Kendall Larsen, CEO, President and Chairman
Mr. Larsen has been our President since July 5, 2007 and has been our Chief Executive Officer and a Director since June 10, 2007. Mr. Larsen has held the same positions with VirnetX since its inception in August 2005. From April 2003 to July 2005, Mr. Larsen focused on pre-incorporation activities related to VirnetX. From April 2002 to April 2003, Mr. Larsen was a Limited Partner at Osprey Ventures, L.P., a venture fund that makes investments primarily in business and consumer technology companies. From October 2000 to April 2002, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security Products Division of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a software and firmware developer. Prior to March 2003, and for a period of over 20 years, Mr. Larsen has held senior executive positions at various leading technology companies, including RSA Security, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Rolm/International Business Machines Corporation, Novell, Inc., General Magic, Inc., and Ramp Networks. Mr. Larsen holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah.
Dr. Robert Dunham Short III, Director, Chief Technical Officer and Chief Scientist
Dr. Short has been the Chief Scientist for VirnetX since May 2007 and in June 2010 became VirnetX’s Chief Technical Officer as well. From February 2000 to April 2007, Dr. Short was Assistant Vice President and Division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC. From 1994 to February 2000, he also held various other positions at SAIC. Prior to SAIC, he worked at ARCO Power Technologies, Inc. (Atlantic Richfield Petroleum), Sperry Corporate Technology Center and Sperry Research Center. Dr. Short is named as a co-inventor on substantially all of the patents in the VirnetX patent portfolio. He has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University along with a M.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Richard Nance, Chief Financial Officer
Richard has over 25 years of experience in business, finance and accounting. He has worked as CEO/CFO for both public and private companies involved in software technology, manufacturing and international sales & distribution. He is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with additional prior experience as a National Bank Examiner with the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, senior lending officer in commercial banking and has over 14 years of experience in business consulting, strategic planning and advisory services as well as establishing operational efficiencies in companies. From 2002 to 2011 he was Executive Vice President and CFO of Strasbaugh, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer and led that company through a successful IPO. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking & Finance from North Texas State University, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central State University of Oklahoma and has memberships in the American Institute of CPA’s and California Society of CPA’s.
Kathleen Larsen, Chief Administrative Officer
Mrs. Larsen is our Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to this position, she served as our Vice President, Administration and Human Resources since February 2005. From September 2004 until February 2005, Mrs. Larsen focused on equity raise and pre-incorporation activities related to VirnetX. Mrs. Larsen also served as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of VirnetX from March 2006 until July 2007. From September 2002 to September 2004, Mrs. Larsen was a Commercial Property Manager for JBD Properties, a real estate developer. Mrs. Larsen’s experience includes Executive Recruiter at Armen and Associates, Senior Director of Human Resources at CHW Advertising and Human Resource and Office Manager at Realtime Consulting, Inc./MODIS.
Sameer Mathur, VP of Corporate Development and Product Marketing
Mr. Mathur has been the Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing for VirnetX since July 2007. Prior to that date, Mr. Mathur was the Vice President of Business Development of VirnetX since April 2006. From March 2004 to April 2006, Mr. Mathur was Product Line Manager for SonicWALL Inc. From April 2003 to March 2004, Mr. Mathur was Senior Product Manager for Zone Labs Inc, a leading provider of Internet security software. From June 1996 to April 2003, he was Senior Product Marketing Manager of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. Prior to June 1996, Mr. Mathur worked in various engineering and marketing roles for OEC Japan, IBM Japan, and Pertech Computers Ltd. Mr. Mathur has a B.S. in Engineering from Gujarat University, India.
Dr. Victor Larson, Vice President of Research and Development
Dr. Larson is the Vice President of Research and Development and a co-inventor of the VirnetX technologies. Prior to joining VirnetX, Dr. Larson worked for over 20 years doing system engineering, software design and technical program management under contract to many branches of the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Dr. Larson worked on numerous advanced prototypes to implement new solutions to secure communications, remote sensing data extraction and processing, intelligence information extraction and data visualization. Dr. Larson holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Jon Weaklend, Vice President of Finance
Mr. Weaklend has been VirnetX’s Controller since 2008 and brings over 30 years of financial experience. Prior to joining VirnetX, Mr. Weaklend was Sr. Accountant for Daniel M. Ukestad and Associates, CFO for Global ATN, Inc., Director of Finance and Administration for Global Weather Dynamics, Inc., and Sr. Accountant for Site Technologies, Inc. Mr. Weaklend reports to and works closely with Richard Nance, VirnetX’s Chief Financial Officer.
Greg Wood, Vice President of Corporate Communications
Mr. Wood has been with VirnetX since October 2007 and has been our Vice President of Corporate Communications since April 2011. Prior to that, he held the position of Senior Director of Corporate Communications. His executive brand experience includes McDonalds, Safeway, Nissan, Burger King, Taco Bell, Nutri-System, Supercuts and Pacific Gas & Electric with advertising agencies that include J. Walter Thompson, Chiat/Day, Tracy-Locke/BBDO, Hoefer Dietrich & Brown and Crossover Creative. Mr. Wood’s areas of marketing expertise include strategic branding, new business development, direct, licensing, product merchandising, consumer education, multicultural, investor relations and public relations. Mr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis.
Willard Thomas, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, is the Gabriel Sales Team leader. His extensive experience includes executive management positions at Celestix Networks, Niksun, Network Intercept, StillSecure, Fortress Technologies and RSA Security. He has been involved with security sales since 1999 and his expertise includes forensics- based cybersecurity, network security and performance management, end point security, network access control, wireless security, and embedded security solutions. His enterprise sales experience includes selling to the Fortune 500, SME, government and international markets. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.