Merlin International, a cybersecurity company

Our Leadership

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.

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.

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.