Gen. Keith B. Alexander (Ret.)
Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman
Gen. Keith B. Alexander (Ret.), U.S. Army, founded IronNet in 2014 and has served as the chairman of its board of directors since our inception. He served as IronNet's chief executive officer until February 2019 and has since served as its co-chief executive officer. Gen. Alexander served as the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command from 2010 to 2014 and was Director of the NSA and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005 to 2014. He also served as a Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Director of Intelligence for United States Central Command; and Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has served as a director of Amazon.com, Inc. since September 2020 and previously served as a director of CSRA, Inc., an information technology provider to the U.S. government, from 2015 until its acquisition by General Dynamics Corporation in April 2018. Gen. Alexander holds a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. degree in Business Administration and Management from Boston University.
William E. Welch
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Welch has served as IronNet's co-chief executive officer since February 2019. From June 2018 to September 2018, Mr. Welch served as president and chief operating officer of Duo Security, Inc., a cybersecurity company. He previously served in executive roles with Zscaler, Inc., a cloud-based network security company, including as its chief operating officer from January 2017 to May 2018 and chief revenue officer from 2015 to January 2017. From 2012 to 2014, he served as vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company's Americas Software division, and from 2006 to 2012 he was vice president of sales specialists in the Americas for Symantec Corporation. Mr. Welch holds a B.S. degree in finance and political science from LaSalle University.
Donald R. Dixon
Mr. Dixon has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since May 2015. In 2015, he co-founded, and has since served as the managing director of, ForgePoint Capital, an investment firm focused on cybersecurity. In 1993, he co-founded, and has since served as managing director of, Trident Capital, a venture capital fund. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Dixon was co-president of Partech International, a private equity fund manager associated with Banque Paribas. From 1983 to 1988, he was managing director of Alex. Brown & Sons, an investment banking firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dixon was a vice president of Morgan Stanley & Co. and a senior account officer at Citibank, N.A. Within the past five years, Mr. Dixon has served on the boards of directors of the publicly held companies Qualys, Inc. and Top Image Systems Ltd. In addition to IronNet, he serves as a director of several privately held companies. Mr. Dixon holds a B.S.E. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership and is a director of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS).
Mary E. Gallagher
Ms. Gallagher has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors and as chair of its audit committee since August 2021. Prior to that, she served as a director on the Board of LGL Systems Acquisition Corp and chair of its audit committee from September 2019 through the close of the business combination with IronNet. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Gallagher served as chief financial officer of Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company. From 2004 to 2016, Ms. Gallagher held several executive financial roles with United Technologies Corporation (now Raytheon Company), a global leader in aerospace and building technologies, most recently serving as chief financial officer of Sikorsky Aircraft from 2013 to 2016. From 1996 to 2004, Ms. Gallagher served as vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of Olin Corporation, a global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. Ms. Gallagher previously served with the accounting firm KPMG in various positions in the audit, mergers/acquisitions, consulting and training groups. Ms. Gallagher is also a director and chair of the audit committee of the publicly held company American Outdoor Brands, Inc. and of the KKR portfolio company Novaria Group. Since April 2021, Ms. Gallagher has served as a member of the board of directors of Leonardo DRS, a military contractor subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A., an Italian aerospace company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange. Ms. Gallagher holds a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Gallagher is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Gen. John M. Keane (Ret.)
Gen. Keane has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since May 2015. He has served as the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War since 2007 and as president of GSI, LLC, a consulting firm, since 2004. Prior to retiring from a 37-year career in the U.S. Army at the rank of General, Gen. Keane served as its vice chief of staff from 1999 to 2003. From 2009 to 2012, he was senior partner of SCP Partners, a venture capital firm, and from 2005 to 2009 he was managing director of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity and consulting firm. Within the past five years, he served on the board of directors of the publicly held company General Dynamics Corp. Gen. Keane holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Fordham University and a master's degree in philosophy from Western Kentucky University.
Robert V. "Rob" LaPenta Jr.
Robert V. "Rob" LaPenta Jr. has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since August 2021. Prior to that, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of LGL Systems Acquisition Corp. ("LGL") from March 2021 to the close of the business combination with IronNet, and from September 2019 to March 2021 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LGL. Mr. LaPenta has an extensive career spanning over 25 years in finance, accounting, consulting, capital markets origination, equity trading, asset allocation and mergers and acquisitions and has been active in transaction sourcing, processing and execution. Mr. LaPenta began his career as a Senior Associate at Coopers & Lybrand as a CPA responsible for managing audits, consulting, M&A due diligence and special project engagements for multiple clients in various industries. Mr. LaPenta transitioned full time into the investment banking sector spending the next 13 years focused on trading and capital market activities culminating in the role of Managing Director and Co-head of Equity Trading at Bank of America Securities, LLC where he managed the firm's equity capital commitment, proprietary trading, secondary offerings and risk management within cash trading. In 2007, Mr. LaPenta joined L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy. Mr. LaPenta managed the firms M&A processes from sourcing, structuring, valuation, diligence and financing of multiple transactions with the most notable being the negotiation of the $1.6 billion sale of L-1 to Safran and BAE Systems. Following the sale of L-1, Mr. LaPenta became a Partner of Aston Capital an alternative asset management firm of the LaPenta family office and co-founded the Boundary Group, an investment partnership focused on private investments in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence markets. Mr. LaPenta has previously served on the boards of directors of Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. (until 2016), an LED lighting and control solutions company, TherapeuticsMD (NASDAQ: TXMD), a women's healthcare product provider, The Radiant Group, a provider of geospatial analytics to the U.S Intelligence community (now part of NASADAQ: MAXR), AFIX Technologies, a provider of biometric solutions for governments and civil agencies, is currently a board member of LGL Group, Inc. (NYSE American: LGL), a board observer of ARKA, a provider of satellite data processing and related critical technologies to the U.S. Government and Intelligence Agencies and sits as an Audit Committee member for St. David's School New York City. Mr. LaPenta graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance and has been a registered CPA (inactive) in the State of New York.
Vadm. John M. McConnell (Ret.)
Vadm. McConnell has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since May 2015. In 1996, he retired from the U.S. Navy as a vice admiral after 29 years of service, including 26 as a career intelligence officer. From 1992 to 1996, while on active duty, he served as the Director of the National Security Agency. Following his retirement from the Navy, he served as executive vice president and vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. until his retirement from those positions in 2014. From 2007 to 2009, Vadm. McConnell served in the Cabinet-level position of U.S. Director of National Intelligence. He currently serves as the executive director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, hosted by the University of South Florida to promote cybersecurity education and research. He holds a B.A. degree in economics from Furman University and an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University and is a graduate of the National Defense University and the National Defense Intelligence College.
Mr. Pienaar has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since May 2018. In 2014, Mr. Pienaar founded, and has since served as managing partner of, C5 Capital, a technology investment firm focused on cybersecurity, cloud computing and AI. In 2004, Mr. Pienaar founded, and until 2014 served as chief executive of, G3 Good Governance Group, an international risk advisory firm. He started his career at the security firm Kroll Inc. In addition to IronNet, Mr. Pienaar serves as a director of several privately held companies. He holds a Master of Science in Economics degree from the University of Wales and law degrees from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.
Hon. Michael J. Rogers
Mr. Rogers has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since May 2015. He has served on the board of trustees of The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates federally funded research and development centers and public-private partnerships, since 2016 and as its vice chairman since 2018. A national security commentator, Mr. Rogers represented Michigan's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2015, where has sat on the Energy and Commerce Committee and chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He previously served in the Michigan State Senate, as an FBI special agent and as an officer in the U.S. Army. In addition to serving on IronNet's board of directors, he serves on the board of advisors for Next Century Corporation, the board of trustees at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and the Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Council for Trident Capital. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Mr. Rogers holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology from Adrian College.
Theodore E. Schlein
Mr. Schlein has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since October 2015. He has served as a general partner of Kleiner Perkins, a venture capital firm, since 1996. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Schlein served in various executive positions at Symantec Corporation, a provider of internet security technology and business management technology solutions, including as Vice President of Enterprise Products. He currently serves on the board of directors of the publicly held company Chegg, Inc. and, in addition to IronNet, on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. Within the past five years, he served on the board of directors of the publicly held company Jive Software, Inc. Mr. Schlein holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vadm. Jan E. Tighe (Ret.)
Vadm. Tighe has served as a member of IronNet's board of directors since August 2019. In 2018, she retired from the U.S. Navy as a vice admiral after 38 years of service, including leadership roles in the Navy and for the National Security Agency. From 2016 to 2018, she served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of U.S. Naval Intelligence and as a member of the U.S. Navy's corporate board. Vadm. Tighe also had prior leadership positions in U.S. Cyber Command, the Navy's Fleet Cyber Command, and as President of the Navy's Postgraduate School. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, she holds a B.S. degree in mathematics, an M.S. degree in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. She has been a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors since August 2018 and serves on the boards of directors of the publicly held companies The Progressive Corporation, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Huntsman Corporation. She also serves on the board of trustees of The MITRE Corporation.