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Board of Directors

Neill Feather, CEO SiteLock

Ashit (Ash) Kumar, CISO Interections / Identity Guard

Danny McPherson, Senior Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Verisign

Geoffrey Noakes, Senior Director of Business Development, Symantec Corporation

Craig Spiezle, Executive Director & CEO, Online Trust Alliance

Sal Tripi, Assistant VP, Digital Operations & Compliance - Publishers Clearing House

Gary VonHoch, VP Web Operations, American Greetings Interactive

Jeff Wilbur, Vice President of Marketing - Iconix

Ben Wilson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, DigiCert

Jonathan Zuck, President,  Association for Competitive Technology


 Neill Feather, President, SiteLock
Neill is the president of SiteLock, the leading provider of website security solutions for business. At SiteLock, Neill leads the company’s approach to 360-degree domain security  by providing industry analysis and utilizing rapidly evolving data sets related to security and hacking trends. Neill has over 20 years of experience in the technology and systems industry, notably providing technology solutions and industry insights for Johnson & Johnson prior to joining SiteLock. Neill holds B.S. degrees in Statistics & Information Systems and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Neill’s areas of expertise include security industry insights, security / hacking trends, technology, and systems. 

Ashit (Ash) Kumar, CISO, Intersections
Ash is the CISO at Intersections Inc., an Identity Theft Protection services company. He is responsible for all Information security for the organization including infrastructure, risk management, policy and compliance with standards. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Security including running his technology company. His experience has spread across systems and network architecture, training, security architecture, security event management and incidence response. He is a CISSP and holds a degree in electrical and electronics engineering.

Danny McPherson, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer - Verisign
Danny is responsible for all aspects of security at Verisign, which includes corporate strategy, infrastructure evolution and product direction. Additionally, he represents Verisign in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, network evolution, intelligence and availability. With over 20 years of experience in the Internet network operations, security and telecommunications industries, McPherson brings tremendous technical leadership and operational expertise to the company. Prior to joining Verisign, McPherson was vice president and CSO at Arbor Networks where he helped lead the company's overall strategy and product architecture. He has also held technical leadership positions in architecture, engineering and operations with Amber Networks, Qwest Communications, Genuity, MCI Communications and the U.S. Army Signal Corps. McPherson has actively participated in Internet operations and standardization since the early 1990s and has served multiple terms on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), and has chaired an array of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other working groups and the IETF’s Nominations Committee. He also serves on the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), and regularly speaks at network operations and security forums. Additionally, McPherson is active in the network and security operations and research communities and has authored several books, an array of Internet protocol standards, network and security research papers and other publications related to Internet and critical infrastructure, routing and networking protocols, cyber security, Internet governance, Internet identifiers and network operations. 

Geoffrey Noakes, Senior Director of Business Development, Symantec Corporation
Geoff  is the Senior Director of Business Development for Symantec’s Trust Services and Business Authentication group – previously known as VeriSign SSL.  Geoff has been with VeriSign/Symantec since 2003, and has worked on a broad variety of security-related initiatives (mainly around SSL and Code Signing) with organizations including Microsoft, Google, and almost all OS providers, mobile network providers, and mobile phone OEMs globally. Geoff drove VeriSign’s early efforts leading to the definition, standardization, and acceptance of EV SSL certs.  Geoff has a BS in computer science from Cal Poly, and an MBA in finance from USC.

Craig Spiezle, Executive Director & CEO, Online Trust Alliance
Craig is the Executive Director and President of the Online Trust Alliance, a charitable non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust while promoting innovation and the importance of self-regulation.  Craig is a recognized authority on trust and the convergence of privacy, security and marketing promoting responsible privacy practices, balanced public policy and data stewardship.  Craig frequently briefs members of Congress and international policy makers driving awareness of best practices by both the public and private sectors and importance of internet governance.  Prior to OTA, Craig spent over a decade at Microsoft driving development of brand protection, anti-spam, anti-phishing and privacy enabling technologies.  Spiezle holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Seattle University. Craig is on the board of the Identity Theft Council, past member of the City of Clyde Hill Utility Commission and served on two terms on the Federal Communications Commission advisory councils pertaining to online security and reliability of critical infrastructure.  Craig is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a member of InfraGard, a public-private partnership with the FBI.

Sal Tripi, Assistant VP, Digital Operations & Compliance, Publishers Clearing House
Mr. Tripi is an assistant vice president  at Publishers Clearing House (PCH), the United States' largest and best known sweepstakes company. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in Privacy, Marketing, Operations, new customer recruitment, relationship marketing and ecommerce. His work encompasses a variety of digital operational areas including digital operations, ad operations, compliance and privacy, and he has successfully developed and implemented compliance policies and practices that have allowed PCH to expand their entrepreneurial endeavors while maintaining a reputation for strong consumer and brand protection. 

Gary von Hoch, Vice President of Web Operations, AG Interactive
Gary is responsible for web operations, security and email integrity for AG Interactive, the digital communications subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation, a Cleveland, Ohio-based creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products. The interactive division oversees one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web. Gary has been with American Greetings for 35 years and has served in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing and internal systems, before helping to form the Interactive Marketing department in 1994, which eventually evolved into AG Interactive. His knowledge and insight have been instrumental in continuously advancing AG Interactive’s technology infrastructure, ensuring systems run securely and efficiently. He and his team routinely explore new technology to understand how people use it to communicate and how it can support social expressions product. Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Accounting from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He went on to earn his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Jeff Wilbur, Vice President of Marketing - Iconix
Chairman, Online Trust Alliance 

Jeff is the Chairman of OTA.  He has served on the OTA Board since 2009 and serves as the committee chair of the annual OTA Online Trust Audit initiative. Jeff is currently Vice President of Marketing at Iconix, Inc.  He has over 25 years of experience in high technology, all focused on bringing new, industry-transforming communications technologies to market. He has been involved at the founding stages of Ethernet, routing, switching, VOIP, unified messaging, and email authentication and services in both startups and Fortune 500 companies.  He has a BSEE from Kansas State University and MSEE from Stanford University.

Ben Wilson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations - DigiCert, Inc.
Ben has practiced law for over 20 years, focusing on Internet and information security.  As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Ben has deep expertise in the public key infrastructure (PKI) implementation, with a focus on the identification processes used to authenticate and issue digital certificates to PKI subscribers.  He is an active participant in the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology Law and its Information Security Committee.   Mr. Wilson also represents DigiCert with the Certification Authority / Browser Forum.  Locally, Mr. Wilson has been chair of the Utah State Bar's Cyberlaw Section, and he is a Master of the Bench in the Sutherland-Watkiss American Inn of Court.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Utah in 1987 with an Honors B.A. in Economics and in 1990 with a Juris Doctorate. 

Jonathan Zuck, President,  Association for Competitive Technology
Jonathan is a widely known and respected leader in the technology industry. As a professional software developer and IT executive with more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Zuck brings an insider’s perspective to his role as President of the Association for Competitive Technology. Since assuming leadership of ACT, Mr. Zuck has provided analysis, commentary and background information on a wide range of technology issues to the media, the public and Congress. He has been called on as a technology expert for the major news networks including CNN, CNBC and ABC, he is a frequent contributor to national and local radio news programs, and is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press. Prior to coming on board for ACT, Mr. Zuck served as Director of Technical Services at the Spectrum Technology Group in Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in client/server, Internet and data warehouse solutions development.


Board Members - Emeritus 

Manish Goel, CEO,  TrustSphere
As CEO of TrustSphere, a Singapore based security solutions provider, he has over 15 years experience in the software and services sector where he has had a particular focus on business applications, security and data. Prior to joining TrustSphere, he was a Director with PwC Venture Partners - PwC's London based technology investment group where he lead the Investment Selection team and was responsible for financial technology sector investments. His earlier career focused on strategy and M&A consulting across Asia and Europe within the Financial Services and Technology sectors.  Mr Goel holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of NSW, Sydney and a Grad Dip in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors, UK and and past Chairman of OTA.

Howard Schmidt, Partner  Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, former White House Cybersecurity Advisor
Howard serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).  Howard A. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.  He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.