Security Luminary René Bonvanie, of Palo Alto Networks, Joins Board of Belgian Security Company Guardsquare; Felix van de Maele Appointed Board Advisor

LEUVEN, Belgium–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#androiddevlt;/agt;–Guardsquare, a market-leading security company specializing in
protecting the next generation of complex mobile applications, has
appointed René Bonvanie, the CMO of Palo Alto Networks, to its board of
directors. Felix Van de Maele, the CEO and co-founder of Belgian data
company Collibra—a “unicorn” valued at US$1 billion—is joining as a
board advisor.

Guardsquare—a company at the forefront of helping enterprises manage the
digital transformation of their businesses—makes a widely used
open-source security platform already in use with over a million apps to
enable agile software innovation. Specifically, the company’s technology
protects increasingly critical mobile apps, usually being deployed
outside corporate firewalls, from dangerous security threats.
Guardsquare is pioneering mobile and IoT application security in a world
where over 20 billion connected devices are expected to be running
applications at the edge by 2020. Earlier this year, Guardsquare
announced a $29 million investment from Battery Ventures. As part of the
transaction, Battery General Partner Dharmesh Thakker and Battery
Principal Paul Morrissey joined Guardsquare’s board of directors.

The board now welcomes René Bonvanie as a new member. Bonvanie has more
than thirty years of executive management and marketing experience in
enterprise technology and has led marketing at Palo Alto Networks since
2009. Bonvanie also serves on the board of IoT security company Armis
and, prior to his current role at Palo Alto Networks, had executive
marketing roles at Business Objects, VERITAS, and Oracle.

Bonvanie stated: “The cybersecurity landscape is evolving rapidly
because of the increasing adoption of connected devices and the advent
of new technologies such as 5G. Guardsquare provides security
capabilities that are increasingly critical in this changing landscape.
I look forward to using my European background and security expertise to
drive the adoption of Guardsquare’s products on both sides of the

Felix Van de Maele will join as a board advisor. Van de Maele is the CEO
and co-founder of Belgian unicorn Collibra, a leader in enterprise data
governance and catalog software. He brings to the table an impressive
track-record in scaling a high-tech European enterprise and gaining a
strong foothold in the US market.

“Using the experience I gained with Collibra, I am looking forward to
providing strategic advice to Guardsquare’s board—and am excited to help
another Belgian tech company to expand in the US,” Van de Maele said.

“Bonvanie and Van de Maele both have in-depth knowledge of the software
industry and its needs,” said Roel Caers, CEO of Guardsquare. “They
believe that our company’s mobile security solutions are important for
any organization operating in this mobile-first world. Both men will
join forces with Belgian fintech pioneer and Guardsquare board member
Jurgen Ingels to accelerate Guardsquare’s growth.”

About Guardsquare

Guardsquare is the global reference in mobile application protection. It
was founded in 2014 by Heidi Rakels, Guardsquare’s current president,
and Eric Lafortune, now CTO of the company. Guardsquare develops premium
software for the protection of mobile applications against reverse
engineering and hacking. Their products are used across the world in a
broad range of industries, from financial services, e-commerce and the
public sector to telecommunication, gaming and media. Guardsquare is
based in Leuven (Belgium) and San Francisco.


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