New US CISO appointments, January 2022

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 appointents, January 2022

Neda Pitt joins Globality as CISO
Prior to joining Globality, Ms. Pitt served as Deputy CISO at Lam Research where she built out Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), and Identity and Access Management (IAM) programs across IT and information security to create an enterprise-wide approach to security. Prior to that, she was VP of Information Security at Cisco Systems and Director of Identity Management at VF Corporation. She is passionate about women in technology and dedicates her time to encouraging others to pursue careers in STEM. (H/t Business Wire)

Selim Aissi joins Blackhawk Network as CISO
Prior to joining Blackhawk Network, Mr. Aissi served as SVP & CSO at ICE Mortgage Technology (previously known as Ellie Mae) and prior to that he was VP of Global Information Security at Visa. Aissi has received industry accolades for security innovation and leadership, including the 2019 and 2021 CISO of the Year Award and 2021’s Top 100 Global CISOs. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. (H/t Business Wire)

Raum Sandoval joins Entara as CISO
Mr. Sandoval first joined Entara as the Director of Managed Services, focusing on day-to-day operations with a focus on security. This prepared him for his next role as Deputy CISO. In his new role as CISO he is dedicated to keeping Entara ahead of the curve by leading its team of in-house experts. Sandoval has over 15 years of experience managing and supporting IT for hundreds of companies, from small and medium businesses to Fortune 500 companies, across multiple sectors. His background includes expertise in systems and network and cloud architecture. (H/t Yahoo)

Jeremy Rodgers joins Florida as State CISO
Prior to joining Florida Digital Service, Mr. Rodgers served as a client-architect partner with the US Dept. of Defense, the intelligence community and other governmental entities. Prior to that, he focused on operations at US Cyber Command and served as a cyber-intel division officer with the Navy Reserve. (H/t Government Tech)

Keith Squires joins the University of Utah as CSO
Prior to joining the University of Utah, Mr. Squires served in former Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet. He spent years in public safety, including 31 years as a law enforcement officer, Homeland Security Advisor, leading the State Bureau of Investigations and Utah Highway Patrol, and worked as an advisor to the US Director of National Intelligence. (H/t Security Magazine)

Terry Phillips joins Leidos as SVP, CSO
Prior to joining Leidos, Mr. Phillips was executive director of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and the Office of Special Projects. He also served as director of counterintelligence for the OSI and the European Command in addition to his post as US counterintelligence representative to NATO. Phillips led operations for the OSI Anti-Terrorism Specialty Team, and he earned a Bronze Star Medal for his service as special agent in charge of the Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq. (H/t ExecutiveBiz)

Jason Witty joins USAA as SVP, CSO
Prior to joining USAA, Mr. Witty was the CIO of cybersecurity & technology controls and global CISO at J.P. Morgan Chase, he also held leadership roles at U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America. Witty is an award-winning senior executive and certified Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP) with more than 28 years of experience in information risk management. He was named to the 2021 CSO Hall of Fame and was recently awarded the ISE® North America "Executive of the Year" and ISE® Central "People's Choice" Award.  (H/t Yahoo)

John Mbuthia joins Gore Mutual Insurance Company as CISO
Prior to joining Gore Mutual Insurance Company as the company’s first CISO, Mr. Mbuthia worked as Director of Cyber Security and Chief Technology Officer for Canadian operations at Coca Cola. He has a Master of Science in Information Security Management from the University of Fairfax and has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kenyatta University. He also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from ISC2. (H/t Security Magazine)

Howard Whyte joins Truist as CISO
Prior to joining Truist Financial Cooperation, Mr. Whyte was CISO and VP of information security for The Boeing Company. Prior to that he served as CIO and chief privacy officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, led the Threat Management Center at Goldman Sachs and served as the CISO at NASA. (H/t Yahoo)

Simon Scully promoted to VP & CISO at Venerable
Scully joined Venerable in 2018 as AVP, IT security, with responsibility for leading the security operations team. Prior to Venerable, Scully served for more than six years as IT Security Director at Voya Financial. (H/t PR Newswire)

Paul Calatayud joins Aqua Security as CISO
Prior to joining the container security platform provider, Calatayud most recently served as CSO at Palo Alto Networks. He previously held security leadership roles at Surescripts, UnitedHealth Group, Vesta Corp., and Best Buy. (H/t Businesswire)

Don Boian joins Hound Labs as CISO
Prior to joining the startup breath analysis technology company, Boian served as the security outreach director and CISO for Huntington Bank. Before joining Huntington Bank, he spent 30 years at the NSA where he held many leadership positions including associate deputy director for TechSIGINT and ground capabilities, chief mission control capabilities, technical director for the chief of operations US CYBERCOM, signals intelligence directorate cyber lead, TAO director of operations, and chief of the remote operations center. Boian retired as a defense intelligence senior executive, working both offensive and defensive cyber operations. (H/t GlobeNewswire)

Ketan Shah joins the City of Philadelphia as CISO
Shah is the city’s first full-time CISO since 2018. He most recently served as CISO of HR software company PrimePay. He previously held security and compliance roles at Philips BioTel Heart and Ogilvy, among others. (H/t GovTech)

New CISO appointents, December 2021

Aaron Bishop steps into CISO role at the Air Force
Bishop joined the Air Force in November to lead security innovation. Prior to that he served as CISO at SAIC before founding security research organization the Quantum Security Alliance. (H/t FedScoop)

Shane Callahan joins Vanderbilt as university's first CISO
Callahan most recently services as VP & CISO at NaviHealth. Prior to that he held security roles at Tractor Supply Company, Deloitte, and Nissan, among others. (H/t Nashville Post)

Yogesh Badwe, CSO, Druva Druva

Yogesh Badwe, CSO, Druva

Yogesh Badwe joins Druva as CSO
Prior to joining Druva, Badwe spent the last seven years in a number of security leadership positions at Okta, most recently serving as senior director of information security. Prior to Okta, Badwe led various information and product security programs at Salesforce, Orange Business Services, and Global Telesystems Ltd. (H/t Druva)

Keith Aubele, CSO, Salient Systems Salient Systems

Keith Aubele, CSO, Salient Systems

Prior to joining the video platform provider, Aubele held security leadership roles at The Home Depot and Walmart. (H/t Salient Systems)

Ben Carr joins Cradelpoint as CISO
Prior to joining the telecom company, Carr held security leadership roles at Qualys, Visa, and Nokia. He currently serves as VP and board member of IT-ISAC. (H/t GlobeNewswire)

Chris Evans joins HackerOne as CISO and Chief Hacking Officer
Prior to joining the bug bounty platform, Evans held security leadership positions at Dropbox and Tesla. He is the creator of Google's Project Zero. (H/t Business Wire)

Avishai Avivi joins SafeBreach as CISO
Prior to joining the security company, Mr. Avivi held security leadership roles at Tax Credit Co., Draft Security, ETrade, and Wells Fargo. (H/t Security)

Den Jones joins Banyan Security as company's first CSO
Prior to joining the security vendor, Jones most recently served as senior director of enterprise security at Cisco and director of enterprise security at Adobe. (H/t Yahoo!)

Bill Long named CISO at Xenith Solutions
In this role he oversees cybersecurity operations and strategy for Xenith and TRI-COR Industries (TCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Xenith. Mr. Long has held the position of senior cybersecurity engineer for Xenith since it was founded. He has over 40 years of industry experience in large enterprise network environments specializing in cybersecurity architecture, design, engineering, and operations. (H/t Cision)

New CISO appointents, November 2021

Josh Bressers joins Anchore as VP of security
Prior to joining the container security provider, Bressers led product security teams at Elastic and Red Hat. He also has an active track record in the open-source community and was one of the creators of the open source security mailing list for sharing of vulnerabilities. (H/t Anchore)

Chris Gebhardt joins Synoptek as CISO
Prior to joining the managed services provider, Gebhardt held security leadership positions at StratoZen and WeWork and IT leadership positions at and Air Medical Resource Group, according to his LinkedIn profile. (H/t Security Magazine)

Pinny Tam joins FastTrack as CISO
Prior to joining the insurtech provider, Tam held security leadership positions at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bank of China, and Morgan Stanley. (H/t Cision)

Michael Gregg appointed North Dakota CISO
Prior to being named CISO, Gregg had acted as interim CISO for the state. He has held security leadership positions at International Container Terminal Services, Villanova University, and Superior Solutions, according to his LinkedIn profile. (H/t Security Magazine)

New CISO appointents, October 2021

Michigan CSO Laura Clark appointed to CIO role
In her new role, Clark will still perform her CSO duties. Clark has worked in the state's Department of Technology, Management and Budget since 2006 in various roles. She became CSO in January, 2021. (H/t Govtech)

Frank Russo joins Calendly as company’s first CISO

Frank Russo, CISO, Calendly Calendly

Frank Russo, CISO, Calendly

Prior to joining the scheduling platform provider, Russo was VP of information security and CISO of XRP II at Ripple. Before that, he spent nearly a decade at Salesforce as the director of enterprise security. 

Bill Shields joins TransUnion as CISO
Prior to joining TransUnion, Shields most recently served as SVP of cybersecurity at VISA. He has also held senior security leadership roles at Citadel and Fidelity Investments.

David Zambri appointed associate vice president and CISO of the University of Central Florida
Zambria most recently served as UCF's Deputy Chief of Police. He has 28 years of experience in law enforcement and 14 years in senior leadership roles.

Joe Silva joins JLL as CISO

Joe Silva, CISO, JLL JLL

Joe Silva, CISO, JLL

Prior to JLL, Silva worked at credit reporting agency and data analytics company TransUnion, where he built and led a large, global organization responsible for cybersecurity, insider risk and product security. Before that, he worked on the commercial product side of cybersecurity with Symantec and iSight Partners, which was acquired by FireEye in 2016.

New CISO appointents, September 2021

Leo Howell joins Georgia Tech as CISO
Howell most recently served as CISO and interim chief technology officer at the University of Oregon. Before that, he held information security and audit roles at North Carolina State University. (H/t EdScoop)

Jim Nelms joins North American Dental Group as its first CISO
Nelms serves on the Board of Directors for BluePoint Security and most recently worked as CISO for healthcare diagnostics company LabCorp. He also served as CISO for the Mayo Clinic and The World Bank. (H/t Cision)

Selim Aissi joins Applied Dynamics Board of Directors
Aissi is a board member of the National Technology Security Coalition, Chairman of the mortgage risk committee for the FS-ISAC, and serves on several advisory boards. He was SVP & CISO at Ellie Mae, VP of Global Information Security at Visa, and held security leadership roles at Intel, Applied Dynamics, General Motors, and General Dynamics. (H/t

Richard Foltak adds CISO duties to his role at Dito
Foltak's new title is SVP, head of cloud & CISO. Prior to joining the cloud service provider, Foltak was Chief Architect at Deloitte, where he helped build their Cloud Delivery Center and Managed Services practice. He also worked in technology and security leadership rolls at Verizon and Cisco. (H/t Cision)

Kevin Brown returns to SAIC as CISO
Earlier in his career, Brown was SVP and operations manager for cybersecurity at SAIC, a role he left in 2011 to join Raytheon as Vice President of its information security business. Brown most recently served as VP and CISO at medical device maker Boston Scientific. (H/t Washington Technology

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