AppGuard, a subsidiary of Blue Planet-works Inc, has developed a peerless and future proofed cyber security software product.

It is the only security product in the marketplace that is currently undefeated by any kind of malware and it deploys a unique methodology to achieve this. AppGuard’s patented technology protects both large and small corporate businesses as well as individual consumers.

 

 
 

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Executive Team

AppGuard is led by an expert executive team, each with over 25 years of experience in the cyber security industry or corporate strategy and sales.

 
 

Hiroshi Nakata

Board Director &
CEO of Blue Planet-works, Inc. (Parent Company)

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Mr. Nakata is the former Board Director, CFO and Head of Corporate Strategy of Yoshimoto Kogyo, Ltd, Japan’s largest talent agency and most prolific producer of television content.  In his position at Yoshimoto, Mr. Nakata engineered a $560 Million take-private of the 100 year old company in November of 2009.  

He also played a leading role in establishing new businesses for Yoshimoto Kogyo using new media and platforms, including Fandango, Inc., casTY, and Bellrock Media. In regards to Bellrock Media, Inc., he served as founder and CEO.

Prior to Yoshimoto Kogyo, he was with The Long Term Credit Bank of Japan, in charge of M&A operations for the entertainment industry. 

Most recently, Mr. Nakata has served as the Chairman of the Board of KeepTree, Inc. since 2011. In his role as Chairman of KeepTree he has guided the company to success in both operations and financing, including leading Series A financing rounds from major companies, including Dentsu, Inc. and Faith, Inc., among others.

Mr. Nakata is a CPA and holds an MBA from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management.

 


Jon Loew

Chief Executive Officer

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Jon has a 25 year track record in the media and technology businesses and has built several successful companies during that time.  He serves as the CEO of KeepTree, Inc, the company he founded in 2011.  KeepTree’s patented technology allows users to send and receive private and secure video messages to other users now, or in the future.  As CEO of KeepTree, Jon has established partnerships with various high profile companies including Sony, Dentsu, World Wrestling Entertainment, Bloomingdales, and others.   KeepTree also supports parts of the U.S. military by providing ultra-secure communication services to deployed personnel.  

Jon serves as Chairman of Big Media Holdings, a leading producer and distributor of entertainment content.  Big Media has offices in New York, London, Sidney and Prague, and serves clients on every continent.  Notable clients include Netflix, ITV Studios, DirecTV, National Geographic Channels, Discovery Networks, and hundreds of others.  

Jon is a partner and member of the Executive Committee of Intellitech International, a global security advisory firm with strong expertise in Counter Terrorism, Intelligence, Border Control, and combating Organized Crime. He is also active with various philanthropic organizations involved in issues ranging from supporting the U.S. military, rescuing animals, and providing food for the hungry.

Jon graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1993, and from Brooklyn Law School in 1998.


Mike Fumai

President & Chief Operating Officer

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Prior to the Blue Planet-works, Inc. acquisition of the AppGuard product line, Mike Fumai served as President, COO and Director of Blue Ridge Networks, Inc., the originator of the AppGuard technology.

Fumai draws on more than 25 years of experience with Fortune 2000 corporations in the communications and technology industry to set the company’s strategic direction and drive revenue growth. Prior to being appointed President and COO, Fumai spearheaded Blue Ridge Networks direct sales efforts and directed the expansion of the company’s channel program as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Before joining Blue Ridge Networks, Fumai was Senior Vice President, Global Sales, for Cyveillance, a provider of online risk monitoring and management solutions. Prior to Cyveillance, Fumai served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Channels at Commerce One/Appnet, (now Perfect Commerce) and he spent 14 years at MCI in various positions including Executive Director, Strategic Services.

Fumai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


Fatih Comlekoglu, PhD.

Chief Technology Officer

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Prior to the Blue Planet-works,Inc. acquisition of the AppGuard product line, Dr. Comlekoglu served as the Chief Software Architect of Blue Ridge Networks, Inc., where he invented the core technology of AppGuard.

As a visionary, with a wealth of enterprise service and IT operational experience, Dr. Comlekoglu architected and led the implementation of Blue Ridge’s key product lines in new generation antimalware defense, secure enterprise access over untrusted networks, and virtualized workspace.

Dr. Comlekokglu served as a lead system architect at MCI Communications, as a lead software architect at StorageTek, and a senior consultant at the World Bank Enterprise Computing group.

Dr. Comlekoglu holds two US patents for antimalware defense and applied cryptography in distributed systems both of which are utilized in AppGuard.

Dr. Comlekoglu received a BS in Computer Science, and holds a MS in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from George Washington University.


Mark Kelton

Advisory Board

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Mark Kelton is the Director of MEK & Associates and a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) executive with 34 years of experience in intelligence operations. Mr. Kelton’s career included more than sixteen years of overseas service, to include four assignments in key CIA field leadership positions. 

He concluded his career as Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence (DDNCS/CI), one of the most senior ranking positions in the Clandestine Service.  Directing CIA’s counterintelligence and counterespionage programs, Mr. Kelton led the team that protected the nation’s most closely guarded secrets.  Mr. Kelton has comprehensive expertise in intelligence operations, international security issues, detection of insider threats, assessment of counterintelligence risk, and crisis management.


Jim Skidmore

CRO & Head of Sales

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Previous to joining AppGuard, Jim served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Blue Bay Technologies, a software and hardware reseller, Skidmore increased revenue from start-up to a 350% growth pattern in 12 months and ultimately helped build a national force focused on all aspects of IT Security. 

Prior to Blue Ray, Skidmore was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Channel Operations at BIO-key, a biometric software and hardware solutions. He is a graduate of Susquehanna University and also holds certificates from the IBM Executive Leadership Institute at Duke University and is a member of IBM's Security Advisory Board, Infraguard, and ISSA.

Skidmore’s responsibilities at AppGuard include driving revenue, managing, expanding and the further development of the sales team with a primary focus on the end-point management market. He will also manage the AppGuard sales partner network with the objective of leveraging his existing relationships and adding new ones to the channel.

 


Jerry W. Levin

Advisory Board

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Jerry W. Levin is the CEO of JW Levin Management Partners LLC, a private management and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Levin’s extensive career spans over 40 years, with his prior roles including the CEO of Wilton Brands LLC, the CEO of the Coleman Company, Inc., the CEO of Revlon, Inc., and the CEO of American Household, Inc. Currently he serves as Executive Chairman of Lasko Products. From 1974-1989, Levin worked for the Pillsbury Company. In his initial capacity as head of corporate development, he completed hundreds of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Some of the transactions he led included Häagen-Dazs, Green Giant, Totino's Pizza, Steak and Ale, Chart House, and American Beauty Macaroni.

Levin has served as the President of the UJA-Federation of New York.  UJA is the world’s largest local philanthropy, serving over 4.5 million individuals in New York, in Israel, and around the world each year through more than 100-health, human-service, educational and community service agencies. Levin is also on the board of numerous non-profit organizations. 

Levin graduated from the University of Michigan with B.S.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1968.


Barbara Cline

Vice President of Engineering

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As Vice President of Engineering for AppGuard LLC, Barbara Cline draws on more than 20 years of product development management experience with the proven ability to build engineering teams to deliver products to meet both schedule and revenue goals.  Prior to becoming Vice President, Ms. Cline was Vice President of Engineering at Blue Ridge where she led the development of the award-winning end-point security AppGuard product as well as the Blue Ridge VPN Client.  In addition, she established Agile Programming Development Practices for the Blue Ridge Engineering team. 

Before joining Blue Ridge Networks, Ms. Cline worked as a Project Engineer at Simtec, developing submarine and flight trainers.  She started her engineering career at IBM as a software engineer where she won multiple bonuses for her technical contributions.

Ms. Cline holds a BS in Mathematics from University of Maryland in College Park, Md.


Robert Y. Bigman

Advisory Board

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Robert Bigman retired from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), after serving a thirty year distinguished career.  Recognized as a pioneer in the field of classified information protection, Mr. Bigman developed technical measures and procedures to manage the nation’s most sensitive secrets.  As an information security trailblazer, Mr. Bigman participated in developing security measures for Government computers well before commercial industry found the Internet.  He then developed creative solutions to allow the CIA to use the Internet to further its mission without exposure.  With twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Bigman worked in every area of information and data security, the last fifteen years as the Agency's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). As the Agency CISO, Mr. Bigman managed a large organization of technical and program officers responsible for the protection of all Agency information.

Mr. Bigman is now an independent consultant and works with U.S. Government, foreign governments and the top 50 Fortune corporations, helping them both build productive cyber security programs and successfully resist attacks from the most sophisticated hackers.


Michael Shelton

Vice President of Marketing

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Michael is a successful entrepreneur and marketing leader, having started his first ecommerce company directly out of college and continuing to take marketing leadership positions in several companies ranging from consumer goods, technology, SAAS platforms and online gaming.

He has over 20 years experience in both B2B and B2C marketing, having successfully built and mentored several marketing teams. He takes a hands-on approach to creating, executing and growing a successful marketing strategy with a focus on aggressive customer acquisition. He has successfully created and grown active user bases and product categories from scratch as well as expanded and driven significant growth to existing revenue streams. He is an expert at implementing, scaling and optimizing all digital marketing channels, from campaign creation, management and performance analysis, including SEO, SEM/PPC, Social, Lead Generation, Affiliate, Email, PR, Business Development, Content, Customer Database mining, Mobile & Retargeting.

Michael holds a BS in Business and Finance from University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


Brody Ehrlich

General Manager

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Prior to the founding of AppGuard and the acquisition of KeepTree, Inc. by Blue Planet-works, Inc., Mr. Ehrlich served first as Director of Business Development and then as General Manager of KeepTree, Inc. Over his tenure at KeepTree and AppGuard, he has been instrumental in many areas of corporate administration. At KeepTree, he developed and facilitated multiple programs for military outreach, partnership development, financial forecasting and budgeting – and led the development of KeepTree’s Vift platform from a simple idea to a working consumer platform and retail tool (including recruiting marquee clients). At AppGuard, he manages all administrative aspects of the business, including financial forecasting and budgeting, accounting, human resources, legal compliance, contract drafting and review, and various operations elements.  

Mr. Ehrlich graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics and Management, concentrating in Finance. He also earned a Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude from Cardozo Law School, where he was a Monrad Paulson scholar (which included, among other things, a full tuition scholarship).  Mr. Ehrlich is a licensed attorney admitted to the bar in both New York and New Jersey.