Meet the Team

We are a group of entrepreneurs and experts in computer security from MIT and Berkeley.

Randy Battat

Founder, President and CEO

Before PreVeil, Randy was President and CEO of Airvana from 2000-2014, growing the company from a two-month old startup to a 400 person global corporation. Airvana became the #2 supplier of wireless broadband infrastructure software for the CDMA standard used by operators like Verizon and Sprint, and the #1 supplier of femtocell access points used to provide great wireless coverage inside homes. Randy spent the first thirteen years of his career at Apple, including five years as Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing and three years as Vice President of the PowerBook Division. After Apple, Randy joined Motorola to run its Wireless Data Group and later became Senior Vice President of Motorola’s Internet and Networking Group, responsible for businesses such as cable voice and data communications, enterprise networking equipment, and wireless content servers.

Randy was named CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Network Communications in April 2005, and he is also the recipient of the New England Technology Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 Award.

Randy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Sanjeev Verma

Founder and Chairman

Sanjeev is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of building successful businesses. In 2000 he co-founded Airvana, which developed mobile wireless infrastructure used by leading mobile operators such as Verizon and Sprint to deliver high speed 3G data services. Airvana grew to be the world’s second largest supplier of CDMA 3G mobile data infrastructure and the world’s largest supplier of small cells. Sanjeev spent over 13 years at Airvana, as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and helped grow the company’s business from an idea to a large public company. Prior to Airvana, Sanjeev held various technical and business leadership roles in Motorola’s Internet and Networking Group.

Sanjeev is also a member of the board of directors of Citizens School, an education non profit. He earned a BS in EE from the Delhi College of Engineering, an MS in EE from University of Rhode Island and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Raluca Ada Popa, Founder And Chief Technology Officer at PreVeil

Raluca Ada Popa

Founder And Chief Technology Officer

Raluca Ada Popa is an assistant professor of computer science at UC Berkeley. Her research is in security and applied cryptography. Raluca has developed practical systems that protect data confidentiality by computing over encrypted data as well as designed novel encryption schemes. Raluca received her PhD in computer security as well as two BS degrees, in computer science and in mathematics, from MIT. She is the recipient of an Intel Early Career Faculty Honor award, George M. Sprowls Award for best MIT CS doctoral thesis, a Google PhD Fellowship, a Johnson award for best CS Masters of Engineering thesis from MIT, and a CRA Outstanding undergraduate award from the ACM.

Nickolai Zeldovich | Chief System Architect at PreVeil

Nickolai Zeldovich

Chief System Architect

Nickolai Zeldovich is an Associate Professor at MIT's department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests are in building practical secure systems, from operating systems and hardware to programming languages and security analysis tools. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2008, where he developed HiStar, an operating system designed to minimize the amount of trusted code by controlling information flow. In 2005, he co-founded MokaFive, a company focused on improving desktop management and mobility using x86 virtualization. Prof. Zeldovich received a Sloan fellowship (2010), an NSF CAREER award (2011), the MIT EECS Spira teaching award (2013), and the MIT Edgerton faculty achievement award (2014).