Board of Directors

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.

HyTrust Board of Directors

  • John De Santis, Chairman and CEO, HyTrust
  • Eric Chiu, Founder and President, HyTrust
  • Stan Meresman, Independent Director
  • David ibnAle, Founding Partner, AVP
  • Brian Nugent, General Partner, Sway Ventures
  • Alberto Yepez, Managing Director, Trident Ventures

  • 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 Committee. He is a coach/mentor to CEOs and CFOs.

    Currently, Stan is a board member of public companies Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Snap (SNAP), and private companies Medallia (customer experience management) and Saama Technologies (big data / analytics).

    Previously, Stan served on a number of boards including LinkedIn (LNKD), Zynga (ZNGA), Riverbed Technology (RVBD), Polycom (PLCM) and Meru Networks (MERU), and VMware (as a private company), as well as others. He has been General Partner and COO of Technology Crossover Ventures, TCV, (a private equity and venture capital firm focused on growth technology companies).

    Earlier in his career, Stan was SVP & CFO of Silicon Graphics (NYSE) where revenue grew from $250 million to $3.8 billion, completed four acquisitions and a dozen strategic alliances. Previously, Stan was VP, Finance & Administration and CFO of Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE) where revenue grew from $2 million to over $100 million and successfully completed its IPO.

    Stan holds a BS in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has attended Stanford Law School Directors’ College Coporate Governance programs.

    David Ibnale


    David is a Founding Partner and the Managing Partner of AVP. He has over twenty years of experience as an investor in small and mid-sized growth companies in the technology, media and communications sectors. Prior to co-founding AVP, David was a Managing Director of TPG Growth, the growth equity and middle market investment platform of TPG, where he led the firm’s global technology investing effort. Prior to joining TPG Growth, David was a Partner at Francisco Partners, and began his investing career at Summit Partners.

    David is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Above Average, Compass, Nativo and UCT (Nasdaq: UCTT), and is involved in the Firm’s investments in EVRYTHNG, Gigya and Mediamorph.

    David received an AB in Public Policy and an AM in International Development Policy from Stanford University, and received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    Brian Nugent

    General Partner

    As a founding principal and General Partner in Sway 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 Sway 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.

    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.