Chief Technology Officer, FireEye
Merkel is a chief technology officer at FireEye, Inc., with more than 15 years of experience in the information security and incident response fields. He previously served as CTO and vice president of products at cybersecurity firm Mandiant, where he focused on shaping the strategy and direction of the company's technology and engineering solutions. Prior to Mandiant, Dave spent more than seven years leading a team of technologists at America Online (AOL) to protect corporate systems and network infrastructure. As a primary security stakeholder, he authored significant portions of both the AOL and Time Warner information security policy, established an information security management framework for the corporation, played an instrumental role in ensuring Sarbanes-Oxley and Payment Card Industry compliance, and also managed AOL's internal security infrastructure software development initiative.