Leadership

Meet Our Leadership Team

Selva Selvaratnam

Selva Selvaratnam

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Selvaratnam is an entrepreneur who, following the sale of his own business, has held several executive C-level positions within the Software and Security Solutions industry with such firms as De La Rue, HID Global and Assa Abloy. He has over 35 years of experience in innovative strategies to grow technology businesses in the security markets with leading technologies, as well as customer centric differentiated solutions.

Bev Dew

Bev Dew

Chief Financial Officer

Bev Dew has worked for over 20 years in international development, construction, and business services industries, most recently as CFO at Kier Group plc and prior to that in Senior Roles at Balfour Beatty, Lend Lease, and Redrow homes. He has extensive experience in both debt and equity capital markets as well as M&A, business transformation, and ERP implementations. Bev started his career at the defense research agency as a research physicist before qualifying as a chartered accountant at Coopers and Lybrand.

Riya Sood

Riya Sood

Chief Human Resources Officer

Riya Sood brings 20 years of experience in leading HR Transformation. She has worked at Fortune 500 companies across diverse industries (Technology, Consulting, Energy, Financial) and geographies (Americas, Middle East, Africa, Asia). Strong business acumen, developing, and implementing large global change programs is her forte. She has an outstanding track record of leading M&A, integration, divestiture projects, and managed critical people initiatives in complex, matrix organizations. Riya started her career with Standard Chartered Bank and post that led senior roles at Tech Mahindra, Weatherford, Deloitte, EXL.

Bill Birnie

Bill Birnie

SVP & GM Online

Bill Birnie is an experienced and accomplished leader with a demonstrated history of developing and implementing long-term growth strategies for leading global companies.  Bill has an extensive background in SaaS and hardware-based voice, data, networking, and cybersecurity solutions for the Enterprise, SMB, and Consumer markets.  Bill has held executive positions with global industry leaders including Comcast, Motorola, Panasonic, and Honeywell with responsibility for directing some of the industry’s most significant transitions in the areas of wireless mobility, broadband networking, cloud & hosted communications and digital security & compliance solutions.

Most recently, Bill was President of Honeywell Vocollect Voice and General Manager for Honeywell’s Voice Directed workflow solutions business, the global leader in voice-based software solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety, and business performance for the world’s largest global enterprise companies. 

Bill is a patent holder in wireless technology and previously served as Deputy Commissioner for the President’s U.S. Cloud Commission for state and local governments.

Najaf Gillani

Najaf Gillani

Chief Software Development Officer

Najaf Gillani has over 20 years of experience running Global Software Engineering teams working for eCommerce giants like eBay, Walmart, Macy's & technology disruptors like Openwave systems. Along with his strong professional experience, he has an entrepreneurial background and has a solid business acumen, which allowed him to start and run a few businesses successfully. His passion for technology has helped companies build many complex platforms to meet customer needs and to solve key customer problems. Najaf started several innovation labs during his career to incubate new ideas and built many proofs of concepts to disrupt different markets. He also serves on the Advisory Board at Ithaca College, NY for their Cyber Security Program. He is a part-time basketball coach and has coached a few local junior leagues in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Peter Waker

Peter Waker

SVP & GM Authentication

Throughout his career, Peter Waker has held a variety of senior management roles across both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. His most recent role was Managing Product Director at De La Rue Ltd, and prior to that, he held several business leadership positions at E.I. du Pont Nemours and Company over a period of 12 years. Peter has extensive experience in developing and implementing innovative growth strategies and building successful teams. Peter’s management career began at a Taiwanese Liquid Crystal Display startup, Emerging Display Technologies (EDT) where he was Executive Vice President, Americas.

David Heanel

David Haenel

General Counsel

David Haenel has over twenty-five years of corporate legal, intellectual property, and online brand protection experience, representing companies of all sizes from startup to large multinational enterprises.  He is currently responsible for OpSec Security’s legal matters of all types as well as corporate governance, compliance, and intellectual property protection and enforcement. David’s previous experience includes stints at MarkMonitor, Thomson Reuters, and Clarivate Analytics as well as several years in private practice.  He holds a BA in Economics from Grove City College, a JD from the University of Idaho, and an LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of Edinburgh.

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Chief Marketing Officer

Bill Taylor joined OpSec Security in August 2020 as Chief Marketing Officer. With more than 35 years designing and developing market winning strategies, he has fostered best-in-class marketing teams and repositioned and strengthened global brands including Panasonic, Motorola, and Philips. Bill is recognized for providing Customer First leadership to drive sales-winning customer engagement initiatives. He is an accomplished thought leader and is published in numerous trade journals. Bill has been a frequent and recognized moderator, presenter, and panelist at industry and government conferences. He holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.