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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 Boston (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.

2020 Guardsquare's product line is extended with ThreatCast, our mobile app security console for real-time threat monitoring.

Recent awards


Roel Caers

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. He is also a member of Guardsquare's board of directors. Roel has more than twenty years of experience in the IT industry, ten of which he spent in various management positions.

Sander Bogaert

Sander Bogaert, CTO of Guardsquare

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

John Vigeant

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.

Erica Sheehan

Erica Sheehan, CMO 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.

Tim Dehaes

Tim Dehaes, VP Finance of Guardsquare

Tim Dehaes leads the Finance operations at Guardsquare. In this role, he is responsible for setting strategic financial goals and strengthening the finance organization to support the growth of the company. Since starting his career at Deloitte, Tim has held roles with increasing responsibilities at DHL, Materialise Dental and Aliaxis.

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

Executive in Residence, Battery Ventures
René Bonvanie

René Bonvanie has more than 30 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. Most recently, René served as chief marketing officer and executive vice president of strategic accounts at Palo Alto Networks. He has also 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.

Jurgen Ingels

Advisor and Founder, Managing Partner, SmartFin Capital
Jurgen Ingels, Advisor and Founder, Managing Partner SmartFin Capital

Seasoned entrepreneur Jurgen Ingels 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.