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Leadership

Executive Team

Executive Chairman and Interim CEO

Dr. Andreas Kuehlmann Ph.D.

Dr. Andreas Kuehlmann is the Executive Chairman and Interim CEO at Tortuga Logic where he leads the company in its next phase of growth. Dr. Kuehlmann spent his career in semiconductor design, software development, and cybersecurity and served as Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Tortuga, he worked at IBM Research and Cadence Design Systems where he made influential contributions to hardware verification. He then helped build a market-leading software security business starting as head of engineering at Coverity and, after its acquisition by Synopsys, as General Manager of the newly formed Software Integrity business unit. In that role, he led its growth from double-digit-millions to a multi-hundred-million-dollar business through organic and inorganic investments. Dr. Kuehlmann received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Ilmenau, Germany.

Co-Founder, CTO and Director

Jason Oberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Oberg is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Tortuga Logic, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology and strategic positioning. Dr. Oberg works closely with Tortuga Logic’s executive management team, engineering teams, and customers to drive the company’s next-generation hardware security products. As a leading expert in hardware security, Dr. Oberg brings years of deep expertise and has facilitated the development of several disruptive hardware security technologies. His work has been cited over 1000 times and he holds seven issued and pending patents. Prior to his CTO role, Dr. Oberg led Tortuga Logic as co-founder and CEO from 2014 – 2020 where he facilitated raising capital, recruiting the initial team, and building the company’s product revenue from zero to several million. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

VP of Engineering

Andrew Dauman

Andrew Dauman is Vice President of Engineering at Tortuga Logic, and is responsible for all product development. Prior to joining Tortuga Logic, Mr. Dauman was Vice President of Engineering at Synopsys, where he oversaw development of FPGA products, including the Synplify family of FPGA synthesis tools and the HAPS FPGA-based prototyping systems. Previously, Mr. Dauman served as Vice President of Engineering for Synplicity, Inc., and has held a variety of positions in both semi-custom processor design and software development for radar systems and logic synthesis. Mr. Dauman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Board of Directors

Executive Chairman and Interim CEO

Dr. Andreas Kuehlmann Ph.D.

Dr. Andreas Kuehlmann is the Executive Chairman and Interim CEO at Tortuga Logic where he leads the company in its next phase of growth. Dr. Kuehlmann spent his career in semiconductor design, software development, and cybersecurity and served as Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Tortuga, he worked at IBM Research and Cadence Design Systems where he made influential contributions to hardware verification. He then helped build a market-leading software security business starting as head of engineering at Coverity and, after its acquisition by Synopsys, as General Manager of the newly formed Software Integrity business unit. In that role, he led its growth from double-digit-millions to a multi-hundred-million-dollar business through organic and inorganic investments. Dr. Kuehlmann received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Ilmenau, Germany.

Co-Founder, CTO and Director

Jason Oberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Oberg is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Tortuga Logic, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology and strategic positioning. Dr. Oberg works closely with Tortuga Logic’s executive management team, engineering teams, and customers to drive the company’s next-generation hardware security products. As a leading expert in hardware security, Dr. Oberg brings years of deep expertise and has facilitated the development of several disruptive hardware security technologies. His work has been cited over 1000 times and he holds seven issued and pending patents. Prior to his CTO role, Dr. Oberg led Tortuga Logic as co-founder and CEO from 2014 – 2020 where he facilitated raising capital, recruiting the initial team, and building the company’s product revenue from zero to several million. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

Director

John East

John East served as CEO of Actel Corporation for 22 years until his retirement in 2010, when the company was acquired by Microsemi Corporation. Previously, he was senior vice president of AMD, where he oversaw the Logic Products Group. Mr. East has held various engineering, marketing and management positions at Raytheon Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor, and was a board member at Adaptec, Zehntel, MCC and Single Chip Systems. He is currently on the board of directors at Alacritech, a private company involved in the data storage market, Atrenta, a supplier of design tools to the IC designer community and Pericom, a supplier of serial connectivity enabling integrated circuits. Mr. East holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Director

Pierre Lamond

Pierre Lamond is a pioneer of the semiconductor industry. He started his career in 1957 as an engineer at Transitron Electronics before joining Dr. Gordon E. Moore’s R&D team at Fairchild Semiconductor. While at Fairchild, Pierre oversaw the development of advanced high-frequency transistors and the first generation of digital integrated circuits.

Pierre left Fairchild in 1967 to cofound the National Semiconductor Corporation (NSM), where he was vice president and general manager, Integrated Circuits. Following CEO roles at Coherent Radiation and Advent, Pierre returned to National Semiconductor in 1977 to assume the role of Chief Technology Officer and VP, General Manager of Advanced Products.

In 1981, Pierre joined Sequoia Capital as a general partner, where he played a pivotal role in the expansion of the semiconductor, systems, and software portfolios. While at Sequoia, Pierre was chairman of the board at Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Microchip Semiconductor, Vitesse Semiconductor, Open-Silicon Inc., Redback Networks, Verisity, and Plumtree. He was also a director at Mellanox Technologies and Xoom. Pierre ran, on a temporary basis, engineering departments at Cisco Systems (CSCO) and C-Cube.

Pierre spent three years as a general partner at Khosla Ventures, serving on the boards of Skybox Imaging (Google), Cogenra (SunPower), SEEO (Bosch), Avogy, SeaMicro (AMD), and HeartVista.

Advisory Board 

Tony Scott

Tony Scott is CEO of the TonyScottGroup, a Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley based consulting and advisory firm. In February 2015, Mr. Scott was appointed by President Barack Obama as the third Federal chief information officer for the U.S. Government, where he oversaw an $85 billion budget for IT infrastructure and spending. In addition, he was responsible for developing the Cybersecurity Spring and Implementation Plan (CSIP), a program that strengthened the security of Federal IT networks and data. Prior to his role in the Government, Mr. Scott served as CIO and senior vice president of VMware, and is the former CIO of Microsoft Corporation and The Walt Disney Company. He holds a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from University of San Francisco and a juris doctorate from Santa Clara University.

Anand Chandrasekher

Anand Chandrasekher is a seasoned global, technology and management executive with a track record for delivering innovation. He is an expert on China and is recognized as a visionary with the ability to create and exploit disruptions in the marketplace. During his 24-year tenure at Intel Corporation, Chandrasekher held a variety of roles including head of Intel’s mobile business, server and workstation business, global sales organization and global marketing. Most recently, he was president of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies Inc. and vice chairman of Huaxintong Semiconductor Inc. (China). Chandrasekher is known for his pioneering efforts on the Intel Centrino™ and Atom™ platforms which helped usher in the modern era of mobility, and for his work on Intel Xeon™ and Qualcomm’s Centriq™ ARM servers. Chandrasekher presently serves on the board of Avalanche Technology Inc. and is a strategic advisor to UPmem, S.A. (processor-in-memory company), Tortuga Logic (hardware based trusted computing company) and Dimensional Mechanics (machine learning automation company).

Chandrasekher received his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University, his Master’s in Operations Research from Cornell University and his MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. Chandrasekher is a board member on Cornell’s College of Computing and Information Sciences, a member of Cornell’s Trustee Council and a charter member at The Indus Entrepreneurs. Chandrasekher was CRN’s “Innovator of the year” in 2004 for the Intel Centrino™ platform and was one of the “Top 25 CMO’s” in 2014 by Forbes. He is cited in Steve Hamm’s book “The Race for Perfect” and in Judy Estrin’s book “Closing the Innovation Gap”. Chandrasekher has also been a visiting lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Experts

Co-Founder, CTO and Director

Jason Oberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Oberg is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Tortuga Logic, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology and strategic positioning. Dr. Oberg works closely with Tortuga Logic’s executive management team, engineering teams, and customers to drive the company’s next-generation hardware security products. As a leading expert in hardware security, Dr. Oberg brings years of deep expertise and has facilitated the development of several disruptive hardware security technologies. His work has been cited over 1000 times and he holds seven issued and pending patents. Prior to his CTO role, Dr. Oberg led Tortuga Logic as co-founder and CEO from 2014 – 2020 where he facilitated raising capital, recruiting the initial team, and building the company’s product revenue from zero to several million. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

Co-founder

Jonathan Valamehr, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Valamehr is a seasoned hardware security researcher who has worked both in academic and industrial positions. Dr. Valamehr is currently a Principal Engineer at Intel in the Intel Product Assurance and Security (IPAS) group. Before joining Intel, Dr. Valamehr co-founded Tortuga Logic and served as an executive leader from the company’s inception through to venture funding and customer acquisition. Dr. Valamehr holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from UC Santa Barbara.

Co-founder

Ryan Kastner, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan Kastner has over 10 years of experience in the realm of hardware security. Most notably, he has served as principal investigator on numerous hardware security related government and industrial grants totaling over $300 million. Among them include the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps award, which focuses on commercializing technology from academia. Currently, Dr. Kastner is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego, where he focuses on computer system design with an emphasis on critical and real-time applications. Dr. Kastner holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and received an M.S. in engineering and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

Co-founder

Tim Sherwood, Ph.D.

For over a decade, Dr. Tim Sherwood’s hardware security expertise has spanned both industry and academia. Since 2003, he has been a professor in the department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, where he leads an award-winning, government funded research lab focused on the development of novel computer architecture for security, monitoring and control. Dr. Sherwood was the recipient of the 2009 Northrop Grumman Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award and the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award. He graduated from UC Davis in 1998 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from UC San Diego (2003).