Our leaders

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Our Leaders

Device Authority has everything large enterprises need to develop and protect IoT products with a security-first approach. Meet the leaders who make this possible.

Management Board Advisors

Darron Antill

Chief Executive Officer
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Darron Antill

Chief Executive Officer

Darron has extensive experience in leading and growing IT companies that specialize in security & analytics software & services. Prior to his CEO role at Device Authority, Darron was CEO of AppSense, a global software company, where he was responsible for driving the global growth of the company by entering and expanding into new markets, while delivering new and innovative products that are helping companies transform their workspace management initiatives. During his tenure, Darron guided the company to a 270% increase in revenues to more than $100M, expanded the company globally, increased global headcount by more than 300% and helped AppSense raise a $70M investment round from Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Darron led the strategic acquisition of mobile player RAPsphere, a vital component to AppSense’s portfolio of workspace solutions.

Prior to AppSense, Darron was CEO of leading Information Security Services company Vistorm, which was acquired by EDS. Previous to this Darron Managing Director of Ultima Business Solutions, an IT & security services company, and a Sales Director at Digital Equipment Company.

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James Penney

Chief Technology Officer
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James Penney

Chief Technology Officer

Originally a founding-member of Device Authority Ltd, (formerly known as Cryptosoft), James has over 13 years’ experience in both internal and external facing technical roles. James leads the technology strategy and is the technical leader of the business, working closely with the engineering team to improve and develop our IoT security software platform – KeyScaler. James also works closely with a number of key customers and strategic partners to ensure our products fulfil current market requirements, are easy to integrate and use, and meet the IoT security use cases for key industry verticals – IoMT, IIoT, Automotive and Smart Connected Products.

Prior to Cryptosoft, James was the lead technical consultant for a European software reseller responsible for designing and delivering PKI-based data security solutions for variety of customers, including SMBs, government agencies, and multinational corporations.

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Tyler Gannon

Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategic Alliances
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Tyler Gannon

Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategic Alliances

Tyler has more than 20 years’ experience in enterprise software and security focused on building product strategy and driving market growth. Over a 12-year career with Microsoft in a variety of roles he managed global strategic alliances, led business development teams, and enabled partners’ digital transformation as a technical evangelist.  He’s also a tech founder, having built an identity-integration service for Public Sector customers which was acquired in 2016. Prior to joining Device Authority Tyler helped industry-leading organizations like Blackbaud and PTC drive SaaS revenue growth.

He has a BA in Political Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology from Babson College.

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Peter Cumberland

VP Finance and Operations
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Peter Cumberland

VP Finance and Operations

Peter is a CIMA qualified accountant specialising in preparing and enabling businesses for further growth and has around 20 years experience within the software and technology industries. At Device Authority Peter is responsible for finance, HR, core commercial systems and facilities. Key areas of focus include robust financial planning, cash generation with keen cost management as well as business process simplification through the implementation of new business management systems.

Before joining Device Authority, Peter was Financial Controller at Fairsail Ltd, a UK-based SaaS business developing and providing an HR/People system on the Salesforce cloud platform. During his 4 years at Fairsail, Peter was responsible for all Financial systems, processes and reporting, and saw the business grow from 30 employees to 300, and Annual Recurring Revenues grow 8 times to almost £20m. Peter was also involved in the acquisition of Fairsail by Sage PLC in March 2017, where he managed the financial integration and ongoing growth of the business into other geographical regions.

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Richard Seward

VP, Product Management
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Richard Seward

VP, Product Management

Seward has over 15 years’ experience in product management, having previously been Product Manager for the Mobile Device Management program at Vodafone, Product Manager in Search at Google, and platform Product Manager at Meta.  Outside of this area, Seward has founded and led his own start-up and served as VP Engineering at IOT platform EVRYTHNG which was acquired by Digimarc.

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Claire Tennant

VP Marketing
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Claire Tennant

VP Marketing

Claire has more than 20 years’ experience in media and communications, with a particular specialism in technology and cybersecurity. Claire works alongside Louise to deliver Device Authority’s marketing activity, with a focus on content development, lead generation and partner engagement campaigns.

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Ben Benson

VP Technical Operations
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Ben Benson

VP Technical Operations

Ben Benson has 20 years’ experience in Software Engineering and architecture and a proven track record of architecting global SaaS platforms for both start-ups and large corporations.  Working closely with PARC research teams, he has deployed Machine Learning and AI platforms for some of the largest telecommunication providers in the world, implementing cutting edge research to truly disrupt the traditional customer service industry.

He has designed and implemented a patented Intelligent Queue Management platform to prioritise both physical and digital customers based on a blend of business and customer metrics, again using machine learning technologies to revolutionise the way in which customer queuing data is utilised.

Ben has a passion and focus for designing robust, scalable, and innovative technical solutions, and realising the business value they yield.

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Steve Huehmer

VP Customer Success
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Steve Huehmer

VP Customer Success

Boston-based Steve, who was previously Vice President at Hack The Box, specialises in spearheading strategies to enhance customer engagement and retention and significantly improving business outcomes. Having also held positions at companies such as Cofense, ThreatConnect, Cybereason, and RSA, Steve also has extensive experience in the cybersecurity sector.

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Paul Lockley

VP Sales, EMEA
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Paul Lockley

VP Sales, EMEA

Paul is currently the VP of Sales EMEA at Device Authority leading both Partner /Alliance and customer engagement. He has over 25 years IT experience delivering value-based customer solutions, building GTM strategy and creating shared success. For the last 10 years Paul has focussed on building rapid growth start-up technologies and markets, working with companies such as Veeam and Device Authority. Prior to that he worked within the Enterprise solutions divisions for companies such as EMC and Computacenter focussed on the Global 500 sector.

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David Bennett

VP Sales, North America
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David Bennett

VP Sales, North America

In 2001, David started as the first salesperson at eMation (later Axeda) and was a key contributor to growing that company to 130 customers by 2011 before it was acquired by PTC along with Thingworx. David also has spent time at Oracle, WindRiver, BSquare and Zededa, assisting with their building of IoT programs.

More recently David has been an advisor to InSkill which uses AI to capture knowledge and upskill workers.

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Amit Rao

VP Sales, APAC
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Amit Rao

VP Sales, APAC

Amit Rao is VP at Device Authority and leads strategy, sales & business development activities within key accounts in the APAC & Japan geography, catering to Industrial, Automotive, Medical verticals. Accountability also includes fostering partnerships with leading cloud service providers, IoT platform vendors, Global system integrators, MNC (GICs), Consulting firms and semiconductor companies.

Amit is a technology enthusiast and evangelist with 20 years of diversified experience in semiconductor & hi-tech domains across business roles. In his previous avatar, Amit worked with ST Microelectronics & Texas Instruments, leading their business
expansion in India and South Asia, across diverse markets & segments – industrial, automotive, consumer, medical, defense & space.

Amit has been a technology enthusiast and believes that IoT security & privacy is the need of the hour. He has been evangelizing the cause for end-to-end security in the embedded & IoT domain.

Apart from his professional accountability, he also volunteers for the Department of Telecom – India, IET, IoT Security Foundation and ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27 WG4.

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Darron Antill

Chief Executive Officer
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Darron Antill

Chief Executive Officer

Darron has extensive experience in leading and growing IT companies that specialize in security & analytics software & services. Prior to his CEO role at Device Authority, Darron was CEO of AppSense, a global software company, where he was responsible for driving the global growth of the company by entering and expanding into new markets, while delivering new and innovative products that are helping companies transform their workspace management initiatives. During his tenure, Darron guided the company to a 270% increase in revenues to more than $100M, expanded the company globally, increased global headcount by more than 300% and helped AppSense raise a $70M investment round from Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Darron led the strategic acquisition of mobile player RAPsphere, a vital component to AppSense’s portfolio of workspace solutions.

Prior to AppSense, Darron was CEO of leading Information Security Services company Vistorm, which was acquired by EDS. Previous to this Darron Managing Director of Ultima Business Solutions, an IT & security services company, and a Sales Director at Digital Equipment Company.

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James Penney

Chief Technology Officer
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James Penney

Chief Technology Officer

Originally a founding-member of Device Authority Ltd, (formerly known as Cryptosoft), James has over 13 years’ experience in both internal and external facing technical roles. James leads the technology strategy and is the technical leader of the business, working closely with the engineering team to improve and develop our IoT security software platform – KeyScaler. James also works closely with a number of key customers and strategic partners to ensure our products fulfil current market requirements, are easy to integrate and use, and meet the IoT security use cases for key industry verticals – IoMT, IIoT, Automotive and Smart Connected Products.

Prior to Cryptosoft, James was the lead technical consultant for a European software reseller responsible for designing and delivering PKI-based data security solutions for variety of customers, including SMBs, government agencies, and multinational corporations.

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Timothy Eades

Chair Of The Board
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Timothy Eades

Chair Of The Board

Timothy Eades, currently the co-founder and CEO of Anetac, has over 20 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, and executive management. His expertise lies in driving high growth for computing, security, and enterprise software companies. Before his tenure at Anetac, Tim joined vArmour as CEO in October 2013. Prior to that, he was the CEO at Silver Tail Systems from March 2010 until the company was acquired by RSA, the security division of EMC in late 2012. Before leading Silver Tail Systems, Tim was CEO of Everyone.net, an SMB focused SaaS company that was acquired by Proofpoint. Tim has also held sales and marketing executive leadership positions at BEA Systems, Sana Security, Phoenix Technologies, and IBM. He holds advanced degrees in business, international marketing, and financial analysis, primarily from Solent University in England.

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Grace Cassy

Board Member
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Grace Cassy

Board Member

Grace Cassy is the Co-Founder of UK-based CyLon Ventures, which invests in leading security and resilience startups globally. Before co-founding CyLon, Cassy spent ten years in the UK Diplomatic Service, working on international foreign and security policy in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Between 2004-6, she was an advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair, specializing in Asia and national security. She is also an Advisory Board Member at Ten Eleven Ventures, where she also acts as Executive Chair of the firm’s Security Trust and Resilience (STAR) Leaders network, which offers opportunities for security professionals to build their knowledge, network, and careers, connecting them with innovators and exploring current issues in technology, geopolitics, and global markets.

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David Palmer

Ten Eleven Ventures and Board Member
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David Palmer

Ten Eleven Ventures and Board Member

Dave is a General Partner of Ten Eleven Ventures, the industry’s original venture capital fund focused solely on investing in cybersecurity. The firm invests globally and is stage agnostic.

Prior to joining Ten Eleven, Dave was the Chief Product Officer at Darktrace, overseeing the mathematics and engineering teams. Dave has also worked across UK intelligence agencies GCHQ and MI5, where he was responsible for delivering mission-critical infrastructure services, including replacing and securing entire global networks, the developing of operational internet capabilities, and the management of critical disaster recovery incidents. His insights on AI and the future of cyber security are also regularly featured in the UK media. He holds a first-class degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

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Bruce Leith

Tern Plc and Board Member
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Bruce Leith

Tern Plc and Board Member

Bruce represents Tern on the board of Device Authority.

Bruce led Tern’s initial investment of Cryptosoft and InVMA and led the acquisition of Amiho and Wyld to create Wyld Networks.

Bruce works with our investee companies and partners to develop interest and investment into the Tern portfolio.

Bruce began his IT career with IBM and has over 30 years board level experience, specialising in delivering high growth, high-profit results through product positioning and go-to-market strategies.

Bruce has extensive International Sales Management experience including Europe,  the US and Asia Pacific regions. He has been involved in a number of successful exits including Interactive/Dataworks, London Bridge and Codestream.

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Stewart Alsop

Alsop Louie Partners and Board Member
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Stewart Alsop

Alsop Louie Partners and Board Member

Stewart is a Partner at Alsop Louie Partners. He spent the first 20 years of his professional career as a business journalist and commentator. It did not start well: he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1975, but had to stay the summer to complete his credits. Then he couldn’t find a job, so he went to bartending school. But bars weren’t hiring. He persisted and, from 1975 to 1996, had a series of jobs in which he learned how to be a business editor. This included becoming Executive Editor of Inc. Magazine, where he became fascinated by both entrepreneurship and personal computers, and as the third editor of InfoWorld, the job that got him moved from Boston to Silicon Valley in 1983.

In 1985, having been fired from two jobs, he started his own business, a newsletter called P.C. Letter, which became widely read in the executive ranks of the major hardware and software companies that formed and grew the personal computer industry. He also started two conferences, Agenda and Demo, and published the “Social Register to the PC Industry.”

In 1996, Stewart changed careers to become a venture capitalist, joining New Enterprise Associates, a top-tier venture capital firm with a long track record of success in investing in early stage and growth companies. He was a general partner with New Enterprise Associates and led that firm’s investments in companies such as TiVo, Portola Communications (sold to Netscape), Netcentives, Glu Mobile, and Xfire. From 1996 to 2003, he wrote Alsop On InfoTech for Fortune.

Stewart left NEA in 2005 and invited Gilman Louie to become his partner in a new venture capital firm designed to put to use everything the partners had learned about entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation over the prior 25 years. From 2005-2013, Stewart was a member of the board of directors of Sonos, Inc., which has become a thought leader in the world of digital audio and the digital living room.

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Al Sisto

Advisor
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Al Sisto

Advisor

Al’s an IT industry veteran with more than 25 years senior executive level experience. As Chief Operating Officer at RSA Data Security Inc., the leading security software company, he led its transformation from a passive patent licensing operation to an aggressive, sales oriented software company. At RSA he negotiated partnership agreements with IBM, Intel, Compaq, Cisco and Nortel. Al was Chairman, President and CEO of Phoenix Technologies Ltd, the global BIOS software company. He revitalised Phoenix through the acquisition of Internet appliance business, Ravisent Technologies; investing in semiconductor and microprocessor designer Transmeta and spinning off Silicon Corporation.

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Javid Muhammedali

AI Adviser
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Javid Muhammedali

AI Adviser

Senior executive and leader in artificial Intelligence product and engineering with a demonstrated history of working in SaaS and consumer technology. Launched and led adoption of several award winning products and hold multiple patents.

Strong engineering skills in Python, scikit, NLP, Nltk, TensorFlow, DialogFlow, Word2Vec, GPT, integration services, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Semantic Search. Front end expertise in Angular, Flutter, Dart, React, Swift.

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