As Chief Executive Officer, Ashley Stephenson leads the company’s global expansion strategy. A seasoned executive with a proven track record in the technology industry, he brings a notable record, having co-founded or led several technology companies as Chairman or CEO. An IT industry executive and Internet technology entrepreneur, Stephenson has operating experience in the United States, Europe and Asia. As CEO he drives Corero’s global strategy, focusing on the company’s growth by capitalizing on its market leading and unique First Line of Defense® product offerings and strong blue-chip customer base.
Previously, Stephenson was CEO of Reva Systems, acquired by ODIN, and Xedia Corporation, acquired by Lucent. He was awarded "CEO of the Year" by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council for his work at Xedia Corp.
In recent years he has spent the majority of his time providing strategic advisory services on the evolution of the global IT market.
Stephenson began his career at IBM Research & Development in the United Kingdom. For several years he taught Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor in the Babson College MBA program. Stephenson has served on the Board of Directors of many venture-backed startups and industry consortia. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London with a degree in Physics and an Associate of the Royal College of Science. He is the holder of several U.S. patents.
As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Mr. Ahee brings more than 20 years of experience in global and regional sales management to Corero having established enterprise and service provider channel sales strategies throughout the world. This experience is invaluable to the continued growth of Corero’s current business and the planned expansion into new addressable markets. Most recently Ahee was Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas at Procera Networks where he played an integral role in transforming the company from operating at a loss to becoming a profitable company listed on the NASDAQ. Prior to Procera, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Aylus Networks as well as several other technology companies.
Ahee also served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Auspice prior to their acquisition by Arris. Earlier, he ran Sales at ThinkEngine Networks where he played a key role in the acquisition of the company by Cognitronics. He has been in leadership roles at Nexsi Systems, and Unisphere Networks (now part of Juniper Networks), where he grew revenues from zero to $60 million.
He holds a BS in Marketing with high honors from Wayne State University.
As VP of Engineering, Paul Jones is responsible for Corero's engineering product development operations, assuring delivery and continued excellence and quality assurance of Corero's industry leading network security products. He has a strong track record and continuous commitment to working closely with customer support and professional services groups to assist customers with mission-critical deployments.
Jones has an outstanding record of more than 30 years' design and senior management experience in advanced hardware and software system development in the computer, networking and telecommunication industries. He previously managed engineering at Sonus Networks (VoIP), Indus River Networks (managed VPN), Stratus Computer (fault tolerant computing) and Stellar Computer (graphics supercomputing). Jones holds a BA degree in English Literature from Brown University and an MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
In his role as VP Operations, Joao Melo assures Corero outperforms its competition in terms of quality, service level agreement (manufacturing) and cost of goods. Melo has been providing substantial operational value to the company's business for over 10 years, continuously improving value to the customer through streamlining corporate processes and focusing on their needs. He has more than 20 years of creative problem-solving experience in many business areas, including supply chain management, manufacturing, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, sales management, product marketing, product development and engineering.
Prior to joining the company, Melo was a senior consulting engineer, delivering product design consulting services for Bleck Design Group. He also held a position as a mechanical engineer for Bose Corp. He holds a BSME from Boston University and MBA from Babson College with a focus on managing technology-intensive enterprises.
London, United Kingdom
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Defense
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
6 patents, including:
System and Process for Defending Against Denial of Service Attacks (DoS) on Network Nodes
Recent Industry Accolades
Best IT Product and Service for Finance, Banks and Insurance
Best Deployment Scenario
Group IPS Test