Leadership Team

Bright minds, accomplished industry leaders

The ISARA team is comprised of some of the most inquisitive and ingenious minds in the cryptography and cybersecurity industry, many with years of experience at companies such as BlackBerry, Certicom, Oracle and McAfee. We’re fortunate to be led by accomplished security leaders, several of which are BlackBerry-alumni responsible for establishing the mobile platform as the most secure in the world. Our team has expertise building high-performance cryptographic systems for constrained environments.

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Scott Totzke

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Scott Totzke is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of ISARA Corporation. He is responsible for leading the team by creating and communicating the vision and implementing the global strategy for the company. Before ISARA, Scott held senior leadership roles at multiple high-tech mobility companies. Notably, he was the Senior Vice President at BlackBerry, where he helped shape their security, regulatory compliance, lawful access and privacy strategies on a global scale. His organization was accountable for full security lifecycle management. Under Scott’s leadership, security became BlackBerry’s single most significant differentiator.

Before joining BlackBerry in 2001, Scott was a senior consultant with EDS and built technical expertise and leadership experience in network security, architecture and database design roles. He also spent more than a decade as a system developer and network architect.

Mike Brown

Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder

As ISARA Corporation’s Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Mike Brown is focused on the technical vision and direction for ISARA Corporation.

Mike was most recently the Vice President of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry, where he co-founded the product security practice and was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. Mike has spoken at global security events including RSA, CTIA, GTEC, Bloomberg, APECTEL and InfoSec Europe. He holds a Masters of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.

Mark Pecen

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Pecen serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation. Approach Infinity provides advisory services to technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security products for next-generation networks and computing platforms.

Pecen is also the chairman and founding member of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee Cyber working group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (Cyber QSC) in Sophia Antipolis, France, created in March 2015. The QSC was created to make recommendations on core cryptographic primitives and develop specifications for quantum-safe Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) applications, including practical advice and guidance to industry on real-world deployment issues.

Served on over 20 advisory and governance boards for public and private companies including the University of Waterloo (Canada) Institute for Quantum Computing, and Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis Institute for Business Studies (Canada), both located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is an investor and advisor to several technology companies and advisor to Canadian government and European Union in the areas of ICT research and technology.

35+ years in ICT R&D and standardization management. Pecen is a retired senior executive at BlackBerry, Ltd. where he founded the Advanced Technology Research Centre. Previously at Motorola, he was awarded the title of Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing technology and standards for wireless communication.

He is an inventor on more than 100 fundamental patents in wireless communication, networking and computing, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Atsushi Yamada

Vice President, Research & Development

Atsushi Yamada is Vice President, Research & Development of ISARA Corporation.

In 2015, he joined ISARA where he’s responsible for leading their world-class research and development team. During his time at ISARA, he’s brought to market the ISARA Radiate™ Security Solution Suite – the world’s first quantum-safe cryptographic suite – and created new cryptographic algorithms and attack mitigations.

Previously, Atsushi was a member of the security teams at Certicom and BlackBerry. While there he partnered with customers around the world to integrate Certicom’s cryptographic solutions into their products and evaluated draft standards in cryptography.

Atsushi has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Paul Lucier

Vice President, Sales & Business Development

Like you, global sales and business development expert, Paul Lucier, wants his identity and personal data to remain secure from any and all threats.  Have you seen poorly developed solutions with bold security claims fail in the global marketplace?

That’s why he joined ISARA Corporation in June 2016 to manage their sales and business development.  It was a golden opportunity to work with a team of genuine, transparent, professionals with a passion to solve complex problems and succeed on a global stage.

Whether it’s leading a sales team, launching a new overseas market, managing explosive growth or overseeing operational P&L, with over 20 years of experience selling technology products and solutions, Paul has always relied on his finely tuned relationship building and networking skills to grow business and generate revenue.

Alan Panezic

Vice President, Product & Strategic Alliances

Alan Panezic is Vice President of Product & Strategic Alliances at ISARA Corporation.

In 2017, he joined ISARA where he’s responsible for forging partnerships with category leaders across the industry to usher in the first generation of quantum-safe products.

While Alan was at BlackBerry from 2000 to 2012, he was responsible for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server business, the developer portfolio, as well as the Services business, AppStore and BBM.

He has deep knowledge and experience in network security, mobile devices and connected systems – and is the holder of six wireless technology patents.

Alan creates strong collaborative partnerships both internally and with the broader market.

Prior to joining ISARA, Alan led global product teams at Telenav, Mocana and BlackBerry.

Sinisha Patkovic

Managing Director, EMEA

Sinisha Patkovic is the Managing Director of EMEA at ISARA Corporation. He is dedicated to working closely with Government and Fortune 500 organization Leaders, Boards and IT Executives on Cyber Governance and Resilience. He has over 20 years experience in the technology industry developing deep-sector knowledge of enterprise security, privacy, and IT, as well as IoT and Edge Computing technologies.

Prior to joining ISARA, Sinisha spent 14 years at BlackBerry where he was the Vice President of Government Solutions. He joined BlackBerry in 2005 with overall responsibility for driving the business with Verizon Wireless across the U.S., with a focus on Federal Government agencies in Washington, DC.  In 2008 he accepted the opportunity to develop a cybersecurity team based in Europe. Under his leadership, the team provided advisory services on cybersecurity strategies and addressed challenges and concerns related to product security acceptance for classified use.

Sinisha serves on the board of EEMA, a leading European think-tank for digital identity and trust. He is CISSP-ISSAP certified, has a Masters degree in Technology Governance from the Solvay School of Economics, and is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Jacquelyn Parker

Vice President, Operations

Jacquelyn (Jackie) Parker is Vice President of Operations at ISARA Corporation.

Jackie joined ISARA in November 2018, where she is responsible for developing and maturing ISARA’s business and operational excellence, focusing on creating scale and efficiency as quantum computing evolves and ISARA’s quantum-safe solutions continue to deliver value for customers and OEMs.

Jackie has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry driving strategy and operational maturity for businesses stakeholders and customers alike.  She has considerable experience in delivering solutions to customers, managing and improving P&L  performance and transforming high potential organizations into mature, operational business models.  She has deep knowledge in delivering product and services solutions to customers globally.

Prior to joining ISARA, Jackie spent six years at Sandvine, responsible for  Global Services and Support.  Prior to joining Sandvine, Jackie was responsible for developing BlackBerry’s Professional Services and has held executive positions in Finance, HR and Consulting with HP Canada.


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