Board of Directors
Earl G. Matthews is the President of Veeam Government Solutions (VGS). Prior to VGS, Earl held senior leadership positions with the White House, DOD and the Intelligence Community providing him with unparalleled experience to successfully lead VGS. Under the previous administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council.
Earl is a military veteran of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to serve today as a Colonel in the Army Reserve. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, for service in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
He holds a B.A. from Villanova University, a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, and master’s degrees from the National Intelligence University, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the U.S. Army War College.
Nick Ayers is one of America’s most in-demand entrepreneurs and political strategists. At 36 years old, he has forged a successful career in business and served at the highest levels of the United States government. Most recently, Nick served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President. A trusted confidante of both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, he helped shape high-profile space, tax and foreign-policy initiatives.
Prior to the White House, Nick served as the senior advisor to Mike Pence during his governorship and chairmanship of the Trump/Pence presidential transition team. From 2006 to 2011, he was the youngest-ever executive director of the Republican Governors Association, where he oversaw the historic GOP gains in the 2010 election. Before joining the RGA, he spent four years as the senior advisor to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and managed his re-election campaign in 2006.
In the private sector, Nick helped build one of the nation’s most successful mediabuying firms, overseeing more than a half-billion dollars in advertising. He manages an investment company, Ayers Neugebauer & Company, which has successful ventures in health care and technology. He also created Holmsted LLC, which invests in agriculture and promotes land conservation.
This year the World Economic Forum inducted Nick into their Young Global Leaders program. Time Magazine named Nick one of the “40 most influential people in politics under the age of 40.” the Wall Street Journal called him a “political prodigy” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution described him as a political “wunderkind.” He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Kennesaw State.
As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Veeam, Gil Vega establishes and executes Veeam’s vision and strategy to ensure its information assets and solutions are protected, while driving strategies to help customers ensure regulatory compliance and protect their critical data across multiple environments. During his career, Gil has held various cybersecurity leadership posts within the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.
Gil also served as a member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service, as an Associate Chief Information Officer and CISO for the U.S. Department of Energy, and as CISO for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, D.C.
Gil holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Systems and Information Assurance, is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having participated in combat operations in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Coker is a research fellow at the University of Oxford's Changing Character of War Centre (CCW) programme and has an extensive background in the national security community including as a member of the Biden Presidential Transition Team, a former senior executive at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and former Executive Director of the National Security Agency (NSA).
With 33 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as the Vice Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Trask provides deep insight on the Department of Defense’s challenges. He is a Senior Strategist for Navigators Global LLC, a strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Fellow with the Center of Naval Analysis (CNA). Trask serves on boards for Meta Aerospace, AeroVironment (AV) Inc., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) and the Advisory Council for the Global SOF Foundation.
Sweet formerly served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, as well as served in the CIA's National Clandestine Service. Sweet is a senior fellow at the GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute and a member of the DHS Secretary’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. With Sweet’s background in both the private and public sector, he will advise VGS on the needs of the homeland security and intelligence communities.