William P. Crowell

William P. Crowell


Bill Crowell has enjoyed multiple careers in very diverse areas as an analyst, technologist, and executive in the Intelligence Community, as a public company CEO, as a director in multiple technology companies that have had successful exits benefiting their investors, and as a partner in a San Francisco based venture capital firm.

Mr. Crowell currently serves as Chairman and Director at Centripetal Networks Inc., and at Fixmo, Inc.  He is a Director at Air Patrol, Inc., Toopher, Inc. and Six3 Systems, Inc. and SafeNet, Inc.  He was also a director in the following companies until they were acquired: ArcSight, Inc. (ARST), an enterprise security management software company, Narus, a maker of IP Telecommunications Infrastructure software for carrier traffic intelligence and security; Broadware Technologies, Inc. a video software company and Sun Microsystems Federal a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Microsystems. He served on the Advisory Board of Proximex until its acquisition by Tyco.

Mr. Crowell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara, California-based Cylink Corporation, a leading provider of e-business security solutions from November 1998 to February 2003, when Cylink was acquired by SafeNet, Inc., a Baltimore based security products company.

Mr. Crowell came to Cylink from the National Security Agency, where he held a series of senior positions in operations, strategic planning, research and development, and finance. He served as Deputy Director of Operations from 1991 to 1994 running its core signals intelligence mission. In February 1994 he was appointed as the Deputy Director of NSA and served in that post until his retirement in September 1997. From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Crowell served as a vice president at Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corporation, later acquired by Titan Corp, leading business development in space technology, signal processing and intelligence systems. In April 1999, Mr. Crowell was appointed to the President’s Export Council (PEC), which advised the administration on trade and export policy. He served as chairman of the PEC Subcommittee on Encryption and helped define new export rules to substantially loosen restrictions on the export of encryption products and technology.

After 9/11 he served on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which published three landmark studies on Homeland Security and information sharing. He has also served on numerous panels to investigate and improve military command and control, intelligence and security systems. In August 2007 Mr. Crowell was named Chairman of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Senior Advisory Group.

Mr. Crowell is an expert on network and information security issues. In December 2008 Security Magazine selected him as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry. In May 2007 he co-authored the book, “Physical and Logical Security Convergence,” published by Elsevier. He has been quoted in many trade and business publications including the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Information Week, Network World, Computer World, Federal Computer Week, CIO Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Mr. Crowell has also appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNET News, CNBC, The Charlie Rose Show, and KNTV’s Silicon Valley Business. He was the technical advisor to the TV series, “Threat Matrix” during its run on ABC in the 2003 season.