Board/Advisors

 

Directors

 

Kevin Robins

Chairman

Kevin has served as the Chairman of the Board of Ziften since 2012. In addition to his role with Ziften, Kevin serves as the President of Landar Holdings, LP, and as the Co-Manager of Olympia Drive Investments, LLC, both privately owned real estate investment firms. Also, Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Continental Silverline Products Partners, a regional mattress manufacturing and distribution firm. Prior to his joining Landar, Kevin practiced corporate and securities law at Bracewell & Giuliani and Mayer, Brown LLP. Kevin holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Leaver

Charles is Ziften’s Chief Executive Officer and previously served as Chairman of the Board. Before Ziften, he was a Partner with the venture capital firm Trellis Partners in Austin, Texas. He brings 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive and advisor in the high-tech, mobile and media industries. Charles’ tech career started in 1982. His experience in Sales and Management includes application software and infrastructure technologies, ERP, Web application development, E-Learning, and Gaming. At DA/EE, where he joined as early stage employee and grew to be the CEO, he was responsible for revenue growth, strategic development, and ultimately drove the company’s public offering to a $750m market cap. His experience as an entrepreneur and innovator has led him to advise organizations in new market development, equity and capital expansion. He has proven to consistently push the edge of technology entrepreneurship.With significant international experience, he has owned, managed & advised online and mobile lotteries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the granting of patents on mobile phone, gaming, and mobile phone lottery in Brazil. Through his extensive experience in high-tech and mobile technologies, Charles has consistently demonstrated success in bringing new technologies to market and successfully executing aggressive business plans to not only raise significant capital but also to build cutting-edge organizations.

Mark Obrecht

Mark is a passionate entrepreneur and technologist who enjoys nothing more than seeing market adoption of technologies that he works to create. Previously, he was a Founder and Vice President of Research & Core Technology of WholeSecurity, a security software company that pioneered the use of behavioral algorithms to detect malware that was named a Top 25 Breakout Company by Fortune Magazine in 2005. WholeSecurity was funded by Venrock, NEA and Trellis Partners and ultimately acquired by Symantec in October 2005. Mr. Obrecht was involved in all aspects of inventing, developing, positioning, and selling the WholeSecurity software to the largest national and global enterprises. Post-acquisition, he served as the chief technologist for the incarnation as Architect, Behavioral Detection Engines at Symantec for 3 years. In this role he oversaw WholeSecurity’s technology integrated into all of Symantec’s consumer and enterprise products. He was also a key liaison for Norton/Symantec to industry analysts, customers, and media reviewers which resulted in numerous review wins in the most prestigious comparative reviews in the industry. Mark has 11 patents (issued or pending) in the area of behavioral malware detection, process classification and system efficiency, and is the first-named inventor on the industry patent for Behavioral Malware Detection (US 7,748,039 B2). Most recently, Mark spoke at the entrepreneur series for MBA and law students at The University of Texas at Austin. He also currently serves on the advisory board of several local technology companies.

Phillip Sarofim