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Executive Team

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C. Scott Hartz, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hartz is the CEO of TaaSera, the leader in Preemptive Breach Intervention. As a recognized pioneer in leading transformational business solutions for Fortune 500 global enterprises, Hartz brings more than 40 years of strategy and technology consulting to TaaSera. His career in management consulting began in 1970 with Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers, which served more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 enterprises worldwide, as well as numerous smaller business organizations and governmental units throughout the world.

From 1995 to 2002, while CEO of PwC Consulting, Hartz led the company’s growth to a $6 billion enterprise with a global leadership position serving multi-national companies in corporate transformation, e-business and e-markets, supply chain services, CRM, and enterprise resource planning. Since 2002, he has served as CEO of The Hartz Group, an IT and technology consulting firm. Hartz has also served on The Wharton School Graduate Board and Lehigh University Business School Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jim Hughes, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing
Jim Hughes, TaaSeraJim Hughes is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TaaSera, Inc. In this role, he leads a team responsible for transforming how TaaSera’s clients fight and win the war against cyber crime.
TaaSera is the first cyber security company to deliver Preemptive Breach Intervention, which allows enterprise security teams to find and fix compromised systems before they result in loss of data.
Jim has assembled a veteran team of industry and technology experts to help TaaSera’s clients benefit from this revolutionary solution, which integrates seamlessly with existing cyber defense systems. His leadership implementing a quick start program has allowed clients and partners to assess the impact of TaaSera cyber solutions quickly and easily.
Jim held senior management positions at Cisco, SAP, Siebel Systems and UST Global. As a founder of Avistar Communications, and the 5th employee at Aurum Software, he helped lead both companies from early growth through successful IPO expansion. Jim has deep experience creating transformational client solutions, both through direct and channel sales aligned to the specific needs of unique vertical markets such as financial services, discrete manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical and the biotechnology industry.
Jim holds an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and was awarded a patent for his team’s work on browser-based multimedia collaboration.
Srinivas Kumar, Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Srinivas Kumar brings over 25 years of Engineering and Management experience in computer networking and endpoint security to TaaSera. Most recently, he was the founder of TaaSware, which was acquired by TaaSera in March 2012. During his time at TaaSware, Kumar was retained as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SRI International in the field of trustworthy data centers. Prior to that, Mr. Kumar was the Solutions Architect in the Networking & Security business unit at VMware. Previously, Kumar served as the Vice President of Engineering and Principal Architect at Applied Identity, which was acquired by Citrix, where he designed and developed a user and application-aware firewall.

Earlier in his career Mr. Kumar served in senior project management and technical architect roles at Nortel, Lucent and TranSwitch. He is the author of 16 patents in the security, user and application identity space. As engineering manager and software architect at FATS (acquired by Meggitt Training Systems) he led the R&D team in the design of simulators for marksmanship and squad engagement training systems for law enforcement, the U.S. military and its allies. He has also led engineering efforts to certify products for Common Criteria, FIPS, US DoD and NATO military standards. Mr. Kumar has a BE in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University.

Kurt F. Buseck, Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

As TaaSera's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Buseck brings to TaaSera over 30 years of experience investing into and building private companies. Beginning in 2003, he has led investor groups into seven technology-based companies, ranging from medical device manufacturing to information security and engineering software. At many of these companies, Buseck served as Chairman and was responsible for financial strategy and oversight of corporate strategic development.

Buseck also founded Full Circle Investments, a private equity firm that actively acquired small to mid-size companies between 1993 and 1998. The portfolio of 14 companies was repositioned, expanded and sold by 2003. He also served as managing director of the U.S. operations of Onex Corporation, the largest private equity firm based in Canada. He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a B.A. from Boston College.

Richard Stanton, General Counsel

Richard Stanton is General Counsel for TaaSera, Inc. He has advised clients on a variety of issues, including appropriations, education, Homeland Security, defense, tax, transportation, energy, Indian and insular/US territory affairs. With more than 20 years of law and government affairs experience gained from serving in the executive, legislative and judicial branches in federal, state and territorial governments, and previously as a partner in a national law firm, Stanton brings a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to TaaSERA's executive team.

Stanton was previously director of government affairs and counsel in the Washington, DC, office of Governor Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico. He also served as staff director and counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee for Insular and Indian Affairs, and as deputy oversight and investigations counsel to Chairman Don Young on the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Stanton also served from 1995 to 1998 as associate independent counsel in the Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel, and served as assistant general counsel in the US House of Representatives Office of General Counsel from 1991 to 1995. After graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, Stanton served two years as law clerk to Chief Judge Thomas D. Lambros in the United States Northern District Court of Ohio.

Javier Ortiz, Vice President of Strategy & Global Government Affairs

Mr. Ortiz brings over 20 years of experience in technology, business, and government to TaaSera. During his career, he has provided strategic direction to organizations seeking to execute complex commercial and government transactions around the world. Previously, Ortiz served as Vice President of Global Public Sector Strategy and Business Development at Siebel Systems, Inc., and in various global leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. While at PwC Consulting, he led the government and executive affairs effort for the Office of the CEO and was responsible for the global business relationship with Microsoft. In this role, he secured over $2 billion in go-to-market commitments for PwC Consulting, which was one of the world’s largest consulting organizations of its time with over $6 billion in global revenue and more than 35,000 consultants in 70 countries serving more than half the Fortune Global 500 largest public companies.

Ortiz also serves as Founding Associate Member of the National Conference of Hispanic Legislators, is an adviser to the Hispanic Leadership Fund and served in the Century Campaign Steering Committee of the Red Cross National Capital Region. He previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation’s Fundraising Committee and is a past member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals. Ortiz is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Univision, CNN, FOX News, among others.

Ivan H. Shefrin, Vice President of Products

As Vice President of Products, Ivan Shefrin brings TaaSera over 25 years of experience in IT security and network management. He founded and led two successful network and security management companies, Network Performance Systems, Inc. (NPS) and Response Networks, Inc. (RNI). As president of NPS, Shefrin led the company to an industry leadership position by capturing 50 percent of the market for IBM network routing design software. After selling NPS to a European software manufacturer, Shefrin founded RNI, raising $30 million in venture capital, including a pivotal investment from Cisco Systems. After merging with Open Service in 2002 to provide IT security event management, the company operates today as LogMatrix.

Previously, Shefrin served as an international trade negotiator and analyst for the U.S. Government, helping open foreign markets to U.S. telecommunications and networking companies. Early in his career, he worked at IBM's Cambridge Scientific Research Center, and he was an analyst for Knowledge Industry Publications in New York. Shefrin received his S.M. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his baccalaureate from Tufts University.

Marion Shields, Vice President for Public Sector Sales

Based in TaaSera's DC office, Marion is responsible for aggressively driving all sales activities at TaaSera including direct sales as well as new business development through partner channels. She has a track record of success in both large IT companies including EMC, and Sun Microsystems as well as small IT companies including Xiotech Corporation, Sequent Systems, and Sterling Commerce. She brings to TaaSera over 30 years of experience in sales, sales management, business development and business leadership in both the Commercial and Government sectors.

Most of Ms. Shields Federal sales career has been focused on the US Intelligence Community, where she has established and maintains strong relationships. Prior to joining TaaSera, Ms. Shields led a Special Programs team at EMC that set a new record for sales at a major IC Agency.

Ms. Shields received a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College.