Management Team

The Social SafeGuard™ team has deep technical expertise in developing enterprise software and internet applications, industry experience selling to and serving top global regulated organizations, and prior business start-up experience at a venture capital firm and as founding executives at a successful software and services organization that grew to over $150 million in annual revenues.

Jim Zuffoletti

Chairman and CEO

Mr. Zuffoletti has been a founder of start-up organizations as both an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur for the past twenty years. As President of Social SafeGuard he has been a catalyst for determining the company’s strategic direction and for forging critical relationships with customers in the heavily regulated industry segments who are looking to build and secure their social networks. He is also responsible for customer relationships and results. Prior to founding Social SafeGuard, Mr. Zuffoletti was a founder of OpenQ, Inc. and FreeMarkets, Inc., a pioneering e-business company. While at FreeMarkets, Jim served in a number of senior leadership capacities including sales leadership and general management. Before FreeMarkets, Mr. Zuffoletti started his career at GE in a variety of positions in finance and business development. Mr. Zuffoletti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College and holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Otavio Freire

CTO and President

Mr. Freire is a Brazilian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. As the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Social SafeGuard, Mr. Freire is responsible for the creation of Social SafeGuard’s enterprise technology solutions, that enable customers in global, regulated industries to significantly impact their sales, marketing risk management and compliance efforts. Mr. Freire brings rich experience in social media applications, internet commerce and information technology serving industries including pharmaceutical, financial services and retail. His expertise spans software development, customer relationship management systems, content management technologies, and social media. Social SafeGuard’s platform has received significant amount of attention following its original release including the Wall Street Journal, Information Week and CBS. Mr. Freire is a guest lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Engineering at the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia and also at the MBA and EMBA program at the Darden Business School. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Business School and a MSc in Information Systems from Bowie State University where he graduated top of his class and an Undergraduate in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal da Bahia – Brazil.

Maritza Johnson

Vice President of Privacy

Maritza Johnson is a security and privacy researcher by training. She aims to help people better understand the privacy and security decisions they encounter in their daily lives. Previously she was a user experience researcher at Google on the Identity team. Prior to joining Google she was a technical privacy manager at Facebook where she worked as a liaison to the external privacy research community on privacy and contributed to the internal privacy review process. 


As a postdoc at UC Berkeley, she researched mobile app permission systems.  She completed her Ph.D. in computer science at Columbia University with Professor Steve Bellovin and wrote her dissertation on end-user access control management with a focus on Facebook privacy settings.  She’s originally from San Diego and her interests outside of research include scuba diving, yoga, and reading.

Matt Prentis

Vice President of Product Management

Mr. Prentis is responsible for managing the design, development, and implementation of the combined Social SafeGuard and Customer vision throughout the entire suite of Social SafeGuard products and solutions. With over 15 years of experience in various product management and product development roles, Mr. Prentis brings a wealth of experience in delivering high quality products that focus upon optimal user experience. Prior to joining Social SafeGuard, Mr. Prentis began his career with Accenture before becoming a co-founder of Circadium Technology. Following this, Mr. Prentis spent the remainder of his career within the healthcare and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industries, working with organizations such as Cerner, Sourcecorp (managing product development), and finally Perceptive Software where he was responsible for a team of product managers specifically focused upon delivering SaaS and healthcare-based solutions for their customers. Mr. Prentis holds a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Jim Ting

Vice President of Engineering and Cloud Services

Mr. Ting is responsible for the overall engineering, technology development and IT operations. Mr. Ting brings over to Social SafeGuard over 20 years of experience in internet technology, cloud computing, enterprise level architecture and traditional IT services serving various industries. Prior to joining Social SafeGuard, Mr. Ting has co-founded Zonebee, a knowledge management software company (part of University of Arizona’s technology commercialization initiatives) focused on informal self-directed and social learning. Mr. Ting began his career with Accenture and has served in key executive and senior management positions at Interworld, Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), Smart System Technologies and SterlingBackcheck. Mr. Ting holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Social SafeGuard Board

Dave DeWalt

Board Vice Chair and Founder, NightDragon Security

Dave DeWalt is a veteran CEO, advisor, and investor who has led companies, from startups to the Fortune 500, on a transformational journey of success. Focused on technology and cybersecurity, Dave helped create more than $20 billion of shareholder value during his 15 plus years as President & CEO of three major companies. That includes driving the most successful cybersecurity IPO ever in 2013, and leading the largest all-cash deal in technology history in 2010. Today he serves as the managing director of Allegis Cyber as well an investor and board member in the world’s most innovative companies such as Delta Airlines, Five9, ForeScout, Phantom Cyber, CallSign, Claroty, Team8, DataTribe, Illusive Networks, and Optiv.

Chuck Cullen

General Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Grotech Ventures

Chuck Cullen joined Grotech Ventures in 2000. Chuck is a General Partner, responsible for all financial, accounting and administrative functions for the Grotech funds as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, while also being instrumental in the formation of recent funds.

Chuck is active on several portfolio company boards, including buySAFE, HCIActive, Social Safeguard and WiserTogether. He previously served on the boards of Biotix (acquired by Mettler Toledo), MEDecision (Nasdaq: MEDE, subsequently acquired by HCSC), Brandywine Senior Care (acquired by Warburg Pincus and two public REITs), Sagittarius Brands (holding company for Captain D’s and Del Taco restaurants), and Entek (acquired by DuPont). He also worked with HealthScribe (acquired by Spheris, Inc.) and First Service Networks.

Brian Carney

General Partner, Harbert Growth Partners

Brian Carney is a General Partner at Harbert Growth Partners. Mr. Carney joined HMC in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Anutra Medical, Clinipace Worldwide, Envera Health, Healthcare Interactive, Social Safeguard, and WiserTogether. Mr. Carney is a board member of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Durham, NC and is a former Board member of the Richmond Venture Forum. Prior to joining HMC, Mr. Carney was an associate with Morgan Stanley Venture Partners where he executed healthcare growth equity investments. Prior to Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, Mr. Carney was a financial analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Healthcare Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Carney holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with honors from Washington & Lee University.

Advisory Board

Raj Samani, Chief Scientist, McAfee -Raj Samani is spearheading the Social SafeGuard Board of Advisors. As a renowned technology leader, he currently servesas Chief Scientist for McAfee, and formerly the Chief Technology Officer with McAfee. He drives the innovation strategy for McAfee globally and is a well-known expert in the global cybersecurity community. He holds board seats with the Cloud Security Alliance and the ISSA, has authored multiple articles and is a regular blogger on cybersecurity issues and trends. Find him on LinkedIn.

Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure – Mikko Hypponen is one of world’s foremost authorities on cybersecurity and privacy issues and a visionary for pushing the boundaries of cybersecurity. He’s served as the Chief Research Officer for F-Secure for over 25 years, and has a wealth of experience in public speaking, strategic briefings and keynotes, including TEDTalks. Mikko serves on numerous boards. Find him on LinkedIn.

Evelyn de Souza, Privacy and Compliance Executive – Evelyn de Souza is a well-known and well-established privacy and security professional, and is currently a Data Privacy and GDPR consultant to leading global technology firms. She has held positions with Cisco Systems, where she was the Cloud Security and Data Privacy leader, McAfee, BigFix, and Trend Micro. Evelyn was the Co-Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and founded OpenSource Privacy. Evelyn leverages her deep privacy and compliance expertise to advise early stage firms. Find her on LinkedIn.

Kris Lovejoy, CEO, BlueVector – Kris Lovejoy is the CEO of BlueVector, a dynamic cybersecurity company, and is a former CISO of IBM and General Manager IBM’s security services division. Kris leverages her breadth of experience to advise early stage companies to success and consistently contributes to the cybersecurity industry through major keynotes, articles and blogs. Find her on LinkedIn.

Brian Honan, CEO, BH Consulting - Brian Honan is a highly experienced information security professional, and one of Ireland’s foremost experts in cybersecurity. He has spearheaded large, global cybersecurity initiatives with commercial and government teams, and is a regular speaker at conferences like RSA, and an authority on cybersecurity. Find him on LinkedIn.

David Evans, PhD Founder of the University of Virginia's Security Research GroupDavid Evans is the founder and leader of the University of Virginia's Security Research Group. Current research projects focus on security multi-party computation, web security, and adversarial machine learning. David Evans holds SB, SM, and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has led and co-led research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, NASA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Google.