Pindrop provides enterprise solutions to secure phone and voice communications. Pindrop solutions reduce fraud losses and authentication expense for some of the largest call centers in the world. Pindrop’s patented Phoneprinting technology can identify, locate and authenticate phone devices uniquely just from the call audio thereby detecting fraudulent calls as well as verifying legitimate callers. Pindrop has been selected by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and retailers, detecting over 80% of fraud, even for attackers never seen before. Our solutions are allowing our customers to reduce call time and improve their customers experience even while reducing fraud losses. Pindrop is restoring confidence in the security of phone-based transactions.
The Pindrop Team
Vijay A. Balasubramaniyan
CEO, CTO and Founder
Vijay Balasubramaniyan is Co-Founder, CEO & CTO of Pindrop. Vijay has held various engineering and research roles with Google, Siemens, IBM Research, and Intel. He holds patents in VoIP security and scalability and he frequently speaks on phone fraud threats at technical conferences, including CCS and ICDCS. Vijay was recently recognized by the MIT Technology Review's annual Innovators Under 35 list as an outstanding inventor. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. His PhD thesis was on telecommunications security.
Dr. Paul Judge
Paul Judge is the Chairman of Pindrop. Before coming to Pindrop, Paul founded Purewire and served as their CTO. Barracuda Networks acquired Purewire in 2009, and Paul now serves as their Chief Research Officer. Paul also held the position of CTO at CipherTrust in the time leading up to their acquisition by Secure Computing, where he then served as CTO and VP. Paul is the head of Judge Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on opportunities that make the Internet safe, useful, and entertaining. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Dr. Mustaque Ahamad
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder
Dr. Mustaque Ahamad is Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Pindrop. Mustaque was the director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) from 2004 until 2012. His research has been funded by NSF, DARPA and numerous information technology and security companies. He has participated in events including the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, the FTC Robocall Summit and the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group. Mustaque earned a PhD in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1985.
Vice President of Marketing
Matt Anthony is the Vice President of Marketing at Pindrop. With over twenty years of experience in the technology industry, Matt is a frequent speaker at technical conferences. Prior to joining Pindrop, Matt served as Director of Marketing at Dell SecureWorks. Matt has also held marketing roles at CipherTrust, Monorail, and Dell Computer. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President of Research
Matt Garland is the Vice President of Research at Pindrop. Prior to joining Pindrop, he was Vice President of Architecture at Nexidia, serving commercial and government customers in both US and international markets. He has over 15 years of experience with contact center technology and is an expert in call recording systems including NICE and Verint/Witness. Prior to his eight years with Nexidia, Matt held engineering roles at Firstwave Technologies. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Vice President Americas
Michael Hughes is the Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development. He has 25 years of experience in technology sales with a strong focus on fraud and risk management solutions at HNC Software, SAS, ID Analytics, and BasePoint Analytics/CoreLogic. Hughes started his career in banking and credit cards where he managed credit risk, fraud strategy and analytics. Hughes earned a B.S. in Management Science and Operations Research from Philadelphia University.
Vice President, Products
John Martin is the Vice President of Products at Pindrop. Prior to joining Pindrop, he served as SVP & GM, Storage Delivery at Riverbed Technologies, responsible for all aspects of product management, go-to-market, sales & channel strategy, and engineering roadmaps. Martin was previously GM of WAN Optimization at Riverbed. He has also held leadership roles at NetApp and Terena, and was co-chair of the IETF's Web replication working group. Martin has over 20 years of experience in technology and product management and has launched over a dozen software and hardware programs. He earned a Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Martin holds two patents related to anti-virus / ICAP and WAN Optimization.
VP of Sales and Business Development, New Markets
Eric Newman is the Vice President of Sales Business Development for New Markets at Pindrop. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in sales, market development and operations, Eric brings deep expertise in driving high growth for both public and private companies. Prior to joining Pindrop, Eric was COO, Fraud and Risk Intelligence at RSA, The Security Division of EMC. Eric joined RSA as part of its acquisition of Silver Tail Systems, where he served as the VP Business Development and International Operations. Prior to Silver Tail, Eric has held executive level sales and management positions, primarily focused on security, at multiple companies including Phoenix Technologies, TrustedID, and BDMetrics. Eric holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.
Vice President & General Manager, EMEA
Matt Peachey is Vice President & General Manager for EMEA, where he is responsible for all aspects of regional sales, marketing, technical and customer operations. Matt has 20 years experience of successfully launching, leading and scaling emerging technology companies across the region. Matt was most recently the VP EMEA at both Zenprise (acquired by Citrix) and Veracode. He previous served in senior EMEA leadership roles at both IronPort (acquired by Cisco) and NetApp. His early technology career was a founded at Sun Microsystems & Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). Matt holds a HND in Electronic Engineering from Anglia University.
Vice President of Business Development
Sanjay Popli is Vice President of Business Development, responsible for Pindrop’s global strategic and go-to-market partnerships. Prior roles include SVP and GM of LiveOps’ Cloud Services business, VP of Corporate and Business Development at LiveOps, and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Salesforce.com. He has held management roles at Alcatel / Genesys and A.T. Kearney. He earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago, an MS in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He holds four patents and has published many articles in industry and technical conferences.
Vice President of Customer Success
Sachin Soni is the Vice President of Customer Success at Pindrop and is responsible for solutions delivery, professional services and post deployment support. He has over 15 years of experience in providing solutions to clients for voice and telephony systems in hosted or on-premise setups. Prior to Pindrop, Sachin was a Director at Nuance Communications where he spent eight years in multiple technical and business roles, including solutions architecture, delivery and support, operations planning, and product strategy. He has also worked at BeVocal, Verizon, and TIAA-CREF leading solutions architecture for multiple systems. Sachin has a degree in Statistics from the University of Mumbai in India.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Vandiver is the CFO at Pindrop. Vandiver brings more than 20 years of experience guiding financial strategy for both public and private companies to Pindrop Security. His experience spans a variety of industries, including computer and network security and telecommunications. Prior to joining Pindrop, Vandiver served as CFO of Ingenious Med, a privately held healthcare software technology company. He also served as the CFO of SecureWorks, a global Internet security services company, for more than 10 years, where he guided the company’s financial strategy and execution, leading to its acquisition by Dell for $612 million in 2011. Vandiver previously held financial leadership roles at companies such as Digiquant, LHS Group and BWAY Corporation.
Vice President of Engineering
Lamar Willis is the Vice President of Engineering at Pindrop. Lamar most recently served as Director of Engineering, Cloud Services at Barracuda Networks. Lamar joined Barracuda during its acquisition of Purewire, where he had served as VP of Engineering. Lamar was responsible for all aspects of product strategy, development and support at Purewire. Lamar also held engineering positions at Secure Computing, CipherTrust and Spectrum Software. For the first 13 years of his career, Lamar held a variety of technical positions at AT&T, including the renowned Bell Labs division. Lamar has earned a BSEE from Morgan State University and an MSCS from Georgia Tech.