Meet our Leadership Team
Kent Lawson is the founder and CEO of Private Communications Corporation and creator of its flagship software PRIVATE WiFi.
With over 40 years of computer industry experience, Lawson has launched several highly successful technology ventures. Prior to Private Communications Corporation, Kent founded Magna Software Corporation and ran it for nearly 20 years, before retiring in 1998. Magna specialized in mainframe software, and its products are still being used in businesses and government agencies today. Prior to Magna, he was President of Lupfer and Long, a computer programming company that provided consulting and contract services to government agencies.
Kent started his first company during his senior year of college and landed a contract to develop software for Pillsbury. During the Viet Nam war, Lawson served at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he trained faculty and Midshipman in computer use for academic purposes.
In 2010, after 12 years of retirement, Kent became interested in Internet privacy and security issues and the vulnerability of wireless communications in WiFi hotspots. He created Private Communications Corporation to protect consumers and corporations from privacy and security breaches on the Internet. PRIVATE WiFi, the company’s first product, protects individuals and business people while using laptops and other mobile devices at public WiFi hotspots.
Kent holds a BA degree in Economics from Beloit College, an MBA from Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President’s Management Course. Inc. Magazine recognized his previous company, Magna Software, as the 151st fastest growing company in the US.Close
Alok Kapur is Chief Marketing & Customer Officer for PRIVATE WiFi. In this role, his team and Alok drive all aspects of marketing, business development and partnerships, and sales for the company.
A seasoned senior executive in the technology and media industry, Alok was previously Global Vice President at Experian Marketing Services. In that role he led creation and development of the global product strategy, strategic partnerships and business development including organic and inorganic investment imperatives for the mobile and telecom business at Experian. In addition, he was also responsible for strategic platform partnerships for Experian wherein he was responsible for developing alliances with the world’s largest technology companies.
Prior to Experian, Alok was also Global Business Development at Adenyo/Motricity Inc. Alok also spent little over a decade at Microsoft Corporation in a variety of senior corporate strategy, product management and business development roles.
Alok has spent time as an entrepreneur driving business development and marketing for small growth companies, focused on customer acquisition and product launches. Alok holds an M.B.A. in Marketing, Strategy & Information Technology from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine where he was a Dean’s Scholar and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, India where he was a top 0.1% University Graduate.Close
Ms. Praeger’s career spans executive-level marketing and online communication strategy positions at a range of non profit and for profit organizations. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi in 2011, Jennifer was the Web Marketing Manager at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Praeger also held senior level marketing positions at Metropolitan College of New York, ClickandBuy, Mason and Geller Marketing, and Lloyd’s of London Press.
Ms. Praeger holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
As VP of Internet Marketing, Mike Neder is responsible for various areas of Internet Marketing such as search engine optimization, analytics, affiliate marketing, as well as overall project management for front end as well as back end web development and processes. He maintains technical integrations with strategic partnerships and quality of PRIVATE WiFi's presence on the web.
Mike joined PRIVATE WiFi in 2010 as its first employee. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi, he worked for a wide variety of Internet and Affiliate Marketing companies where he worked in various areas, first as a software engineer, and later managing large scale projects relating to online tracking, ad serving, as well as user experience improvement, user interface testing and optimization, and affiliate strategy. He also worked on projects for the one of the largest government contractors, Lockheed Martin, as well as for various online retail stores and shopping comparison engines, such as FAO Schwarz and United Tech Store.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY and a Master Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco.
Mike currently resides in South Amboy, NJ and enjoys Kick Boxing in his spare time.Close
Albert Neuburger is PRIVATE WiFi's CTO.
Albert is responsible for the company’s technology development, infrastructure, products and services. He began his career in the video game industry as a developer, eventually founding his own company before transitioning to the Internet in the mid-90’s. Albert then held technology management positions at various Silicon Valley startups and large companies including Red Jade and DoubleClick. Albert went on to become the CTO of Global Outsource Management, a U.S.-based outsourcing company with offices in China doing development for Fortune 500 companies such as MTV and numerous divisions within Microsoft. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi, Albert was the CTO of Publicis Healthcare, the largest healthcare advertising company in the world.
With over 20 years of software development and executive management experience, Albert has an extensive background working with both off-shore and in-house teams as well as on the corporate level, providing innovative thinking and strategic leadership. Albert lives in the New York City area and enjoys skiing, various creative endeavors and spending time with his family.Close
As the Director of Technology Operations for PRIVATE WiFi, Lane Franklin Liston oversees the technological infrastructure implementation and administration to streamline transnational developers, servers, and ancillary equipment functions for rapid, secure and effective product delivery. Working to build effective coordination between customers, clients and technological infrastructure, Liston is involved in all dimensions of PRIVATE WiFi's capacity to anticipate and re-imagine technological possibilities.
Lane joined Private WiFi with over fifteen years of IT expertise in both an established Fortune 500 company and smaller businesses with distinction in the field of innovation and technology. He worked for Honeybee Robotics for ten years holding the position of Director of IT/MIS and provided the overall strategic operational leadership of technological planning, architecture, research and development. Memorable projects include his involvement in heading up Honeybee’s communications for the MER link and SAP Station to Jet Propulsion Laboratories and then the planet Mars for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission. Lane has also worked at Proteometrics as a Software Test Analyst and at Texas Instruments (formerly Tartan Laboratories) in different positions, learning multiple machine languages and JTAG emulation for digital signal processors and microprocessor toolsets.
Lane holds a BA, MS and MBA and has studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Juilliard, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount, Polytechnic and NYU.
In addition to being a trained NYS certified EMT, Lane enjoys taking classes in sewing and tailoring, as well as jewelry design and gemology at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He is an avid Steelers football fan. He lives in Manhattan.
Maryrose Roeckell is PRIVATE WiFi’s Director of Customer Support Services.
Mary is responsible for maintaining customer satisfaction by providing problem-solving resources, managing staff, and marketing PRIVATE WiFi’s strong Second life presence. Mary achieves customer service objectives by contributing customer service information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; as well as implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer service standards. She is always looking to find ways to improve PRIVATE WiFi’s customer service quality results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing our processes. She is excellent at establishing customer support best practices and monitoring and analyzing results.
Mary has been with PRIVATE WiFi since 2009 and has 15 years of cumulative management experience. Before joining PRIVATE WiFi, she spent several years at Prodigy Communications, and 8 years owning her own research company. In 2007, she was part of the million dollar CSI-NY Project with CBS.
Mary has multiple degrees in business and science, and is also a NY State Certified Crime Scene technician/analyst. In addition, she is also a well-known 3-D graphic artist. She currently resides in New York. She enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time.
But increasingly there is something we can do about it....
The Today Show has joined the ranks of other high-profile media outlets to endorse PRIVATE WiFi’s cutting-edge personal VPN technology. Watch the feature segment by Mario Armstrong, Today’s digital lifestyle contributor, who explains how a private VPN creates a “secure tunnel” between you and any would-be hackers.
While at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, the largest security conference in the world, PRIVATE WiFi's CEO, Kent Lawson, used a wireless sniffing tool to demonstrate how many of the conference attendees were not protecting themselves when logging into the free public WiFi network.
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PRIVATE WiFi (www.privatewifi.com), a Private Communications Corporation company, today named Alok Kapur to the position of Chief Marketing & Customer Officer. Reporting directly to CEO and founder Kent Lawson, Kapur will oversee all marketing initiatives, sales efforts, partnerships and communication efforts on behalf of the personal wifi security company. Read More
If you are interested in offering PRIVATE WiFi to your organization's members or customers, please contact Jennifer Praeger, VP of Marketing, at . For information on our affiliate marketing program, please contact Mike Neder, VP of Internet Marketing, at .
Love the app, and even more so, great costumer service!!
Please pass along my praise for your excellent customer service to your employer--it is so important to those of us that were not "born" with computers/iphones/pads attached to our bodies to have this help, that you have so generously provided, so that we can navigate in this environment.
Thank you. Superb customer support and comforting to know that wifi transmissions are protected!