Dave DeWalt

Vice Chairman and Director
NightDragon Founder and CEO

About Dave

Dave DeWalt is a veteran CEO, advisor and investor who has led startups and Fortune 500 companies on a transformational journey of success. He is the founder and CEO of NightDragon, an investment and advisor firm dedicated to the cyber, safety, security and privacy markets. He is also the former CEO of FireEye and McAfee and has substantial experience in the information technology and security industry.


DeWalt helped create more than $20 billion in shareholder value during his 15-plus years as president and CEO of three major companies. In addition to his role as vice chairman of Optiv’s board of directors, DeWalt serves as the managing director of Allegis Cyber, as well as an investor and board member of and investor in some of the most innovative companies, including Delta Airlines, Five9, ForeScout, Phantom Cyber, Team8 and Data Tribe.


DeWalt received a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a doctorate in computer and information science and support services from the University of Delaware.