M3AAWG represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group is where the messaging industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. It leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public policy.  M3AAWG also educates global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging.  The organization is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.

M3AAWG Leadership

Jerry Upton, M3AAWG Executive Director

Jerry Upton has served as M3AAWG Executive Director since the organization's founding in 2004. Previously, in his more than twenty years experience at Motorola, he held executive positions in standards, software and mobile phone products, alliance management and business development. Mr. Upton was also the founding Chairman of the Open Mobile Alliance, a mobile standardization forum, and a past TIA Engineering Committee Chair.


Michael Adkins, M3AAWG Chairman (Facebook)

Michael Adkins became involved with M3AAWG while at AOL where he worked on email authentication and reputation issues.  Over the years, he has contributed to several email and sender related best practices in M3AAWG, has chaired the M3AAWG Technical Committee and most recently was a M3AAWG vice chairman for the past three years.  Mr. Adkins has been actively involved in developing and educating the industry on important technologies to safeguard end-users, including DKIM and DMARC implementation, and is a messenger integrity engineer at Facebook.

Dennis Dayman, M3AAWG Vice ChairpersonDennis Dayman, M3AAWG Vice Chairperson (Return Path)

Dennis Dayman has more than 20 years of experience combating spam, security and privacy issues, data governance issues, and improving email delivery through industry policy, ISP relations and technical solutions.  He previously chaired the M3AAWG Senders SIG and has served as a co-chair of the M3AAWG Program Committee for several years, helping to develop meeting agendas and processes to ensure that the three M3AAWG forums each year meet industry and member needs.  As Return Path’s chief privacy and security officer, he is responsible for coordinating and managing the company’s international electronic commerce, privacy and Internet related policy issues.  Previously, he was chief privacy and security officer at Eloqua and the director of deliverability, privacy, and standards at Strongmail.  He is a longstanding member of several boards and advisory committees within the messaging industry.


Sara Roper, M3AAWG Vice ChairpersonSara Roper, M3AAWG Vice Chairperson (CenturyLink)

Sara Roper first gained interest in the world of anti-abuse and Internet security in 1999 when she was introduced to the process of identifying falsified header information in an email.  She chose to join the community soon after and quickly became a leader, and eventually a manager, of Internet Security Services at CenturyLink.  With nearly 17 years of experience, Ms. Roper brings to M3AAWG an extensive background in data communications, ISP policy enforcement and combating malicious software.  Ms. Roper began participating in M3AAWG in 2009 and has served as a co-chair of the Collaboration Committee since 2012.  She also participates in several other industry organizations and advisory committees, recognizing that the communities gain strength by working together.


Michael O'Reirdan, M3AAWG Board Member and Chairm EmeritusMichael O’Reirdan, M3AAWG Chairman Emeritus and Senior Technical Advisor

Michael O’Reirdan is Chairman Emeritus after serving five terms as chairman of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, the industry’s largest global trade association working against messaging bots, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation.  Previously, he was key in developing the organization’s Internet Service Providers Closed Colloquium, a M3AAWG committee of international network operators.  Professionally, Mr. O’Reirdan served as a Comcast Engineering Fellow with over 20 years of experience in the ISP field and with public facing messaging platforms.  He chaired the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s CSRIC III Working Group #7 that produced the first U.S. voluntary industry code to help reduce end-user bots (ABCs for ISPs), has served on executive advisory boards for several major computer vendors, and is active in other industry organizations. (Also see the videos Why the Industry Needs the ABCs for ISPs and Quantifying Consumer Bot Infections:The M3AAWG Bot Metrics Report.)


Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG Board Member and Chairperson Emertius Chris Roosenraad, Chairperson Emeritus

After serving three terms as M3AAWG Chairperson, Chris Roosenraad maintains an active role in the organization as Chairperson Emeritus.  He has also served multiple terms as vice chairman, chair of the program committee, chair of the technical committee, and chair of the public policy committee.  Mr. Roosenraad is currently a director at NeuStar, running the UltraDNS product line.  Mr. Roosenraad has over 18 years of ISP experience having worked for carriers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has been involved in various computer vendor advisory boards and is active in other industry organizations. (Also see the video Learning from the Past to Protect the Future where he talks about the internet of things, self-driving cars and other emerging topics.)


The M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisors also assist the committees in their work and share their expertise at M3AAWG meetings.

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