New US CISO appointments, August 2021

Keep up with news of CSO, CISO, and other senior security executive 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, August 2021

Pamela Fusco joins Splunk as CISO
Prior to joining Splunk, Fusco held CISO and CSO roles at Apollo Education Group, Digex, and Merck and served as executive vice president, head of global information security at Citibank. She currently serves on the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) board of directors as CFO and is a founder of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and SAFE-BioPharma. A former U.S. Navy cryptologist, Fusco began her career focused on supporting security proceedings for government and national intelligence special operations, including advising the U.S. White House. (H/t Splunk)

William Hanning joins Groups360 as CISO
Prior to joining Groups360, Hanning most recently served as AVP of information security at Ardent Health Services. (H/t Hospitality Net)

Angelica Phaneuf joins Army Software Factory as CISO
Before joining the Army Software Factory, Phaneuf served as chief of cyber security engineering for the Air Force. (H/t MeriTalk

Fermin Serna joins Databricks as CSO
Prior to joining Databricks, Serna most recently served as SVP & CISO at Citrix. Before that, he spent seven years at Google, where he led the Product Security team and four years at Microsoft as senior security software engineer. Serna is a board advisor for DeNexis, Inc.  (H/t Information Age)

John Avery joins Direct Technology as CISO
Avery has held security roles in the managed services, financial services, and health technology sectors. (H/t Techwire)

Chris White joins Tego Cyber as CISO
Prior to joining the threat intelligence platform provider, White served as deputy CISO at Interpublic Group and before that worked at EY, where he built the professional services firm's managed security service. (H/t MSSP alert)

Rinki Sethi joins ForgeRock board of directors
Ms. Sethi is currently VP & CISO at Twitter. She also serves as a board member at OneProsper International and Women in CyberSecurity. Prior to joining Twitter, Sethi held security leadership roles at IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Intuit, and eBay. (H/t The Joplin Globe)

Larry Grossman assumes CISO role at the Federal Aviation Administration
Before stepping into the CISO role, Grossman served as the agency's deputy director, information security & privacy since June 2014 and acting CISO since April 2019. (H/t MeriTalk)

Meron Behar joins Transmit Security as CISO, VP
Prior to joining the identity authentication provider, Behar most recently served as deputy CISO at fintech payment processor Nuvei. Before that he held security leadership roles at SafeCharge, ForeScout Technologies, Psagot Investment House, and Phoenix Insurance. (H/t BusinessWire)

Shane Swanson joins WaTech’s state Office of Cybersecurity as deputy CISO for policy & program management
Prior to joining WaTech, Swanson served as deputy CISO for the Texas Department of Information Resources and as a strategic advisor on cybersecurity for the North Dakota Information Technology Department. (H/t WaTech)

Jason Shockey joins Cenlar FSB as SVP & CISO
Before to joining the mortgage loan subservicer, Shockey held CISO roles at CyberPoint International and ProSight Specialty Insurance. Prior to that, he served in cyberspace ops and IT leadership for the US Marine Corps. (H/t DSnews)

Andre Mintz joins Absolute Software board of directors
Mr. Mintz, a former law enforcement officer and US Air Force veteran, currently serves as CISO of financial services firm Newport Group. Earlier in his career he held security leadership roles at Red Ventures, Reuters, and Kinko's. (H/t Valdosta Daily Times)

Ron Green joins SailPoint board of directors
Mr. Green, who is currently serving as EVP and CSO of Mastercard, joins the identity and access management provider as an independent board director. He is also chairperson for the Financial Service Sector Coordination Council (FSSCC) and is a board member for the Cyber Investigation Advisory Board with the U.S. Secret Service. (H/t HelpNetSecurity)

Malcolm Harkins joins Epiphany Systems as chief security and trust officer
Prior to joining the offensive security platform provider, Harkins served as chief security and trust officer at Cymatic and Cylance. He also served as VP and chief security and privacy officer at Intel. (H/t Cision)

Ross Hosman joins Drata as CISO
Prior to joining the compliance automation provider, Hosman served as head of information security at business intelligence company Sigma Computing and at subscription platform Recurly. He also served as JPMorgan Chase's head of cloud security and was a cloud security architect at VMware and Cisco. (H/t Cision)

Alma Cole joins Caterpillar as senior deputy CISO
Prior to joining the construction equipment manufacturer, Cole served for over four years as CISO at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Cole previously served the agency as chief systems security officer and director of the DHS security operations center. (H/t MeriTalk)

New CISO appointents, July 2021

Hardik Parekh joins Five9 as CISO
The former head of product security at Splunk, Parekh most recently served as head of information security at Rollbar. Parekh also held security roles at Intuit and Amazon. (H/t businesswire)

Kelly Isikoff joins Common Securitization Solutions as CISO

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Kelly Isikoff, CISO, Common Securitization Solutions

Isikoff joins the FinTech firm, a joint venture owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she served as Cyber Security Business and Strategy Advisor. She has also held CISO positions in the insurance/reinsurance sectors at Axis Capital and RenaissanceRe, as well as other information security leadership roles including Executive Director and CISO at JPMorgan and Senior Vice President, Global Information Security at Citigroup.  (H/t Cision)

Karl Mattson joins Noname Security as company's first CISO
Prior to joining the API security company, Mattson held CISO roles at PennyMac Loan Services and City National Bank. He is a senior fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, is an advisory board member for Cyberstarts, and is a venture advisor at YL Ventures. (H/t globenewswire)

Jacob DePriest joins GitHub as VP, Security Operations
In his new role, DePriest will lead GitHub's Security Operations team under CSO Mike Hanley. DePriest comes to GitHub from the National Security Agency, where he built the NSA’s Developer Experience function from the ground up and was in charge of fostering private and public sector engagement with the open source community.

JR Riding joins MultiPlan as CISO
Riding brings more than 20 years of experience in technology to the new role, most recently serving as CISO at ION Group, a global technology company with offices in 30 countries. (H/t businesswire)

Joseph Zhou joins Linode as CISO
Prior to joining the cloud hosting provider, Zhou held CISO roles at Evive, Transworld Systems, and Topco Associates. He is a cyber security graduate program advisor at Northeastern University. (H/t helpnetsecurity)

John McClure named VP and CISO at Sinclair Broadcast Group
Prior to taking the newly created role with the media giant, McClure held several security leadership roles at Laureate International Universities and most recently served as CISO. He reports to Brian Bark, SVP & CIO.

John Garstka joins the Department of Defense as acting CISO for acquisition and sustainment
Garstka, a former U.S. Air Force officer and a cybersecurity specialist, has held leadership roles within the Pentagon’s Office of the CISO since 2012, most recently as director of cyber programs. (H/t FedScoop)

Mark Breunig joins the Department of Homeland Security as cybersecurity adviser
Breunig previously served as CISO for the state of Alaska. (H/t StateScoop)

Marnie Wilking joins Virsec as Board Advisor
Wilking is the global head of security and technology risk management at Wayfair. (H/t Security Magazine)

Prakash Sethuraman joins CloudBees as CISO
Prior to joining the provider of devops tools, Sethuraman served as global head of cloud security at HSBC. (H/t helpnetsecurity)

J.R. Tietsort joins Aura as CISO
Prior to joining the security solutions provider, Tietsort most recently served as CISO of Darktrace. Before that, he held the CISO role at Micron Technology. (H/t prnewswire)

Gunter Ollmann joins Devo Technology as CSO
Prior to joining the security analytics company, Ollmann served as CSO in the CSO cloud and AI security division at Microsoft and as CSO at Vectra AI. He also held CTO positions at NCC Group, IOActive, and Damballa and was chief security strategist at working within the CTO Office at IBM.

Ben Nelson joins FICO as CISO
Prior to joining the data analytics company, Nelson served as CISO at Tableau and as vice president of cloud security, at Oracle. (H/t Security Magazine)

John Cleveland named deputy state CISO at California Department of Technology
Prior to being appointed to his new role, Cleveland served for the past two years as the state's chief of security operations. He previously served as CISO of the Department of Child Support Services and as CTO of the Contractors State License Board. Cleveland reports to state CISO Vitaliy Panych. (H/t Techwire)

Reza Zaheri joins Quantum Metric as CISO
Zaheri bring 18 years of experience managing cyber security for Fortune 100 companies to his new role at the user experience monitoring platform provider. Prior to joining Quantum Metric, Zaheri served as director of digital forensics, incident response and security awareness at DirecTV and AT&T before founding a security training company, 1:M Cyber Security. (H/t The Daily Sentinel)

New CISO appointents, June 2021

Akamai names Dr. Boaz Gelbord as CSO 
Prior to joining the content delivery network (CDN) services provider, Dr. Gelbord most recently held IT and security leadership roles at Dun&BradstreetBloomberg LP and Amplify EducationHe also served as an appointed member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Cyber Moonshot Subcommittee where he advised the White House on cybersecurity strategy. Dr. Gelbord replaces longtime Akamai CSO Andy Ellis. 

Rishi Mehta joins Cyble as CISO
Prior to joining the threat intelligence company, Mehta most recently served as senior director, technology at Target. Mehta is certified in ISO 27001, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and is currently pursuing an executive post-graduate diploma in digital business in collaboration with MIT and the Columbia Business School. (H/t Union Bulletin)

PG&E appoints Jerry L. Davis as vice president and CISO 
Reporting to PG&E CIOAjay Waghray, Davis will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining enterprise technology security at the San Francisco-based utility. Prior to joining PG&E, Davis founded technology risk advisory firm Gryphon X, LLC, where he counseled corporate clients on strategic cybersecurity problem solving and cybersecurity readiness and served as a retained expert witness on cybersecurity matters. Davis served for more than 20 years in executive-level roles in physical, personnel, and cyber security, including as CIO for the NASA Ames Research Center, CISO for the U.S. Department of Education, and Deputy Assistant Security for Cybersecurity for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (H/t businesswire) 

Phil Robinson joins SpaceLink as VP and CSO 
Before joining the McLean, VA-based satellite communications company, Robinson held leadership and consulting roles at Maxar Technologies, Squadron Defense Group, and CGI Federal. (H/t Security Magazine) 

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.

Nicol Lewis, CISO, Columbus State University Columbus State University

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.

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