Security is in NURO’s DNA
NURO Secure Group Messaging Our vision: Unlocking collaboration; locking down security
We started with a simple idea. Can we take the ease of instant messaging and put it to work? Yes we can. Email is broken. Mailboxes are overloaded. Vital information gets lost. Projects falter; productivity suffers.
Our idea was to build an easy-to-use team messaging tool that would unlock collaboration. But with our years of security industry experience, we also wanted to lock-down privacy and confidentiality.
No more data leaking out through consumer apps in the office, no more easy routes in for hackers.
So welcome to NURO: Team messaging that’s simple to use but with state of the art security backed-in.
Mobile + Group Messaging + Security = NURO
NURO’s story began in 2014 in Tel Aviv, one of the worlds premier innovation hubs. But NURO’s roots run deeper – from the team behind successful startups, to Silicon Valley and Wall Street. The business was formed by a trio of veterans in the mobile and online security industries: JR Smith, Eran Pfeffer and Omri Sigelman.
Co-founder and Executive Chairman
JR Smith is executive chairman at NURO Secure Messaging. He is one of the foremost global experts on the future of information technology, business leadership, disruptive innovation, consumer privacy and security. He is the former CEO of AVG Technologies, a global leader in mobile security software, which supports more than 150 million users worldwide.
In February 2012, he took AVG public on the New York Stock Exchange and delivered six quarters of strong growth, beating analyst expectations. In addition, As CEO of AVG, Smith created a web-based and indirect monetization strategy delivering strong growth and building strategic partnerships with companies such as Google, Yahoo, VeriSign, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Samsung, Qualcomm and others. Smith is the co-author of the 2012 book: Wide Open Privacy: Strategies for the Digital Life (IT-Harvest Press). He has published a range of white papers, blogs and articles on the future of privacy, children’s online safety, consumer dynamics and strategic innovation. He has appeared frequently in global media including CNBC, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, Fast Company, and the Financial Times—and he often speaks as a thought leader on the future of privacy, consumer dynamics and disruptive innovation at conferences around the world.
Co-founder and CEO
Eran Pfeffer is co-founder and CEO of NURO Secure Messaging. Before co-founding NURO, he served as general manager of mobile solutions for AVG Technologies, where he also worked in corporate development.
He has a history of founding and managing successful technology and security businesses, including DroidSecurity (acquired by AVG) and Bee Contact, a mobile content, billing and marketing solution for business, which he took public on the Israeli stock exchange. Mr. Pfeffer also co-founded BmyPC, the world’s first virtual desktop.
Co-founder and Chief Strategy and Product Officer
Omri Sigelman specializes in mobile security and most recently served as VP of marketing and products of mobile solutions at AVG Technologies, a global leader in mobile security software.
Sigelman also co-founded and served as VP of marketing and product at Droid Security (acquired by AVG), the first security suite for Android phones and tablets on Google Play. He also cofounded Anecdots, the first multi-layer product for the Web, and Z plus plus. He received a B.A. in business management from Ruppin Academic Center and studied for an M.A. in conflict management and negotiation at Bar-Ilan University.
Managing Director, Europe
Mike Foreman is responsible for European sales, operations and channel strategy. Prior to his present position Mike worked at AVG Technologies where he held a number of senior positions including three years as UK Managing Director and latterly as General Manager AVG Business.
Doug Van Leuven
VP Sales, North America
Doug Van Leuven directs NURO’s sales organization and strategy for North America. Doug Van Leuven is a sales and marketing executive with a proven track record of successful global expansion through development of worldwide strategic relationships.
With extensive domestic and international experience, he has directed and executed the introduction of hardware and software solutions to markets in North America, Asia, and Europe, including management of sales, product development, marketing and strategy, localization, staffing, distribution, advertising, and public relations. Doug spent 20 years in Silicon Valley and has a wide span of industry knowledge and experience with both large corporations and a number of start-up companies.
Ouriel Weisz is VP Operations of NURO Secure Messaging, responsible for overseeing day-to- day operations and optimising services provision. Before NURO, he served as Director of Operations at AVG Technologies.
Eli Purian leads NUROs Research and Development. He is responsible for product architecture, security and infrastructure design as well as delivery of SaaS and On Premises services. His background is in Defense, Cyber Security and Enterprise Solutions.
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Global Chief Information Security Officer – AXA Global Direct
Gorka Diaz is an expert in leveraging global relationships throughout the world to execute complex Information Security programs within the Financial Industry.
Strategic executive focused in establishing sustainable security capabilities that are integrated within the business, to ensure a coordinated response to the increasing cyber security threat and enable risk decisions to be made consistently across an organization.
Global leader to drive information security in terms of assessment and risk appetite to advise businesses and drive cultural change to implement a sustainable information security practice.
Former SVP Revenue & Business Operations – AVG Technologies
David Ferguson has been involved in building a number successful businesses based on new technologies and business models.
He was part of the team that built AVG Technologies into a profitable global security player, floated it on the NYSE and sold it to Avast, most recently as SVP Revenue & Business Operations. Prior to that, David built businesses in the mobile and broadband markets, having started his career in management consultancy and analytics.
Former CEO – SWIFT
Bessel Kok is now a Consultant. Mr. Kok served as the Chief Executive Officer of S.W.I.F.T. SCRL.
He served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cesky Telecom from 1995 to 2004. He served as Director of Business Intelligence Services in London from 1968 to 1972. He moved to SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) in Belgium and in 1981 he became the President and Chief Executive Officer until 1989. Until 1994, he was President of Belgacom and oversaw its privatization. Mr. Kok serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Luxury Brand Management a.s. He served as Chairman of the Board of Economia, a.s. He served as Chairman of Eurotel. Since 2005, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Astelit / LIFE (Kiev), Scarlet Communications (Netherlands) and CV Warehouse (Belgium). He has been a Member of Supervisory Board at OKD, a.s. since November 30, 2015. Since 2007, he has been a Member of NWR. He served as Senior Independent Director of New World Resources N.V. He was a Member of the Board of Eurotel in Prague from 2002 to 2004. In 1963, Mr. Kok graduated in Economic Sciences from the City University of Amsterdam.
Former Head of Cyber Security – Israeli Security Agency
Erez Kreiner is a leader, cyber entrepreneur, senior manager and holds a unique record in the cyber field. Former Director of Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority, defending critical and classified infrastructures and assets, and responsible to build and develop the Israeli cyber defense capabilities.
With more than twenty five years of service in ISA (Israel Security Agency) he led and covered almost all aspects of threats mitigation and led the development of new and creative methodologies and tools to prevent cyber attacks and to defend essential services. Since his retirement he has run a consulting firm and startups and assist investors to evaluate cyber technologies. Kreiner holds a Bsc from the Technion and MA in national security.
Director – Dun & Bradstreet
Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach has served as director of Dun & Bradstreet since 2013, and is member of the Nomination and Chairwoman of Technology & Innnovation Committee.
Dr. Lauterbach served as SVP of Global Business Operations Europe at Qualcomm, a world leader in wireless technologies, from 2011 to 2013. Previously, she served at Deutsche Telekom AG, an international telecommunication provider, as SVP Business Development and Investments from 2010 to 2011, Acting Products and Innovation Officer from 2009 to 2010. During her time at Deutsche Telekom she additionally served as a member of the Executive Operating Board. Prior to Deutsche Telekom she served as Executive Vice President, Group Strategy at T-Mobile International AG from 2006 to 2010, and prior to T-Mobile, she served from 1996 to 2006 in various operational and strategic roles at Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, McKinsey & Company and Munich Reinsurance Company. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of 1AU-Ventures and currently serves on Advisory and Supervisory Boards of several U.S. and European based technology companies. She trains boards in cybersecurity and cognitive/ AI related technologies and their links to corporate governance. Her book on Artificial Intelligence will be published by Praeger in 4Q 2018.
Former Managing Partner – 3TS Capital Partners
Daniel Lynch is an experienced Venture Capitalist and Board Member skilled in technology company Portfolio Management, Business Expansion, M&A, Entrepreneurship and transactions. Proven Central European investment professional with a long track record and a MBA from University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business
Chief Security Officer – Richemont
John Meakin is a specialist in information security with more than twenty years experience.
He has previously been responsible for leading systems security in Standard Chartered Bank, Reuters, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Dresdner Bank. More recently he was Chief Info Security Officer at BP plc for 3 years and led Deutsche Bank’s development of a new security strategy and innovative security solutions to meet the latest threats.
Since April 2014 he has been Chief Security Officer for the leading international luxury goods company Richemont, supporting the varying needs of such renowned brands as Cartier, Montblanc, Chloe, etc. He also has a particular interest in better modeling and managing the costs and benefits of security to the business, as well as in shifting the emphasis of commercial security efforts into dynamic management and monitoring rather than static prevention.
He has developed a number of award-winning Info Security Risk Management methods and tools during his CISO career. He is a member of the Jericho Forum Board of Management, and advisor to a number of security vendors. He sits on the Microsoft Worldwide CSO Council and the SAP AG Security Advisory Board. He has a PhD in Experimental Solid State Physics from Cambridge University.
Former Head of Technology Division – Israeli Security Agency
Ron Shamir retired in 2015 from the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) after 24 years of service. In his last position, He served as the technology division head, in – rank equivalent to Major General.
During his tenure, Mr. Shamir introduced innovative thought and paradigms that led the division to extraordinary performance.
Prior his last position Mr. Shamir served as the Head of Cyber Development Department. Building the first cyber department in ISA and managing it.
Since he retired Mr. Shamir has been involved in entrepreneurial activities, in the Cyber-Security and Bio-Technology domains. He also advises on strategic solutions for Cyber security and critical information infrastructure defense.
Currently Mr. Shamir is a co-founder and CEO of Phonetica, a startup in the speech analytic domain.
Mr. Shamir holds a B.Sc. and Executive MBA, Magna Cum Laude, both from Tel Aviv University
With NURO secure messaging our security “In our line of work it is imperative that all communications is secure and completely within our control in order to stay compliant. NURO Secure Messaging is a vital component in ensuring sensitive or confidential information stays private and can be audited at a later stage.”
and privacy is assured
Travis Wallis, CEO and Investment Partner, TH3ORY Inc