Meet the Proton team
We are scientists, engineers, and specialists from diverse backgrounds, drawn together by a shared vision of protecting freedom and privacy online.
We are committed to creating trusted ways for everyone to be secure online and in control of their information at all times
Whether serving the Proton community or the broader world, we put people first. We will always put making a positive impact before profits. Proton is independent, neutral, employee-controlled, and does not have venture capital investors.
Do what is right
Science is our foundation
We believe in privacy
Together it’s possible
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Meet our global team
Andy has long worked to advance privacy and freedom online and has spoken at TED and the Internet Governance Forum. Previously, he was a scientist at CERN and has a PhD in physics from Harvard University and degrees in physics and economics from Caltech. Andy has lived in Switzerland, the US, and Taiwan.
Bart was one of the first employees of Proton and has been CTO since 2015. He is responsible for technical vision and architecture. Previously, he worked at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and in the private sector. He holds a BA in physics and chemistry from Dartmouth College, a PhD in physics from Stanford University and was a postdoc fellow at Harvard University.
Varun is responsible for user and revenue growth for the company. He is a growth leader with experience in tech, financial services, media and content, and healthcare. He has managed large-scale teams both at Fortune 500 as well as scale-up organizations, including Revolut, Google, YouTube, and Johnson & Johnson. Varun is an engineer from the University of Delhi and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.
Edward has over 20 years experience in technology and finance. Prior to Proton, he was Head of Product Engineering for Payments at Square and held engineering leadership roles at LendingClub, BlackRock, and Barclays Global Investors. He has a BA in economics from Rice University.
Sir Tim is the CTO and co-founder of Inrupt and invented the web while at CERN in 1989. He co-founded and is President of the ODI. Sir Tim co-founded the Web Foundation and is the Founder and Director of the W3C. He is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT and Oxford University. In 2017, he was awarded the Turing Prize (considered the "Nobel Prize of Computing”).
Samuele has a background in theoretical computer science. After 12 years at CERN building information systems for high-energy physics, he landed at Proton, initially to contribute to the backend team and to work on tools to improve collaboration within the Proton team. Since November 2018, he has led the Proton VPN team.
Nazgol leads Proton’s internal communication and employee engagement initiatives after holding other roles in the company. She holds degrees in international relations and law from the University of Geneva, and previously worked in venture capital.
Sebastien is passionate about innovative technologies and engaged in team development and diversity. He has over 15 years of experience in IT systems, security, and management. After nine years at CERN, he built the complete Proton network. Since 2021, he has led the infrastructure team, responsible for data centers, computing, storage, and network engineering.