Board of Directors

Our Board

HyTrust’s board represents innovators and company builders with deep experience in their areas of expertise. We are building a world-class team with the skills and passion to transform cloud security.


John De Santis

Chairman and CEO

John De Santis has operated at the bleeding edge of innovation and business transformation for over 30 years – with international and US based experience at venture-backed technology start-ups as well as large global public companies.

Most recently, Mr. De Santis was VP, Cloud Services for VMware. He joined VMware after being Chairman and CEO of TriCipher, a software security infrastructure company acquired by VMware in 2010. He led TriCipher’s transformation from a specialized niche provider of secure authentication solutions to the leading innovator in cloud based identity services for web application and SaaS access management.

Prior to TriCipher, Mr. De Santis served as CEO of enterprise security software company, Sygate Technologies, from 2000 until its acquisition by Symantec in 2005. Sygate’s innovations continue to provide the foundational technology for Symantec’s Endpoint Protection business. Prior to joining Sygate, he was SVP for Network Computing Devices (a leading thin client manufacturer), where he was responsible for all worldwide sales, marketing, and service operations. Prior to NCD, he was with Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (now Convergys Corporation) where he was Vice President, European Operations, responsible for delivering operational support systems and business process re-engineering to newly deregulated European telecommunication service providers. When he was 28 years old, he co-founded an optical fiber networking start up which built the first commercial application of optical channel networking for IBM mainframes.

Mr. De Santis earned an AB in Philosophy from Fairfield University and completed the Stanford University Executive Institute Program for Management of High-Tech Companies. De Santis is currently on the boards of Trace Security (IT Security/GRC management as a service) and NoHold (cloud based knowledge management/artificial intelligence solutions). He is an advisor to a number of early stage startups. Previously, he was on the boards of Neohapsis (security risk services – acquired by Cisco), Arxan (software application protection – PE exit to TA Associates), Tablus (data leakage protection software – acquired by EMC/RSA), Applied Identity (identity based access control software – acquired by Citrix), and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Trident Capital.


Eric Chiu

Co-Founder and President

Eric Chiu is Co-Founder and President of HyTrust, leading the company’s Business Development and Marketing strategy. He has over 15 years of experience building startups, and leading Sales, Business Development and Finance functions. Under his leadership, HyTrust has become a leader in virtualization and cloud security automation and control, winning blue chip customers; principal investors; strategic partners spanning virtualization, network and endpoint security, log management and reporting; and building a world-class team.

Prior to starting HyTrust, Eric served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Cemaphore Systems, a leader in disaster recovery for Microsoft Exchange. There, he built the sales effort from the ground up and consistently delivered significant quarter-over-quarter sales growth, also putting in place the key OEM partnership with EMC. Previous to that, he led Business Development for MailFrontier (acquired by SonicWALL) and mySimon (acquired by CNET Networks). In these roles, Eric spearheaded OEM partnerships, technology alliances and new product initiatives.

In addition to his start-up management experience, Eric was a Venture Capitalist (VC) for Brentwood Venture Capital (now Redpoint Ventures) and Pinnacle Ventures, a venture fund that he co-founded. Prior to Brentwood VC, Eric served in the M&A Group for Robertson, Stephens and Company.

Eric is a recognized expert in cloud security and serves as subject matter expert for industry and financial reports, print and broadcast media. He holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley.


Stan Meresman

Independent Director

Stan serves on the Board of Directors of high growth companies as an independent director, and often as chair of their Audit Committees as a “financial expert.”

Stan currently serves on the Board of Directors of LinkedIn (LNKD – NYSE) and Zynga (ZNGA – NASDAQ), and private companies HyTrust, ModCloth and Turn. He is an Advisor to Dropbox. Previously he was a board member of Riverbed Technology (RVBD – NASDAQ), Polycom (PLCM – NASDAQ) and Meru (MERU – NASDAQ) Other prior Boards include: VMware, Force10, Starfish Software, and Lightsurf; and prior Board/CEO advisory roles include: Silicon Image, Inktomi, and Real Networks. Stan was Sr VP & CFO of Silicon Graphics (SGI – NYSE) from 1989 – 1997.

Stan’s focus has been on coaching CEOs and other executives to help enable them to increase their firm’s competitive advantage and maximize shareholder value, on financial and business areas, and matters of corporate governance. Stan holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Brian Nugent

General Partner

As a founding principal and General Partner in Accelerate-IT Ventures, Brian Nugent is focused on building high-growth technology companies by providing capital and strategic acceleration solutions from a multi-national platform. Through his roles as an investor, entrepreneur, operator and strategic advisor in over 100 technology ventures, Brian has built domain expertise and deep connections across the IT industry on five continents. With experience in both venture capital and private equity (control), Brian has been backing capable leaders in the technology industry and demonstrating meaningful trajectory impact in the businesses he supports.

In addition to Accelerate-IT Ventures, he has been a partner at Torch Hill Investment Partners, a mid-market private equity firm that focuses on technology investments. As an entrepreneur and operating executive he ran both public and privately-held enterprise software companies (EdgeWave; Applied Identity). Previously Brian was a senior executive at Teros (acquired by Citrix), Atrica (acquired by Nokia-Siemens) and LuxN (acquired by Sorrento Networks). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of ThreatSTOP, Liquid Grids, CyberHive, MWM Group, and Accelerate-IT.

Brian is a member of The Private Equity & Venture Capital Group, The Private Equity Investment Group, the San Diego Venture Group, and is a frequent lecturer at events such as The Security Investor Conference, The AGC Conference, and The CEO Total Access Series. He is a Board Member of the PEERS Network – which supports many non-profit organizations nationally, and is a member of the 2013 and 2014 National Champion Sunset Water Polo Club.


Standish O’Grady

Managing Director

Standish O’Grady co-founded Granite Ventures as the early-stage venture capital group within Hambrecht & Quist in 1992, and co-led establishing Granite as an independent firm in 1998 and growing Granite to over $1 billion of funds under management.

Standish previously served in various positions within Hambrecht & Quist´s venture capital business from 1984 to 1998. He focuses on investments in software companies. Standish currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Anaplan, HyTrust  and SellPoints. His prior investments include: Digimarc (DMRC); Five Across, acquired by Cisco (CSCO); Kontiki, acquired by VeriSign (VRSN); Mercury Interactive, acquired by Hewlett-Packard (HPQ); Siebel Systems, acquired by Oracle (ORCL); StepUp Commerce, acquired by Intuit (INTU); Trovix, acquired by Monster World Wide (MWW); Tumbleweed Communications, acquired by Axway; and Vignette, acquired by OpenText (OTEX).

Standish started his career as a process engineer with Intel Corporation. He leverages 29 years of venture capital experience with his background in engineering, technology and operations to guide portfolio companies through the nuances of building leading companies in emerging technology markets.

Standish holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College´s Tuck School of Business Administration.


Alberto Yepez

Managing Director

Alberto Yépez is a Managing Director of Trident Capital. He joined the HyTrust board in May of 2008. Alberto has more than 25 years of experience in growing innovative, industry-leading technology companies. He is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, actively investing in IT Security, Enterprise Software and Mobility.

Alberto is Chairman of the Board of AlienVault, Mocana Corporation and Neohapsis, serves on the boards of AirTIght Networks and BlueCat and was an observer on the Qualys (QLYS) Board of Directors. In addition to his board work on behalf of Trident, Alberto is on the Board of Coveo, the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and is Chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).

Alberto’s past Directorships include Solera Networks (acquired by Blue Coat Systems), enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Entrust (ENTU – acquired by Thoma Bravo), Third Brigade (acquired by Trend Micro), Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle) and Vitria (VITR – taken private).

Prior to Trident, Alberto was a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record in building global businesses and leading them to successful exits. He was founder, Chairman & CEO of enCommerce, co-CEO & President of Entrust (ENTU) and Chairman & CEO of Thor Technologies, and held senior management positions at Oracle and Apple. He is an angel investor in Apigee and Securent (acquired by Cisco).

In addition, Alberto worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Warburg Pincus, served as Executive Chairman of a Bain Capital portfolio company, and was a consultant to the US Department of Defense as part of the DeVenCI Initiative. He is a member of the World Economic Forum.

Born and raised in Perú, Alberto earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electronic Physics from the University of San Francisco; attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Perú.