Bloggers’ Biographies

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson

General Manager and Vice President, Imation Mobile Security

Barbara joined Imation in May 2013 and is responsible for driving the growth of the award-winning IronKey product line. The business is leveraging its leadership in secure mobile storage by offering secure and managed enterprise workspace solutions, such as Microsoft’s Windows to Go, a PC on a Stick™ solution.

Before joining Imation, Barbara has been a CEO twice, most recently for Element Labs, a clean-tech LED video/lighting company in entertainment and architecture, and also for NeoScale Systems, a leading pioneer in enterprise storage security selling into Fortune 500 companies. In both, she delivered innovative technologies and groundbreaking products in new markets, which led to significant top line growth and acquisitions by large, public companies. She’s led a wide variety of businesses from new ventures to established ones as large as $3B at Quantum and Intel, including her role as President of Quantum’s DLTtape group. Most recently she was COO of Lone Pinnacle responsible for the development and launch of mobile apps with a focus on social media. She is currently a director for the Alliance of CEOs.

Barbara earned her B.S.E.E. From Stanford University.

Larry Hamid

Larry Hamid

Technical Advisor

Laurence joined Imation in 2011 as Chief Architect and brings over 15 years of experience in the information security industry. In the Mobile Security Group at Imation he currently serves in an Advisory role regarding product architecture, intellectual property, and security. As CTO at MXI Security he provided the technology vision of the company and managed the development of innovative USB Portable Security Devices with security solutions for government and enterprise. Laurence started his career at American Biometric Company where he helped develop the industry's first low cost fingerprint recognition technology for PCs, and industry-leading authentication and single sign on solutions. He held Director of Research and Program Management positions at ActivIdentity where he worked on the advancement of biometric technology in smart cards, contributed to biometric standards, and managed product development.

34 issued Patents in the U.S.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from McMaster University.

Ken Jones

Ken Jones

Executive Director of Engineering

Ken leads Imation’s IronKey engineering team, focused on meeting and exceeding the varied performance and security requirements of both enterprise and government customers.

A senior engineering leader who has successfully developed innovative and highly-competitive networking and security products, Ken has a successful track record of building and leading world-class engineering teams and delivering highly-differentiated products.

Ken joined Imation in 2012 from Blue Coat Systems, where he was Vice President of Engineering. At Blue Coat, he led the creation of the company’s Mach5 WAN optimization products and managed the ProxyAV and ProxySG Secure Web Gateway product lines. Prior to joining Blue Coat, Ken ran the engineering team at NetScreen/Juniper that built scalable management services for tens of thousands of firewall devices.

Ken has extensive experience delivering both on-premise and SaaS solutions for consumer, enterprise, and service provider markets at several companies including Nominum, SmartPipes, and Nortel Networks. While at Nortel, he oversaw the Optivity network management application suite and a $1B line of embedded software systems. Ken holds several patents related to network protocol monitoring and analysis, has extensive experience with various standards bodies, and has Bachelors and Masters degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Marina Donovan

Marina Donovan

Executive Director of Global Marketing, Imation Mobile Security.

Marina has more than 20 years of global technology marketing and public relations experience with a strong background in data security and mobile messaging. In her role as executive director of global marketing, Marina leads all aspects of outbound marketing including advertising, PR, channel marketing, demand creation, and ironkey.com.

Prior to joining Imation, Marina held executive marketing positions at Syniverse, VeriSign and RSA. At Syniverse, Marina developed and implemented marketing plans for the mobile messaging business focusing on the enterprise market. During her tenure at VeriSign, Marina oversaw several marketing departments in corporate as well for the mobile messaging and media, and security services businesses including: global marketing, event marketing and field marketing. While at VeriSign, Marina launched and managed the company’s Executive Briefing Centers. At RSA Marina played a key role in creating and establishing the RSA Security identity and brand. She further strengthened the brand by expanding the RSA Conference globally, making them premier destinations in the security market. Additionally at RSA, Marina ran global field marketing, PR, and established a line of data security books with McGraw Hill. Marina also held marketing and PR positions at Madge Networks, Novell and Informix.

Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from San Jose State University.

Nicholas Banks

Nicholas Banks

VP Sales EMEA and APAC Imation Mobile Security

Nicholas leads sales of Imation’s IronKey solutions in the EMEA and APAC regions.

As a senior technology executive with more than 25 years in IT, including 15 years specializing in Security, Nicholas is an experienced manager with in-depth sales and business development knowledge, including running single and double tier sales models throughout EMEA. Nicholas joined Imation with the acquisition of MXI Security where he was EMEA vice president. He has held numerous positions at senior level, including senior sales director at Wick Hill, managing director EMEA at web security leader Webroot Software and senior sales director at WatchGuard.

An acknowledged expert, Nicholas has strong relationships with the press and analyst communities and is frequently quoted in the European press on privacy, data breach, BYOD and security topics.