Merlin International, a cybersecurity company

David Phelps,
Chairman and CEO

David Phelps is a founder of Merlin International and currently serves as the Chairman and CEO.

David is responsible for defining the company’s strategy and direction, setting the corporate culture, and leading the senior executive team in support of future growth.

Prior to founding Merlin, David developed a deep understanding of the federal marketplace during his 25-year career, which included service in the U.S. Navy and industry positions with Ford Aerospace, Martin Marietta, Loral Aerospace, and The Aerospace Corporation.

By combining his extensive background in satellite command and control, ground systems design and development, and high-performance computing with an extremely successful business model, he has turned Merlin into one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the country.

Julie Xiang,
General Manager

Julie Xiang is General Manager for Merlin International, where she is responsible for leading the company and growing revenue in both the commercial and public sector markets.

Julie has over 16 years of information technology sales and sales management, with her last seven years at IBM, where she received significant achievement recognition. She has also held leadership positions at Oracle and Datatel Inc.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Shanghai International Studies University, a Master of Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland University College.

John Kavas, 
Vice President, Corporate Development

John has served Merlin in many roles since the company’s inception. In his current role as Vice President of Corporate Development, he leads strategic efforts to leverage the company’s depth of experience in maximizing its potential.

Currently, John focuses on Merlin’s acquisitions, divestitures, and structured finance transactions. John is instrumental in sustaining Merlin’s growth and position as one of the nation’s most trusted information technology solutions providers.

John is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University Of Denver College Of Law.

Michael Spies, 
General Counsel

Mike Spies serves as General Counsel for Merlin International. In this role, Mike manages all aspects of Merlin’s legal functions, practices, and policies.

In addition, Mike advises Merlin leadership regarding matters of legal risk while helping to lead corporate expansion through strategic acquisitions and investments.

Prior to his role at Merlin, Mike served as the Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Hosting.Com Inc. and its various subsidiaries, including Stelligent Systems LLC. Mike also practiced law with Bryan Cave LLP and Holland & Knight LLP, two of the largest law firms in the United States.

Mike earned a J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. He also graduated from the College of William & Mary with degrees in economics and international relations.

Tejinder Luthra, 
Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer for Merlin International, Tej Luthra is building and leading a development team responsible for the integration of existing technologies and the development of new solutions that address organizations’ most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

Tej brings over 22 years of IT experience in a broad array of technical disciplines, including distributed computing, design and development, cognitive computing, cloud computing, database administration, and full Software Lifecycle Development.

Prior to Merlin, Tej spent eight years at IBM, most recently as Global Technical Executive for Cloud Analytics. Before that, three years at Netflix, where he was instrumental in building the BI Practice and migration of key workloads to the cloud.

Tej holds numerous technical certifications and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Gulbarga University in India and a Master of Computer Science and Software Engineering from Drexel University.

Daniel Barresi, 
Vice President of Commercial Markets

Daniel is currently, Vice President, Commercial Markets at Merlin. Dan brings over 20 years of experience providing cybersecurity and IT software solutions and services that enable commercial enterprises to become more secure and deliver increased customer value. Since early 2017, Dan has led Merlin’s vastly emerging commercial markets across North America.

Before joining Merlin, Dan most recently was employed by IBM in the company’s Federal Healthcare Software Analytics Practice. Dan also held positions within Oracle’s Healthcare Software Analytics Practice and IBM’s Commercial Software Practice, Nuance Communication’s Healthcare Clinical Speech Recognition Technology Practice and served as a National Account Manager at Brady Corporation selling identification solutions and inventory management software to hospitals, pharmaceuticals, governmental agencies and research institutions. Dan graduated with a BS Degree in Marketing from Boston College in 1993.

Seth Spergel,
Vice President of Emerging Technology

Seth Spergel is Vice President of Emerging Technology at Merlin, where he is responsible for identifying cutting-edge companies for Merlin to partner with and invest in.

Seth brings 20 years of experience building, selling, and investing in software and startups. Most recently, Seth was VP for Infrastructure Technologies at In-Q-Tel, a strategic investment firm that invests in startups that meet mission needs of government customers. There he led a team of technology experts to evaluate companies and identify novel uses of their technology within In-Q-Tel’s customer set.

Prior to In-Q-Tel, Seth was the VP of Engineering for ThinkGeek, an online seller and manufacturer of “geeky” toys and clothing, and spent 12 years at IBM in roles ranging from software developer to sales manager.

Seth is a graduate of Brandeis University, where he majored in Computer Science and Economics.

Gerard Biggs,
Director of Federal Cyber Solutions

Gerard Biggs is the Director of Federal Cyber Solutions at Merlin. He is an accomplished sales leader with progressive sales and leadership experience, building and leading talented teams within the enterprise software and information services industry.

His responsibilities include managing a federal sales team offering Merlin’s cybersecurity and cloud solutions to Civilian and DOD agencies as well as systems integrators.

As an experienced sales leader, his career features successful experiences providing software solutions to government and commercial customers.

Before joining Merlin, Gerard served in sales leadership roles at Oracle, IBM, SAP, Hortonworks, Mercury Interactive (subsequently acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and several startups. His professional experiences also include partner management, business development, and competitive business strategy.

Gerard holds a BS in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.