Leadership Team

The Arctic Wolf team has extensive pedigrees in security and networking, having brought to market some of the most important innovations in cybersecurity. They have in-depth expertise in developing high-performance security platforms designed to optimize and secure the most demanding and complex corporate environments. 

Brian NeSmith

Co-Founder and CEO

Brian NeSmith brings more than 30 years of experience, most recently as former CEO of Blue Coat Systems, where he increased company revenues from $5M/year to over $500M/year as the industry’s leading web proxy platform. Prior to Blue Coat, Brian was the CEO of Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia), which became the leading appliance platform for Check Point firewalls. His early career includes product management, marketing, and general management at Newbridge Networks. He was also a consultant for Network Strategies, Inc. Brian graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Kim Tremblay

Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Strategy

Kim Tremblay has more than 25 years of industry experience. As Arctic Wolf’s senior vice president of strategy, Kim focuses on product direction, business strategy, and key projects. She was the company’s original vice president of R&D, responsible for engineering and product management. Prior to joining Arctic Wolf, Kim was the worldwide vice president of engineering at Blue Coat Systems, managing teams across North America and Europe. Kim has also led high-performance teams developing mission-critical systems in the aerospace and defense industries. Kim holds a Bachelor of Math degree with a major in computer science from the University of Waterloo.

Nick Schneider

Chief Revenue Officer

Nick Schneider leads all of sales and marketing at Arctic Wolf, bringing over a decade of success in high tech sales. In his previous role, Nick served as the vice president of North American sales for Code42 Software, an industry-leading endpoint data protection company. Prior to Code42, Nick led high-performing sales teams at Compellent Technologies, where he helped the company grow to a successful IPO and eventual acquisition by Dell. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Duke University in public policy and economics.

Sam McLane

Chief Technology Services Officer

Sam McLane is the lead evangelist for all technical endeavors at Arctic Wolf, bringing over 25 years of security and product management experience to the team. Prior to joining Arctic Wolf, Sam led product management and other sales functions for Blue Coat Systems’ Cloud Security Services business. Before Blue Coat, Sam was a sales leader at Lucent Technologies, managing the system engineering team for the eastern US. Prior to Lucent, Sam was a networking consultant at KPMG and network manager at Temple University. Sam holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Washington and Lee University.

Marty Sanders

Chief Security Services Officer

Marty Sanders leads all aspects of the delivery of Arctic Wolf’s award-winning AWN CyberSOC service. He was formerly the CTO for North America of Kaminario, where he collaborated with partners and customers to help define the company’s product and technology strategy. Prior to Kaminario, he led the technology and services team at Dell/Compellent. At Dell/Compellent, his team helped customers design and deliver the most advanced storage solutions. Marty has more than 29 years of industry experience spanning technology strategy, sales and business development. He uses his vast expertise to redefine the security service experience.

Matthew Thurston

Chief Architect

Matthew Thurston developed his technical vision and security industry experience working over 10 years at Blue Coat Systems as a key developer of the policy enforcement system.  He was a co-inventor on patents covering network policy management and optimizing MS Exchange (MAPI) traffic. His work reverse engineering the MAPI protocol gave birth to his keen interest in all things packet-related.  Prior to Blue Coat, Matthew cut his teeth as a developer working on a wide range of projects including laser projection systems at Virtek Vision, ergonomic automation at HumanCAD Systems and configuration management software at MKS. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Dinah Davis

Vice President, Research and Development

Dinah Davis has over 16 years of experience on behalf of industry leaders Communications Security Establishment Canada, BlackBerry, TrustWave, and D2L. As Arctic Wolf’s vice president of research and development, she is responsible for the direction, operation, and scaling of the development team. Dinah holds an M. Math in cryptography from the University of Waterloo and a B.SC. in mathematics from the University of Lethbridge. Dinah is also the founder of Code Like a Girl, whose goal is to change society’s perceptions of how women are viewed in the technology industry and empower girls to choose technology careers and become leaders.

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