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 that are 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 bachelors of science in electrical engineering.

Kim Tremblay

Co-Founder and Vice President, R&D

Kim Tremblay has more than 20 years of industry experience and is the vice president of research and development at Arctic Wolf Networks. In this role, she is responsible for all of engineering and product management. Kim’s technology expertise spans both hardware, software and web 2.0 technologies such as big data, the ELK stack and machine learning. 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 science degree in math and computer science from the University of Waterloo.

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.

Young-Sae Song

Vice President, Marketing

Young-Sae leads all marketing efforts at Arctic Wolf Networks, drawing on his 20-year track record of high tech industry success. A transformative marketer, he has led major rebranding, corporate/product marketing, product management and sales enablement teams to deliver rapid business growth and bottom-line profitability. Previously, he served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Data Center Server Solutions at AMD. Prior to that, he led teams at companies including Ericsson (Redback Networks), Nokia, Covad, Vidyo and Microsoft. Young-Sae holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sam McLane

Head of Security Engineering

Sam McLane leads Security Engineering at Arctic Wolf, bringing over 20 years of security experience to the team. Prior to joining Arctic Wolf, Sam led Product Management for 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.

Nick Schneider

Head of Sales

Nick Schneider leads all sales activities 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 end point 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.

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