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Founded in 2004 and headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the messaging industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation.  M3AAWG represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide.  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. It also educates global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging.  M3AAWG is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.

M3AAWG Leadership

Jerry Upton, M3AAWG Executive Director

Jerry Upton, M3AAWG Executive DirectorJerry 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, M3AAWG Co-Vice ChairmanMichael 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.


Jerome Cudelou, M3AAWG Vice Chairperson (Orange)

Jerome Cudelou, M3AAWG Co-Vice ChairmanWith experience ranging from telephony over IP to email and cloud services, Jerome Cudelou has served in various engineering and marketing positions at Orange S.A., a French multinational telecommunications company, for over 18 years.  He joined the company as a R&D engineer on fax and telephony over IP services and has served as a project manager on smart home services.  He is currently a marketing project manager with a special focus on security in the residential communications services group that includes email and cloud services.  Mr. Cudelou has represented Orange on the M3AAWG Board of Directors since 2008.


Dennis Dayman, M3AAWG Vice Chairperson (Return Path)

Dennis Dayman, M3AAWG Vice ChairpersonDennis 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 Chairperson (CenturyLink)

Sara Roper, M3AAWG Vice ChairpersonSara 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 16 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 Chairman Emeritus (Comcast)

Michael O'Reirdan, M3AAWG Board Member and Chairman EmeritusMichael O’Reirdan is continuing as a Board member and 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 is a Comcast Engineering Fellow with over 19 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 video Why the Industry Needs the ABCs for ISPs.)


Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG Board Member and Chairperson Emeritus (Time Warner Cable)

Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG Chairperson EmeritusAfter 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 a co-vice chairman of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group and as co-chair of the M3AAWG Program Committee, which is responsible for organizing the three M3AAWG meetings each year. Previously, he served as chair of the M3AAWG Technical Committee.  He is Director of Systems Engineering at Time Warner Cable with over 18 years of ISP experience, having worked for carriers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Roosenraad has been involved in various computer vendor advisory boards and is active in other industry organizations.

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

M3AAWG 2015 Committee Chair Appointments

The committees are responsible for developing best practices and other work to fight online abuse:

  • Abuse Desk SIG Co-Chairs Richard Harman, Time Warner Cable; Charles Helstein, GoDaddy; and Autumn Tyr-Salvia, Message Systems
  • Academic Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Manos Antonakakis, Georgia Tech, and Carel, Spamhaus
  • Awards Committee Co-Chairs Tami Forman, Return Path, and Neil Schwartzman, CAUCE
  • Brand SIG Co-Chairs Mike Hammer, AG Interactive, and Franck Martin, LinkedIn
  • Collaboration Committee Co-Chairs Angela Knox, Cloudmark; Dave Romerstein; and Sara Roper, CenturyLink
  • Hosting SIG Co-Chairs Matthew Stith, Rackspace, and Justin Lane, bluehost
  • Identity Management SIG Co-Chairs M3AAWG Chairman Emeritus Michael O’Reirdan, Comcast, and M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Joe St Sauver
  • Information Sharing SIG Co-Chairs Chris Boyer, AT&T, and Doug Pearson, REN-ISAC
  • M3AAWG meeting Open Round Tables session Co-Chairs Melinda Plemel, Return Path, and Jordan Rosenwald, Comcast
  • Pervasive Monitoring SIG Co-Chairs Janet Jones, Microsoft, and Alex Brotman, Comcast
  • Program Committee Co-Chairs Kurt Andersen, LinkedIn; Dennis Dayman, Return Path; and Len Shneyder, Message Systems
  • Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs M3AAWG Public Policy Advisor Frank Ackermann; Chris Boyer, AT&T; and Rudy Brioche, Comcast
  • Senders Committee Co-Chairs Andrew Barrett, iContact, and Tara Natanson, Constant Contact
  • Technical Committee Co-Chairs Alec Peterson, Message Systems, and Paul Ferguson, IID

    The Technical Committee area co-chairs are:

  • Messaging - Chris Barton, and Severin Walker, Comcast
  • Malware - Paul Ferguson, IID, and Vikram Thakur, Symantec
  • Mobile - Antti Tikkanen, F-Secure
  • Training Committee Co-Chairs Annalivia Ford; Vincent Schönau, Abusix; and Udeme Ukutt, Mailjet
  • Voice and Telephony Abuse SIG Co-Chairs Alex Bobotek, AT&T; Mustaque Ahamad, Georgia Tech; and Jonathan Curtis, Norse

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