James B. Johnson
President and Chief Executive Officer
James B. Johnson has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since he joined our company in 2004. Prior to joining us, Mr. Johnson spent 27 years at Intel Corporation, where he served as Vice President of the Internet Service Operation and Director of Marketing for the Internet and Communications Group. He also co-founded and served as General Manager of Intel’s PC Enhancement Division, its retail products group. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Chief Financial Officer
Kelly E. Lang is our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Tripwire in 2010, Mr. Lang was Executive Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Merix Corporation, which was acquired by Viasystems Group, Inc., from July 2006 to February 2010. Prior to joining Merix, Mr. Lang was Vice President, Capital Investment and Business Integration at Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., a metals recycling and steel manufacturing company, from August 2005 to July 2006, and served as its Vice President, Corporate Controller from September 1999 to August 2005. Prior to his tenure at Schnitzer Steel Industries, Mr. Lang served in a number of senior financial capacities, the last of which was Vice President, Finance–Color Imaging and Printing Division, at Tektronix, Inc., a producer of electronic test, measurement and monitoring products and color printers, from September 1996 to September 1999, and as Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations for Crown Pacific Management L.P., a timber and wood products company, from November 1994 to September 1996, where his responsibilities also included treasury, SEC reporting and planning and budgeting responsibilities. Mr. Lang is a former Certified Public Accountant, having begun his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Price Waterhouse LLP). Mr. Lang holds a B.A. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting, from Seattle University.
Chief Technology Officer
Dwayne Melançon is Tripwire's Chief Technology Officer, where he owns a critical role in driving and evangelizing the company's global overall product strategy. He brings over 25 years of security software experience, and is responsible for leading the company's long term product strategy to meet the evolving data security needs of global enterprises.
Melançon joined Tripwire in 2000 and most recently served as Vice President of Products for Tripwire. He has spearheaded numerous initiatives during his tenure, including executive responsibility for business development, professional services and support, information systems and marketing. Prior to joining Tripwire, Melançon held leadership roles at DirectWeb, Inc., Symantec Corporation and Fifth Generation Systems, Inc. He is certified on both IT management and audit processes, holding both ITIL and CISA certifications, and is a frequent speaker at national and regional industry events.
Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Gus Malezis is Tripwire’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales and leads Tripwire’s global enterprise and channel sales organization. Gus Malezis brings over 20 years of success in executive leadership, sales and marketing in high-performance, high-growth emerging technologies to Tripwire.
Gus combines extensive knowledge of global markets including North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America with strong technical knowledge to drive success in the competitive and rapidly changing IT marketplace. Gus has extensive background in information security and compliance, networking, network systems management, CRM and application design and development.
Prior to joining Tripwire, Gus led worldwide sales, channels, professional services and customer support for nCircle, consistently delivering record revenue growth and unparalleled customer satisfaction. Gus has also held a variety of executive leadership positions at McAfee including Senior Vice President of a $500 million Enterprise Product Management unit, Senior Vice President Advanced Products for the IPS/IDS group and Vice President and General Manager the Canadian business unit.
Vice President of Business and Corporate Development
Rekha Shenoy, Tripwire’s Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development, joined Tripwire in April 2007, bringing with her an extensive background leading product management teams to deliver maximum customer value.
Prior to Tripwire, Rekha held positions in corporate development, product management and marketing for performance management solutions, database tools and mainframe solutions and in market research at BMC Software, Inc., in Houston, driving strategic decisions around new technologies and championing the Agile Development methodology to enable BMC to meet its goals for product delivery. She also worked at Questia Media, Inc., in Houston, and Compaq Computer Corporation. Rekha holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Rice University, and received a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.
Vice President of Marketing
Elizabeth Ireland brings over 20 years of technology marketing, business development and strategy experience, and 10 years of financial and compliance experience to her role as vice president of marketing at Tripwire.
Elizabeth has a proven track record of leading marketing organizations in companies from early development through successful initial public offering and acquisition. Prior to joining Tripwire with the acquisition of nCircle, Elizabeth built a successful market presence, won significant industry recognition and built a world-class marketing organization contributing to growing the customer base to over 6500 enterprises around the world.
Elizabeth has also held marketing and business development roles at Extensity and MapInfo and financial management positions with the May Company, was a retained executive search consultant and a Certified Public Accountant and Computer Audit Specialist with Ernst & Young. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Business Administration, Accounting, from the University of South Carolina.
Vice President of Services
As Vice President of Customer Services, Kevin McKay drives successful customer experiences and relationships through Tripwire's Technical Support, Education, Consulting and Information Services. Kevin brings to Tripwire broad leadership experience gained from over 27 years in the high technology and enterprise software industries working in consulting, marketing, and sales for startups and established companies such as Serena, Evolve Software, Merant, Intersolv, InfoQuest Solutions, and ICF-Kaiser. Most recently, Kevin served as Vice President of Professional Services at MarketLive, a leading e-commerce company. Although Kevin has worked in a variety of roles, he excels in service delivery because of his ability to understand and meet customer needs and develop strong customer relationships.
Vice President of Engineering
Aaron (Rony) Lerner joins Tripwire as Vice President of Engineering. Bringing years of product development and management experience to Tripwire’s recognized team of industry experts, Rony will be responsible for growing and extending the company’s market-leading software products across a wide range of industries to help customers meet compliance regulations, improve security and drive IT efficiency. Prior to joining Tripwire, Rony was Vice President of Research and Development for the Database Management Business Unit of Quest Software Inc., where he led the development and release of more than 40 products, with 250 engineers distributed in 20 locations across four continents. Rony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Rony also served eight years in the Israeli Air Force, where he received intensive technical and officer's leadership training. He retired with the rank of Major.
Vice President of Products
Rod Murchison is a pioneer in the field of data security, cyber analytics, networking, and identity & fraud protection, with more than 20 years of experience in product development and go-to-market strategies for innovative IT security and networking solutions. Before joining Tripwire, Rod was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Management for Narus, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, where he drove worldwide solutions geared towards a unified approach to real-time, streaming, and deep analytic applications for network-oriented big data.
Prior to Narus, Rod held executive positions in engineering, marketing, and product management for companies such as Code Green Networks, Juniper Networks, NetScreen Technologies and Blue Coat Systems. He is an inventor on several US and foreign patents regarding network security, authentication & authorization, and broadband multimedia services.
Rod earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, and serves on the advisory board for The Penn State University College of Information Sciences and Technology. He is an avid long-distance open water competitive swimmer and a yearly participant in Swim Across America, a charity event that raises money for pediatric cancer research and treatment.