Tripwire Leadership Team
Tripwire president Dhrupad Trivedi is proud to steer the company behind the most iconic name in cybersecurity. With an engineering BE from the University of Bombay, an MS and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the Universities of Alabama and Massachusetts respectively, and an MBA from Duke University, Dhrupad joined Tripwire by way of Belden in 2010. In his formative years, Dhrupad began programming using punch cards before branching out to a range of languages and hardware platforms.
Chris Williams has served Belden since 2010, joining Tripwire in 2018 as VP of worldwide sales, marketing, and professional services. Chris uses his 23 years of industry experience to cultivate Tripwire’s talent, teamwork, and passion for the success of its customers. On the weekends, you can find Chris boating, fishing, snowboarding, and biking—and he knows his way around the kitchen, too. The Apple Macintosh PC first sparked his interest in tech with its simplicity and usability.
Maria Crawford brings 20 years of experience in security, marketing, and tech to Tripwire. Her tenure has been focused on galvanizing growth through digital transformation, strengthening customer relationships with tailored user experiences, and building a best-in-class marketing team. Outside of the office, Maria’s passionate about women in tech, animal welfare, and is an expert in resisting the urge to own a dozen dachshunds. The first piece of tech that made an impact on Maria was an Apple Macintosh II.
Tripwire employee engagement exceeds industry benchmarks thanks in large part to Ian Williams enabling employees to do the best work of their careers. Ian finds humor in most situations no matter how difficult they appear. This is fortunate since he also loves traveling even though he is notoriously bad at navigation. The early tech that held Ian’s attention was a 1980s 8-bit Commodore 64 meant for developing computer skills, but inevitably used for games instead.
Subhajit has worked in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. He’s responsible for Tripwire’s engineering and product operations, including R&D, DevOps, managed services, support and IT. Subhajit is inspired by the criticality of the Tripwire cybersecurity controls in customers’ business operations. Subhajit believes that just like good leaders must be self-aware, good developers need to be super-testers. He’s been known to wait for hours to talk to a tech support supervisor to report bugs he finds in products.
Dave Meltzer joined Tripwire in 2013 after serving as CTO at Sonicity, Cambia Security and nCircle. Today, he’s responsible for driving Tripwire’s product strategy. Dave’s commitment to excellence doesn’t end at work, as he spends more time reconfiguring his home theater setup than actually using it. The first tech that inspired him was a 1979 Hayes Micromodem II, which connected his PC to hundreds of people online—quite a crowd in the early days of the internet.
You could say Tim Erlin is the eyes and ears of Tripwire, engaging with customers, prospects, and the market to transform their input into new Tripwire capabilities. Tim leads the strategic product management team that ensures we’re solving the problems customers care about most. Both literati and athlete, Tim studied literature at Boston University and spends his free time playing soccer. Tim’s first tech setup was a setup consisting of an IBM 8086, Procomm Plus, and a 2400 baud modem.
Having written plenty of code for Tripwire® Enterprise®, managed its engineering teams, and worked hand-in-hand with its users, Andrew knows a thing or two about helping customers meet their cybersecurity goals. He joined Tripwire as a developer in 2005 and now oversees teams across four countries. Andrew also finds time to coach youth basketball. In the internet’s formative years, Andrew and his friends spent countless hours on text-based bulletin board systems building their own site and programming games for it.
Alex Bagwell brings expertise in supply chain logistics to his role as Tripwire global channel director. He joined Belden in 2010 and Tripwire in 2018, moving from operations to sales and becoming a powerhouse for Tripwire’s partner ecosystem. When he’s not hyper-focused on the channel team’s work cultivating relationships to maximize customer value, you can find him traveling the world perfecting his golf swing. The tech that left an early impression on Alex was a Nintendo 64.
Joe Rich joined Tripwire to lead Americas sales after working for Danfoss Power Electronics and Rockwell Automation. Joe earned a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Akron and is now director-at-large for Kent State University’s Foundation Board and a member of their Mechatronics Advisory Board as well. When he’s not working toward improving the U.S. technical education system, Joe enjoys fishing, shooting, hitting the gym, and relaxing on his boat.
Kristen Poulos first joined Belden in 2010 after earning her marketing bachelors followed by an MBA. As Tripwire’s general manager of industrial cybersecurity business, Kristen leads a team responsible for delivering new cybersecurity capabilities to a rapidly-expanding market. She’s proud to be part of Tripwire’s collaborative, cross-functional culture. Kristen’s two Australian shepherds keep her on her toes, and she loves fantasy football. The first tech that caught her eye was her father’s Motorola MicroTAC phone—yes, the world’s first flip phone.
Over 30 years of federal government experience inform Mitch’s guidance of the Tripwire federal sales team. He’s passionate about delivering customer care with attention to detail and a mission-first attitude. He attributes Tripwire’s ability to deliver high-value solutions to being a small, agile company with the backing of parent company Belden. The first technology Mitch became a fan of was Microsoft Excel for its amazing business utility. A father and husband, Mitch enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Neil Harvey has been perfecting customer engagement for over 30 years, joining Tripwire in 2015. With an electronic engineering background, Neil ensures customer satisfaction through pre- and post-sales functions and continuously improving the channel engagement model. One of his biggest tech innovation memories was the merge of Veritas and NetBackup, a game-changing moment in the storage market. Neil’s five children keep him busy, along with playing golf and watching rugby and “real” football.
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