Meet Trivalent

A company is only as good as its people, and we have exceptional people. With a team comprised of innovation authorities, ontology experts, experienced program managers and progressive thought leaders, our talent is unrivaled within our industry. And we’re just getting started.

Our employees bring our three principles to everything they do.

Serious passion.
Unique perspective.
Unparalleled performance.

Advisory Board


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Ermis Sfakiyanudis

President and CEO

Ermis is the co-founder and CEO of Trivalent. With 15 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneurial professional, Ermis has established himself as a thought leader in the data privacy and business communities.

As our CEO, Ermis has cultivated each of Trivalent’s key partnerships, which include Getac, Samsung, AT&T, and NCR. He also maintains an intimate relationship with our advisors and investors. Moving forward, Ermis continues to direct our team to widen the significant lead Trivalent holds in the data privacy industry, while encouraging a flexible environment and positive work-life balance.

Rick Bueno

Chief Strategy Officer

Rick, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Trivalent, is an experienced visionary with a history of developing and executing strategic initiatives. He has broad experience in the DoD community, having developed cybersecurity technologies for the Department of Defense, Special Forces, and Intelligence Communities, as well as contracting with several Government agency components.

Rick’s extensive military and government background provide a solid foundation for his continual delivery of critical and sustainable solutions, ensuring customer needs remain at the forefront of Trivalent’s development efforts. With a multitude of distinguished operating experiences, Rick is a creative thinker, influential collaborator, and a valuable asset to Trivalent’s growth.

John Suit

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, John is Trivalent’s technology visionary; responsible for exploring and architecting contemporary technologies that drive the innovation and technical direction of the company. Prior to Trivalent, John served in both founding and executive roles at leading-edge technology companies such as Xceedium Inc., Silent Runner Inc., and Nano Network Engines, which became Fortisphere before being acquired by Red Hat.

A true inventor, John holds over 22 U.S. and International Patents in Information Security Analysis, Cyber Defense, Ontological Inference systems, Splice Code Collaboration Analysis and Securing Cloud Environments, with an additional 8 patents pending. In serving as CTO and as an Advisory Board member of Trivalent, John leads and manages all research and development activities to drive long-term technical innovation and shape future strategic direction.

Yiannis Vassiliades

Vice President of Products

As Vice President of Products at Trivalent, Yiannis is responsible for defining and driving product strategy as we bring our capabilities to the ever-evolving technology market. Yiannis has over 20 years of experience in information technology, with a strong focus on enterprise security software for the last 15 years. His passion for the industry fuels his influential capacity to establish successful and lasting business relationships. He has built and led numerous product management and product marketing teams, orchestrated key partnerships, and has been instrumental in merger & acquisitions activities.

Prior to Trivalent, Yiannis co-founded Fortisphere (acquired by Red Hat), and served as CEO of Chronicle Solutions (acquired by Nitro Security) and VP of Products at Solera Networks (acquired by Blue Coat). He also held leadership positions at several leading tech companies, most prominently IBM, CA, and SilentRunner (acquired by CA).

Yiannis holds a BS from University of Maryland and an MBA from Johns Hopkins.

Mike Taldo

Vice President of Engineering

Mike, Vice President of Engineering at Trivalent, has software development and programming experience spanning diverse areas including manufacturing, transactional, financial, security, IT management, and consulting. An engineer by training, Mike has 25 years of experience in the technology industry ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Mike believes in continuous improvement and is always looking for innovative ideas to enhance the quality and efficacy of Trivalent’s software development process.

A patent holder and USAF veteran, Mike recognizes that software is a vital support mechanism for organizations operating in mission critical environments. As such, his focus at Trivalent is the execution and delivery of sustainable, componentized solutions that meet specialized needs on time and within budget, in both public and private sectors.

Jyoti Wadhwa

Vice President of Marketing

As the Vice President of Marketing at Trivalent, Jyoti is responsible for leading the company’s marketing discipline. She has over 20 years of strategic marketing and management experience with a record of driving multi-million dollar growth and brand elevation in highly competitive markets. Jyoti’s marketing expertise extends across security, enterprise software, XaaS platforms, Cloud, ERMs/Analytics, mobile and IoT (telehealth, mHealth, connected cars, home, wearables) markets.

A consummate digital and brand strategist (web, social, mobile), Jyoti is seasoned expert in driving high-impact go-to-market plans. As a trusted advisor in both commercial and government markets, she partners with all key stakeholders to deliver strategic revenue and market share growth.

Jyoti’s broad spectrum of global business practices and passion for diverse technologies stems from prior roles such as, VP of Marketing at Arxan Technologies (sold as a high value acquisition), Marketing Director at Secure Software (sold to HP Fortify), senior positions at Nortel Wireless, SAP (Plateau Systems), and AboveNet.

She earned an MBA from the University of British Columbia and her professional efforts include speaking engagements and numerous article and blog publications.

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