The members of our management team provide a depth of industry and operating experience that is fundamental to the success of Absolute.
Chief Executive Officer
Christy is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at Absolute. She has held a variety of executive leadership roles at globally-recognized business and technology brands like Good Technologies (now Blackberry), Citigroup, Motorola, Apple, and Sun Microsystems. Drawing on her extensive background in security, mobility, and analytics, Christy is dedicated to solving Absolute customers’ greatest endpoint resiliency challenges.
Christy currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Silicon Labs, Quotient Technologies, and Dtex Systems, where she was recently CEO. She has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs of America, Information Security’s CEO of the Year, and one of the Fierce Wireless “Most Influential Women in Wireless.” She is on Twitter at @ChristyWyatt.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Errol is responsible for managing the finance and operations functions at Absolute, including our investor relations efforts. Errol joined Absolute in 2010 and brings more than 25 years of corporate finance experience, including 20 years in the technology industry.
He has supervised the finances, operations and process improvements of rapidly growing companies, has participated in multiple acquisitions and mergers, and has managed and negotiated several debt and equity financings. Prior to joining Absolute, he was Chief Financial Officer at Inetco Systems and previously held the same role at Explorer Software. Errol’s extensive technology industry experience also includes senior finance roles at Pivotal Corporation and Infowave Software. Prior to leaving public practice, Errol was a manager in the audit and advisory services group at KPMG LLP, where he worked with a portfolio of private and public companies. Errol served as the interim Chief Executive Officer at Absolute from December 2013 until June 2014. In this role he was responsible for driving overall corporate strategy.
Errol holds a Chartered Accountant designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Chief Commercial Officer
Sean Maxwell oversees the broad leadership of all commercial activities for Absolute’s global operating markets. This includes Global Sales.
Sean is a high-performing information security executive with a proven track record in leading effective and successful global enterprise software sales teams. His experience spans large global enterprise organizations, as well as at technology start-ups, within the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific.
Prior to Absolute, Maxwell was vice president, Global Sales Strategy and Field Enablement at Symantec. In this role he was responsible for global sales and go-to-market planning — from defining the sales strategy to delivering quarterly results. Prior to his work at Symantec, Maxwell held sales leadership roles with Virtual Instruments and EMC.
Nicko van Someren, Ph.D
Chief Technology Officer
Nicko serves as Absolute’s Chief Technology Officer where he oversees the direction and strategic vision of Absolute’s product architecture and security roadmap. He has more than two decades of experience leading, developing and bringing to market disruptive security technologies. Prior to his role at Absolute, Nicko served as Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Officer at nanopay, Inc, a financial services technology company. He has also served as Chief Technology Officer at the Linux Foundation, Good Technologies (now a part of BlackBerry) and nCipher (now a part of Entrust Datacard) as well as the Chief Security Architect at Juniper Networks.
Nicko also serves as a board member and advisor for numerous startups and is a mentor for the Techstars accelerator program in Boulder, CO. He has a PhD from Trinity College and fellowships from the Royal Academy of Engineering and British Computer Society.
Executive Vice President, Product Development
Todd Wakerley is Absolute’s Executive Vice President of Product Development, leading global product development initiatives to advance technology strategy in alignment with the company’s strategic objectives.
Before joining Absolute, Todd served as senior director of Symantec’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, helping develop mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and application security for iOS and Android devices. He also led the company’s strategic planning, technical due diligence, and product team integrations, resulting in accretive revenue streams and product innovations for Symantec.
A respected industry leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the information security industry, Todd’s previous roles include software development and IT management for a variety of technology and consulting organizations, including Arlington Group, Wise Solutions and Altiris. Todd has a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Executive Vice President, Products
Dean Ćoza is Absolute’s Executive Vice President of Products, leading the extension and enrichment of the company’s product vision. Dean’s team crafts and delivers the company’s product roadmap, high-value customer solutions, as well as go-to-market strategies.
Dean is a highly accomplished and respected leader, with deep experience in information security and a track record of driving innovative and transformational growth. Dean joined Absolute from FireEye, where he was the Senior Vice President of Product Management. In this role, he led product strategy, product management and user experience for the FireEye product portfolio.
Prior to FireEye, Dean held executive product management and marketing roles at VMware, Forcepoint (Websense), ArcSight (prior to HP acquisition) and a number of others. Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Calvin College.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide OEM, Channel and Business Development
Mark Grace is Absolute’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide OEM, Channel and Business Development. He is an accomplished leader and industry veteran with nearly 20 years of sales, marketing and operations experience in computer technology and consumer electronics. Mark is responsible for the management of Absolute’s worldwide OEM, channel and business development partnerships.
Mark previously served as Absolute’s vice president, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and as vice president, global consumer sales. Before joining Absolute, he successfully led global businesses through field, inside sales, retail and e-commerce initiatives in diverse market segments — including healthcare, education, enterprise and consumer — during more than 10 years at Dell Technologies. Mark graduated from Towson University.
Senior Vice President, Customer Experience
As Absolute’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Matt Meanchoff is responsible for leading Absolute’s customer delivery and service functions – including Customer Success, Professional Services, Investigations, Risk Management, and Technical Support. Matt is responsible for the Absolute customer journey and Voice of the Customer, and for building a robust subscription base of engaged, loyal, and growing customers.
Matt joined Absolute in 2009 and brings more than 20 years of technology leadership experience.
Matt previously served as Absolute’s Vice President, Services. Prior to joining Absolute, Matt held several leadership roles in global and start-up technology organizations where he successfully led teams in Product Management, Services, Support, and Operations. Prior to his work at Absolute, Matt held previous leadership positions with Fincentric (Fiserv) and RewardStream.
Matt holds a Master of Arts degree from Queen’s University.
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Chris is responsible for our information technology and security strategies at Absolute.
As a member of Absolute’s senior executive team, Chris is an active participant in the strategic direction of our business. He is instrumental in ensuring that Absolute consistently applies industry-leading standards of security and risk management across the organization. He also works closely with customers and industry analysts to ensure Absolute meets and exceeds regional and vertical-specific compliance standards including ISO 27001, FIPS, and many others.
Chris has over 20 years of experience in technology, operations, and leadership positions. Prior to Absolute, he held several executive roles within the retail, financial services, and securities industries. Most recently, Chris served as Chief Information Officer at Boston Pizza where he managed the entire IT infrastructure and security functions. He also held executive roles at Best Buy, Indigo, and spent 10 years in senior leadership positions at TD Bank. He has a proven track record leading IT transformation driven by changes to business strategy and security and compliance requirements.
Chris studied at both the Richard Ivey School of Business and Ryerson University in Ontario. He frequently shares his expertise and insights at industry events and academic institutions.