Board of Directors

Howard Lau

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Howard Lau serves as Chairman and CEO for Attensity, an enterprise software and services company specializing in Corporate Intelligence and Brand Equity management.  Mr Lau has led the Attensity Board of Directors as its Executive Chairman since early 2013, leveraging over 25 years of experience in the business software sector with an extensive background in investments and operations.  Previously, Mr. Lau was Founding Executive at SAP Labs and SAP Ventures, and he has served as a partner in the venture capitalist industry for over 10 years.  Most recently, Mr. Lau was Managing Director at East Gate Capital.  As a venture capitalist, he has invested in over 30 companies that have returned over 4 times the investors’ capital.  Mr. Lau has worked in managerial capacities at SAP, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Andersen Consulting throughout his career.  He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Richard Marshall

Mr. Richard Marshall is a globally recognized security and policy thought leader. He has addressed audiences in England, Germany, Moldovia, India, Thailand, China and Switzerland. He is the Founder and President of X-SES Consultants, LLC., and the former Vice President of Cyber Programs at Triton FSI. He has served key leadership roles in protecting public and national security interests and serving many US administrations and presidents in critical leadership positions.  Mr. Marshall previously was a member of the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service (SCES) and the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES). He was the Director of Global Cyber Security Management, National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He directed the National Cyber Security Education Strategy; and the Software Assurance; Research and Standards Integration; and Supply Chain Risk Management programs. He was previously the Senior Information Assurance (IA) Representative, Office of Legislative Affairs at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he served as the Agency’s point of contact for all NSA Information Security (INFOSEC) matters concerning Congress. He devised the IA legislative strategy, helped shape the passage of the revised Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and was a key contributor to the Bush and Obama administration’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative (CNCI).  Mr. Marshall graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Political Science; Creighton University School of Law with a J.D. in Jurisprudence; Georgetown School of Law with an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law; was a Fellow at the National Security Law Institute, University of Virginia School of Law in National Security Law; attended the Harvard School of Law Summer Program for Lawyers; the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute on Advanced Legislative Strategies and participated in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He currently serves as a Board Member or Special Advisor to the following entities: Attensity; Sierra Vista Group; JouleX; Mobile Active Defense; International Cyber Security Advisory Dialogue Board; INVNT/IP Global Consortium; MyStateUSA; Axon Global Services; Auroros; AirPatrol; the National Maritime Law Institut and Advisor to Zofia Consulting, LLC..

Niall Davis

Partner, aeris capital AG

Niall brings over 20 years of experience as an operational executive and venture capitalist to the Board. Since 2006, Niall is one of ten founding partners of Swiss aeris CAPITAL AG, a large global private equity firm. He splits his time between the direct investment team and the private equity fund investment team. He is also an advisor to Portalium Ventures Fund I (Israel). Prior to aeris, Niall was with First Ventury, one of Germany’s leading Venture Capital firms, where he focused on open source, enterprise software, security, Internet applications, IT in healthcare, IT infrastructure, compilers, operating systems, wireless communication, and home entertainment systems.

Niall was previously CTO of Astarte New Media AG. He also has extensive experience as a technical director and software developer. Niall holds a BA Business Systems from London Metropolitan University, London.. He also completed the EVCA Institute Private Equity Management Training.

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