Board of Directors
Steven Cotton, CEO, Chairman, Founder
Steven Cotton is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of FireScope. Steve’s executive operating experience started as the CFO and Chief Development Officer for Panda Express. Steve and the other founders raised the growth capital, allowing the restaurant to grow from 5 to 300 restaurants in 5 years.
After leaving Panda Express, Steve helped build a start-up automotive company to $100M in revenue in four years. Steve then served as the CEO and Strategic advisor to four technology startups, returning each company to profitability and significantly increasing revenues. Steve is also the co-founder of CDK Ventures, a Merchant Banking Investment fund focused on providing private equity and advisory services to technology companies and specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Steve’s focus is to achieve value creation for shareholders by understanding his customers’ businesses and providing technology solutions to help them simplify and improve their business models.
Michael Menegay, Board Member
Mike joined FireScope, a leading worldwide ITOM company, as its worldwide Chairman and CEO in March 2016 after serving on its Board of Directors since July 2015. In April 2018 Mike exited and remains a Director on the FireScope Board.
Previous to FireScope, Mike was interim CEO & President of Encryptics, a leading cyber-security company where he was a Board Member for years. From 2012 to 2015 Mike was CEO of Oxygen Finance Americas, a payments processing company, acquired by Arrowgrass Capital Partners of London.
Mike has held numerous Founder and CEO positions over the last 30 years, exiting four (4) as CEO to publicly traded companies. CEO of Mobile Armor, a data encryption software company, sold to Trend Micro in 2011; CEO of Software Medium, a security services firm sold to publicly-traded EnPointe Technologies in 2006; Founder & CEO of Channel Solutions Group, a 500-person channel sales outsourcing company, sold to publicly-traded Mosaic Group in 1998; and Founder & CEO of Computerland Texas, a $120M leasing and technology services firm sold to publicly-traded Vanstar in 1992.
C-Suite and General Management roles included SVP Business Development & Sales at The Future Now in 1993, SVP of Channels & Distribution at McAfee Security in 2001, WW SVP of Channels & Distribution and GM for Latin and South America at Macromedia in 2004; WW SVP of Sales, Channels & Distribution at Everdream in 2007; and, Dell’s Worldwide Director of its Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud organization in 2008 from Dell’s acquisition of Everdream. Mike started his career out of college with the IBM Corporation.
Régine Labrosse, Board Member
International businesswoman for 25 years expert in brand development through licensing and communication strategies. Régine has managed several activities in the “brand extension” sector in several countries, particularly in England, Italy and since 2000 in France. Indeed, Régine was in charge of European development at CPLG, headquartered in London, from 1990 to 1992 and promoted to Group Managing Director, when the group headed seven subsidiaries in Europe.
Régine then opened the Italian structure for this group of 94 to97 and converted this activity into the most profitable subsidiary of the group in 3 years. In 1997, Regine joined the Disney group as Director of Emerging Markets and then left in 2000 to partner with TLC and set up the subsidiary TLC France in Paris, which she has managed to date. In 2014, TLC was sold to the GBG group, a specialty brand development group, which was quoted on the Hong Kong stock exchange.Régine studied international business (majoring in marketing) at the University of South Australia.
President for the EMEA region of a leading group in the world in brand and celebrity developments, the CAA-GBG, C.A. retail group of $ 11.8M. Regine speaks French, English and Italian fluently, then notions of Spanish and German.
Steve Kalman, Board Member
Steve has an extensive 25+ year executive track record and reputation in the high-tech sector of leading and growing venture-backed companies from early or mid-market stage to significant international enterprises.
In that time, Steve has successfully led as CEO of such companies as Oculis Labs, Inc. (sold to Allied Minds: LSE); Advanced Interactive Systems (Acquired by Cubic: NYSE CUB); UltraDNS (sold to NeuStar – NSR NYSE); Softbank Content Services, Inc. (Acquired by iLogistix, and Naviant); and InterpriseNow! with exit values totaling greater than $450m.
Steve has served as a director on 13 boards and currently serves on 3 including Parle Innovation, Firescope and Oculis Labs.
Rich Lipeles, Board Member
Richard Lipeles has more than 40 years of experience in leadership positions in healthcare and entrepreneurial companies. Lipeles joined PacifiCare in July 1979, and in 1987 he became President of PacifiCare of California.
In 1993 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of PacifiCare Health Systems overseeing the corporation’s managed health care division which included health plans in California, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Lipeles retired from PacifiCare September 1995. In June 2002, Lipeles joined the management team of Heritage Family of Companies as the company’s COO. Heritage provides award-winning medical care to more than 1,000,000 people in CA, CO, NY, AZ, MI, and MO. The medical care is provided through company-owned staff model medical groups and IPAs.
Lipeles has been on multiple Boards of Directors for companies he’s invested in through his venture fund. Lipeles has a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in business economics from the University of California, Riverside.