Cog Systems

Team

Dr. Daniel Potts, CEO

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Dr. Daniel Potts is a security professional and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, and delivery of embedded and secure systems. He has worked extensively in the field of operating systems and security architecture.

Daniel has held technical and executive positions at commercial, startups, and major defence organizations including National ICT Australia, Open Kernel Labs, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman.

Daniel received his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales through research into improving the performance of Distributed Systems. Daniel is currently CEO at Cog Systems where they seek to build and enable the world’s most secure mobile and IoT devices.

When not globetrotting for work, Daniel keeps busy swimming, creating delicious BBQ on his smoker, and spending time with his family.

Carl L. Nerup, CMO

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Mr. Nerup is the Chief Marketing Officer at Cog Systems, a private company focused on delivering high assurance ARM based virtualization solutions to the mobile, server, and IoT markets.

Previously, Mr. Nerup was Vice President in Samsung’s Global Enterprise Business, where he had sole accountability for all direct and indirect sales for the industry leading Samsung Knox Secure Mobility platform. Prior to that, he was a member of the Executive Team at General Dynamics Broadband, where he was the Vice President in charge of global business development for their new line of business in the secure mobility industry – GD Protect. He also served as an Executive in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with the Quality of Life Technology Foundry; a National Science Foundation Engineering Resource Center. He was also a vice president in AT&T’ Strategic Business Development organization, where he had responsibility for identifying new business opportunities across all AT&T business units. He also evaluated all Venture opportunities and managed the full Minority Investment Portfolio for AT&T.

Prior to AT&T, Mr. Nerup was a Managing Director at Digital Island, a Cable & Wireless Company, a start-up provider of global hosting and content delivery services. Previous to that, Mr. Nerup was on the launch team for Aerial Communications, a start-up provider of GSM services in seven markets across the U.S., where he was the Head of Sales Operations and Distribution Strategy.

Additionally, Mr. Nerup continues in his role as a Partner at Skyline Partners, a private equity firm based in Denver that specializes in select investments and specialized management consulting.

Mr. Nerup is a frequent speaker at industry forums and conferences. He also provides advisory services to numerous companies in the emerging high technology and telecommunications industries as well as select non-profit organizations and graduate schools. As a fun fact, Mr. Nerup has been part of six ‘exits’ in his career through either acquisitions or mergers. He is also an avid backpacker and lover of the outdoors.

Grant Cushny, COO

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Grant Cushny is the Chief Operating Officer at Cog Systems with responsibility for business operations, delivery of products and services and driving growth of the business in high assurance mobile, server and IoT markets.

Grant has an impressive career spanning over 20 years of Business and Engineering Program Management experience. His strength is in his passion to make things happen, working with customers worldwide to discover new opportunities and drive our solutions to delivery and exceeding our Customers’ expectations.

Grant has held technical and executive positions at General Dynamics, Open Kernel Labs, Tollgrade communications and Teradyne. His leadership and level head in solving complex business operational issues and a can do attitude, makes him a key member of the executive team.

Grant has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Carl Van Schaik, CTO

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Carl van Schaik is the Chief Technology Officer at Cog Systems where he is focused on creating, enabling, and delivering the next-generation of innovative technology and products that enhance the security, robustness, and productivity of our connected devices.

Carl is a world-class leader in the commercialisation and evolution of hypervisor, and virtualization-based technology.  Since 2002, he has lead L4 microkernel design and development, bringing it to multiple architectures including ARM, MIPS32, MIPS64, and IBM Power ports. Carl was instrumental in developing the microkernel virtualization technology at UNSW and NICTA and designing the OKL4 Microkernel and OKL4 Microvisor, which have been delivered into several billion devices worldwide.  Carl served as Chief Software Architect at Open Kernel Labs and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Team

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