EXECUTIVE TEAM

Grant Evans

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Grant was named Chairman and CEO of SPYRUS in late 2018.  He is a seasoned senior executive and serial CEO with nearly 30 years of operating experience. He has served as Chairman and CEO of multiple public and private companies on a global basis.

Prior to joining SPYRUS, Grant was the CEO of NetFortris—a nationwide Unified Communications Networking company where he remains active as a board member.   Prior to NetFortris, he was Chairman and CEO of ActivIdentity, a NASDAQ listed company.  He is recognized for turning around the company, which was subsequentially acquired by HID for a 300% stock appreciation.  Grant also served previously as the CEO of Ventraq, the CEO of A4Vision, and was a founder of Identicator Technology.

Grant also serves and has served on a number of boards including NetFortris, 3VR, Inc; a Kliener Perkins portfolio company, Bioscrypt, Inc a publicly traded Toronto Exchange company, and Bell ID.

Grant is a notable industry leader and has received wide acknowledgement of his contribution to the security industry. He serves and has served on multiple industry boards that have included Congressman Honda’s Blue Ribbon Security Board for Homeland Security, American Electronics Executive Advisory Committee, Comdex Advisory Board on Security, Pearl Street Ventures Advisory Board and TCSV-Trans Global Secure Communications Board.

Simon Blake-Wilson, Ph.D

Chief Revenue Officer

As the SPYRUS Chief Revenue Officer, Simon is responsible for the company’s revenue growth and partner ecosystem. Prior to joining SPYRUS, Simon served as COO at Inside Secure.

Simon has spent more than 20 years working in the security industry, including executive roles at AuthenTec, Certicom, Rambus, and SafeNet. Simon started his career in technical roles and is the co-inventor of EAP-TTLS, one of the industry’s most popular WLAN security solutions. He co-authored the book, Digital Signatures: Security and Controls, and edited several ANSI standards on Elliptic Curve Cryptography which have been adopted by the US government.

Simon holds a Ph.D. in Information Security and Mathematics from the University of London, and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar visiting Auburn University.

Tom Hakel

Chief Financial Officer

Tom has served as the SPYRUS Chief Financial Officer since January 2015. Prior to his current role, Tom spent three years as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Tom has been successfully founding, growing, restructuring, advising, merging and selling enterprises in the fields of telecommunications, technology, wine and financial services for over 25 years. Most recent to his role with SPYRUS, Tom served as the Chief Financial Officer at Active Mind Technology where Tom played an instrumental role in the corporate development and financing activities for the launch of GameGolf (www.gamegolf.com).

Tom’s foundational business skills are in the area of finance and valuations. He worked for four years in the financial services consulting practice of KPMG Peat Marwick in San Francisco, where, as a manager, he was responsible for the development of several of the firm’s proprietary valuation and asset/liability management models. Tom obtained his CPA while at KPMG (currently expired) and is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in Computer Science.

Dan Turissini

Chief Technology Officer

As the SPYRUS Chief Technology Officer, Dan is responsible for the adoption of the company’s products and services. A founder of Operational Research Consultants, Inc. in 1991, he led as Chief Executive to become a thought leader in identity verification and trusted authentication. He negotiated its merger with WidePoint where he piloted a seamless transition to a well-funded $120M market cap prior to his 2015 exit.

Dan Chairs the Marine Technology Society, Maritime Cyber Security and Infrastructure Committee and Vice Chairs the AFCEA, Homeland Security Committee; where he actively evangelizes for the protection of Critical Infrastructure and Citizen privacy. On AFCEA’s Educational Foundation Board he is dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dan holds a BS degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy (Alumni’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award) and a Masters from the George Washington University, where he also completed the required credit hours in a formal program of study at the graduate level beyond master’s study in pursuit of Doctoral program in Systems Engineering & Applied Sciences.