Steve Jillings — serial entrepreneur, epicurean, travel adventurer — has a successful track record of growing start-ups and growth stage companies to highly profitable ventures, creating employee and shareholder value. As an experienced executive, Jillings is recognized for building strong leadership teams, fast-tracking company growth, and creating products and services that provide true differentiation.
Matt Hardy — finance guru, proud Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owner, handyman master — has a successful record of working with small tech companies, raising profits and guiding them to acquisition. He brings over 15 years of industry experience working in both the finance and technology sectors. Hardy is recognized in the field for building company’s market capital while substantially increasing shareholder value.
Charles McColgan – security sophist, tech wonk, cerevisaphile – spearheads the technical development, operations, and long-term vision of TeleSign. He brings 20 years of industry experience, including 10 years creating and operating SaaS operations used by thousands of enterprises in the security and messaging space.
Forrest Hobbs — global sales driver, outdoor enthusiast, proud father — leads a team which now includes North American divisions in Sunnyvale, Seattle and Los Angeles; European offices in London and Belgrade, Serbia; and Asian operations based in Singapore. He brings fifteen years of Sales, Marketing and Business Development experience to TeleSign, the last ten focused on building direct and partner sales organizations for cloud security and productivity software businesses.
Terry Somers — wanna be golf pro, dog person, Da Bears fan — brings more than three decades of experience managing worldwide networks for industry-leading technology enterprises, Somers is no stranger to the demands of supporting mission-critical enterprise application services. In his role at TeleSign, Somers oversees all network operations and is responsible for providing clients with a reliable and consistent experience by keeping the systems running smoothly and efficiently around the clock.
Max Powers — avid kickboxer, proud bulldog enthusiast, and client maven —leads TeleSign’s client services, and directs the operational business team. She ensures that client services helps TeleSign global customers optimize their service workflow, shorten their service integration time, and solve immediate real-world security and fraud challenges. Under her leadership the operational business team concentrates on global service delivery, and includes TeleSign’s routing organization, responsible for delivering and monitoring key services, with an obsessive focus on high quality delivery, and growing key strategic partner relationships.
Darren Berkovitz — cinema enthusiast, high-tech junkie, and laugh practitioner — has an instinct for identifying great ideas and the business savvy to turn them into profitable companies. Darren develops strategic partnerships and accounts, executes company- wide strategy, and evangelizes TeleSign within the industry. He focuses his time working with consumer web properties and mobile apps, helping them fully leverage the capabilities of mobile identity.
Stacy Stubblefield — globetrotting technologist, internet criminal profiler, ultimate fraudster denier — builds on two decades of experience conceiving and building internet companies. Stubblefield drives TeleSign's product strategy, and identifies opportunities for innovation. She currently works with the office of the CTO, ensuring that TeleSign delivers groundbreaking technology that best addresses market needs.
Ryan Disraeli — idea architect, grill master, sports fanatic — devotes much of his time to consulting with TeleSign’s enterprise customers and partners, enabling them to get the most out of our technology, and use the full power of telco data to protect their ecosystem. In this role he is able to call on his experience in launching new companies, technical business management, and product management in the Internet security and telecoms industries.
Craig Whitney — keen golfer, gadget addict, long-suffering NY Mets fan — is a veteran of the IT industry in Europe. In addition to his career-long experience in launching European operations, he brings 15 years of dedicated Information Security knowledge to the TeleSign team. With EMEA operations established, Whitney now leads TeleSign’s international carrier initiatives, which build on TeleSign’s strategic telco partnerships to drive Industry innovation.
“Protecting user data is a critical component of Evernote’s business. When we decided to deploy two-step verification, we knew that it would be beneficial to our users, but only if they could easily activate the functionality. TeleSigns’ solutions provided Evernote a combination of robust infrastructure, tools and guidance to help us keep user’s data safe and the user experience intuitive.”
“TeleSign’s PhoneID Standard product allowed us to identify and allow only Mobile and Prepaid Mobile phone types to participate in our mobile app M points promotional campaign while TeleSign’s SMS two-factor authentication solution reduced our undesirable orders by 55%.”
“And thanks for making a clean, well-documented REST API, with a working Python SDK on github! That was a big help in my research and learning efforts.”
“TeleSign’s Telephone Verification proved to be extremely effective because fraudsters are reluctant to provide a traceable piece of information.”
“Dwolla’s innovations push the envelope of what’s expected, so it’s great to have a tech vendor that’s able to do the same.”
“Working with TeleSign has been extremely smooth. The integration of phone verification was simple and their sales and client services teams are very responsive and professional.”
“Jimdo launched a big project in Mexico with a special promotion offer. The value of the offer is high and customers can start for free, so we had to make sure that it’s fraud protected and that registrations per person are limited. TeleSign’s phone and text message verification solved this problem for us without making the process too complicated for our customers.”
“TeleSign’s verification solutions have allowed us to implement strong security measures without negatively affecting user experience and sales.”
“For a mission-critical application like ours, TeleSign’s proven technology, ease of integration, and focus on reliable authentication services was an ideal match.”
“We’re are very impressed with the service. Your API is very well documented, and everything “just worked” without any problems. After dealing with so many companies that offer sub-par APIs and services this is a very welcomed relief!”
“Using TeleSign’s PhoneID with Telephone Verification, we saw a 99% reduction in chargebacks, reduced our manual review cost by 80%, which resulted in an over $70,000 saving since implementing TeleSign solutions 3 months ago.”
“TeleSign’s Phone Verification and PhoneID have been instrumental in significantly reducing users from defrauding our website. TeleSign’s industry expertise has been incredibly helpful with determining our fraud strategy.”