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About us

About us

Guardsquare is the global reference in mobile application protection. We develop premium software for the protection of mobile applications against reverse engineering and hacking. Our products are used across the world in a broad range of industries, from financial services, e-commerce and the public sector to telecommunication, gaming and media. Guardsquare is based in Leuven (Belgium) and San Francisco (USA).

Our history

2002 Eric Lafortune releases ProGuard, our open source optimizer for Java and Android applications. ProGuard turns out to be highly successful: it has been downloaded millions of times since its release and has an active user community of over one million developers.

2012 Eric Lafortune introduces DexGuard to meet the increasing demand for mobile application protection. DexGuard quickly establishes itself as the product of choice for securing Android applications.

2014 Heidi Rakels and Eric Lafortune found Guardsquare to create a stable environment for the improvement of the existing software and the development of new products. The company starts to grow immediately.

2016 Guardsquare’s product line is extended with iXGuard, our cutting-edge software for the protection of iOS applications.

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Management

Heidi Rakels

Founder and President
Heidi Rakels, Founder and President

Heidi Rakels relies on her expertise in software engineering and project management to drive strategy at Guardsquare. She ensures Guardsquare continues to thrive. Heidi holds a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Leuven. She is also an Olympic medallist from the 1992 games in Barcelona.
 

Eric Lafortune

Founder and CTO
Eric Lafortune, Founder and CTO of Guardsquare

Eric Lafortune develops and implements Guardsquare’s long-term technological vision. Eric has made a name for himself as the creator of ProGuard and DexGuard and as an insightful speaker at many conferences. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Leuven and worked as a postdoc at Cornell University.
 

Roel Caers

CEO
Roel Caers, CEO of Guardsquare

Roel Caers oversees the day-to-day operations at Guardsquare. He makes sure the company’s organization, resources and goals are aligned with the long-term strategic objectives. Roel has more than twenty years of experience in the IT industry, ten of which he spent in various management positions.
 

Jurgen Ingels

CFO
Jurgen Ingels, CTO of Guardsquare

Seasoned entrepreneur Jurgen Ingels sets Guardsquare’s financial course and is responsible for the global expansion of the company. Jurgen has ample experience in the technology world: he founded Clear2Pay (now FIS), co-founded NG DATA, SmartFin Capital and Eggsplore and is an active board member of various leading tech companies.
 

John Vigeant

CRO
John Vigeant, CRO of Guardsquare

John Vigeant leads the go-to-market functions resulting in outstanding customer experience.  Prior to Guardsquare, John served as SVP of Sales at ObserveIT, CEO of Reddo Mobility, CEO of Tracelytics, VP of Business Development for CloudBees, and as a key member of Citrix Systems’ Mergers and Acquisitions team.

Sander Bogaert

VP, Engineering
Sander Bogaert

Sander Bogaert leads the technical teams at Guardsquare. He ensures engineering efforts are aligned with the company’s technical vision and helps determine the vision for existing and new products. Sander joined Guardsquare very early on and built iXGuard from scratch after some initial months working on DexGuard.
 

Erica Sheehan

VP, Marketing
Erica Sheehan, VP Marketing of Guardsquare

Erica Sheehan leads marketing strategy and is responsible for driving revenue growth for Guardsquare. A results-oriented global marketer, Erica has held leadership roles at several high tech organizations including ObserveIT, Akamai, Oracle, and Endeca.
 

Board of Directors and Advisors

Dharmesh Thakker

Director and General Partner, Battery Ventures
Dharmesh Thakker

Dharmesh is a general partner at Battery Ventures, where he focuses on investments in cloud infrastructure, big data, security and next-generation enterprise application companies. Prior, Dharmesh was a managing director at Intel Capital, where he led the firm’s global cloud and big-data practice. Before that, Dharmesh spent almost a decade in product management and go-to-market roles with enterprise-software companies, including Keynote Systems (Nasdaq: KEYN), Manhattan Associates (Nasdaq: MANH) and two other startups. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dharmesh also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Paul Morrisey

Director and Principal, Battery Ventures
Paul Morrisey, Director and Principal, Battery Ventures

Paul is a principal at Battery Ventures based in London; he is involved with Battery portfolio companies including Gainsight, Guardsquare, Intacct, Nitro, PageUp, PrimeRevenue, Quinyx and WebPT. Prior to Battery, Paul spent time with Goldman Sachs’ investment-banking division focusing on the technology, media and telecom sectors.

Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of leading young entrepreneurs in 2017, Paul is a graduate of Stanford University.

René Bonvanie

Director and EVP, Strategic Accounts, Palo Alto Networks
René Bonvanie

René Bonvanie has more than 30 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. He joined Palo Alto Networks as chief marketing officer in 2009 and served as such for a decade before transitioning to his current role as executive vice president of strategic accounts in 2019. Prior to that, he held marketing leadership roles at several high-tech companies, including Serena Software, SAP, Veritas, and Oracle Corporation. He serves on the boards of Acronis, Armis, Collibra, and Guardsquare.
 

Felix Van de Maele

Advisor and Co-founder, CEO, Collibra
Felix Van de Maele

Felix has led Collibra for more than ten years of record growth and is responsible for global business strategy. Prior to cofounding Collibra, he served as a researcher at the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he focused on ontology-focused crawlers for the semantic web and semantic data integration. He holds a master’s in computer science and software engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a master's in general management from the Vlerick Business School. In 2019, Felix was named the EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in New York.