WHAT IS BLACKPANDA?

Blackpanda is Asia’s first combined physical-cyber incident response group, specializing in regional coverage and hyper-focused on being the best at digital forensics and cyber crisis response.

Through our combined services and insurance business, Blackpanda has developed a unique, proprietary cyber incident response solution that is affordable, comprehensive, and regionally focused.

Our team consists of an elite cadre of international risk and security experts from American military special forces, intelligence, forensics and law enforcement backgrounds—including founding members hailing from an elite military counter-terrorist and intelligence unit focused on the Asia-Pacific region. We are highly trained, ready to respond and manage crises on short notice, when and wherever needed.

All Blackpanda consultants live and work full-time in the region, using their cultural acumen and contextual experience to deliver truly localized solutions to international security standards.

CO-FOUNDERS

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    MATT PECOT
    Group Chairman, Co-Founder

    Matt Pecot is Chairman and Co-Founder of Blackpanda Group. Pecot previously served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is the current Barclays Head of Markets for Asia-Pacific, a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Forum and Global Markets Executive Committee.

    Matt has worked in Asia-Pacific for over 30 years in both the military and private sectors, most recently serving as Head of Prime Services and Head of Equities Distribution at Credit Suisse in APAC.

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    GENE YU
    Group CEO, Co-Founder

    Gene Yu is Co-Founder and CEO of Blackpanda Group. He is a computer science graduate from West Point, previously served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and author of three books. Gene has served in Asia across both the military and private sectors – as an equity trader with Credit Suisse Hong Kong and with Palantir Technologies’ Asia business development team in Singapore.

    Gene is currently best-known for leading one of the fastest recorded recoveries of a family friend, kidnapped in eastern Malaysia by Filipino Abu Sayyaf terrorists in late 2013.

Board Director

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    CHRISTINA GAW
    Board Director

    Christina Gaw serves as Blackpanda Group Board Director in addition to her role as Managing Principal and Head of Capital Markets at Gaw Capital.

    Christina brings over 20 years of investment banking and investment management experience in Asia-Pacific. Blackpanda Group is proud to have Gaw Capital as a key investor.

Management Team

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    GENE YU
    CEO and Co-Founder

    Gene serves as CEO of Blackpanda Group. He is a West Point graduate with a degree in Computer Science. He previously served in the U.S. Army Special Forces in both Asian and Middle Eastern theaters of combat.

    Gene has served in Asia across both the military and private sectors – as an equity trader with Credit Suisse Hong Kong and with Palantir Technologies’ Asia business development team in Singapore.

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    LESTER LIM
    CFO

    Lester Lim serves as CFO of Blackpanda Group. He has worked across Asia and Europe, with over 30 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate M&A in various capacities, including finance, operations, HR, investing, and risk, both as a principal and as an intermediary.

    Lester has also served as COO across a number of risk consulting firms, providing specialized advice to corporates.

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    KEVIN MCCAFFREY
    VP Revenue

    Kevin McCaffrey is a founding member of Blackpanda. He previously served in the U.S. Army Special Forces in both Asian and Middle Eastern theaters of combat.

    In addition to his special operations experience, Kevin is a practiced graduate of a number of highly specialized intelligence, reconnaissance, and military risk programs, specializing in crisis response and cyber warfare.

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    NICK GRAHAM
    VP Operations

    Nick Graham currently leads operations for Blackpanda, overseeing the development and implementation of cyber risk consulting and joint incident response.

    Nick previously served in the U.S. Army Special Forces where he led a highly specialized twelve-man team across multiple tours in the Middle East and Asia, specializing in intelligence and human terrain analysis. He attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati.

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    MARK WHITTLEY
    Director of Incident Response

    Mark currently serves as Director of Incident Response at Blackpanda, bringing with him over 30 years of professional IT experience, including 15 years in digital forensics and high-tech crime law enforcement.

    Mark previously served as Senior Digital Forensic Examiner with the Australian Federal Police following his private sector role as Head of Investigations at Novartis.

OUR CORE VALUES

Balance

We want our people to actually like what they do. Knowing that life is more than work, we strongly encourage and support personal time and growth. We know we can do both. The quality of our minds determines the quality of our decisions–and the quality of our decisions determine the quality of our lives.

Sincerity

We do what we say, we say what we do. That simple.

Grit

We don’t sugar coat bad news and setbacks. We also don’t quit at the first sign of risk; we face it head-on and assess how to mitigate. We will work with you in order to overcome obstacles or die trying. And, we never take more money from anybody than we absolutely need to survive; we permit no one to control our freedom.

Innovation

We are unconventional thinkers and are not satisfied with the status quo or tradition. We aren’t afraid of technology or new ideas and approaches. We strive to improve every aspect of our work and aren’t afraid to break through chains and walls to get there.

Unity

We work together. Check your ego at the door. Ego is the fountainhead of man’s progress and innovation, but it is also the greatest source of man’s mental pain and suffering, particularly with one another. We work smarter, harder, and faster together, and are better because of it.

Efficiency

Timing beats speed, precision beats power, and leverage beats strength. We strive in every aspect of our work to minimize waste and to maximize production.

Ambition

The man at the top of the mountain didn’t get dropped off there, he climbed to the top. We strive to be the best in everything that we do, personally and professionally. We aren’t here to take part–we are here to take over.

Humility

We listen, then we act, and then we listen. We know you can work with someone else. We earn your respect everyday, just like it is the first time again. Every single day is Selection.

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