New US CISO appointments, January 2021

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

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“As Vacasa continues to grow, our investment in industry-leading security practices is a priority, and given our size and scale, we now have an opportunity to bring specialization and senior talent to the role,” said Eric Breon, Vacasa CEO, in a press release. “With our full-service business model, guests and homeowners can rest assured that every detail is taken care of. We take that same approach to security and privacy, from front door access codes to credit card information. Jeff’s proven ability to bring enhanced data security practices at large corporations will ensure the highest levels of privacy for all Vacasa homeowners, guests and partners.”

Prior to joining Vacasa, Bryner served as the director of enterprise information security for founding internet company Mozilla, where he established the information security function and enabled rapid transformation by embracing modern, zero-trust, cloud-first security capabilities. Prior to Mozilla he spent nearly a decade at Portland General Electric serving as security architect for efforts ranging from replacing the energy management system controlling the power grid to rolling out wireless meters throughout Portland.

July 15, 2019: AIG names Tom Parker as deputy CISO

Parker will work closely with Rich Baich, AIG’s CISO, in developing and leading the execution of AIG’s global cybersecurity risk management strategies. “Tom is a skilled technical engineer, accomplished entrepreneur and senior business strategist in the IT space,” said Baich in a press release. “He has extensive experience leading technical operations teams and developing innovative solutions for companies on matters relating to cyber and information security, and he will provide valuable perspective as we continue to evolve our cyber risk management program at AIG.”

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Tom Parker, AIG deputy CISO

“This is an exciting time to join AIG as the company continues to implement a robust strategy to address current and emerging cyber risks,” said Parker in a press release. “I look forward to working with Rich and the global team to further strengthen the security measures that protect the information of AIG and its insureds.”

Mr. Parker joins AIG from Accenture Security, where he was the growth, strategy and technology lead. Previously, he co-founded in 2011 and eventually sold to Accenture in 2015 a consultancy named FusionX, which provided cyber risk management services. Prior to FusionX, he held leadership roles at numerous cyber security organizations, including the cyber security services arm of Verizon Business.

July 12, 2019: Jaya Baloo joins Avast as CISO

Baloo joins Avast from KPN, the largest telecommunications carrier in the Netherlands, where she held the position of CISO. Baloo has been recognized in the list of the top 100 CISOs globally and ranks among the top 100 security influencers worldwide.

Baloo has been working in the field of information security for 20 years with a focus on secure network architecture, and is a faculty member of the Singularity University, and also sits on a number of infosecurity boards. She has spoken widely at high profile conferences such as RSA, TEDx and Codemotion on topics including Lawful Interception, VoIP & Mobile Security, Cryptography, and Quantum Communications networks.

Ondrej Vlcek, Avast CEO, said in a press release, “Jaya really is a rock star of the CISO world and will be an incredible addition to our leadership team. She has an impressive breadth and depth of experience on the risks facing consumers and businesses today and is personally passionate about improving cybersecurity on a global scale through industry and academia collaboration.”

“I am really looking forward to working together with the team at Avast where they positively impact millions of people's lives daily through information security,” said Baloo in a press release. “The products, the wonderful company and the enormous potential to make a difference through security innovation are all the reasons I can’t wait to get started.’’

Prior to KPN, Baloo held the position of practice lead lawful interception at Verizon. She previously worked at France Telecom as a technical security specialist.

June 26, 2019: Fawaz Rasheed named VP, CISO at Northwestern Mutual

Rasheed will lead the Enterprise Information Risk and Cybersecurity team and spearhead Northwestern Mutual's information security strategy to protect its brand and reputation.

"Risk management and protecting information is a critical component of our business and allows us to deepen trust with our clients, financial representatives and employees," said Ray Manista, executive vice president and chief legal and compliance officer, in a press release. "Fawaz is a seasoned business leader with extensive experience in information security, risk management and privacy. He will be a great asset as we continue to protect our clients and advance our cybersecurity strategy."

Rasheed has more than 20 years of leadership experience at global companies in a range of industries, including financial services. He previously served as CISO at Trustmark Companies and prior, he was the Global CISO at Johnson Controls. Before that, he served as a leader of Verizon's Global Security Solutions business and, early in his career, as an engineer.

June 26, 2019: Carlos Fuentes is Pega’s first CISO

Fuentes will be responsible for comprehensive information security standards and policies, based out of the software company’s Cambridge, Mass. headquarters. He will oversee Pega’s existing information security strategy and implementation, including risk management plans relating to information security, physical security, business continuity planning, crisis management, privacy and compliance. Fuentes will work closely with Pega’s product development, IT, compliance and cloud teams to help ensure the company has a best-in-class approach to securing its global assets as well as providing the most secure environment for clients.

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Carlos Fuentes, Pega CISO

With 30 years of IT experience, Fuentes joins Pega from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he served as vice president of security and data for the U.S. Payment System. 

Fuentes was named one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in the IT industry by the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) 100 in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018.

“As Pega continues to grow, Carlos will help ensure a market-leading approach to information security,” said Ken Stillwell, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, in a press release. “ “We look forward to Carlos bringing his security leadership experience to Pega so we can continue growing our business and delivering best-in-class solutions to our clients.”  

“I look forward to enhancing Pega’s approach to security for the company and our clients so we can continue to focus on providing industry-leading tools that enable great customer experiences,” said Fuentes in a press release. 

June 25, 2019: Minneapolis hires Diaa Abu-Shaqra as CISO

Abu-Shaqra will be responsible for directing and overseeing the information security program for the city. Most recently, Abu-Shaqra worked at Wells Fargo Enterprise Information Security, where he managed teams and programs responsible for information security risk management, data loss prevention, control testing, vendor risk management, analytics and reporting. Prior to Wells Fargo, he held IT and security positions with the State of Minnesota, Best Buy, Oracle, and ITT-Tech.

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Diaa Abu-Shaqra, City of Minneapolis CISO

Abu-Shaqra holds a master’s degree in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute and has over a dozen industry certifications in technology, security, audit, engineering and more.

The shortage of cybersecurity talent and expertise is a global issue every industry and sector are facing, and public institutions are increasingly targeted by adversaries,” said Abu-Shaqra in a blog post. “I wanted to be part of the City’s IT team to help protect our assets (data, systems, infrastructure, etc.)."

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