George Mulhern - CEO & Chairman of the Board
George brings proven leadership and twenty-five years of Business-to-Business technology expertise to Cradlepoint. During his twenty-year career at Hewlett Packard, George had responsibility for hardware, software and services businesses that ranged in size from several million dollars to multi-billions of dollars of annual revenue. He successfully led businesses with sites located in the U.S., Europe and Asia and developed and implemented growth strategies both organically and through acquisition for the SMB and Enterprise markets. Mulhern’s last position with HP was as Senior Vice President, leading the LaserJet Global Business Unit. More recently, Mulhern was a general partner with Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise-based venture capital fund that served as a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups to help drive economic growth in the Northwest region. George holds both a BS, and MBA, Business Administration from San Jose University.
Ian Pennell - CMO
Ian joins Cradlepoint after 30 years of working in the computer and networking industry. Previous to joining Cradlepoint, Pennell served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Small Business Group and as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cisco's Enterprise Access Routing Technology Group. During his tenure, he had P&L responsibility for multiple strategic market segments including Branch Office Routing, Dial Access and Small Business. Before Pennell's leadership roles at Cisco, he held a number of senior sales, marketing and engineering positions across a variety of technology startups, and has been instrumental in the vision and development of some of the industry's most successful solutions, including Cisco's Integrated Service Routers.
Ryan Adamson - CRO
Ryan has been a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years, including senior management positions at Kestrelink and Portsmith. Prior to that he was Director of Business Development and Professional Services at Rightnow Technologies, a Bozeman-based CRM software company, where he also served on the original board of directors and helped raise $31M in venture funding. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State.
Val Heusinkveld - CFO
Val is a results-driven financial executive with more than 30 years experience in successfully driving profit improvement, leading business growth, and establishing scaling operations. She has held financial leadership positions with public and private companies ranging in size from start-ups to publicly traded global businesses. Val began her career in public accounting providing audit, advisory and acquisition services to growth oriented companies. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, Val’s previous position was CFO for Purcell Systems, Inc. a capital equipment supplier to the telecommunications industry. She has also served as CFO of Extended Systems, Inc., a provider of database and wireless device software and as CFO for In-System Design, Inc., a fabless semi-conductor company. She was the CFO for TJ International/Trus Joist Corporation, which pioneered engineered lumber products. Val’s core expertise includes optimizing cash flow, improving profit, building processes and infrastructure to facilitate growth, international operations and financial planning. Val holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho.
Kent Woodruff - CSO
With over 28 years in the IT field, Kent has experience with a wide variety of technologies and the business processes within large enterprises. He applies a keen understanding of industry trends and regulatory/compliancy standards, leveraging his experience in demonstrating vulnerabilities of wireless networks and how such vulnerabilities can be mitigated. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, Kent was Chief Security Analyst for Motorola AirDefense and has held many senior positions with notable security companies including Atrysk Security, Credant Technologies, Foundstone Inc. (acquired by McAfee), Qualys Inc. and Savant. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national security conferences and guest lecturer at Universities and Hacking Workshops. Kent holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Ryan Allphin - CTO
Ryan has been a technologist and leader in the industry for over 24 years including 13+ years driving innovation within device and network security. In large and small organizations he has developed teams and technologies from idea inception to proven market results. As CTO at Cradlepoint, Ryan’s role includes running worldwide research and development to define and deliver innovative technologies for the distributed and mobile enterprise. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, Allphin worked for 13 years at McAfee, an Intel company, most recently as senior vice president and general manager of the security management business unit. He was responsible for worldwide research and development, product management, and business go-to-market programs for security management, data and risk analytics, threat intelligence, and compliance solutions. Previously he spent 7 years within engineering at Novell. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Utah Valley University.
Steve Wood - VP of Engineering
Steve brings over 24 years of experience building and leading world-class engineering organizations through a relentless focus on excellence and organizational agility. He has consistently developed and commercialized innovative hardware, firmware and software solutions for the networking and wireless industry. Steve has held various engineering and management positions at Extended Systems, Mobility Electronics, and Portsmith before coming onboard at Cradlepoint. While at Extended Systems, he lead a hardware-only engineering organization through it’s expansion into a multidisciplinary hardware/software solution provider which ultimately resulted in the company’s acquisition. During Steve's tenure at Cradlepoint, he has expanded the engineering capabilities from a couple of engineers with an idea into a multidisciplinary organization delivering full-featured, complex hardware and software solutions into multiple market segments. Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Don Baumgartner - VP of Operations
Don comes to Cradlepoint with more than 20 years of extensive experience in executing strategic marketing, business management and operational efficiency to grow companies to the highest level. Don has consistently lead companies from start-up positions in emerging markets to market leaders in global competitive markets while consistently increasing revenue growth. Don’s expertise expands across an organization providing experience in building the teams and operational structure needed for companies to scale effectively through rapid growth. Don served as Chief Operating Officer at Relkuse Motor Sports, and is the former Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Extended Systems. Don holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Idaho.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
George Mulhern - Chairman of the Board
Gerry Langeler - Director (Managing Director, OVP Venture Partners)
Gerry Langeler joined OVP Venture Partners in 1992 and focuses on investments in the communications, clean tech and software sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cradlepoint, DataSphere, EnerG2, Novomer, Precision Demand and Serus.
Prior to joining OVP, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) in Portland, OR in 1981. There he served as President, and over eleven years helped lead Mentor through its IPO to over $400M in worldwide sales and over $1B in market capitalization. He began his technology career at Tektronix. Gerry received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard University. He is the author of “The Success Matrix – Winning in Business and in Life” (Logos Press 2014), “Take the Money and Run! An Insider’s Guide to Venture Capital” (Lulu Press 2011) and “The Vision Trap” (Harvard Business Review, March 1992). In 2012, Gerry was named by Oregon’s Governor to serve as co-chair of the Oregon Growth Board and in 2011 was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. He is the father of two grown children, and enjoys skiing (when his knees can stand it) and golf.
Rick Belluzzo - Director
A three time CEO and long time Tech executive Rick has been involved in a wide range of companies as CEO, Board Member, Investor, and recently Venture Partner. Rick began his career with Hewlett Packard and spent 23 years at the company. Much of his time was focused on leading and building the Printer and PC business. His last role was as Executive VP of the Computer Organization. He also spent time as CEO of SGI and held several roles at Microsoft, including Group VP of the Consumer Organization and President/COO of the company. He spent 9 years as CEO of Quantum Corp and recently was CEO of Viavi Solutions. In all of his roles Rick has been focused on driving change and transforming businesses. He currently serves as Chairman of Infoblox and Viavi Solutions, and is a Board Member of Cradlepoint. He spends most of his time as the US Venture partner for Innogest SGR, the leading Venture firm in Italy, where he pursues his passion in helping to build companies with an Italian foundation.
Mike Myer - Director
Mike Myer is Founder and CEO at Centricient, a startup that is improving the way customers and companies communicate. Previously, Mike was Chief Product Officer & VP, Engineering at Dataminr, the leader in real-time event detection in social media. Prior to joining Dataminr in 2013, Mike was Group Vice President at Oracle where he led a team of nearly 500 responsible for the development of the Oracle RightNow Service application. Mike joined Oracle via the $1.8B acquisition of RightNow Technologies, where he was Chief Technical Officer and VP, Product Development. One of the first RightNow employees, Mike architected and led the development of the RightNow Customer Experience solutions, used by many of the world’s largest consumer facing organizations to deliver exceptional customer interactions. Before RightNow, Mike held various software development and architect roles at AT&T/Lucent/Bell Labs Research. Mike has earned BS and MS degrees in CS from Rutgers University. Mike splits his time between two of the best (and most dissimilar) places: Bozeman, Montana and New York City.
Greg Warnock - Director (Director, Mercato Partners)
Greg Warnock, PhD is a co-founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, a growth equity investment firm. His operating experience spans retail, technology, business services and consumer products businesses. Greg currently serves on the board of directors for Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL), Sphero, Stance, Cradlepoint, Galileo, Steelhouse and the Community Foundation of Utah.
Prior to Mercato Partners, Greg Warnock was a co-founder and managing director of the venture capital firm, vSpring Capital. Greg was principal in more than 20 M&A transactions prior to vSpring and launched and operated 21 businesses. Greg is the founder of Junto Partners, an entrepreneurship education initiative that trains and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs. Greg has been named as one of Utah's most influential people, Utah Business Outstanding Director, the 2009 Business Mentor of the Year and was honored with the Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award at the Ernst & Young Special 20th Anniversary Gala Event. Greg received a B.S. in computer science and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Venture Finance at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.
Ron Mika - Director (Founder/Managing Director, Sorenson Capital)
Ron Mika co-founded Sorenson Capital Partners in 2002 and is a Managing Director of the firm. Prior to founding Sorenson Capital, Mr. Mika was a Managing Director at Bain Capital where he began his investing career in 1989.
In his 25 years in the private equity industry Mr. Mika has been instrumental in leading investments in a number of sectors including automotive supply, aerospace machining, chemicals, consumer products, oil & gas services, distribution, scientific equipment, retail, medical services, packaging, renewable energy and enterprise software in small and middle-market sized businesses.
Mr. Mika received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
LeGrand Lewis - Director (Principal, Sorenson Capital)
LeGrand Lewis joined the firm in 2008. He has had extensive experience in deal origination, business and financial due diligence, deal negotiations, transaction structuring, and portfolio management. LeGrand led or co-led the investments in Wilson Electronics, RTC, ReBath, and IDC as well as add-on acquisitions at IDC and RTC. He has also been involved in the realizations of LifePort and Mity. LeGrand serves as a member of the board of directors for RTC, Suncrest Solar, ReBath, IDC and serves as the Chairman of the Board for Wilson Electronics. He is a member of the firm’s aerospace and defense practice.
Doug Gilstrap - Director
Doug focuses on investments in the IT infrastructure area for both enterprise and service provider markets. He also works with companies in the business services and fintech industries. He currently serves on the board of directors of TCV company Cradlepoint.
Previously, Doug was Chief Strategy Officer for Ericsson, a role that included chairing the company’s M&A Investment Committee. Prior to that, he was Head of Strategy for Cable and Wireless, CEO of Radianz, a secure low latency and hosting financial services data extranet, and CFO and COO of Equant Networks (NYSE: ENT; over $10 billion), a global data network services company. Radianz and Equant are now divisions of BT and Orange, respectively. Doug has a global operational, finance, sales, and transactional background. He started his career as a CPA and M&A consultant before moving to technology and telecommunications.
Doug has had private and public equity experience with international companies based in France, Netherlands, U.K. and Sweden. Capital fundraising experience includes initial public offerings, secondary and private equity in both the U.S. and Europe.
Doug was raised in upstate New York and was somehow able to keep moving south for warmer weather and career opportunities. This took a turn northward when the family moved from Texas to Sweden before coming back to New York. He has spent his entire 25-year career with European-based B2B technology companies. He distinctly remembers the international flights to Paris, when smoking was still allowed near his coach seat in the back of the plane. In his spare time, Doug enjoys watching sports and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing, and golf.
Doug received his B.S. from the University of Richmond and his M.B.A from Emory University. He was a qualified CPA.
Ted Coons - Director
Ted Coons joined TCV in 2011 and has nearly two decades of financial and investment experience in the technology sector. He focuses on growth companies in enterprise IT, healthcare IT, and tech-enabled services, including both minority and majority investments. He currently serves on the board of directors of Cradlepoint, Datto, ExtraHop, and Fuze.
Prior to TCV, Ted was a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, where he sourced, evaluated, and executed investments across the technology sector. Before joining Blackstone, Ted was a Vice President in the Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group.
Ted was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and is a fan of the Buckeyes. Sadly, he is a fan of the Browns too. He became interested in technology at an early age when he learned to program in BASIC on an IBM PC 5150. Later on, he used to hack CompuServe chatrooms with friends. Today he loves living in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children. He is very interested in education reform and believes strongly in equal access to education for at-risk, disadvantaged, and special needs individuals. Ted serves on the board of directors of Achievement First Brooklyn, an umbrella organization of 19 charter schools in Brooklyn, New York, and the Board of Overseers of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ted graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, where he received a B.S. in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School.