Management Team

Steve Shoaff

Steve Shoaff, CEO and Founder

Steve defines the vision and overall business strategy for UnboundID. He is internationally recognized as a trusted adviser on identity and security issues for Global 100 companies. At Sun Microsystems, he served as Technical Director and Chief of Staff for the Identity Management product division, as well as Director of Global Engineering and Support for the Directory Server Product Family. At Netscape Communications, he was Senior Product Manager for Directory and Security. He co-founded the OpenDS and SLAMD open source projects and performs technical due-diligence for venture capital firms. He has also been a key technical adviser to the US Department of Justice. Steve has a BS in Computer Science from George Mason University.

Dave Malcolm

Dave Malcolm, Vice President of Engineering

Dave provides strategic leadership for the software development team at UnboundID. Through previous executive product positions with Quest Software, Surgient, Motive Communications, and Tivoli Systems, he has garnered nearly 25 years of experience leading the development of high technology products targeted to IT buyers. Dave has a lengthy track record of delivering world-class software products ranging from operating systems to enterprise distributed systems, while building and motivating teams and helping them to achieve their personal career objectives. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of Oklahoma.

Michael Tarbet

Michael Tarbet, Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Michael is responsible for Global Sales for UnboundID. Michael is a seasoned sales executive with an extensive track record of building winning sales teams, over achieving sales goals, and driving organizational success. Prior to UnboundID, Michael served in key sales leadership roles with Oracle, RightNow Technology (acquired by Oracle), InQuira (acquired by Oracle), Aptean, Surgient, and Onyx, overseeing the generation of $275 million in direct revenue. Michael's brings extensive expertise to UnboundID with working in global organizations to define industry solutions to drive optimal experiences for their customers. He holds a BBA from the University of North Texas.

Emeka Obianwu

Emeka Obianwu, Vice President of Business Development

Emeka Obianwu leads partner, channel and other market expansion opportunities for the UnboundID Directory Services software platform. Prior to joining UnboundID, Emeka led Corporate Development for Troux Technologies, where he built strategic go-to-market alliances. Previously, he oversaw Business Development at BuildForge, which was acquired by IBM in 2006. Following the acquisition, Emeka worked with the IBM Rational business development team to identify new growth markets and channels for the IBM Rational brand. He is a seasoned executive in enterprise software and strategy consulting, and holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Corey Blahuta

Corey Blahuta, Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer

As Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, Corey has primary responsibility for all aspects of financial management at UnboundID. When he was Managing Director for vcfo in Austin, Cory led operations and client relations for more than50 companies in industries such as enterprise software, energy, life sciences, financial services, semiconductor and telecommunications. Previously, he served as VP of Finance for CoVi Technologies, Inc. Corey brings a rich background in non-profit and volunteer work including terms as Past President and Statewide Treasurer of Texchange, as President of Reading is Fundamental of Austin (BookSpring), as Treasurer of the Austin Technology Council and the Clean TX Foundation, and as a Board Member of the Trail Foundation. He and his family were named the March of Dimes-Capital Area Ambassador Family for 2004. He holds a BBA in accounting and an MBA from Baylor University.

Don Bowen, Founder

Don Bowen lost a courageous battle with cancer in 2009. He was a leading expert in the field of identity and access management with more than 29 years of IT experience, with the last 11 focused on identity. He had extensive consulting experience with Fortune 500 companies, building and managing marketing and product management activities for identity software and solutions. Prior to founding UnboundID, Don served as Distinguished Marketing Director and Director of Identity Integration at Sun Microsystems for their Identity Suite. He was also a Principal Consultant at Burton Group where he assisted major enterprises in defining and developing their identity and access management strategies. In addition, he was Chief Directory Architect at Caterpillar Inc. and led the architecture, design, and implementation of their global directory service and enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) capabilities. A co-founder of the OpenDS project, Don was a renowned speaker and panel member at many industry events.

David Ely, Chief Architect and Founder

A first-class software engineer, David excels at delivering high-quality products, both as a developer and a manager. Prior to co-founding UnboundID, David served at Sun Microsystems, where his talent and expertise were proven as a contributor and team leader for the development of highly-reliable, high-scale, secure, distributed applications. These applications centered on identity and access management within the enterprise and on the extranet. During his tenure at Sun, David also served as the engineering manager for OpenDS and as the technical lead for two products: Identity Manager Service Provider Edition and Identity Synchronization for Windows.

Neil Wilson, Principal Engineer and Founder

Neil Wilson started working with LDAP in 1999 and has since been involved with directory services in nearly every capacity. He has administered, supported, benchmarked, developed, and architected LDAP directory servers, and has also developed numerous LDAP-enabled applications. Before co-founding UnboundID where he has primary development responsibility for the UnboundID Directory Server, Directory Proxy Server, and LDAP SDK for Java, Neil worked at Sun Microsystems, where he served as the architect and lead developer for the OpenDS project, designed the data distribution mechanism for the Sun Java System Directory Proxy Server, and created a number of popular directory-related tools including the SLAMD Distributed Load Generation Engine, MakeLDIF, and LDAPDecoder. Neil has strong real-world experience with a number of large directory deployments from his interactions with customers at Sun Microsystems and a previous position at Netscape Communications as a technical support engineer for the iPlanet Directory Server, and from working as a directory administrator at TidePoint Corp. and Caterpillar, Inc.