Venture Investor, FiftySix Investments; Partner Emeritus, Venrock
and have joined the Board of Directors of the Nuclear
Threat Initiative (NTI), an organization working to prevent catastrophic
attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear,
biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber.
are delighted to welcome these outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders
to NTI’s board,” said , co-chair and chief executive officer of NTI. “As an expert on
cybersecurity and energy security, Ray will bring a unique and valuable
perspective to our Board. Alexa is a strong advocate for reducing nuclear
threats and, as U.S. Ambassador to Austria, she engaged with many of us on
nuclear issues in Vienna.”
has three decades of business leadership, investing in, advising, and leading
many U.S.-based technology and cybersecurity companies. He is CEO and
chairman of RedSeal, which provides critical cyber and
business insights to more than 50 government agencies and hundreds of
commercial enterprises, and is partner emeritus of Venrock, a
tech investment partnership originally formed by the Rockefeller family. He
is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and
he serves on the boards of several cybersecurity companies, as well as the U.S.
Department of Energy Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).
Wesner has had a
successful career as a high-tech chief executive and entrepreneur and is the
of HireTECH, a recruiting and consulting company focused on high-tech
start-ups, and Recruiting Labs, a web-based recruiting venture. In 2013,
President Obama appointed Wesner as the U.S. Ambassador to Austria, and she
served in that capacity until 2017. At the end of her term, the Austrian
government awarded her the “Grand Decoration in Gold with Sash,” the
highest decoration for services to the country a non-national can receive.
Wesner’s philanthropic passions and board service have included organizations
in the arts, homelessness, women in technology, film, girls and women’s
empowerment, and under-served populations.
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