Intertrust Leadership

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Talal G. Shamoon

Chief Executive Officer

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David P. Maher

CTO and EVP

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Jeff McDow

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

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Tim Schaaff

Chief Product Officer and EVP

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Florian Kolb

Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager, Energy

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Anahita Poonegar

Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, India

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Jason Davis

Chief Financial Officer

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Robert E. Tarjan

Chief Scientist

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Kristin Clark

VP, Security Operations

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Kenny Huang

Managing Director, Greater China, South Korea, and ASEAN

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Yutaka Nagao

VP, Technology Initiatives and General Manager, Japan


Talal G. Shamoon | Chief Executive Officer

Talal Shamoon became Intertrust’s CEO in 2003. Under his leadership, Intertrust has grown from a small R&D and licensing company to a global leader in trusted computing products and services, licensing, and standardization. Today, Intertrust’s inventions enable billions of licensed products worldwide and its products are globally deployed. Shamoon joined Intertrust in 1997 as a member of the research staff, and then held a series of executive positions, including Executive Vice President for Business Development and Marketing. As an early pioneer of Digital Rights Management technology in the late 90s, he led Intertrust’s business and technology initiatives in the entertainment and media market, which established the company’s leadership in that space. He also presided over Intertrust’s record-setting growth as a licensing powerhouse, strategic investor and leading trusted distributed computing platform provider.

 

An electrical engineer and computer scientist by training, Shamoon was a researcher at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ, where he focused on digital signal processing and content security. Shamoon sits on several company boards – he is a member of the board of directors of Intertrust, whiteCryption and InnerPlant.  A recognized inventor, published author, and frequent public speaker, Shamoon holds B.S., M. Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University.


David P. Maher | CTO and EVP

David Maher has over 30 years of experience in secure computing and is responsible for Research and Development at Intertrust. In addition, he is currently President of Seacert Corporation, a certificate authority for the Internet of Things, President of WhiteCryption Corporation, a developer of application security software, and Co-chairman of the Marlin Trust Management Organization which oversees the world’s only independent digital rights management ecosystem. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, Maher was chief scientist for AT&T Secure Communications Systems, Head of the Secure Systems Research Department, and security architect for AT&T’s Internet services platform. After joining Bell Labs in 1981, he developed secure communications, information vending, and e-commerce systems. He was Chief Architect for AT&T’s STU-III secure voice, data, and video products used by the White House and Department of Defense for top-secret communications. In 1992, Maher became a Bell Labs Fellow in recognition of his accomplishments in communications security. Maher holds dozens of patents in secure computing; has published papers in the fields of mathematics and computer science; and has consulted with the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Maher holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Lehigh University. He has taught electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science at several institutions.


Jeff McDow | Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Jeff McDow is Intertrust’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel and is responsible for all legal functions at the Company. McDow joined Intertrust in 1999 and played a key role in the company’s licensing and litigation efforts. In 2004 he became Intertrust’s Chief Patent Counsel and led Intertrust’s IP department. In 2019 McDow took on the role of Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. McDow received a J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Walla Walla College.


Tim Schaaff | Chief Product Officer and EVP

Tim Schaaff is Intertrust’s Chief Product Officer and is responsible for all technology and product development at the Company. Schaaff brings over 30 years of technology leadership and design experience to Intertrust, having led brilliant engineering teams in the development of revolutionary products from Apple’s QuickTime platform to the PlayStation Network. He has substantial experience in product development, management, and standardization across a broad range of leading software and hardware platforms, and is leading Intertrust’s charge in the areas of trusted big data products, distributed secure systems and media protection and management and privacy-based adtech technologies.

Prior to joining Intertrust in 2015, Schaaff held a series of senior executive positions at Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2013, ultimately serving as President of Sony Network Entertainment International. From 1991 to 2005, Tim held various development and management roles at Apple, including eight years as Vice President of Apple’s Interactive Media Group where he was responsible for the media technologies in Mac OS X, including video, audio, 2D- & 3D-graphics, imaging, color management and real-time communications. Before Apple, Schaaff was a software engineer at New England Digital, the inventors of the Synclavier digital music synthesizer. He graduated from Dartmouth College.


Florian Kolb | Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager, Energy

Florian Kolb joined Intertrust as Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager, Energy in January 2020 after a 15-year career in a series of business leadership roles within the German energy industry. He is responsible for all of Intertrust’s product sales and business development activities, as well as the company’s initiatives in the energy and related industries.

Most recently, Kolb spent five years as CEO/Managing Director of innogy’s (initially RWE) Silicon Valley innovation group. In that role, he led U.S. strategic investments and innovation activities, including building and managing a strategic investment portfolio aimed at assembling technology assets for data-driven business models for the energy industry. He also helped incubate internal start-ups at innogy, which led to the creation of DigiKoo and Livisi. Kolb is a seasoned deal-maker; prior to taking on his roles in Silicon Valley, he worked in operations, restructuring as well as M&A, driving multi-billion euro mergers and acquisitions in the European energy sector.

In 2016, Kolb founded Free Electrons, a global accelerator program now operated by a consortium of ten leading international utilities. Kolb holds a Master’s degree in political economics from the University of Passau, Germany, and has participated in executive programs at INSEAD and IMD Lausanne.


Anahita Poonegar | Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, India

Anahita Poonegar is Intertrust’s Chief Marketing Officer and GM, India. She is responsible for all of Intertrust’s global marketing activities. She is also responsible for the company’s business initiatives in India. Prior to joining Intertrust, Poonegar was responsible for marketing and technical writing at Zero Gravity Technologies, a secure enterprise communications software developer, which was acquired by Intertrust in 2001. Poonegar is an expert in technology and society, she holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning and Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, where she specialized in the role of technology in community and social organization.


Jason Davis | Chief Financial Officer

Jason Davis is Intertrust’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the Company’s finance, accounting and control activities. Davis previously served as the company’s Vice President of Finance and Controller and brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience, both private and public, to Intertrust. Prior to joining Intertrust, Davis started his career in public accounting at KPMG LLP, where he earned his license as a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.  Davis also serves as the Secretary to the Board of Directors.


Robert E. Tarjan | Chief Scientist

Bob Tarjan is Intertrust’s Senior Fellow and is responsible for leading basic research at the Company. Tarjan is also the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is one of the world’s most prominent computer scientists and has made fundamental contributions in the fields of algorithms and data structures. He is the recipient of numerous academic distinctions and awards including the Association for Computing Machinery A. M. Turing Award, and the Nevanlinna Prize in mathematical aspects of computer science.

Tarjan has held a series of industrial research and academic positions over the years, including Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard and Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research. Earlier in his career he was with AT&T Bell Labs and the NEC Research Institute. He has held academic positions at Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and N.Y.U. Tarjan holds a BS in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and MS and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Kristin Clark | VP, Security Operations

Kristin Clark joined Intertrust in 1999 and has extensive background in Trust Management and Operations. As a VP of Security Operations, Kristin co-founded Seacert Corporation, an Intertrust company, and has twenty years of experience building and managing cryptographic operations, PKI (public key infrastructure) implementations and partner support. She has worked closely with multi-company/multi-country engineering teams to transform technical specifications into operational processes. Seacert has provided billions of credentials to a worldwide customer base of the largest consumer electronic companies. Prior to joining Intertrust, she worked at Hewlett Packard in e-Business, Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, and Finance, managing organizations, implementing multi-division systems and improving cross-organizational processes. She has a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University.


Kenny Huang | Managing Director, Greater China, South Korea, and ASEAN

Kenny Huang is responsible for Intertrust’s growing East Asia business and technology activities. His regional responsibilities include Greater China, South Korea and South East Asia. Huang has over 20 years of experience at pioneering Internet companies, with substantial experience in the digital media and Internet security markets. He first joined Intertrust in 2000 to run the Professional Services business unit. Huang opened Intertrust’s regional HQ in Beijing in 2008, where he currently resides. In the past, he has held a variety of engineering and business management positions at major Internet companies including Trend Micro, HelloAsia, Netscape and Silicon Graphics. Huang holds a MS Degree in Computer Science from Tufts University and a BS degree from National Taiwan University.


Yutaka Nagao | VP, Technology Initiatives and General Manager, Japan

Yutaka Nagao joined Intertrust 2009. Based at headquarters, Mr. Nagao plays several key roles in corporate strategy and business development, including leading our patent licensing business for the Japanese market. Prior to expanding his role to business development, Mr. Nagao was an accomplished engineer and standardization expert, having made key contribution to the development of the Marlin Digital Rights Management standard. He is a named inventor on several patents, and is an expert in software engineering and secure systems. Mr. Nagao was also part of the team that developed and built Seacert.

Prior to joining Intertrust, Mr. Nagao worked at Sony, where he developed media distribution systems, and at NTT, where he developed sophisticated IP network systems. Mr. Nagao holds a B.S in Physics and an M.S in Nuclear Physics from Chiba University.