Leadership

Our Leadership team helps make us who we are. Learn more about them and our Board of Directors.

Ed Adams
Ed Adams
President & CEO
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Ed Adams

President & CEO

Ed Adams is a software quality and security expert with over 20 years of experience in the field.  Ed served as a member of the Security Innovation Board of Directors since its inception in 2002 and took over as CEO in 2003.

Prior to his work at Security Innovation, Ed held senior management positions at Rational Software, Lionbridge, Ipswitch, and MathSoft. He was also an engineer for the US Army and Foster-Miller earlier in his career.

Ed is Research Fellow at The Ponemon Institute, serves on the board of several IT security organizations, and was named a Privacy by Design Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Ed graduated from UMass Lowell with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and English Literature and earned his MBA with honors from Boston College.

Fun Fact: Ed is obsessed with The Princess Bride, horse racing, Boston Sports, and the color orange.

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William Whyte
William Whyte
Chief Scientist
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William Whyte

Chief Scientist

William Whyte is responsible for the strategy and research behind the Security Innovation's activities in vehicular communications, security and cryptographic research.

Before joining Security Innovation, William was the Chief Technology Officer of NTRU Cryptosystems. He previously served as Senior Cryptographer with Baltimore Technologies in Dublin, Ireland.

William is chair of the IEEE 1363 Working Group for new standards in public key cryptography and has served as technical editor of two published IEEE standards, IEEE Std 1363.1-2008 and IEEE Std 1609.2-2006, as well as the ASC X9 standard X9.98.

William holds a PhD from Oxford University on Statistical Mechanics of Neural Networks and a B.A. from Trinity College.

Fun Fact: William's spends a lot of time at his local rink, watching his daughter play hockey - 5 nights a week to be exact! Hockey has made such a big impact on both of them that William has begun writing and illustrating stories all set in the world of girl's hockey.

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Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor
Chief Technology Officer
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Jason Taylor

Chief Technology Officer

Jason Taylor leads the strategic direction for all of Security Innovation’s engineering initiatives and customer solutions. He manages our world-class development teams for Security Innovation’s product lines and was the designer of our “Creating Secure Code” methodology and training course methodologies which have been implemented at many of the world's largest technology organizations.

Prior to joining Security Innovation, Jason served as a Test Architect, Security Team Lead, and Development Manager on the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows teams. He grew the Internet Explorer security test team from a solitary operation to the leading application security test team at Microsoft. Later, he built the Test Model Toolkit that became Microsoft's standard model-based testing tool, won a Microsoft Best Practice Award and a commendation from Bill Gates. He was named a 2013 Microsoft Developer MVP for Security and co-created the industry recognized STRIDE and DREAD application threat modeling and vulnerability classification techniques. He has co-authored ten security books and guides with the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team and published several whitepapers for CIO Update.

Jason received his C.S. degree from Montana State University.

Fun Fact: Jason met his wife rock climbing over 20 years ago and they haven't stopped their adventures skiing, sailing, mountain biking, and climbing since.

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Greg Smith2
Greg Smith
VP of Sales & Marketing
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Greg Smith

VP of Sales & Marketing

With over 30 years experience in the technology sector, Greg Smith oversees all worldwide marketing and business development activities at Security Innovation. He has a proven track record of delivering rapid growth programs at technology companies by combining innovative strategies with efficient go-to-market operations and high velocity sales models.

Prior to joining Security Innovation, Greg spent 14 years at Kronos where he created and managed the sales and marketing efforts for various divisions. During his tenure there, his teams were consistently top performing and helped the company grow from $265 million to more than $1 billion in revenue. Previously, Greg was a General Manager at Avnet after acquiring Marshall Industries.

Greg holds an MS in Management from Northeastern University and a BS in Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach.

Fun Fact: Greg is a devoted baseball fan, especially when it comes to his hometown team, the Boston Red Sox. His goal is to attend a game at every Major League stadium - and he only has six left before seeing them all!

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Stephanie Azonian
Stephanie Aznoian
VP of Finance
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Stephanie Aznoian

VP of Finance

Stephanie Aznoian joined Security Innovation in 2005, managing all aspects of Security Innovation's finances, from real estate and tax planning, contract negotiation and administration, to Human Resources and audit performance.

Prior to joining Security Innovation, Stephanie served as the Chief Financial Officer for Wellesley Companies, Inc. and a Tax Analyst at The Timberland Company. Stephanie is also a member of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma and served as National Treasurer of the Armenian Network Association.

Aside from Stephanie's professional accomplishments, she is very active in her community, teaching Accounting at the Boston Center for Adult Education, serving on Saint Ann’s Home and School's Board of Trustees and President of the Northeast Council for the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Stephanie earned her BS in Accounting from Bentley College, her Real Estate Finance certificate from Boston University and received her Masters Degree in Taxation with Distinctive Honors from Northeastern University.

Fun Fact: Stephanie is a prolific ghost hunter. She even spent a night locked inside the Lizzie Borden house. That's one scary sleepover!

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 Peter  Samson
Peter Samson
Senior VP & General Manager
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Peter Samson

Senior VP & General Manager

Peter Samson brings a wealth of management, marketing, and sales expertise within the information technology industry to Security Innovation. With profit and loss responsibility, his job is to help accelerate the growth of the company’s embedded business unit within established and new global markets.

Before Security Innovation, Pete held several positions with Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of new market opportunities at global enterprises. He was also Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Server Division at Unisys. For several years prior, Pete lived in Japan where he served as a Director at Nihon Unisys and President of Oki Unisys Kaisha in Tokyo.

Pete earned a BSc in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen.

Fun Fact: Peter has been a licensed pilot for over 35 years. He doesn't get a chance to fly much these days, but still hangs around his pilot friends in the hopes they will let him take their plane out for a spin.

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Joe Basirico
Joe Basirico
VP of Services ​
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Joe Basirico

VP of Services ​

Joe leverages his unique experience as a development lead, trainer, researcher, and test engineer to head up the engineering team at Security Innovation. His deep knowledge of application security risk, coupled with his hands-on experience assessing a wide variety of commercial software, makes Joe a trusted adviser for customers and is often a “go to” resource for specialized training and critical consulting services. He has worked on projects directly for Microsoft, Symantec, OWASP, HP, US Courts, and many others throughout his tenure with the company.

Joe was also the Founder and Vice President of Technology for Technically Learning, a nonprofit organization helping women and minorities get into the STEM field. Joe began his career as a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft.

Joe is an active member in the security and open-source communities, having contributed his technology, training, utilities, and methodology expertise. He manages the company’s engineering blog and has written several publications that focus on vulnerabilities at the source code level.

Joe holds a BS in Computer Science from Montana State University.

Fun Fact: Joe is an avid outdoorsman who loves to ride his bike, rock climb, and mountaineer. He has ridden his bike from Seattle to Portland and has summited Mount Rainier.

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Mark Etzel
Mark Etzel
VP of Engineering
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Mark Etzel

VP of Engineering

Mark is responsible for the development and testing of software products in the Security Innovation Embedded business unit, including the Aerolink™ and TCG Software Stack (TSS). 

Prior to joining Security Innovation in 2009, Mark served as Director of Engineering at NTRU Cryptosystems where he led the development of trusted computing. Before that, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, and spent over twenty years developing secure telecommunications, designing and implementing security for Sirius satellite radio.

Mark holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors from Carnegie Mellon University. He holds several patents in mobile phone security and has published papers in cryptography and digital signal processing.

Fun Fact: Mark played trombone in his college symphonic band and had the honor of performing several times at Carnegie Hall.

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