NexDefense Leadership

The NexDefense founders, management team, and board of directors have helped shape the OT and IT intelligence and security market for decades and have been responsible for some of the most important network security advancements in the industry including ICS Command-Level Parsing (CPL), Industrial Event Recorders, and OT/ICS intrusion prevention. This team has a proven track record of delivering value to customers, employees and shareholders.


Jeff Spence, CEO

Jeff Spence has 20 years of experience in executive, financial and corporate development roles, including extended roles directing European and Asian energy, finance, telecommunications, and technology sector funds, completing M&A transactions on six continents. As an executive, operating partner or advisor, Jeff has been helping organizations with corporate finance, technology, business incubation, and international business development. Jeff has led a number of companies across various industries and global territories including being founder and CEO of CityNet Wireless, which he built and sold to Xiocom, a European-based wireless technology company backed by Reinet, and stayed on to run the combined global company. Most recently, Jeff has served as Managing Director of DraftServ Holdings, Pte Ltd, a Singapore headquartered beverage operating system company serving global brands and operators in the food and beverage industry. An active speaker, Jeff has addressed dozens of universities, the UN, European Union, NetWorld, CES and other leading venues on subjects ranging from performance, entrepreneurism and economic development to technology direction and monetary policy. Jeff holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from California State University, Chico where he was a collegiate decathlete. An Atlanta resident, he currently sits on the board of a number of domestic and international nonprofits and corporations.


Matt Morris, VP Product and Strategy

Matt Morris has more than 20 years of diverse experience in strategy, product and technology leadership spanning start-ups, multi-national and global organizations. Most recently, Matt was the Global Head of IoT and Industrial Cyber for Cisco where he drove strategic development, go-to-market and roadmap for the IoT Solutions & Services portfolio, which included Industrial Cyber Security. He was the founder and chief architect of Cisco's Industrial Cyber Security Services (Secure Ops). Prior to Cisco, Matt led Software and Cyber Security for Landis+Gyr, where he led a successful software acquisition, among other highly successful initiatives. Matt is a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of Industrial Cyber Security, IoT and Digital Transformation and has deep OT industry experience in Energy, Mining, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Smart Cities. Matt holds a Business Administration degree from the Goizueta Business School and an Information Systems degree from Kennesaw State University.


Loney Crist, VP Engineering

With over 25 years in the software industry, Loney is a recognized expert in product development, computer and network security, and high-performance applications. His experience also includes successfully building SCADA, IPS, IDS, VM and cloud based software products. Most recently, Loney served as the Director of Engineering at nCircle, which was acquired by Tripwire in 2013. During his tenure at nCircle, Loney was responsible for building cloud-based security products and configuration compliance management applications. Prior to nCircle, Loney spent 14 years at Internet Security Systems (ISS). During his time at ISS, he helped architect world-class security information management and network intrusion prevention systems. When IBM acquired ISS in 2006, Loney remained at the company as Development Manager of the Architecture Group and was later reassigned be a hands-on Engineering Manager of the Intrusion Prevention Appliances. Prior to ISS, Loney spent 7 years working on SCADA products for Backer CAC and Coggins Systems. At Backer CAC, he helped build one of the first real-time preemptive multitasking, multiuser, PC-based SCADA and process monitoring / control software package called Realflex. At Coggins Systems, he worked on a software product designed for measurement, control and automation called FuelsManager.


Graham Wood, CFO

Wood is an accomplished financial executive with a strong track record of providing financial leadership to emerging growth companies. A resourceful CFO with a consistent history of providing leadership to technology companies, Graham has deep experience in capital raises (equity and debt), contract negotiation, profit/loss analysis, planning, reporting, cash management, accounting, and budgeting. He has demonstrated skills in team leadership as well as interfacing with banks, investors and auditors and has been involved in over $150 million of capital raises with multiple clients in the equity-raising mode at the same time. Prior to AcuityCFO, Graham served as director of finance for the America's Business Unit of Dun and Bradstreet Software, Inc. (DBS), formed by the merger of Management Science America and McCormick & Dodge. Graham worked closely with executives in planning, budgeting, forecasting, and designing compensation plans in support of company objectives along with managing the corporate staff responsible for revenue recognition, annual maintenance billing/collection, professional service backlog management, utilization and revenue analysis that produced over $300 million in annual revenue.

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NexDefense Board of Directors

The NexDefense Board of Directors is comprised of some of the industry's most accomplished executives, operators, investors and advisors. Their collective experience includes decades of experience in Cybersecurity, networks, software, media and telecommications and includes hundreds of corporate mergers, sales and purchases.

Tom McNeight, Chairman

McNeight serves as non-Executive Chairman of NexDefense. He previously served as President and CEO of GuardedNet, Inc., a security information management (SIM) software company acquired by Micromuse, which was subsequently acquired by IBM. Prior to GuardedNet, McNeight served as Vice President of Field Sales at Internet Security Systems (ISS), recently acquired by IBM. During his tenure, ISS grew from approximately $700,000 to $190 million in revenue. Additionally, McNeight was Vice President of Sales at TSW International, a provider of plant maintenance and management software, and he served as Vice President of Sales and then President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurum Software, a leading sales force automation company sold to Baan International. McNeight also served as Executive Vice President for the Americas of Dun & Bradstreet Software, formerly Management Science America.

Derek Harp, Founder

Harp helped launch and provides leadership to the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Business at the SANS Institute. He is also a founding steering committee member and co-manager of the Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification, which launched globally in 2013. A Navy veteran, Derek served as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer tasked with physical security, combat information management, communications security and intelligence responsibilities. After distinguished service in the Navy, Derek launched his career in the private sector as the Co-Founder and the CEO of LogiKeep, Inc., a network security intelligence firm. During his time with LogiKeep he co-invented Intellishield™, a pioneer IT security product later acquired by Cisco Systems. Under his leadership, LogiKeep experienced extremely rapid growth, serving dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including those in major financial and pharmaceutical distribution industries and government institutions.

Tom Noonan, TEN Holdings

Tom serves as Chairman of TEN Holdings and is an active venture capitalist through his venture firm, TechOperators, where he is a founding partner. Most recently, Tom served as the General Manager of Energywise solutions for Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Tom was the Chairman and CEO of JouleX, an innovative energy management company that he co-founded in 2010 and was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2013. Tom has also served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Internet Security Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ:ISSX) which was acquired by IBM in 2006. Tom co-founded ISS in 1995 and pioneered the industry's first automated intrusion and vulnerability detection systems for cyber security. Tom serves on the White House National Infrastructure Advisory Council and on the board of directors for Woodruff Arts Center, Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Georgia Research Alliance, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Manhattan Associates, a publicly traded global provider of Supply Chain Management solutions.

Jeff Spence, CEO

Jeff Spence has 20 years of experience in executive, financial and corporate development roles, including extended roles directing European and Asian energy, finance, telecommunications, and technology sector funds, completing M&A transactions on six continents. Jeff has led a number of companies across various industries and global territories including being founder and CEO of CityNet Wireless, which he built and sold to Xiocom, a European-based wireless technology company backed by Reinet, and stayed on to run the combined global company. Most recently, Jeff has served as Managing Director of DraftServ Holdings, Pte Ltd, a Singapore headquartered beverage operating system company serving global brands and operators in the food and beverage industry. An active speaker, Jeff has addressed dozens of universities, the UN, European Union, NetWorld, CES and other leading venues on subjects ranging from performance, entrepreneurism and economic development to technology direction and monetary policy. Jeff holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from California State University, Chico where he was a collegiate decathlete. An Atlanta resident, he currently sits on the board of a number of domestic and international nonprofits and corporations.

Bert Ellis, Ellis Capital

Managing Partner of Ellis Capital. From 2001 until 2002, Ellis served as the Vice-Chairman and a Director of Scient, Inc., a company formed in November 2001 by the merger of Scient Corp. and iXL Enterprises. Ellis founded iXL in 1996 and served as its Chairman until the merger with Scient. IXL and Scient were IT consulting firms focused on internet integrations for Fortune 500 companies. From a standing start in 1996, iXL and Scient grew to a global company with a combined market cap of almost $6B with a $1B per year revenue run rate, 58 offices and over 6000 employees. Prior to founding iXL, Ellis founded and served from 1993 to 1996 as President and CEO of Ellis Communications, an Atlanta-based company that owned and operated thirteen television stations, two radio stations and Raycom, a sports production and marketing firm. Ellis Communications was purchased in September 1996 for $840M and now operates as Raycom Media.

Sig Mosley, Mosley Ventures

Managing Partner of Mosley Ventures, a venture fund investing in early stage technology startups in the Southeast. Widely regarded as "The Godfather of Angel Investing", a title Sig Mosley earned as president of Imlay Investments, Inc. Since 1990, Sig has been the most prolific Southeast investor in 120 startups with 82 liquidity events. Sig currently is the record holder of the largest Southeast Venture deal with the $5.7 Billion acquisition of Tradex by Ariba. Mr. Mosley serves on the board of directors of 16 private companies. In addition, Mr. Mosley is a director of The Imlay Foundation, Inc., Techbridge, and Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Southeast. Mr. Mosley is also a director of GATV, the CEO Council, TiE-Atlanta and TAG. He also serves on the advisory board of the ATDC, the investment committee of Gray Ghost DOEN Social Ventures Cooper and on the GRA Venture Fund Board. Mr. Mosley is managing member of Flashpoint Investors, LLC.

Jim Klingbeil, KCM

Jim Klingbeil is the Chairman and CEO of Klingbeil Capital Management (KCM), a multi-faceted national real estate company established in 1959 with holdings throughout the United States. He has over 40 years of development experience with multi-family and residential product types in which he has developed, acquired, renovated, repositioned, managed and/or sold an aggregate of 185 apartment communities containing of 43,000 units in 47 metropolitan markets. Mr. Klingbeil has served on many committees within the Urban Land Institute (ULI); and has been a ULI Trustee for over 30 years. He served as President of ULI from 1991 to 1993. He is a past Chairman and lifetime member of the ULI Foundation (ULIF) Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Currently, Jim participates on the ULI Governance Committee, ULIF Board of Directors, ULIF Annual Fund Committee, and participates on the national Multi-Family Product Council. Jim also finds time to participate locally. He has participated with ULIsf on panels and the Excelling at the Game series; and has spoken at the Young Leaders Group (YLG) Learn From the Best, Fireside Chat and Lunching with Leaders signature events.