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Board of Directors

Brad Rowe

Chairman of the Board ⁠— Cigent

Brad Rowe has over 30 years as an executive at Hewlett-Packard, Western Digital, SystemSoft, Accunit, and Pumatech/Intellisync which he co-founded with Steve Nicol, and ran as CEO both as a private and public, NASDAQ-listed company. Brad has a BSE from Princeton.

Teresa Shea

Teresa Shea spent more than 30 years working with the National Security Agency. In four years as the Agency’s Signals Intelligence Director, she supervised over half of NSA’s workforce. She also worked as an Executive Vice President at In-Q-Tel, the first government-sponsored venture capital firm investing in technology supporting the work of America’s intelligence agencies.

David Schafer

David Schafer has over 35 years of sales experience including 20 years at Western Digital where he was VP of Worldwide sales from 1988 through the year 2000. Following Western Digital, David lead sales for Valence Semiconductor and Lantronics Corporation after which he became a founding partner in Innoventure Partners LLC which focused on working with technology startup companies in the areas of Business Development, Distribution and expanding the customers investor base.

John Benkert

Chief Executive Officer ⁠ - Cigent

John Benkert has over 35 years of experience in commercial and government organizations working at the American Embassy Oslo, Norway and the National Security Agency, where he received training in operational tradecraft including advanced data recovery, hacking techniques, computer security and forensics. While at NSA he was awarded the National Scientific Achievement Award for his technological innovations.

Tom DiBenedetto

Chief Executive Officer ⁠— Cyber Junction

Thomas DiBenedetto leads Cyber Junction, a technology investment firm. He is a partner in the Fenway Sports Group LLC (FSG), the parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, a Premier League Soccer team and chairman of the board of Jefferson Waterman International, a Washington D.C.-based business intelligence and government relations firm.