New US CISO appointments, May 2021

Keep up with news of CSO, CISO and other senior security executive appointments.

New CSO, CISO appointments
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The upper ranks of corporate security are seeing a high rate of change as companies try to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Many companies are hiring a chief security officer (CSO) or chief information security officer (CISO) for the first time to support a deeper commitment to information security.

Follow this column to keep up with new appointments to senior-level security roles and perhaps gain a little insight into hiring trends. If you have an announcement of your own that you would like us to include here, contact Amy Bennett, executive editor.

New CISO appointments, May 2021

Ben Nelson joins FICO as CISO
Prior to joining the analytics software company, Nelson served as CISO of Tableau and VP of cloud security at Oracle. He also held the CISO role at RightNow Technologies, which was acquired by Oracle in 2011. (H/t PR Newswire)

Dave MacKinnon appointed CSO at N-able
Prior to joining the provider of IT management and automation solutions for MSPs, MacKinnon held security leadership positions at AT&T/Warner Media and Turner. N-able (formerly SolarWinds MSP), completed its rebrand in March as part of its planned spin-off from parent SolarWinds. (H/t N-able)

Omesh Agam steps into CISO role at Celonis
Prior to joining the process mining software provider, Agam served as CISO of Appian. In his new role, he reports directly to Celonis co-CEO and co-founder Bastian Nominacher.

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Nicol Lewis, CISO, Columbus State University

Nicol Lewis joins Columbus State University as CISO
Prior to joining CSU, Lewis served as CISO for The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. Prior to that she held IT and security roles at the Georgia Technology Authority and Georgia Public Library Service.

Simon Eyre promoted to CISO at Drawbridge
In his new role as CISO, Managing Director and Head of Europe at the security software company, Eyre will drive Drawbridge’s corporate cybersecurity strategy and oversee infrastructure, security, and privacy initiatives.

Semperis appoints Jim Doggett as CISO 
Prior to joining the security solutions provider, Doggett held security leadership roles at AIG, Kaiser Permanente, and JP Morgan Chase. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Panaseer. (H/t Semperis

National Hockey League appoints Jared Maples EVP & CSO 
Maples replaces Dennis Cunningham, who is retiring after serving as the league's executive vice president of security since 1993. Prior to joining the NHL, Maples served for four years as director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. (H/t Security Magazine

Scott Kopcha promoted to newly created CISO role at Goodwin 
Prior to his appointment as the global law firm's first CISO, Kopcha served as the firm’s managing director of information security. In his new role, Kopcha reports to chief operating officer Michael Caplan. (H/t Goodwin

David Ting promoted to CISO and SVP of engineering at Nylas 
Ting joined Nylas in 2020 as VP of engineering, a role he held at FlexPort, DataVisor and Cardfree before joining the developer API platform provider. (H/t devops.com

Paul Nizov joins ABBYY as company's first CISO 
Prior to joining the OCR software maker, Nizov most recently served as managing director at EY, based in the UAE. His earlier work focused on securing critical infrastructure in North America through positions at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Booz Allen Hamilton. (H/t ABBYY

Nick McKenzie joins Bugcrowd as chief information and security officer  
Prior to joining the bug bounty platform, McKenzie most recently served as executive general manager – chief security officer at National Australia Bank. He has held security and risk leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan, and NatWest Markets and is an advisory board member for Google and Digital Shadows. Earlier in his career, he worked as a penetration tester at EY and Dimension Data. (H/t Bugcrowd

SolarWinds appoints Tim Brown as CISO, VP of security
Brown joined the company in 2017 as vice president, security with responsibilities spanning internal IT security, product security and security strategy, and has now expanded his role as SolarWinds CISO. He has over 25 years of experience developing and implementing security technology and is an avid inventor, holding 18 issued patents on security-related topics.

New CISO appointments, April 2021

Gary Owen joins iCapital Network as CISO
Prior to joining the financial technology platform provider, Owen served as CISO at Wells Fargo and Warner Media. He has held security leadership roles at Promontory Financial Group, Goldman Sachs & Co., and Citigroup and is currently on the board of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), having previously served as the organization's chairman and vice chairman. (H/t Business Wire)

Sounil Yu steps into the CISO role at JupiterOne
Prior to joining the cyber asset management company, Yu was the CISO-in-Residence for YL Ventures. He is the creator of the Cyber Defense Matrix and the DIE Triad. Yu previously served as chief security scientist at Bank of America. 

JupiterOne appoints Uber CISO Latha Maripuri to the company's board of directors
In her current role Maripuri oversees cybersecurity engineering, technical privacy and physical security systems for the ride sharing company. Prior to joining Uber, she was the global CISO at News Corp. Maripuri also served as a global business and technology executive at IBM, where she helped shape the IBM Security division.

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Anil Varghese, global CISO, Mad Mobile 

Mad Mobile appoints Anil Varghese as global CISO
Anil Varghese, a renowned industry veteran brings over two decades of information security and risk management leadership experience to the firm. He most recently served as SVP/CISO for Exeter Finance, a Blackstone portfolio company.

Timothy Youngblood joins T-Mobile as SVP, CSO & product security officer
The veteran CISO most recently served as corporate VP & CISO at McDonald's. Before that he held the CISO role at Kimberly-Clark and Dell.

NTT Research names Matthew Ireland CISO
Ireland joined NTT in 2016, serving in a variety of security leadership roles. Most recently he was virtual CISO for NTT Research beginning in September 2019. Prior to NTT, Ireland served as enterprise availability engineer at Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield and as director of information security at Harland Clarke Holdings, a financial services corporation. (H/t busineswire)

Barbara Kissner joins Tassat as the FinTech's first CISO
Kissner brings to her new role 25 years’ experience as a CIO, CCO and in cybersecurity for banks, consultancies and insurance companies. Most recently she served as EVP & CIO at Amalgamated Bank. (H/t Tassat)

Paul Suarez joins Casey’s General Stores as the retailer's first CISO 
Prior to joining Casey's, Suarez most recently served as senior director of international infosec at WalMart. Before that, he held business development roles at RSA and Avaya. (H/t Retail Technology Innovation Hub)

Intel 471 hires Brandon Hoffman as company’s first CISO
Hoffman is returning to the cybercrime intelligence provider, having previously served as the company’s Vice President of Intelligence Solutions. Prior to his return to Intel 471, Hoffman most recently served as CISO and head of security strategy at IT service management company Netenrich. In his new role, Hoffman will report directly to CEO Mark Arena. (H/t Intel 471)

Netenrich hires Christopher Morales as CISO and head of security strategy
Prior to joining the IT service management company, Morales led advisory services and security analytics for Vectra AI and held roles in cybersecurity engineering, consulting, sales and research at HyTrust, NSS Labs, 451 Research, Accuvant, McAfee and IBM. (H/t Security Magazine)

Mike Britton joins Abnormal Security as the startup's first CISO
Prior to joining the email security platform provider, Britton most recently served as global chief security and privacy officer at Alliance Data. In his nearly 16 years in security leadership at Alliance Data, Britton held positions where he led all aspects of security, governance, risk, and compliance. (H/t Abnormal Security)

Brian Spanswick joins Cohesity as company's first CISO
Prior to joining the data management company, Spanswick most recently served as senior director of risk and information protection for the Splunk Global Security team. (H/t Financial Buzz)

Mortgage Connect appoints Ian Morganas as CISO
Prior to joining the mortgage services provider, Morganas served as CISO of Covius. He also held IT leadership positions at LenderLive Network, Alameda Mortgage Corporation, and Assurity Financial Services. (H/t DSnews)

CareerBuilder hires Benjamin Doyle as CISO
Prior to joining the job listing site, Doyle most recently served as managing principal and practice lead of information security and risk management at FoxPointe Solutions. (H/t PR Newswire)

Marcos Christodonte II joins Unqork as global CISO
Prior to joining the no-code application platform provider, Christodonte most recently served as global CISO at Gartner and has held security leadership and management positions at Bridgewater Associates, NATO and the US Army. (H/t Security Magazine)

Tim Roemer replaces Gil Orrantia as Director of Homeland Security for the State of Arizona
The former CISO for the state of Arizona is bringing the cybersecurity operations he oversaw in that role to the state Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the State of Arizona, Roemer worked as an analyst for the CIA. (H/t govtech)

Jason Lish joins Lumen Technologies as CSO
Prior to joining the telecommunications company, Lish served as chief security, privacy, and data officer at Advisor Group. He has also held IT leadership roles at Alight Solutions and Charles Schwab. (H/t Fierce Telecom)

Benchling hires Zach Powers as CISO
Prior to joining the informatics platform provider, Powers most recently served as CISO & CIO of One Medical Group and VP of enterprise security at Salesforce. (H/t PR Newswire)

Sharecare names David Guthrie CIO & CISO
Prior to joining the digital health company, Guthrie was CTO for virtual sleep care platform BetterNight and Chief Product officer at patient engagement solutions provider PatientPoint. He serves as a board member for AVOXI and Brightlink. (H/t Security Magazine)

Barbara Cousins joins Flywire's Executive Board
Cousins has held the CISO role at Flywire since 2017. Prior to that she served in leadership positions in risk management at Devonshire Investors and KPMG. (H/t Security Magazine)

New CISO appointments, March 2021

Jim Routh joins Supply Wisdom and GrammaTech boards of directors and joins Virsec as Chief Security Advisor (H/t city biz list, businesswire, Yahoo! Finance)

F5 promotes Gail Coury to SVP and CISO
Coury joined F5 in 2018, serving as VP and GM of the Silverline managed service offerings. Prior to joining F5, Coury held CISO roles at Oracle Cloud, PeopleSoft, and J.D. Edwards. Coury also serves as board chair of One in Tech, an ISACA Foundation committed to building equity and diversity in the digital world. (H/t HelpNetSecurity)

Confluent hires Cory Scott as company's first CISO
Prior to joining the streaming platform provider, Scott was Google’s head of security and product privacy for their Devices and Services division and served as CISO at LinkedIn.

Robinhood names Caleb Sima CSO
Prior to joining the financial services company Sima served as VP of information security at Databricks and managing VP for cyber security at CapitolOne. In his new role, Sima reports to CEO Vlad Tenev. (H/t HelpNetSecurity)

MassMutual appoints Ariel Weintraub as CISO
Weintraub most recently served as Head of Enterprise Cyber Security at MassMutual. Prior to joining the life insurance company, she held security leadership positions at BNY Mellon and TIAA. Weintraub has an MC in Cyber Security from New York University. (H/t Security Magazine)

H1 appoints Julie Stern as SVP of Engineering and CISO
Stern brings more than 30 years of leadership experience at healthcare and technology organizations to her role at H1 where she is running the 60+ person engineering team for the global healthcare organization. She most recently served as CTO at HealthReveal where she oversaw significant AI, architecture, and organizational changes. Stern also served as CTO at leading healthcare technology companies including Accolade and Vesta Healthcare (Hometeam). (H/t PR Newswire)

Corelight hires Bernard Brantley as company's first CISO
Brantley joins Corelight from Amazon where he led a threat hunting and threat intelligence team covering a wide range of threat scenarios. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. (H/t Cision)

Backblaze hires Mark Potter as CISO
Potter brings more than 20 years of experience working in IT to his new role at the cloud storage company. Prior to joining Backblaze, he served as CISO of 
NewWave Telecom & Technologies, Inc. and Danya International. (H/t HelpNetSecurity)

Cone Health names Doug McMillian CISO
In his role as the first CISO at the North Carolina-based network of healthcare providers, McMillian will oversee the information security program and establish cybersecurity and governance practices. McMillan has been serving as the organization's interim CTO since 2019 and will also continue in that role. (H/t Cone Health)

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