Meet Our Leadership Team, Board, and Investors

Leadership

Co-Founder and CEO

John Ackerly

As CEO and Co-Founder of Virtru, John is proud to be helping millions of individuals and thousands of organizations take control of the information they store and share online. A longtime privacy advocate, John was responsible for technology policy at the White House and was the Policy and Strategic Planning Director at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to co-founding Virtru, John was an investor at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, working with entrepreneurs to dramatically scale their businesses.

John graduated summa cum laude from Williams College, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School with Highest Honors.

Co-Founder and CTO

Will Ackerly

Will is the CTO and Co-Founder of Virtru. Prior to founding Virtru in 2012, Will spent eight years at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he specialized in cloud analytics and security architecture—specifically protecting the agency’s in-house data transfers. During his tenure at the NSA, Will invented the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open standard used today by various government agencies for the secure transfer of data and the technical foundation upon which Virtru was founded.

Will graduated magna cum laude from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
John graduated summa cum laude from Williams College, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School with Highest Honors.

CFO

Jim Timmer

As Virtru’s Chief Financial Officer, Jim is responsible for creating and managing financial planning and accounting operations to ensure the company’s success as it grows rapidly. Prior to joining Virtru, Jim was the CFO at iSIGHT Partners, where he led financial operations through the company’s growth and acquisition by FireEye.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loras College and an MBA from Drake University.

Chief Social Scientist

Andrea Little Limbago

As Virtru’s Chief Social Scientist, Dr. Andrea Little Limbago specializes in the intersection of technology, cybersecurity, and policy. She directs Virtru’s technical content, while contributing her own research on the geopolitics of security and privacy, global data protection trends, and usable security. Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes. She also presents at a range of security, government, and academic conferences. Andrea previously held the position of Chief Social Scientist at Endgame, taught International Relations in academia, and was a computational social scientist at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC). While at JWAC, she received the Command’s top award for technical excellence for her analytic support across the Department of Defense.

Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.

EVP of Platform

Robert McDonald

Rob McDonald is Virtru’s VP of Product Management and has been with the company since 2013. Prior to Virtru, Rob was the CIO for several Acute Care facilities and Denovo Healthcare development teams. His significant expertise in the healthcare industry earned him a spot in Becker’s Review as a 2013 and 2014 Top 100 Healthcare CIOs. Rob has also consulted with corporations to help them assess their current information security position and develop a plan to not only mitigate the discovered technical shortcomings but more critically to raise security awareness amongst their employees.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a perpetual student of technology, information security and privacy practices.

VP, Enterprise Sales and Customer Success

Brett Dorr

As VP of Enterprise Sales and Customer Success, Brett is responsible for driving global sales with a focus on growing Virtru’s enterprise customer base, while overseeing the Customer Success organization to help customers of all sizes solve their business privacy challenges using Virtru solutions. Previously at Virtru, Brett held the role of Director of Solutions Engineering. Before joining Virtru, Brett spent more than 16 years at SAS Institute, where he developed enterprise software and architected and sold customer solutions for data integration and business intelligence.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Kansas State University.

VP, Marketing

Mary Fad

As Virtru’s VP of Marketing, Mary is responsible for the strategy and execution of all areas of marketing, including product marketing, brand, corporate communications, demand generation, and marketing operations. Mary brings 20 years of marketing experience in technology, with an emphasis on security, to Virtru. Previously, Mary was Virtru’s Sr. Director of Demand Generation. Prior to Virtru, Mary held leadership roles in marketing at ThreatConnect, where she led Demand Generation and Forcepoint, where she oversaw brand and digital, as well as Rackspace and Dell.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Investors

Board of Directors

John Ackerly

John Ackerly

Co-Founder and CEO

Will Ackerly

Will Ackerly

Co-Founder and CTO

Will Griffith

Will Griffith

Founding Partner at Iconiq Capital

David Cowan

David Cowan

Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, Former Chairman, Co-founder at Verisign

Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson

CEO at Sonatype, Former CEO at Sourcefire

Scott Petry

Scott Petry

Co-founder & CEO at Authentic8, Former Founder & CTO at Postini