Intoducing Black Kite
Meet the Team
Paul is a twenty-year veteran of the cybersecurity market. Paul joined Black Kite in early 2019 to build strategic alliances, and was named CEO shortly thereafter.
Prior to Black Kite, Paul was CEO of Pwnie Express, where he transformed the company into the world’s first SaaS IoT threat detection player. Other past positions include CEO of Savant Protection (now part of Digital Guardian) and CEO of Core Security Technologies,
Paul has also served in executive leadership roles with Baltimore Technologies and GTE CyberTrust. He is an advisor to DTonomy and AppVision, and was an independent board director with Nitro Security (acquired by Intel/McAfee in 2011).
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Black Kite, Candan Bolukbas is responsible for the technical direction and innovation of Black Kite products. Candan is a digital polymath and certified ethical hacker who fully appreciates the growing threat to digital communications and data accumulation that affect us all. Besides being a certified ethical hacker, he is a certified secure programmer, certified incident handler, and a certified computer hacking forensic investigator.
Candan has a BS degree in Computer Engineering and has vast experience developing security products, performing penetration testing and forensic analysis, and providing cybersecurity training. His certifications include CCNA, CCNP, CHFI, ECSP, MCSA, ECIH, CEH, and LPT. Candan has worked in both the public and private sectors for many years and is a strong supporter of human rights, freedom, and privacy.
As Senior Vice President of Sales, John brings 20+ years of successful sales leadership, dramatically growing early-stage software company’s revenues culminating in acquisitions. He has a passion for launching and scaling sales organizations through the design and implementation of strategies to reach customers. He loves to collaborate with partners and marketing and product development teams to optimize product and market fit, improve close rates, and perfect customer retention and satisfaction.
Prior to Black Kite, John led worldwide sales at Allure Security, another Glasswing Ventures portfolio company, where he helped launch and build a sales organization around the industry’s first beaconing technology that tracked documents whenever they were opened. Other experience includes vice president of sales at Prelert where he led the sales organization until its acquisition by Elastic in 2016.
Bob has been involved in security for most of his career, initially in physical security as a law enforcement officer. In those years Bob acquired a broad range of expertise and experience in all areas of security, including third-party security, risk assessment, architecture, design, policy development, deployment, incident response and investigation and enterprise solution deployments in areas including intrusion detection, data protection, compliance, and incident reporting and response.
Most recently, he was the Head of PayPal’s Global Third-Party Security & Inspections team, developing the program from the ground up into a state-of-the-art risk management program.
In a previous role as Chief Information Security Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he led the Pennsylvania Information Security Architecture program to win the 2007 award for outstanding achievement in information technology by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
Bob has been named a CSO of the Year finalist for the SC Magazine Awards and was nominated as the Information Security Executive of the Year, North America. Additionally, his team was a finalist in the SC Magazine Awards for Best Security Team.
Bob’s certifications include CRISC, CTPRP and OpenFAIR.
Phil is a 15-year veteran in cybersecurity. He has a strong passion for creating, coaching and mentoring sales teams and driving success.
Phil joined Black Kite in early 2020, most recently from IBM/Resilient where he built out their sales model and sales team. IBM/Resilient was the market leader in the Incident Response space.
Prior to IBM/Resilient, Phil also built successful sales teams at Bradford Networks (Acquired by Fortinet) as well as Appneta, who provided a Network Performance Monitoring Solution. In addition, Phil created the sales team at Network Intelligence (Acquired by EMC)
Chris is a dedicated professional with more than 20 years of experience delivering and leading cybersecurity teams, technology, and business teams in fast paced, high risk, and highly complex environments. Throughout his career, Chris moved between business strategy-focused, customer-focused, and technical strategy-focused positions; together these orientations allow him to see management and customer issues from various perspectives.
Prior to Black Kite, Chris held the position of CISO at ObserveIT, where he led their cybersecurity and compliance programs until their acquisition by ProofPoint in 2019. In other experiences, Chris built, and managed Cybereason’s Security Service and was Head of Security at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where he managed both operational and information security teams.
Danielle is a results-driven communications professional who has a proven record of using interpersonal relationships to drive success.
Prior to Black Kite, Danielle was an Investigative News Reporter/Anchor for CBS Affiliate WTOC-TV. Danielle also skyrocketed sales for Jackson Healthcare, working with top-level executives nationwide for Hospital Medicine Physician Staffing. The combined journalism background and B2B sales experience has made Danielle a spitfire in the Marketing arena.
Danielle has a BS degree in Digital Broadcast Journalism and Certificate in New Media from the University of Georgia, the #1 ranked school for communication studies in the U.S.
Peter is an experienced Solutions Architect with a demonstrated history of success and tenacity in the cyber security field.
Joining Black Kite in early 2020, Peter spearheads Sales Engineering efforts to drive a better overall experience for prospective customers. Prior to Black Kite, Peter headed up the SE team for the central region in North America at ObserveIT (acquired by Proofpoint). His breadth of experience in cyber, risk, IT and customer service lends himself to being an invaluable asset for the team.
Peter has A BS in Computer Networking from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Mohamoud Jibrell is the co-founder of Black Kite. For more than 25 years, Mohamoud is a transformative, strategic business and technology leader with first-hand knowledge of the challenges of cybersecurity and third-party security risk.
Mohamoud has spent his entire career finding unorthodox but highly effective solutions to business problems. Prior to founding Black Kite, Mohamoud was vice president and chief information officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, one of the largest private medical research organizations in the U.S. There, he streamlined and optimized a global IT organization that supported groundbreaking biomedical research including research labs in major 79 universities, implemented innovative technologies like cloud-based business applications, virtualized data center infrastructure and high performance computing clusters while reducing overall IT cost by 25%. Prior, he was the chief technology officer for the Ford Foundation, where he transformed IT operations across 13 countries by consolidating global infrastructure and transitioning critical business applications to cloud/hosted model. He also held IT and business leadership roles at Thermo King Corporation, an Ingersoll-Rand subsidiary, including leading a product group that increased global sales from $3 million to $28 million in three years, while reducing product cost by 32%.
In all of these roles, Mohamoud witnessed the myriad security challenges faced by multinational organizations that work with hundreds, even thousands, of third-party partners that can potentially compromise a company’s cybersecurity posture. This served as his inspiration his journey to entrepreneurship and co-founding Black Kite in 2016. Mohamoud is passionate about mentoring and cultivating emerging leaders. He believes the key to any business’s success is building high-performing teams and developing new leaders. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
An accomplished business executive with a proven track record leading software, hardware, SAAS, and consulting/professional service organizations, Dan has built highly productive management teams, engineered dynamic global alliance and partner programs, launched new RTM channel programs, and overseen successful business transformations, from start-ups to global enterprises.
Rick Gordon is an expert on technology investing, business strategy, and early-stage venture development. He is a proven leader with more than 25 years’ experience providing organizations with strategic growth.
Rick serves as a Director at Inova Health System’s Personalized Health Accelerator, the health system’s seed investment organization.
Rick formerly served as founding Managing Partner of MACH37, a cybersecurity market-centric accelerator supported by a community of hundreds of industry leaders who contribute to company development. MACH37 invests in entrepreneurs and helps them develop into thriving cybersecurity companies.
Prior to this role, Rick served as vice president of product management at KEYW Corporation, where he assisted the company in launching a commercially focused cybersecurity product line. Rick was also COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, Inc., where he ran strategic planning and day-to-day operations for this early-stage cyber situational awareness software company. Previously, Rick served as managing director at The Civitas Group, where he was responsible for the commercial strategy business line. Rick was also a founding board member of Invincea (acquired by Sophos in 2017). In these roles, Rick worked with senior private sector and government officials to solve key security challenges, evaluated emerging growth security companies for investment, and was a frequent contributor and speaker on issues such as cloud security, cyber intelligence and security innovation.
Rick was previously CEO of Tovaris, a specialized encryption software development company, and was also a technology investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co., serving many emerging technology companies and participating in several technology initial public offerings.
Rick served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and his BS in Engineering with Merit from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Global leader with a strong track record of driving impressive financial results as a senior executive, Board member, or consultant in multiple industries. Served as COO, CTO, CIO, and CFO for global technology companies. Highly experienced at defining digital strategies to drive new business models, grow revenue, improve margins, and reduce cost. Expert team builder and leader of multi-national and multi-cultural teams that perform. Experience in technology (services, software, and cybersecurity), manufacturing, aerospace/defense, financial services, healthcare, retail, and transportation industries. Hold MS (Software Development and Management), MBA, and BSEE degrees from top universities.