You live close enough to work that you can walk there. Does that make it harder to separate your SafeNet life from your personal life?

There are a lot of demands on any CEO, and achieving a good work/life balance can always be challenging. However, I made a commitment to the SafeNet team to lead the company and to do that I need to be very accessible to the employees. As we are headquartered here in Harford County, I did not think twice about living near our office, which borders a beautiful river and has some spectacular views.

In addition, I think it is incredibly important to be very active in the communities in which our company operates. … I have just [agreed to join] the Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board. In this capacity I aspire to help the county to continue to build a great reputation and attract new business to the area.

Dave Hansen

Title: President and CEO of SafeNet

Previous jobs: General manager at BMC Software; before that, CEO of Numara Software, which was acquired by BMC in 2012

Age: 48

Residence: Belcamp

Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada

Family: Wife Carol, son Erik and two dogs

Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Hobbies: Golfing and skiing