Les Hazlewood is co-founder and CTO of Katasoft, a start-up focusing on application security products and Apache Shiro professional support. He is also the PMC Chair of the Apache Shiro open-source security framework.  Les has 10 years of experience as a professional Java developer and enterprise architect, with previous senior roles at Bloomberg, Delta Airlines, and JBoss.  His professional expertise is focused on large-scale and distributed computing and application security.

Les has been actively involved in Open Source development for more than 9 years, committing or contributing to projects like the Spring Framework, Hibernate, JBoss, OpenSpaces, and JSecurity, Apache Shiro’s predecessor.

Les currently lives in San Mateo, CA and practices Kendo and studies Japanese when he is not programming.