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Appgate is the secure access company. We empower how people work and connect by providing solutions purpose-built on Zero Trust security principles. This people-defined security approach enables fast, simple, and secure connections from any device and location to workloads across any IT infrastructure in cloud, on-premises and hybrid environments. Appgate helps organizations and government agencies worldwide start where they are, accelerate their Zero Trust journey and plan for their future.

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Leo Taddeo, Chief Executive Officer and President

With over 25 years of executive federal government and commercial experience at both public and private companies, Mr. Taddeo was appointed Appgate’s Chief Executive Officer and President on January 4, 2023. He previously served as Appgate’s CISO, directing global security operations, crisis management and business continuity processes, and oversaw Appgate's federal government business, working closely with sales and technical leadership to define and deliver Zero Trust solutions to meet the needs of the company's public sector customers.

Prior to joining Appgate, Mr. Taddeo was the CISO and President of Cyxtera Federal Group. He is the former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI's New York Office. In this role, he directed over 400 special agents and professional support personnel conducting cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support and crisis management. Previous responsibilities focused on FBI international operations, including service as a Section Chief in the International Operations Division, where he managed operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Mr. Taddeo received a B.S. in Applied Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After completing his studies, Taddeo served as a tank officer in the U.S Marine Corps. In 1994 he earned a J.D from St. John's University. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP in New York, where he practiced in the field of civil litigation until entering on duty with the FBI. Mr. Taddeo is a member of the New York State Bar and a graduate of the CISO Executive Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Rene Rodriguez, Chief Financial Officer

Rene Rodriguez has more than 20 years of experience as a finance executive with expertise in managing financial operations, capital markets, investor relations, financial analysis, and mergers and acquisitions. Immediately prior to Appgate’s spin-out, Rodriguez was the CFO of Cyxtera since May 2017.

Since 2011, Rodriguez has also served as a Partner and the CFO of Medina Capital, a private equity firm investing in high-growth cybersecurity software companies and a founding member of Cyxtera. In that role, Rodriguez focuses on evaluating potential investments, fundraising, fund administration and financial guidance across the firm’s portfolio.

Rodriguez served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2005 until June 2011, most recently as Vice President of Financial Planning. In that role, he was responsible for the reporting of the financial and operational results of Terremark and its subsidiaries to its executive team and the investor community.

Prior to joining Terremark, Rodriguez held various positions at the Burger King Corporation focusing on worldwide valuation, process improvement, investment analysis and international fraud audits. Rodriguez started his professional career as part of the assurance practice at BDO Seidman LLP focusing on the firm’s financial services, technology, hospitality and aviation clients in South Florida, the Caribbean and Central America.

Rodriguez received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Jeff Nord, Chief of Operations

Jeffrey Nord is Chief of Operations for Appgate. Prior to the firm’s spin-out, Jeff was the SVP of Service Delivery for Cyxtera’s colocation business.

Before joining Cyxtera, Nord held roles at Verizon, where he led the integration of Terremark and Verizon Business Cloud and Managed Services business units into a single, global operations organization. His team of more than 1,800 employees were responsible for Service Delivery, Customer Support, Infrastructure Engineering, and Change Management across Verizon’s broad portfolio of services.

Prior to Verizon, Nord led the Infrastructure and Service Delivery organizations for Terremark, which included Infrastructure Engineering, 24x7 Customer Support, Professional Services, Managed Security, and Implementation.

Before his time at Terremark, Nord was with SAVVIS, where he was responsible for Service Delivery. During his nine years at SAVVIS, Nord lived and worked in Singapore and Reading, England.

Kurt Glazemakers, Chief Technology Officer

Kurt Glazemakers is responsible for defining the strategy, development and roadmap of the next generation of Appgate's flagship Software-Defined Perimeter solution. Glazemakers was the independent technical expert within the Medina Capital investment team that exercised due diligence prior to the acquisition of Cryptzone in April 2014.

Glazemakers is renowned for his extensive knowledge of software development, especially in the Software-Defined network and storage area. Prior to joining Appgate, he served as CTO of CloudFounders, a developer of advanced private cloud technologies for IT as a service (ITaaS) solutions.

He also served as Terremark’s CTO Europe (now part of Verizon), where he was responsible for the development of Enterprise Cloud. Throughout his career, Glazemakers has focused on the development of innovative solutions that increase the availability, security and scalability of mission-critical infrastructures. He holds a Master of Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Networks from University Ghent in Belgium.

Jason Garbis, Chief Product Officer

Jason Garbis is Chief Product Officer for Appgate, responsible for the company's security product strategy and product management, and held a similar leadership role at Cryptzone prior to its acquisition by Appgate/Cyxtera. Garbis is also co-chair of the SDP Zero Trust Working Group at the Cloud Security Alliance, where he helps lead research and publication initiatives.

Garbis has over 30 years of product management, engineering, and consulting experience at security and technology firms, including RSA, where he focused on identity management and governance products. Garbis hold a CISSP certification, has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, a High-Technology MBA from Northeastern University, and is a published author. He is also co-chair of the Boston chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.

Jeremy M. Dale, General Counsel

Jeremy M. Dale currently serves as General Counsel and Secretary of Appgate. Previously, Mr. Dale was Associate General Counsel of Cyxtera from May 2017 to January 2020, and Associate General Counsel of 3Cinteractive from July 2014 to April 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Dale was a corporate and securities associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP from September 2010 to June 2014. He received his B.S. in Finance, B.A. in Economics, and M.S. in Finance from the University of Florida, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Carolina Suarez-Aguiar, VP, HR Operations

Carolina Suarez-Aguiar leads the human resources team with responsibility over talent acquisition, employee development, benefits, compensation and diversity. Having been in HR within the technology industry for more than 15 years, Suarez-Aguiar brings experience in developing competitive employee benefits programs, management of stock-based compensation and employee relations.

As Vice President of HR Operations at Cyxtera, Suarez-Aguiar led the global benefits program as well as serving as the HR operations leader for the Cybersecurity business unit handling employee relations, performance management, and organizational planning. Prior to Cyxtera, she ran the HR function at Easy Solutions. Suarez-Aguiar started her professional career at Terremark where she served in positions of increasing seniority in employee benefits. When Terremark was acquired by Verizon in 2011, she led the process to transition all employee benefits including managing employee communication and benefits education. At Verizon, she served as the HR Business Partner for the Colocation Business unit which involved consulting with business leaders to provide creative solutions to HR challenges surrounding compensation, employee relations, and organizational development.

Carolina received her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and her MBA from Florida International University.

Mike Lopez, SVP, Fraud Solutions

Mike Lopez is Senior Vice President of Appgate's Fraud Protection offering. With more than 15 years of banking industry experience with a focus in Fraud and Anti-money laundering operations, Lopez has developed a deep understanding of the fraud landscape and the effective measures institutions should take to mitigate fraud.

Before joining Appgate, Lopez was Vice President of Global Operations for Cyxtera‘s fraud offering. His team of over 125 employees were responsible for Service Delivery, Customer Support, Infrastructure Management, and SOC Operations.

Prior to Cyxtera, Lopez led the Service Delivery organization for Easy Solutions, which included Customer Support, SOC Operations, Professional Services, and Risk and Compliance.

Lopez previously served as the Chief Information Officer for Marquis Bank, and as a Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Manager for Ocean Bank, both community banks based in Florida. He holds a degree in Information Technology from the University of Miami’s School of Engineering.

Paul Campaniello, SVP, MARKETING

Paul is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience creating visibility and driving results for startup and publicly held technology companies. He is responsible for Appgate's global marketing and communications, including GTM strategy, sales enablement, brand management, product marketing, demand generation, as well as analyst and public relations.

Paul originally joined Cryptzone, the pre-cursor to Appgate, in 2016 to build and lead global marketing prior to the creation of Cyxtera in 2017. At Cyxtera, he then held the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing. Prior to rejoining Appgate in 2024, Paul served in senior marketing roles at companies including Zededa, LoginVSI, Mendix and Precise Software. Paul holds a BS and an MBA from Bentley University.

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