an early stage, and helped grow the company to $40 million in sales, building the sales, support, product management and marketing teams that positioned Xionics for a successful IPO. As president and CEO of Profile Systems he led the company’s success in pursuing vertical markets and solutions, leading to acquisition by Comergent Technologies, where he became a Senior Vice President. He was most recently CEO of OzVision, a leading supplier of video services for the security industry. A graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, he is a member of the board of eCopy.
Brian Girvan joined Ascent Venture Partners in August 2003 as a Partner and as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Brian has over 25 years of finance experience in the financial services industry including most recently as COO and CFO of Argo Global Capital, a $400 million venture capital firm in Wakefield, MA. Brian has previously worked as a senior executive in several roles at Fidelity Investments including as a Senior Vice President and CFO of their retail division, as CFO of their intermediary-based mutual funds division and as a Senior Vice President and Division Executive of their institutional brokerage division. Prior to that, Brian was a Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Affiliated Managers Group, a publicly held investment management firm with over $70 billion in managed assets and a Senior Vice President and CFO of PIMCO Advisors, a publicly held investment management firm with over $100 billion in managed assets.
Peter J. Simone
Mr. Simone has more than 50 “man years” of public company board experience at more than ten companies over the last twenty years, and approximately the same level of board experience with private companies. He has degrees in finance and accounting, was a CPA early in his career, and has been an audit committee member on all his public company boards.
Mr. Simone has been a public company Chairman, CEO or COO for nearly half of his extensive business career, and has more than thirty years of executive level experience in domestic as well as international high tech capital equipment, embedded and application software companies. He has been directly involved in the acquisition of more than forty companies, sold more than twenty companies and was a board member on three private companies that filed successful IPOs (Cymer, Inc., Monotype Imaging, Inc., and INPHI Corporation).
Charles R. Stuckey, Jr.
Chuck Stuckey, Chairman Emeritus and former Director of RSA Security (NASDAQ: RSAS), was Chairman of RSA Security (formerly Security Dynamics Technologies (NASDAQ: SDTI) from June 1996 through July 2003, served as the Company's CEO from January 1987 through December 2000 and was a director from 1987 to 2006 when the company was acquired by EMC Corporation. In addition to being a director of RSA Security he was a director of Matrix One (NASDAQ: MONE) until its acquisition in 2006 by Dassult Systems. Chuck also served as a national director of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, a director of the OU Foundation Board, and the OU Board of Visitors of the Russ college of Engineering & Technology, was a past Chairman and director of the Massachusetts NetComm Council and the Boston CommonAngels and served on a number of private company boards. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the $450 million “The Promise Lives Campaign” for Ohio University. As the President and CEO of RSA Security (now the Security Division of EMC Corporation) he led the company from a startup in 1987 through an IPO in 1994, two secondary offerings in 1995 and 1997 and two major acquisitions. Along the way he built RSA Security into a global leader in e-security with over one quarter billion dollars in revenue and over 1,000 employees.