Black Lotus creates and delivers industry leading availability security to service providers and enterprises by bridging the gap between available solutions and customer requirements. Our solutions are built on a foundation of stability, assurance and scalability in order to add value to websites, systems and networks. We are the first responders. We defend the infrastructure on which businesses are built.
Arman Khalili, Chief Executive Officer
Arman Khalili is a hands-on executive with extensive computer technology, sales and business development background; he poses a mix of entrepreneurship and operation management skills. He is a principal at Industry Capital spearheading the internet infrastructure practice. Industry Capital is a San Francisco based PE fund manager founded 2003. IC and its affiliated entities manage more than $1.4 billion in discretionary assets. IC owns and operates several private equity platforms focused on real assets: real estate, inter-modal leasing, energy, and data-centers. Mr. Khalili was an advisor at Harbor Ridge Capital, a boutique mergers and acquisitions advisory firm to the internet infrastructure sector. He was previously the CEO/Founder of UnitedLayer, LLC, San Francisco’s largest collocation and managed hosting company, where he led the company from inception in 2001 to successful acquisition in 2010. Prior to UnitedLayer, he was the CEO of NeXTLayer, a secured Email ASP. He was the CTO of MusicBank, world’s first (2000) and largest Music Subscription company. He is a serial entrepreneur and started his technical career in Silicon Valley by being the founder of San Francisco’s first public ISP in 1993, Sirius Connections. Mr. Khalili has held various positions at Level 3, AT&T, NeXT and Apple Computers. He earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science from San Francisco State University and was a part time instructor at UCLA extension.
Warren Dewar, Chief Financial Officer
Warren Dewar brings more than 15 year of experience as an executive and advisor to companies with a focus on the technology industry. Prior to joining Black Lotus, Warren was an investment banker at Credit Suisse, Bank of America and for a boutique M&A firm with offices in San Francisco and Paris. For more than 15 years, Warren has advised leading companies on strategic matters including growth equity, M&A, joint ventures and capital raising with clients in both public and private companies across a variety of industries. Previously, Warren was a co-founder and CFO of Pay by Touch, a biometric payments software company focused on innovation in the electronic payments industry. Warren started his career as an intelligence analyst at the CIA where he spent five years in various roles. Warren holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of South Carolina.
Shawn Marck, Chief Security Officer
Shawn Marck, CISSP, JNCIS-SEC, has served as Black Lotus’ principal architect and engineer since 2007. His has been instrumental in building the company’s network and DDoS mitigation systems and processes. In 2012 he was awarded the (ISC)2 Information Security Leadership Award for his work on the company’s patent-pending Human Behavior Analysis (HBA) method for mitigating layer 7 DDoS attacks. Prior to joining Black Lotus, he served in the engineering department at The Apollo Group.
Frank Ip, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Frank Ip is a seasoned business and marketing executive with over 20 years of broad experiences in the network security industry. Prior to joining Black Lotus, Mr. Ip was the general manager of NSFOCUS, a global solutions and services provider of distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation. Previously, Mr. Ip was the President/Co-founder of Anta Systems, a SIP-based secured communication equipment provider to enterprise and service provider markets. The flagship product Multimedia Dispatching System is widely deployed at airports, public transportation hubs, container terminals and public utilities sites for emergency and disaster response. Mr. Ip has held various technical and management positions at NetScreen, ServGate, SGI and Network General. Mr. Ip earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California at Berkeley and a MBA degree at Santa Clara University.
Alex Hisa, Vice President of Sales
Alex Hisa brings his leadership, passion, energy and drive and nearly 25 years in the telecommunications and technology space. Prior to joining Black Lotus, Alex was VP of Sales and Marketing at Horizon Communications, a structured cabling and large public venue WiFi installation company, and led the company's sales and marketing efforts to help secure a strategic investment from Solis Capital Partners. At AboveNet, Alex was Regional Sales Director, responsible for sales across Southern California, Arizona and Nevada and his team consistently produced exceptional results and competed fiercely under his leadership. Alex has extensive experience in direct and indirect sales, strategic partnerships, start-up ventures, customer service, marketing, and project management.
Uri Budnik, Vice President of Technology
Uri Budnik brings in wealth of experiences in technology and process management to the Black Lotus' engineering and operation teams. Prior to joining Black Lotus, Uri was the Director of Business Development for RightScale, a cloud management SaaS company where he was responsible for the ISV partner program. Uri was the Sales Director for Blackbird (acquired by Pythian) where he specialized in DevOps, Big Data and IT Infrastructure Strategy. Prior to RightScale and Blackbird, he co-founded and managed the datacenter infrastructure for a technology company that provides automated podcasting tools to newspapers and magazines. Before that, he held a variety of roles at CenturyLink in the internet services and data center division including subject matter expert for complex hosting. Uri Budnik won the entrepreneur of the year award from the Marshall Business School of the University of Southern California and started a company based on that award-winning business plan.