Cybera’s Board of Directors is comprised of an elite team of individuals with many years of experience and proven track records of success.
Andrew Lev currently serves as Cybera’s Chief Executive Officer. He is an accomplished security leader and brings over 25 years of high technology experience to the company. Most recently, Lev served as Chief Product Officer for NTT Com Security, where he was responsible for all aspects of the managed and professional services product portfolio after serving as Chief Marketing Officer and as Group SVP – Marketing, Alliances and Channels. His career also includes co-founding KSR / Neohapsis and MetaTV, which were acquired by Cisco and Comcast, respectively, as well as sales positions with Mozart and Oracle. Lev received a B.A degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Cliff Duffey has served as Cybera’s President since founding the company in February, 2001. As president, he has been the architect of Cybera’s growth and emergence as a leading security technology company. Prior to Cybera, Duffey served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Covad, managing the acquisition and integration of BlueStar Communications. Duffey was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at BlueStar Communications, where he managed technology strategy, business development, product marketing, and the rollout of BlueStar’s network of 450 U.S. data centers. He also held management positions with Ascend Communications up until its acquisition by Lucent, and Intermedia Communications. Duffey holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University.
Paul Mercadante a Managing Director and a co-founder of Sumeru Equity Partners and co-founded Silver Lake Sumeru, the middle market investment strategy of Silver Lake. Mercadante has extensive operating and investing experience in the technology sector. He serves on Silver Lake Sumeru’s investment committee and continues to maintain responsibility for managing the SLS portfolio. Prior to co-founding Silver Lake Sumeru, Mercadante was a partner at Shah Capital Partners. In addition to his private equity background, Mercadante has significant operational experience in managing, growing, and leading technology companies. Prior to joining Shah Capital Partners, Mercadante was President of Force Computers, a leading provider of embedded computing systems and a wholly owned subsidiary of Solectron, Inc. that was subsequently sold to Motorola, Inc. in 2004. Prior to Force, Mercadante was the Vice President of Strategic Planning for Solectron’s $2 billion Technology Solutions Business Unit. Mercadante also has previous experiences with SMART Modular Technologies, Apex Data, Rose Communications, and Activision. He has a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York.
Ajay Shah is a Senior Operating Partner of Sumeru Equity Partners and the Founding Managing Partner and a Managing Director of Silver Lake Sumeru. Ajay has extensive operating and investing experience in the technology sector. He serves on Silver Lake Sumeru’s investment committee and continues to maintain responsibility for managing the SLS portfolio. Previously, he founded Shah Capital Partners and founded and managed the Technology Solutions Business of Solectron. He was CEO of Smart Modular Technologies, a company he co-founded in 1989 and led through its public offering in 1995. He managed its growth to over $1 billion in revenues and directed its acquisition by Solectron Corp. in 1999 for over $2 billion. Ajay serves on the Board of Outspoken, Velocity, Opera Solutions, Calient, Alpha Petroleum, Cybera, The National Audubon Society, and is Chairman of the board of SMART Modular. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, serves on the board of The Indian School of Business and is a Trustee of the American India Foundation. He has a B.S. in Engineering from University of Baroda and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Sanjeet Mitra is a Managing Director and a co-founder of Sumeru Equity Partners. He joined Silver Lake Sumeru in 2007, the middle market investment strategy of Silver Lake. Mitra has eight years of investing and investment banking experience. He continues to maintain responsibility for managing the SLS portfolio. Prior to joining Silver Lake Sumeru, Mitra worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, where he worked with clients in the industrial, TMT, and healthcare sectors. Mitra graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration.
A highly successful investor with over thirty years of venture capital experience as co-manager and lead technology investor at William Blair Capital Partners (WBCP), Ellen Carnahan is Principal of Machrie Enterprises LLC. Machrie provides angel capital, expertise and extensive connections to growth businesses. She serves as a director of six companies—public, private-equity and venture backed. Prior to joining WBCP in 1988, she was Vice President of Marketing and Planning at SPSS, a then $30-million software company; and, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Trailer Train Company, the largest operator of railroad flatcars. Active in the Chicago community, she serves or has served on non-profit boards including Communities in Schools Chicago (FY ‘16 Chair), The Chicago Network (FY ’07 Chair), the State of Illinois Innovation and Growth Fund, the Illinois Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (FY ’10 Chair); and, The Metropolitan Planning Council. Ms. Carnahan is a CPA, graduated as salutatorian from the University of Notre Dame, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago.
George H. Spencer
George Spencer serves as a consultant representing Adams Street Partners’ investment interests by providing ongoing support for select portfolio companies. Spencer sits on the Boards of Directors of Convio, Cybera, E4X, Knightsbridge Solutions and SPS Commerce. He also led investments in Authoria (Hire.com), Cbeyond Communications (NASDAQ: CBEY) and Synchronoss (SNCR).