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Our vision

To build a trusted, secure, and empowered digital future for all

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Core values

Integrity
We are truthful, trustworthy, and positive
Ethics
We do the right thing
Service
We make the world a better place
Excellence
We strive for the best in what we create and in what we do
Team work
We take care of each other and work together to change the world

Mission

We are dedicated to building a trusted and secure online world that empowers you.

Where you can work, play, buy, sell, create and engage socially.

Where you have safety and privacy in your digital communities.

Where you are confident when interacting with others.

Where this digital future is available to all.

Hello future.

Leadership team

Leemon
Dr. Leemon BairdCo-founder and Chief Scientist
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Mance HarmonCo-founder and CEO
Natalie
Natalie Grunfeld FurmanGeneral Counsel
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Lionel ChocronChief Product Officer
Christian
Christian HaskerChief Marketing Officer
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Sam BrylskiRegulatory Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
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Atul MahamuniSVP, Product
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Nigel ClarkSVP, Industries & Partners
Zenobia
Zenobia GodschalkSVP, Corporate Communications
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Brett McDowellExecutive Director, Hedera Council
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Azeem MalikVP, Global Business Development
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Alex PopowyczVP, Information Systems & Security
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Ryan LadnerVP, Finance; Treasurer, Hedera Council
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​Luciano BelizanVP, Human Resources
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Ken AndersonChief Developer Advocate

John Larre, former SVP Finance of Hedera and Treasurer of the Hedera Council, has departed from Hedera. The Hedera Council's Board of Directors has appointed Ryan Ladner, Hedera’s Vice President of Finance, as the Hedera Council's new Treasurer.

Leemon

Dr. Leemon Baird

Co-founder and Chief Scientist

Leemon is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. With over 20 years of technology and startup experience, he has held positions as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy and as a senior scientist in several labs. He has been the Co-Founder of several startups, including two identity-related startups, both of which were acquired. Leemon received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in computer security, machine learning, and mathematics.

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Mance Harmon

Co-founder and CEO

Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-founder and CEO of Hedera. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder and CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at the US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

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Natalie

Natalie Grunfeld Furman

General Counsel

Natalie was previously a senior associate at Paul Hastings LLP, where her practice focused on intellectual property, unfair competition, and rights of privacy and publicity, and is the General Counsel for Hedera. Prior to law school, she started her career in Silicon Valley, providing strategic advice to high tech startups. She was Director of Strategy and Business Development at an online group communication startup acquired by Yahoo! Inc. and Director of Business Development for a technology startup developing a global collaborative supply chain platform. Natalie received her BA in Anthropology with honors from Stanford University and her JD from Columbia University School of Law.

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Lionel Chocron

Chief Product Officer

Lionel is an experienced product executive, with over 20 years of experience bringing enterprise products to market and driving their adoption, and is the Chief Product Officer of Hedera. He joins from Oracle, where he was Vice President, Industry and Emerging Technology, and led their emerging technology (Blockchain, IoT, AI) solution efforts across industries. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager at Cisco, where he co-launched, productized, and scaled Cisco’s fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) business. He has previously held roles at A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, and BNP Paribas. Lionel has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a Masters in Engineering from McGill University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Ecole des Mines.

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Christian

Christian Hasker

Chief Marketing Officer

Christian has two decades of experience in enterprise software in a variety of roles at startups and large companies, including marketing, product management, product marketing, and sales management, and is the Chief Marketing Officer for Hedera. He was previously the Vice President of Marketing at DataStax, where he was responsible for developer education and open source Apache Cassandra community initiatives during a period of hyper-growth. A Brit by birth, Christian has degrees from the University of Manchester and the London College of Music.

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Sam Brylski

Regulatory Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Sam has over five years of experience counselling DLT companies, and acts as both Regulatory Counsel and the Chief Compliance Officer at Hedera. He has influenced and implemented a culture of compliance in previous roles, including as the General Counsel at ShapeShift, a global digital asset exchange. Prior to that, he developed compliance policies and procedures in the Investment Banking Division of Cantor Fitzgerald. Sam earned his BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Atul Mahamuni

SVP, Product

Atul has many years of experience in product management, and is the Senior Vice President of Product of Hedera. He was previously Vice President of Blockchain SaaS Apps and Internet of Things (IoT) SaaS Apps, PaaS Platform at Oracle. Prior to that, he served in product management, strategy, and development roles at Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Nokia.

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Nigel Clark

SVP, Industries & Partners

Nigel is a proven technology executive, having been a global Senior Vice President in two cloud software companies sold for a combined value of $1bn, and is the Senior Vice President of Industries and Partners of Hedera. Previously, he was with Oracle where he led the creation and go-to-market of cross industry solutions anchored in Blockchain, IoT, and AI. Prior to Oracle, Nigel was with Accenture Digital (Mobility) where he led sales and consulting for the Austria, Switzerland, Germany mobility business as well heading the Products Industry mobility sales go-to-market across Europe, Africa and Latin America (EALA). Nigel earned his MA(Hons) Management from St Andrews University, Scotland and the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Grenoble, France.

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Zenobia Godschalk

SVP, Corporate Communications

Zenobia has over 20 years of experience in high tech PR and helping companies create and dominate new categories, and is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications of Hedera. Previously, she was a sell-side analyst with investment bank Morgan Keegan, where she was part of The Wall Street Journal’s #1 Ranked Software Analyst team. Prior to this, she served as the head of corporate communications for Opsware Inc (NASDAQ: OPSW), founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, which was acquired by HP for $1.6B. Zenobia graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and Psychology, minor in Industrial Engineering.

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Brett McDowell

Executive Director, Hedera Council

Brett brings over 20 years of IT industry coalition experience, and is the Founding Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Hedera Governing Council. He has had founding executive roles at the Kantara Initiative, IDESG, DMARC.org, and FIDO Alliance. In addition, he has extensive multi-stakeholder governance experience, having served on the board or advisory board of MAAWG, NCSA, StopBadWare, and PCI SSC, among other industry coalitions. Brett is a former fellow at the UMASS Center for Digital Government, a former member of the US Federal Reserve Bank's Mobile Payments Industry Working Group and a recipient of the 2019 Top 50 Tech Leaders award from InterCon.

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Azeem Malik

VP, Global Business Development

Azeem has over five years of enterprise blockchain and DLT experience, and is the Vice President of Global Business Development at Hedera. He joins Hedera from Digital Asset, where he led business development across new company initiatives. Prior to that, he spent 7 years at IBM where his last role was as Head of Business Development for IBM Food Trust, one of the first enterprise blockchain consortiums to go into production. Azeem has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Engineering Management Systems from Columbia University.

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Alex Popowycz

VP, Information Systems & Security

Alex is an experienced IT executive with over 30 years of experience across defense, financials services, and healthcare, and is the Vice President of Information Systems and Security at Hedera. Prior to Hedera, he was CIO of a $2B multi-hospital healthcare system where he led digital transformation and system resilience initiatives. He also held various IT and Information Security executive roles at Fidelity Investments and has held several leadership positions in national and global IT consortia, including as a trusted advisor on the Federal Government’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. A United States Air Force Academy graduate, he served in the Air Force leading surveillance and intelligence programs. Alex earned an MBA from Bentley University.

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Ryan Ladner

VP, Finance; Treasurer, Hedera Council

Ryan has over 20 years of experience in the financial operations of various sized companies within a multitude of industries, and is the Vice President of Finance at Hedera and the Treasurer of the Hedera Governing Council. Since 2012, he has been involved in the software and business improvement industry where he was instrumental in the progression and growth of several companies, leading the Finance teams through successful transactions. Ryan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chapman University and a Master’s degree in International Business from Temple University.

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​Luciano Belizan

VP, Human Resources

Luciano Belizan joined Hedera in early 2018 as Vice President of Human Resources. He is responsible for all HR and Talent initiatives, including strategic design and execution of Hedera’s employee experiences across the entire lifecycle. Before joining Hedera, he was the Vice President of Organizational Development and Training at Ziff Brothers Investments, where he led organizational and leadership strategy for 9 years. Luciano earned his BA in English Literature from San Diego State University (with Honors) and his MBA from Georgetown University.

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Ken Anderson

Chief Developer Advocate

Ken is passionate about a distributed economy, and is the Chief Developer Advocate of Hedera. He is a serial entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience in system design and software architecture. He has built a team of award-winning engineers and consulted as interim-CTO for various companies during periods of restructuring. He was also the lead contributor to the TM Forum’s REST API design guidelines, now used throughout the multi-trillion global telecom industry. Ken graduated with a BBA in Management Information Systems from California State University and was an Intelligence Sergeant in the United States Army.

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