James Hamilton, Chairman
Mr. Hamilton has more than 25 years of leadership experience in senior executive roles across many highly successful high-tech companies. As Wedge Networks Chairman, he brings proven success at building and leading high-potential, high growth companies from startup to IPO and often through acquisition. Mr. Hamilton was the CEO of Tipping Point, the renowned market leader in Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). Mr. Hamilton was also president of Click Security, and president of Efficient Networks, which also achieved a highly successful IPO and was later acquired by Siemens. He has also held various senior sales roles with multiple companies; most recently as SVP of worldwide sales and field operations at Cyan, Inc.. Mr. Hamilton is also the president of Valletta Capital, LLC and is active in multiple venture capital, corporate, and charitable boards.
Hongwen Zhang, Director
Dr. Zhang is a co-founder of Wedge Networks. As President & Chief Technical Officer, he is instrumental in developing Wedge’s high performance security platform. Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Calgary; an M.Sc in Computer Engineering from the Institute of Computer Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Fudan University. With more than two decades of high-tech leadership experience, Dr. Zhang is a co-inventor and holder of several patents in the area of computing and networking. Prior to establishing Wedge Networks, he was a co-founder of the 24C Group Inc., which pioneered the first digital receipts infrastructure for secure electronic commerce. Dr. Zhang was previously principal of Servidium Inc., now ThoughtWorks Canada Inc., a global leader in agile development methodology. A speaker and writer on subjects of cloud, networking, and IT security issues and trends, Dr. Zhang chairs the Security Working Group and is a member of the board of directors of Open Cloud Connect, a global cloud computing consortium of leading network service providers and technology vendors.
Sheikh Isa bin Khalid Al Khalifa, Director
Sheikh Isa bin Khalid Al Khalifa is the Founder and Managing Director of SeaSpring Consulting WLL, a Bahraini-based consulting company with a strategic focus on bringing leading technology solutions from various sectors (including IT, oil and gas, metals and mining and healthcare) into the GCC region. Prior to founding SeaSpring Consulting, Sheikh Isa bin Khalid Al Khalifa was a Private Equity Associate with Oasis Capital Bank in Bahrain where he raised over US$245M in paid up capital. Previous to this position, he was the Assistant Manager of Corporate Banking & Finance at Citibank. Sheikh Isa bin Khalid Al Khalifa graduated with a Master of Science in Global Financial Analysis from Bentley University, Waltham, MA.
Dr. Norman M. Betts, Director
Dr. Betts is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, along with holding the position of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He is accomplished in the field of accounting and finance, with a mix of academic and public and private-sector experience. He is an expert in accounting regulations, and has extensive experience in audits, risk management, governance and oversight. He was a member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 2003 and held three different cabinet posts, including Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2001. Prior to entering politics, Dr. Betts was Assistant Dean of the MBA Programme and an Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick as well as a partner in the accounting firm Shannon, Betts & Buffett. Dr. Betts sits on the Boards of Directors of Tembec Inc., New Brunswick Power Corporation, several mining and mineral exploration companies, and the University of New Brunswick Pension Plan for Academic Employees. Dr. Betts received a Ph.D in Management with a concentration in accounting and finance from Queen’s University School of Business in 1992 and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 1978. He also holds a Fellow Chartered Accountant designation.
Hussein Amery, Director
Dr. Amery is Wedge Networks’ Vice President of Business Development. Dr. Amery has more than 25 years of experience building business in different industries – oil and gas, real estate development, finance and IT. Dr. Amery’s most recent position was the VP Operations for a publicly-traded managed Internet services provider (Fatport, a division of Skyboard Media). Prior to that, Dr. Amery was a founding director of Ittihad Capital Corp., a boutique finance and leasing corporation. Dr. Amery completed his undergraduate education in Canada and his post-graduate education in California, earning a doctorate in psychology. While not working, Dr. Amery volunteers his time extensively to local and international charitable and non-profit organizations.
Mark Floyd, Advisor
Mr. Floyd is a venture partner with TDF Ventures and is currently an advisor to Wedge Networks. Most recently, Mr. Floyd served as Chief Executive Officer of Cyan, Inc., from May 2012 until the acquisition by Ciena in August of 2015. He was also on Cyan’s board of directors since October 2008 and was appointed chairman of the board of directors in November 2011. Prior to joining Cyan, Mr. Floyd served as Chief Executive Officer of SafeNet, Inc., a data security company, from July 2009 to July 2011. From May 2008 to June 2009, Mr. Floyd served as a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Ventures, and from March 2007 to March 2008 served in the same capacity at El Dorado Ventures, each of which is a venture capital firm. Previously, Mr. Floyd served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Entrisphere, Inc., a telecommunications equipment company, from August 2002 until its acquisition by Ericsson, Inc. in February 2007. Mr. Floyd currently serves as a director of Riverbed Technology Corporation, an information technology performance company, and previously served as a director of Tekelec, Inc., a network applications company, from October 2004 to May 2011 and Carrier Access Corporation, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, from June 2001 to March 2008. Mr. Floyd holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas.