The Cybernance Team

Experienced Cybersecurity Leadership

Mike Shultz

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Mike drives Cybernance’s strategic vision and directly oversees finance, sales, and operations. A serial entrepreneur. As CEO of cybersecurity firm Infoglide Software, he led it to a successful acquisition by FICO in 2013. Under his direction, Infoglide was named to the Inc. 500 twice to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and Software Magazine’s Software 500 three times.

Mike was formerly founder and CEO of QuestLink Technology, where he structured $26.5 million in equity financing and eventually provided a successful financial event for the shareholders by negotiating a merger with eChips, Inc. Before QuestLink, he was CEO of CMG Computer Products, a manufacturer of notebook peripherals and software, and CEO of Specialty Development Corporation, a developer and marketer of high-performance integrated circuits and software applications. He has also held executive sales and marketing management positions at Philips Semiconductor and Wyle Electronics and was part of the founding management team at both Cirrus Logic and Integrated Device Technology, setting the sales strategy that contributed to successful IPOs for both companies.

In June 2004, Mr. Shultz was awarded the Ernst & Young 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and he accepted the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 2002 Business Award for Innovative Business. He is a frequent guest speaker at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Barker

Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder

Bob develops Cybernance’s corporate strategy through strategic partnerships and marketing initiatives. He is a high tech executive with decades of C-level experience in large companies and startups. He’s recognized for his software industry expertise in partnerships, marketing, and business development that was derived from negotiating and implementing many successful partnerships and acquisitions.

As CMO of Infoglide Software, he architected an exit strategy that led to its acquisition. During his career, he has negotiated and implemented multiple partnerships with major industry players, resulting in new products that drove multi-million dollar increases in revenue at Novell, Sterling Commerce, and Compuware. Before Infoglide, he led multiple acquisitions, including a $200M+ transaction, served as Entrepreneur in Residence for an early stage venture firm, and gained experience gained from senior management stints at high tech startups. He also drove product management and technical partnerships at a $1.2 billion dollar software enterprise, guiding product direction for over 100 products in 7 families that generated over $700M in annual product revenue, and growing mindshare with market thought leaders (e.g. Microsoft, Eclipse Foundation.)

He is the editor and frequent contributor to Cybergovernance Journal, has written articles for other publications, and has served on private company and non-profit boards.

Charlie Leonard

Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder

Charlie oversees the design, development, and delivery of products in the Cybernance portfolio. Prior to Cybernance he founded Scalar Security, a research and consulting firm focused on the economics of cybersecurity, risk and insurance.

As a managing partner in a boutique media technology firm, he led the company’s transition from print to digital media sales during the rise of online advertising. He cultivated talent and focused them together on creating diverse product offerings, resulting in 5 consecutive years of 40% annual revenue growth from 2008 to 2013. While pursuing his MBA at UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business he served as the President of the Entrepreneur Society, and partnered with the Austin Technology Incubator to launch a program focused on technology commercialization.

The Cybernance product portfolio is an outgrowth of his ongoing research into cybersecurity, risk management, insurance, finance, economics, public policy, data analytics, mathematics, and machine learning. He also believes strongly in the essential importance of outdoor adventures – solo or with trusted companions. He resides in Austin, Texas; and calls Charlottesville, Virginia his home. He is a frequent contributor to the Cybergovernance Journal.

Ralph Hasson

Chief Administrative Officer

Ralph works directly with CEO Mike Shultz on developing key corporate initiatives and managing internal operations.  He also manages relationships with the director and corporate governance communities. Ralph is a member of the Advisory Board of Broadway Bank-Austin Region and the Advisory Board of CareFlash, LLC.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas TriCities Chapter of NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors), and was founding Chair of the chapter’s Austin Board of Advisors.  His new ideas in corporate governance and ethics oversight have been cited in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal after appearing in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and Directors Monthly. He is a Global Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.

Ralph led the launch of System Policy Office for the University of Texas System, eventually recognized as a best practice model by leading compliance experts.  He helped build Chorda, the first enterprise conflict management consulting firm, into a nationally-recognized organization. Ralph is co-author of Controlling the Costs of Conflict: How to Design a System for Your Organization.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas (B.A., J.D.), and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (MPA).

Alicia Thrasher

Director, Strategic Initiatives

For the majority of her career, Alicia has worked in management and IT strategy consulting as well as program management for a vast array of companies and industries, including Google, eBay, Anheuser Busch, World Oil, and more. She achieved her PMP (Project Management Professional) and CSM (Certified Scrum Master) certifications to help her lead multi-million dollar programs and large teams to success while resulting in delighted customers as well as team members. Her past experience managing hundreds of web development projects also tailors her as a perfect fit for collaboration throughout Cybernance.

Joseph A. Pidala, GSEC

Product Manager

Joseph heads the product team overseeing product design, development, and roadmap strategy. Prior to Cybernance, Joseph was a cybersecurity & privacy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he focused on advancing the cybersecurity posture of several Fortune 500 companies. Further, Joseph aided cloud governance strategy while with Procter & Gamble, obtained the GIAC GSEC Security Certification from the SANS Institute, and conducted research for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). His extensive experience in cybersecurity provides technical insight guiding product enhancements and constructive direction for customers.

Joseph’s technical expertise and passions include cyber risk management, cyber maturity and strategy, information protection, threat management, and forensic investigation. He is also a strong believer in challenging conventional thinking – as what was best yesterday, may not be best today.

Board of Directors

Kline Boyd

Board Member

Kline Boyd is an entrepreneur and investor. He leads the investment group, Boyd & McWilliams Investments, that provided the initial funding of Cybernance Corporations. He is an Officer, Stockholder, Director, and Partner in Boyd & McWilliams Energy Group and its affiliates, Boyd & McWilliams Investments, Boyd & McWilliams Operating, and Boyd & McWilliams Partnership. He co-founded Boyd & McWilliams in 1978 as a land brokerage company that later moved into oil and gas operations in 1980.

Kline co-founded his first enterprise soon while attending Southern Methodist University. That business grew into Varsity Spirit, the world’s largest supplier of cheerleading products and services. He has been an officer and board member of numerous companies and organizations, including Varsity Spirit Corporation, NuTech Energy Alliance, and Smith Oil Company.

Kline is a member of AAPL, member and former director of PBLA, and trustee of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.

Mike Shultz

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Mike drives Cybernance’s strategic vision and directly oversees finance, sales, and operations. A serial entrepreneur. As CEO of cybersecurity firm Infoglide Software, he led it to a successful acquisition by FICO in 2013. Under his direction, Infoglide was named to the Inc. 500 twice to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and Software Magazine’s Software 500 three times.

Mike was formerly founder and CEO of QuestLink Technology, where he structured $26.5 million in equity financing and eventually provided a successful financial event for the shareholders by negotiating a merger with eChips, Inc. Before QuestLink, he was CEO of CMG Computer Products, a manufacturer of notebook peripherals and software, and CEO of Specialty Development Corporation, a developer and marketer of high-performance integrated circuits and software applications. He has also held executive sales and marketing management positions at Philips Semiconductor and Wyle Electronics and was part of the founding management team at both Cirrus Logic and Integrated Device Technology, setting the sales strategy that contributed to successful IPOs for both companies.

In June 2004, Mr. Shultz was awarded the Ernst & Young 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and he accepted the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 2002 Business Award for Innovative Business. He is a frequent guest speaker at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Barker

Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer

Bob develops Cybernance’s corporate strategy through strategic partnerships and marketing initiatives. He is a high tech executive with decades of C-level experience in large companies and startups. He’s recognized for his software industry expertise in partnerships, marketing, and business development that was derived from negotiating and implementing many successful partnerships and acquisitions.

As CMO of Infoglide Software, he architected an exit strategy that led to its acquisition. During his career, he has negotiated and implemented multiple partnerships with major industry players, resulting in new products that drove multi-million dollar increases in revenue at Novell, Sterling Commerce, and Compuware. Before Infoglide, he led multiple acquisitions, including a $200M+ transaction, served as Entrepreneur in Residence for an early stage venture firm, and gained experience gained from senior management stints at high tech startups. He also drove product management and technical partnerships at a $1.2 billion dollar software enterprise, guiding product direction for over 100 products in 7 families that generated over $700M in annual product revenue, and growing mindshare with market thought leaders (e.g. Microsoft, Eclipse Foundation.)

He is the editor and frequent contributor to Cybergovernance Journal, has written articles for other publications, and has served on private company and non-profit boards.

Advisory Board

General Donald Cook

Retired Four Star Air Force General

General Cook retired as a 4-star general after a 36-year career in the United States Air Force. His culminating assignment was as commander of the Air education and Training Command, where he was responsible for executing an $8.5 billion annual budget and providing for the leadership, welfare, and oversight of 90,000 military and civilian personnel. In his career, he commanded a flying training wing and two space wings, the 20th Air Force (the nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile force), and was Commander, Air Combat Command during September 11, 2001. General Cook also served as the Chief of the Senate Liaison Office and on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his career, he flew over 4,000 hours in various trainer, bomber, and fighter aircraft. He was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptional leadership. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of Cybernance Corporation, General Cook serves as a director for Crane Corporation, USAA Federal Savings Bank, and U.S. Security Associates, a Goldman Sachs portfolio company. He previously served on the boards of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and Hawker Beechcraft Aircraft Company. He also consults for Lockheed Martin Corporation. General Cook holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a BS from Michigan State University.

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