Board of Directors and Investors
Helping fuel the ForgeRock fire: Our Board of Directors comprises leading tech luminaries, company founders, and venture firms with proven success identifying and fostering disruptive technologies.
Chief Executive Officer
A passion for digital trust, customer engagement and consumer privacy led Fran to ForgeRock. As CEO, Fran brings 20+ years experience building and leading high-performing enterprise security and identity management teams. Fran joined ForgeRock from Symantec, where he was EVP & GM of the company's $2B+ Consumer Digital Safety segment; a continuation of his success as senior vice president of Authentication and Identity Management Services. He joined Symantec in 2010 through the acquisition of VeriSign's security business. Fran holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder
A powerhouse of tireless can-do enthusiasm, Lasse brings a blend of business, technical, and people skills. His 20+ years of experience in the software industry includes leadership roles at both Sun Microsystems and Texas Instruments. He was also the co-founder and CTO of Gravityrock. Lasse tends to be in a good mood regardless of the time of day, and he believes that everything is possible, the impossible just takes more time. How’s that for inspiration! When you see a ball of energy wearing converse and a ForgeRock t-shirt, you know it’s Lasse. Did we mention he also used to play the keyboard in a band?
Favorite song: Best of You, Foo Fighters
Cross Continental Ventures
Mr. Ott is the owner of Cross Continental Ventures, a global advisory firm, which he founded and has managed since 2003. He has also been a Venture Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners since 2003. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Ott was a member of the executive committee of Siebel Systems where he ran the Europe, the Middle East and Africa division and subsequently the Americas division. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Ott had several executive positions at SAP AG and SAP America, Inc., including Chief Executive Officer of International Markets, Senior Vice President of Latin America and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Alliances. Mr. Ott currently serves on the board of directors of various private companies. Mr. Ott has a degree in Business Management from University (BA) Mannheim, Germany.
Partner at Accel
Arun Mathew joined Accel in 2009 and focuses on enterprise software and security. Arun works closely with Bettercloud, Code42, Dealer.com (acquired by DealerTrack), G2 Crowd, pagerduty, Qualtrics, ServiceChannel, Squarespace, Tenable and Yapstone. Arun also helps lead the firm's Tech Council initiatives and spends a significant portion of his time in emerging markets, especially India. He is active with Accel's investments in Flipkart, BookMyShow, Ola, Freshdesk and Portea. He sourced the firm’s early investment in Groupon and previously worked at Squarespace. Arun is from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chairman of the Board
Bruce Golden focuses on enterprise software with a particular interest in open source, analytics and data management companies.
Bruce was responsible for Accel's investment in Amobee (acquired by SingTel), Ajuba Solutions (acquired by Interwoven), Causata (acquired by Nice Systems), comScore (public), Forgerock, Itemfield (acquired by Informatica), MindCandy, Offermatica (acquired by Omniture), OpenGamma, Qliktech (Nasdaq: QLIK), Qubit, Responsys (acquired by Oracle) and Streambase (acquired by TIBCO).
Bruce is from Chicago and graduated from Columbia and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Head of TMT Growth Equity at KKR
Dave Welsh is a Managing Director and is Head of TMT Growth Equity within KKR's Private Equity platform, where he serves on the TMT growth equity investment committee. Prior to joining KKR, Dave was a Partner with Adams Street Partners, where he focused on technology growth equity investments. Earlier in his career he was an executive vice president of corporate development and strategy at McAfee, Inc., a general partner at Partech Ventures and a vice president of corporate development at Portal Software. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ForgeRock and Five9 as well as being Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Athenian School and sitting on the Board of SEO Scholars San Francisco. He holds a B.A., cum laude, from UCLA and a JD, order of the coif, from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law Schools.
Widely recognized as one of the most successful business leaders in the cybersecurity industry, Mr. DeWalt’s career has included a number of high-level posts, including time as CEO and Executive Chairman of FireEye and President and CEO of McAfee. In 2011, DeWalt was also appointed a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama. Currently board member at Delta Airlines, Vice Chairman of ForeScout Technologies, Chairman of Claroty, and board member at Five9, DeWalt brings more than 25 years of experience in the cybersecurity sector.
Jonathan held key roles in a variety of large identity projects before co-founding ForgeRock in Norway, running finance and operations and then relocating to build the ForgeRock engineering lab in Bristol. He believes that awesome humans are the basis of great companies, and has spent the ForgeRock years proving this. He has sat on several voluntary, political and private boards and founded a handful of small companies in the past, but thinks ForgeRock is the best thing since sliced bread. Jonathan is a qualified youth and community worker, and has a degree in Informatics from the University of Oslo, Norway.
Paul Madera was a founder of Meritech in 1999. He currently focuses on the SaaS, storage, e-commerce, financial technology, digital consumer, and medical device sectors.
Prior to Meritech, Paul was Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Group at Montgomery Securities/Banc of America where he assisted tech and consumer-based startups in raising capital. He began his career in finance as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he served in the United States Air Force as an F-16 Instructor Pilot based in South Korea, Spain, and Utah. He also spent a tour at the Pentagon as a member of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Office.
Paul holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and currently serves as the Chairman of the US Air Force Academy Endowment. Paul spends his off hours cycling the hills west of Palo Alto to prepare for "century" rides as well as jogging throughout the San Francisco Peninsula (when he is not gathering material to terrorize his partner Mike Gordon).
Advisor to the Board , Founder of Sun Microsystems, CEO WayIn
Scott McNealy is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, the computer technology company he started in 1982 with Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim and the progenitor of many ForgeRock open-source products. He is the former CEO of Sun and current chairman of Wayin, a mobile Q&A polling service designed to let individuals and brands quickly create and respond to polls in real-time. McNealy earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Harvard and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Warren, also known as Bunny, invests primarily in emerging software companies — both licensed and SaaS. He enjoys catching emerging technologies early. Warren’s close ties with leading universities and research labs give him a window into innovations in their purest form, and he cherishes the chance to work with the smartest minds in business, whether first-timers or Nobel Prize winners.
Warren is on the boards of Trufa, Cyphort, ForgeRock, Moxie Software, SilkRoad Technologies, Silver Spring Networks, and Visier. His past investments include CliQr Technologies (acquired by Cisco), eMeter (acquired by Siemens) and MarkMonitor (acquired by Thomson Reuters).