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NACD Northern California Chapter Elects Ray Rothrock to its Board of Directors

April 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., April 3, 2018 – The Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the advocate for the profession of directorship, has elected Ray Rothrock to its board of directors.

Ray Rothrock is the chairman and CEO of RedSeal, Inc., a company providing enterprises with a network modeling and risk scoring platform that measures and improves resilience to cyber events and network interruptions. He is partner emeritus of tech investment firm Venrock and a member of numerous boards, including Check Point Software Technology (NASDAQ: CHKP) and Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU).

Mr. Rothrock’s book, Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat?, is launching this spring. In 2018, he will continue to advocate for digital resilience at events nationwide, including the MIT-(IC)Spring 2018 Workshop on April 4, the SEC Academic Conference on Cybersecurity on April 9, and the Capital Science Evening Lecture at the Carnegie Institution for Science on May 23.

Nominations and Governance Chair Nora Denzel comments, “Ray is a true pioneer in the cybersecurity industry, a champion of digital resilience, and a devotee to good corporate governance as both a sitting CEO and experienced board member. We are excited to welcome him to our board of directors. We believe his background in corporate governance and his expertise in cybersecurity and digital resilience will be extremely valuable as NACD Northern California expands and further supports better board governance."

Executive Director Lisa Spivey states, “I am extremely pleased with Ray’s election. I am especially proud to see our Nominating and Governance Committee, headed by Nora Denzel, identifying and recruiting new board talent and future chapter leadership that will help us continue to deliver solid governance practice and high-quality thought leadership to our membership.”

Chapter Chair Dennis Wu adds, "Ray Rothrock will bring additional strength and depth to our board with his deep knowledge of Silicon Valley. Our board—much like those public, private, and not-for-profit entities on whose boards we serve—brings a competitive advantage to NACD as a whole, as we support its relevance and growth in a fast-changing world."

In addition, Mr. Rothrock is serving as a commissioner on the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission. This annual initiative shapes national organizations’ programming and thought leadership each year. In 2018, the Commission is exploring board oversight of complex risks that are difficult to identify and can carry major consequences for companies’ long-term value.

About Ray Rothrock

Prior to joining cybersecurity firm RedSeal, a network modeling and risk scoring company, Mr. Rothrock was a general partner at Venrock, one of RedSeal’s founding investors. At Venrock, he invested in 53 early-stage technology companies, led both the internet and energy investment programs, and was a member of the management committee. His track record resulted in his being listed twice on the Forbes Midas List and elected to the chairmanship of the National Venture Capital Association.

Mr. Rothrock remains an active angel investor and serves on the boards of Check Point Software Technology, Roku, Inc., and private companies including Team8, Shape Security, Appthority, CTERA, Unbounded Tech, Transatomic Power, and Tri Alpha Energy. He is also a member of the Corporation for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and vice chairman/board member of the University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company.

He holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Please visit the Northern California Chapter Leadership page to read more about our board of directors. (Please note our page will be updated once we have a short bio to post.)

About NACD Northern California Chapter

The NACD Northern California Chapter provides board members in the Capital Valley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley markets with forums and programming for best board practices, emerging governance issues, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. To learn more about the NACD Northern California Chapter, please visit

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 19,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. NACD’s 22 chapters provide directors with a forum for sharing experiential knowledge, seeing over the horizon, and enhancing leadership. The NACD chapter-system programs bring awareness, education, and networking to directors across the country at local venues. It is also a powerful grassroots proving ground for NACD’s research and policy efforts.

NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for over 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member, please contact us at or +1-(571)-367-3708. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor at to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.



Lisa Spivey

NACD Executive Director




Dean Fisk

RedSeal, Finn Partners