Peter G. George
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Peter George has been the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President since January 2020. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George served as the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer from February 2019 to December 2019. Prior to joining Evolv, Mr. George served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Fidelis Cybersecurity, a company focused on threat and data breach detection, from 2008 to 2019. Earlier in his career, Mr. George also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Empow Cybersecurity, a company offering intelligent, AI and natural language processing solutions to reduce false positives during threat detection. Mr. George has served on the Board of Directors of Corero Network Security PLC (LON: CNS) since 2019. Mr. George received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of the Holy Cross.
Anil R. Chitkara
Co-Founder, Head of Corporate Development
Anil Chitkara co-founded Evolv with Michael Ellenbogen in July 2013 and has since served as the Company’s Head of Corporate Development. Prior to co-founding Evolv, Mr. Chitkara was the Senior Vice President of Market Development for Oco, Inc., a business analytics software provider that was subsequently acquired by Deloitte, from 2007 to 2011. Prior to joining Oco, Inc., Mr. Chitkara was a Vice President of Parametric Technology Corporation, a provider of a variety of augmented reality, industrial IoT, PLM and CAD solutions, from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Chitkara received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Chief Revenue Officer
A.J. De Rosa has been the Company’s Chief Revenue Officer since October 2020 and is responsible for all sales, business development, customer success and strategic partnership initiatives. From 2015 to 2020, Mr. De Rosa was the Chief Revenue Officer of Orbital Insight, Inc., a remote sensing and artificial intelligence company focused on using satellite imagery and computer vision to create time series analytics and engaging in geospatial analytics. From 2002 to 2015, Mr. De Rosa served as the Senior Managing Director of Eze Software Group, a trading, portfolio management and compliance software company in the investment management sector. Mr. De Rosa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Lehigh University of Business and was part of the Executive Management Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Head of Advanced Technology and Director
Michael Ellenbogen co-founded Evolv with Anil Chitkara in July 2013 and has been Evolv’s Head of Advanced Technology since January 2020. Prior to assuming his current role at Evolv, Mr. Ellenbogen served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from August 2013 to January 2020. Prior to co-founding Evolv, Mr. Ellenbogen was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Reveal Imaging Technologies, an X-ray imaging systems company focusing on automated explosives detection, from 2002 to 2010. Prior to joining Reveal, Mr. Ellenbogen was the Vice President of Research & Development and Business Development of PerkinElmer Detection Systems, a provider of X-ray-based security technologies, from 1994 to 2002. During his 25 plus year career in the security industry, Mr. Ellenbogen has proven his expertise in product and business development, as well as stakeholder value creation. In addition, Mr. Ellenbogen is an inventor with 19 awarded patents. Mr. Ellenbogen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Colgate University.
Head of People
Liza Knapp leads the Company’s people operations team and is responsible for setting the Company’s overall human capital strategy along with talent acquisition, employee relations and benefits management. Ms. Knapp brings more than 15 years of human capital experience in the technology and financial services industries. Since joining Evolv in 2016, she has held a variety of senior leadership roles including Chief of Staff. Prior to joining Evolv, she was a Manager at Sapient, a global services company that helps clients transform in the areas of business, marketing, and technology. Earlier in her career, she was an associate at J.P. Morgan where she helped lead the firm’s community relations and philanthropic services initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from Dartmouth College.
Chief Marketing Officer
Dana Loof has served as Chief Marketing Officer since 2021 and is responsible for all of the Company’s marketing and communications initiatives. Ms. Loof has 25 years of experience in launching and leading the marketing teams for innovative and disruptive infrastructure technology leaders. Ms. Loof joined the Company from Palo Alto Networks, where she served in several senior roles including Vice President of Marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Vice President of Global Advertising and Brand. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Ms. Loof held senior leadership roles at SwiftStack, Inc., a leading provider of software-driven data storage and management solutions and Kaminario, a provider of revolutionary platform solutions that deliver enhanced database performance. Before that, she served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for PanoLogic, a leading provider of desktop virtualization solutions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Loof held key marketing roles at eVault (acquired by Seagate), Veritas (acquired by Symantec) and Oracle. Ms. Loof has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Business and Marketing from San Francisco State University.
Eric Pyenson heads the company’s legal department, bringing more than 25 years of legal, business development, and international experience in the security and technology space to Evolv. In his various start-up roles, he’s built respected legal teams to handle the demands of rapid growth, international expansion, risk mitigation, and public and private financings. Mr. Pyenson joined Evolv after a successful exit from VMware Carbon Black (formerly Carbon Black, a leading cybersecurity company), which he helped take public in 2018 prior to its 2019 acquisition by VMware. Prior to Carbon Black, Mr. Pyenson was general counsel at A123 Systems, a pioneering alternative energy firm, which he helped take public in 2009. He previously established the in-house legal functions at several Boston-area venture-backed, software startups, including Open Market, where he helped lead a successful IPO in 1996. Earlier in his career, Pyenson was an operations officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on counterterrorism. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Williams College, a Master’s Degree in international relations from the University of Sussex, England, and his Law Degree from Northeastern University School of Law, during which time he was a law clerk for Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer
With nearly 20 years of finance and operations experience, Mario has spent his career helping companies optimize financial performance while growing and scaling their businesses. Mario joined Evolv from Edelman Financial Engines from CVS Caremark, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before becoming CFO, Mario was head of CVS’s M&A and Corporate Development group where he led CVS’s acquisition and integration of Aetna. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of CVS International and spent over 17 years in investment banking at JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers and a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group. Mario earned an MBA from The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Richmond.