Tripwire Leadership

James B. Johnson

James B. Johnson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Johnson has a grand mission: he wants to change the world for the better by making the Internet a safer place. His ten years of leadership at Tripwire are a testament to that commitment.

Jim spent 27 years at Intel and holds all of the appropriate sheepskins; a B.S in electrical engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Mr. Johnson relishes all aspects of his current role as CEO, but he particularly loves his role in enabling the executive team to achieve their very best outcomes.

Jim has a bit of a daredevil streak – he’s skied more than 4 million vertical feet in the Canadian Rockies alone. He’s scuba dived extensively, spent time racing fast cars and piloted planes through the Idaho backcountry.

Jim’s first job was a short order cook, and he still enjoys cooking (and eating) great food and drinking great wine. Just don’t ask him to play word games – in spite of his best efforts, words tend to come out in “happy” ways.

Kelly Lang

Kelly E. Lang

Chief Financial Officer

Armed with a B.A. in Business Administration from Seattle University, Kelly began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Price Waterhouse LLP). As a Certified Public Accountant, he has worked in a variety of senior finance roles across a wide range of industries, including timber and wood, electronics, metal recycling and steel.

Prior to joining Tripwire in 2010, Kelly was Executive Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Merix Corporation, a post he held for nearly five years.

At Tripwire, he loves nothing better than helping the Finance, Accounting and IT teams take a more central role in the business by providing advice and support.

Kelly is very competitive and a self-confessed bad loser. He’s a keen tennis player and golfer, and the fact that he skis better than his two daughters and their boyfriends gives him immense satisfaction. He travels regularly with his wife, Julie, often in search of good food and better wine, and in recent years has dipped his toe into the world of viticulture. Watch this space for news of Chateau Lang.

He is also a chronically bad dishwasher. Just ask him about the Elks Lodge in Murray, Utah.

Dwayne Melançon

Dwayne Melançon

Chief Technology Officer

Dwayne entered the tech industry as a support analyst, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In addition to holding positions at Symantec and DirectWeb, he contributed to the Visible Ops Handbook and the Visible Ops Security Handbook, which required him to work with researchers from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the University of Oregon and the IT Process Institute.

Dwayne holds CISA and ITIL certifications and is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and IT Service Management Forum (itSMF).

Dwayne believes that Tripwire and its employees have the opportunity to make a difference in the global level of cybersecurity. When he’s not busy fighting cybercrime, he meets with as many customers as he can to foster a deep understanding of their problems and collaborate with them on practical, real-world solutions.

Dwayne credits his considerable professional success to his genuine curiosity about the world and how it works. He revels in ambiguity and adapts quickly. The word “panic” is not in his vocabulary, and he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get dirty.

Prior to his technology career, Dwayne spent six years working as a professional radio announcer in Louisiana, with two of those years spent in a plane reporting on traffic conditions.

In his free time, Dwayne volunteers at a Boy Scout ranch in Oregon, where he participates once or twice a year in a “horse trek,” which involves moving a herd of 70 horses nearly 200 miles through the Cascade Mountains.

At one point in Dwayne’s eclectic past, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Herbie Hancock were calling him for Mac tech advice.

If Dwayne could magically gain any ability, he would like to time travel – both backwards and forwards – to study the impact of small changes to the time continuum. Oh, and he’d also bring back a bunch of cheap gold and vintage comic books.

Elizabeth Ireland

Elizabeth Ireland

Vice President, Marketing

Elizabeth was a consultant and CPA with Ernst & Young and a May Company executive before embarking on a highly successful tech start-up marketing career that has spanned the pre- and post-Internet eras.

An early hire at MapInfo, Extensity and nCircle, Elizabeth has run global marketing organizations for over 25 years, which she continues doing in her role at Tripwire.

Elizabeth loves being a part of a team that wants to win, and her marketing strategies are based on a deep understanding of the company’s customers – something she learned was essential when she launched her first business at 13 years old.

Elizabeth approaches marketing with a unique blend of analytical thinking and creative analysis. She enjoys gathering and analyzing information, and designing and testing solutions.

Elizabeth is also an aspiring landscape painter and an avid gardener. She has a tendency toward shovel pruning.

Invite Elizabeth to go surfing or try an offbeat restaurant; she likes to try anything new. She is, however, terrible at waiting in line.

Gus Malezis

Gus Malezis

Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Gus began his career in sales 30 years ago with roles at companies including Merisel, 3Com and McAfee. In 2005, he joined nCircle as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and retains that role at Tripwire following its acquisition of nCircle in 2013.

Gus’ successful leadership of nCircle’s sales organization in the ultra-competitive vulnerability and security configuration management space makes him a natural fit to lead Tripwire’s next phase of growth. He attributes the exponential sales growth he’s delivered at Tripwire to first-rate products and services as well as the company’s world-class sales organization.

Gus loves photography, hiking and sports involving speed, but not necessarily in that order. He is happiest when building things – wood pieces, metal works and, naturally, sales teams.

Gus is extremely curious, and his desire to pull things apart to understand how they work has served him well in his professional life. He ripped apart every watch and clock his parents had and was generally able to reassemble them with only a few parts left over.

Gus is a terrible spectator, so save those great event tickets for someone else unless you need him to jump in and assist with some stubborn complication.

Kevin McKay

Kevin B. McKay

Vice President, Customer Services

For almost 10 years now, Kevin has been surprising and delighting Tripwire customers with unparalleled service and support.

Kevin has worn a variety of hats in his 30-year technology career. He came up through the development and consulting ranks into leadership positions at Intersolv, MERANT, Evolve Software and Market Live.

Kevin has also had the opportunity to exercise his entrepreneurial passion of building companies from the ground up. Most recently, he co-founded InfoQuest Solutions, which was successfully sold to Intersolv.

At Tripwire, Kevin is all about customer success, and he loves the fact that there is never a need to apologize for the technology nor wonder when or where a product might fail to meet a customer’s needs, because it just doesn’t happen. He describes his team as “quite simply the best I’ve ever had the privilege of working with in my career.”

To say Kevin is tenacious might be a bit of an understatement. When he makes up his mind about something, failure is not an option. He’s even been described as a “mule” once or twice.

When he finds time between working, parenting and grandparenting, Kevin loves to fly fish, camp and work with wood. He admits to a serious tool acquisition problem.

Kevin is passionate about cycling and regularly rides in Cycle Oregon to raise money for The Candlelighters. If you meet him at a local cycling event, angle for a dinner invitation. He’s an excellent cook with the ability to destroy a kitchen in one fell swoop, and he makes some mean buffalo wings.

Rod Murchison

Rod Murchison

Vice President, Product Management

Rod has held executive roles in product management, engineering and marketing at companies such as Narus, a Boeing subsidiary; Juniper; NetScreen; and Blue Coat. He is also a member of the advisory board for the College of Information Sciences & Technology at Penn State University.

Rod has helped incubate and fund several start-ups and holds multiple patents in security, digital media and authentication/authorization.

He uses a very direct management style to empower key employees to achieve success. In his experience, this translates directly into company growth. He also enjoys working with employees across the entire company to accelerate Tripwire's emergence as a market leader.

In his free time, Rod is an avid open water swimmer, and he routinely tackles impressively long swims in the San Francisco Bay. Swim Across America is one of his favorite events, raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.

When he’s not dodging sharks, seals and tankers, you can find him playing the guitar and drums – and sometimes the bagpipes if there’s enough beer or scotch involved.

Rod has only "one speed" – fast. If you go somewhere with him, be prepared to keep up with his pace, especially at airports.

Rekha Shenoy

Rekha Shenoy

Vice President, Business and Corporate Development

With a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University in India and an M.B.A. from Rice University, Rekha started her career at Compaq. She also spent 10 years at BMC, where she served in a variety of roles, including product management for performance management, database management and mainframe products, marketing, corporate development and acquisitions.

Rekha joined Tripwire seven years ago, initially to run product management and strategy. After launching the expansion of Tripwire Enterprise, she took over marketing and successfully led the team through several major transitions. Now, she leads Tripwire’s business development efforts and is instrumental in building the company’s technology alliance partnership platform.

Rekha is a world traveler and a polyglot - she speaks five languages, and she likes to memorize the maps of cities she visits so that she can more fully experience the local culture. So far, she’s navigated the likes of London, Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Munich and Prague, among others.

In her free time, Rekha attacks puzzles with the same aggressive style that has made her successful professionally.