- Registration2019-12-23 Filed S1
- IPO2020-01-25 IPO, search begins
- Definitive Agreement2021-05-15 Agreement for merger
- CompletedNot yet completed
- SPAC Ticker
- Bright Machines
- Cybersecurity, Technology, Unicorns
Michael Doniger has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors since November 2019. Mr. Doniger most recently served as the Director of Research for Citadel Fundamentals Strategies. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Doniger was a Senior Partner at Green Owl Capital Management where he utilized his quantitative background to take a probabilistic approach to investing in complex situations across sectors and asset classes. His extensive experience also extends to training and managing analyst and trader teams. Prior to Green Owl, Mr. Doniger served as a partner at Corvex Management where he played a pivotal role in the development of the firm. He worked closely with the firm’s founder, Keith Meister to perfect an event-driven investing strategy. Prior to Corvex, Mr. Doniger served as portfolio manager at CR Intrinsic Investors, a subsidiary of SAC Capital (“CR Intrinsic”), and senior analyst at Milton Arbitrage Partners. Mr. Doniger began his career working research and development project for Kraft Foods in the U.S. and U.K. Mr. Doniger is well qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive management history and experience in developing and executing on investment strategies.
Hank Thomas has been our Chief Technology Officer and director since November 2019. Mr. Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SCV, a four-year-old Washington, D.C. based venture capital firm, exclusively focused on cybersecurity, which invests in cybersecurity technology companies at the seed and Series A stage of growth. SCV’s investment team brings an expert, technical, younger, reimagined, more modern approach to the venture capital community, start-up founders and the cybersecurity industry at large. Mr. Thomas also serves on SCV’s board of directors and compensation committee. Prior to SCV, Mr. Thomas served eight years as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and 11 years as a cybersecurity consultant and executive at Booz Allen Hamilton. He leverages 23 years of experience to identify, invest in, and mature differentiated cybersecurity technology teams. Mr. Thomas currently serves on the board of directors for TrapX Security, Polarity, and ID DataWeb. He is also a member of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) advisory board and the U.S. Cyber Moonshot advisory board at Auburn University. Mr. Thomas holds a BA in Political Science from Northwestern State University and an MPS in Technology Management from Georgetown University. Mr. Thomas is well qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive management consulting and investment experience when it comes to companies in the cybersecurity sector.
Chris Ahern has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since November 2019. Chris Ahern is a Principal at SCV, driving the investment process, from deal sourcing and due diligence to funding and takes an active approach towards advising, tracking, managing, and supporting SCV’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining SCV, Mr. Ahern spent less than one year at Blu Venture Investors, a Virginia-based angel investor group, and one year working with Lavrock Ventures, an early stage investor in enterprise software and cybersecurity. Prior to that, Mr. Ahern was a Manager in Ernst & Young’s audit practice. During his six years at Ernst & Young, Mr. Ahern managed several audit projects for a variety of clients in the Washington, D.C. area including several large government contractors and biotechnology companies. Mr. Ahern graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and International Business and earned his Master’s degree in Accounting, also from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
Sounil Yu will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Yu has over 30 years of experience in the security industry. He is the creator of the Cyber Defense Matrix and the DIE Resiliency Framework, which has made an impact on the industry, regulators, and the overall security ecosystem. From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Yu served as the Chief Security Scientist at Bank of America, leading a cross-functional team focused on examining a wide array of security technologies and driving security innovation to address emerging cybersecurity needs. Prior to that, Mr. Yu helped improve information security at several commercial institutions and government agencies. Mr. Yu has 22 granted patents covering a wide range of topics, including threat modeling, graph databases, intrusion deception, endpoint security monitoring, tracking media leaks, attributing malicious requests, attributing devices to organizations, detecting logic bombs, security portfolio optimization, and neutralizing stolen files. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the FAIR Institute and SCV and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s School of Business teaching the fundamentals of Cybersecurity Technologies. In addition to CISSP and GSEC certifications, Mr. Yu holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University. We believe that Mr. Yu’s deep cybersecurity technology experience and significant professional experience in varied roles within the cybersecurity industry qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
David J. Lunglhofer will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Lunglhofer is currently a Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer at BNY Mellon, where he is responsible for defining, building and operating a high-functioning, enterprise-level cyber-security organization that securely enables BNY Mellon’s core businesses, protects the assets of the company and its clients, and preserves shareholder value. Mr. Lunglhofer is also a member of the senior leadership team for BNY Mellon’s Client Technology Solutions group. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lunglhofer led the Cyber Financial Services practice at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided cyber security services and expertise to a wide range of financial institutions, as well as other commercial and government clients. His experience includes providing cyber security support to many of the top U.S. and global financial institutions and helping complex financial services organizations establish comprehensive cyber security strategies, to providing technical assessment services such as penetration testing and dynamic web assessments for mission critical platforms and applications. Mr. Lunglhofer has held a variety of technical cyber security certifications over the course of his career including Certified Ethical Hacker and OSSTMM Professional Security Tester (neither still active), and received his Bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. We believe Mr. Lunglhofer is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors given his deep cybersecurity experience and significant professional experience in varied roles within the industry.
Daniel Coats will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Sen. Coats is the former Director of National Intelligence, serving from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, Sen. Coats served as a United States Senator from Indiana, first from 1989 to 1999 and again from 2011 to 2017. Sen. Coats was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1989 and served as the Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005. Sen. Coats is a graduate of Wheaton College and the Robert McKinney Indiana University School of Law, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. We believe Sen. Coats is well qualified to serve on our board of directors given his extensive public service and foreign relations experience.
Vivian C. Schneck-Last will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Ms. Schneck-Last served at Goldman Sachs & Company as Managing Director, Global Head of Technology Governance from 2009 to 2014, Managing Director, Global Head of Technology Business Development from 2000 to 2014, and Managing Director, Global Head of Technology Vendor Management from 2003 to 2014. During her tenure at Goldman Sachs & Company, as head of Technology Business Development, Ms. Schneck-Last lead due diligence efforts for numerous investment opportunities. As head of Technology Governance, she designed the Technology Risk Management program for the firm which included cyber and technology operational risk. She currently serves on the board of directors, audit committee, risk committee and the strategic planning committee of SLM Corporation and Sallie Mae Bank, where she has focused on cyber and technology risk as well as digital transformation effects. In addition, Ms. Schneck-Last serves on the board of Coronet Cyber Security Ltd. and Bikur Cholim of Manhattan, Inc., and is an active advisor to emerging growth technology companies. Ms. Schneck-Last received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Business School. Ms. Schneck-Last is well qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her strategic technology experience and background in technology governance and risk management in the financial sector.