Bahram Yusefzadeh - Executive Chairman & CEO
Bahram Yusefzadeh is a software and technology entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience building innovative, market-leading companies. Prior to Red Lambda, he was the founder and CEO of Phoenix International, a global financial software company that led the industry’s shift towards client/server computing in retail banking. Under his leadership, Phoenix International became a global leader in retail banking automation, developed a strategic partnership with IBM, and completed a successful IPO and secondary offering. Phoenix International was acquired by London Bridge Group in 2001. Following the acquisition, Mr. Yusefzadeh combined his entrepreneurial passion and expertise with his long-standing commitment to the development of Florida’s high-tech community and founded the V2R Group, a technology incubator and investment company. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Yusefzadeh leads V2R Group in its mission to identify and guide the commercialization of emerging technologies from across Florida and the Florida university system. Red Lambda was established through V2R in 2005.
Mr. Yusefzadeh holds a number of outside board positions, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the International Center for Automated Information Research (ICAIR), a capital fund sponsored through a national grant with the University of Florida Law School that invests in early-stage companies. Since 1988, Mr. Yusefzadeh has served as an advisor to the Capital Appreciation Fund II, an Atlanta-based VC fund, focused on early-stage technology companies.
Ahmad Y. Haleem – Executive President, Board Member
Ahmad Y. Haleem has 24 years of experience in mobile telephony with 17 of those years focusing within the Middle East and Africa region in business development, operational and financial roles. Currently, Mr. Haleem is a partner and founding shareholder in ILA. In February 2009, Ahmad Haleem joined Zain Group as an Advisor to Dr. Saad Al Barrak, Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Zain Group. In February 2010, he took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer of Zain Group. He advised on strategic, financial and operational matters regarding its 23 cellular phone operations as well as any expansion opportunities. Prior to joining Zain, Ahmad Haleem was the Chief Executive Officer of Wataniya International LLC, a company responsible for leading the pursuit of global expansion. Mr. Haleem has served positions as Director of Finance and Operations in Fastlink-Jordan, and Chief Financial Officer of Mobinil-Egypt. Mr. Haleem earned a Bachelors Degree of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Chicago and obtained his CPA qualification in 1989. After 14 years of service with Motorola, he was appointed as CFO of Wataniya Telecom in Kuwait in 2001. In March 2004, he was appointed CEO of Wataniya International. Mr. Haleem has served as a member of the board of directors for many organizations, including Orascom Telecom Tunisie, Asia-Cell Telecommunications Company, Wataniya Telecom Algerie, Public Telecommunications Company Ltd. and Wataniya Telecom Maldives. He served as Chairman of Warf Telecommunications, an undersea cable company in the Maldives and of Wataniya Palestine Mobile Telecommunications Company in Palestine.
Robert B. Bird - President, CTO, & Founder
Robert Bird is the President, CTO, and Co-Founder of Red Lambda. Mr. Bird is a recognized industry expert on global-scale security and the visionary behind the company’s revolutionary grid platform and artificial intelligence. He leads core architecture, Lambda Labs, and product security, and serves on Red Lambda’s Board of Directors. Mr. Bird is widely heralded for making the extraordinary, simple.
Prior to Red Lambda, Mr. Bird served as the Director of Network Services at the University of Florida (UF) where he managed network operations and security for the university’s 10,000-user residential network. In addition, he led the University’s internal “Tiger” penetration testing team. Earlier in his career, he directed security for the state’s USDA-sponsored research programs. He holds a European patent in holistic network management and is the co-author of numerous pending-patents in incremental neural networks and scale-free distributed systems. Mr. Bird was chosen to testify before the US House of Representatives as an expert witness regarding the elimination of child pornography on the Internet and the mitigation of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. He was also co-awarded the prestigious State of Florida’s Davis Productivity Award for outstanding contributions to efficiency and cost-savings within state agencies.
Mr. Bird specializes in Complexity Theory, Scale-Free Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Cryptography. He has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Florida with a focus on Topology.
David Carter - CFO
David Carter brings over 30 years of senior leadership, financial operations, capitalization, and M&A experience to Red Lambda. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and CFO for the Banc Corporation (TBNC), a $1.4 billion publicly traded financial institution headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. He served for two years as President of the Bank, the Banc Corporation’s primary subsidiary, comprised of 26 branches throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Prior to the Banc Corporation, Mr. Carter was Executive Vice President and CFO for Trustmark Bank (TRMK), a publicly traded regional financial institution headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. During his tenure with Banc Corporation and Trustmark Bank, Mr. Carter played a pivotal role in raising capital and executing the acquisition and merger of 22 financial institutions. He has vast experience in dealing with the SEC and banking regulatory agencies.
Dave Pool - Senior Vice President of Engineering
A seasoned technology executive, Dave Pool brings more than 20 years’ experience in product development and critical infrastructure engineering for some of the world’s most prominent security and technology companies.
Prior to joining Red Lambda, Pool was Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering at VeriSign, Inc., where he led the engineering of the software, compute, network and storage infrastructure that supports VeriSign’s critical Internet services. Pool was instrumental in the development and support of the ATLAS platform which runs the DNS services for .com and .net at a peak load of well over 100 billion queries per day at true 100% availability for over 14 years. He also established VeriSign Labs to bolster Verisign’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry, create new revenue opportunities and manage Verisign’s intellectual property assets.
Prior to VeriSign, Pool was the Chief Technology Officer at Opion, Inc., where he led research, development, and quality assurance for the company’s real-time market forecasting service. Pool has also held senior product development and leadership roles with IBM, CSC, Network Solution and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Pool holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia.