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.

Board of Directors

David DeWalt

David DeWalt

Vice Chairman

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.
Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Chairman & CEO

With more than 30 years of experience in the software and technology industries, Mike has held senior executive roles at SAP, i2 Technologies, Oracle, and Apple. He has also provided consulting expertise to some of the largest software firms and venture-funded startups to define and drive new growth and execution opportunities. Mike hates to brag, but heplayed and performed professionally as a guitarist and keyboard player, and still enjoys playing. He used to perform to buy beer. Now he performs after a few beers.
Bruce Golden

Bruce Golden

Accel Partners

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.
Scott McNealy

Scott McNealy

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.
Alex Ott

Alex Ott

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.
Lasse Andresen

Lasse Andresen

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
Jonathan Scudder

Jonathan Scudder

Co-founder

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.

Warren Weiss

Warren Weiss

Foundation Capital

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).
Paul Madera

Paul Madera

Meritech Capital

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).

Investors

Accel Partners

Committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build lasting, category-defining technology companies since 1983. Accel partners with businesses that show potential for significant long-term success in specific sectors. Emphasizing synergy, its portfolio enables Accel to offer the advantages of a cohesive, cooperative Accel community, including access to an extensive network of past and present entrepreneurs.

Foundation Capital

A venture capital firm driven to change the world by building great companies. Foundation Capital’s entrepreneurial spirit gives the partners the understanding, perspective, and enthusiasm to help promising companies in their formative stages. They target innovative opportunities in cleantech; consumer Internet and infrastructure; telecommunications and networking; and enterprise software and on-demand services.

Meritech Capital Partners

A premier provider of late-stage venture capital to category-defining private technology companies. With over $2.6 billion under management, Meritech invests in companies with proven and differentiated technology, massive market opportunities, accelerating revenue, and experienced management teams. Meritech has a wealth of experience providing guidance to rapidly scaling companies.

CrossContinentalVentures

Founded by Alex Ott in 2003, CrossContinentalVentures is a global advisory firm that partners with entrepreneurs in thought-leading technology enterprises. Alex is a veteran in the enterprise software industry with operational and board-level experience on four continents.