New US CISO appointments, May 2022

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

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Dan Dennis joins Hyland as SVP and CISO
As SVP and CISO, Mr. Dennis will be responsible for evolving the information security programs and practices and protecting all corporate, customer, partner and employee data. Before joining Hyland, Mr. Dennis was VP and CISO at Benefitfocus and prior to that was CISO of the Talent Management Solutions portfolio at IBM. Mr. Dennis received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Boston College and sits on multiple boards, including the South Carolina Tech Executive Forum and Carolina CISO Leadership Board. (H/t PR Newswire)

Jessica Ferguson appointed DocuSign CISO
Prior to stepping into the CISO role, Ms. Ferguson served as Deputy CISO at DocuSign, leading the technical functions of the Trust and Security Team. She has more than 20 years of experience in IT and Information Security across security architecture, incident response and threat intelligence programs. Prior to joining DocuSign, Ms. Ferguson held various senior IT and security roles, including the Director of Threat Defense at Alaska Airlines and leading international security teams at F5 Networks and ServiceNow. She previously served on the board of the Aviation Intelligence Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC), where she helped build public-private partnerships to secure the aviation industry. (H/t LinkedIn)

Dave Bossio joins Samsara as CISO
Mr. Bossio is an industry veteran with over two decades of experience in information security and operating mission-critical services. Prior to joining Samsara, he spent over three years at Salesforce, where he served as SVP, Security Integration, driving the information security strategy across all Salesforce business units and new acquisitions. Prior to Salesforce, he spent 17 years at Microsoft, where he was head of Windows Security and Platform Integrity. In addition, he served as a Navy submarine officer, where he was responsible for directing ship and nuclear power plant operations, including personnel development, equipment installation, maintenance and training. (H/t Businesswire)

Neal Bridges joins Query.AI as CISO
In his new role, Mr. Bridges will lead the company’s security strategy and operations, and guide product development. He has more than two decades of experience in the strategic, operational, and tactical areas of cybersecurity. Throughout the course of his career, he's helped numerous organizations in the federal and commercial sectors develop and execute cybersecurity strategies and built security teams at multiple Fortune 100 companies. His areas of expertise include offensive capabilities; detection, response, and threat hunting; penetration testing; and mitigation and remediation strategies. Before joining Query.AI, Bridges held CISO positions at INE and Mondelēz International, Inc. He previously served as the senior director of global cybersecurity operations at Abbott, and managed cybersecurity and privacy engagements for PwC. He also spent a decade serving in the United States Air Force. (H/t PR Newswire)

James Saunders joins Office of Personnel Management as CISO
Mr. Saunders joins the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as its CISO. He joined the agency a year ago as a senior advisor for cloud and cybersecurity. Prior to this, Saunders held the post of CISO at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and moved to OPM in April 2021. At the SBA, Saunders worked closely with then-deputy CIO Guy Cavallo, who is now permanent CIO at OPM. While at SBA, Saunders and Cavallo worked to implement the requirements of the CARES Act as well as the IT systems for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. (H/t FedScoop)

Adam Tice Joins Colonial Pipeline as CISO
Mr. Tice joins Colonial Pipeline as its first CISO. He will oversee and be responsible for Colonial Pipeline’s information and data security program. He has a proven track record addressing the most complex and sensitive security issues in post-breach environments. He joins Colonial from Silicon Valley Bank, where he led security operations, detection and response, threat intelligence and investigations. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Tice served as SVP of cyber operations at Equifax, where he helped to build and cultivate a team of more than 130 security professionals while working to help mature and enhance the organization’s security program. Earlier in his career, Tice worked as a consultant at cybersecurity consulting firm Mandiant and at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. (H/t Compliance Week)

Aman Sirohi joins as CISO
Mr. Sirohi joins as its CISO. He brings decades of experience envisioning and delivering technology and security solutions in enterprise environments across a spectrum of industries, from retail to telecommunications to technology. Most recently, Sirohi was Senior Director of Cybersecurity at Guidewire solutions. Prior to that, he led the cybersecurity delivery team at US retail leader Ross. While at Accenture, Sirohi delivered enterprise solutions in the US and dozens of countries for such iconic global brands as Cisco, Vodafone, Verizon and Marriott. (H/t PR Newswire)

Jason Norred joins Solutions-II as CISO
Mr. Norred joins Solutions-II as its CISO. He will lead the cybersecurity practice for Solutions-II, including infrastructure and governance, business continuity and data center risk management. Norred has over 25 years of experience as an IT leader in data center, infrastructure, architecture and cybersecurity. His skillset includes the following certifications, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP), among others. (H/t GlobeNewswire)

New CISO appointents, February 2022

Patrick Beggs joins ConnectWise as CISO
Mr. Beggs joins ConnectWise as its CISO. Beggs is a cybersecurity veteran who has been focused on leading global cyber operations, he has more than 20 years of experience in information security, spanning the commercial, federal civilian, defense, law enforcement and intelligence communities. Most recently, Beggs served as Cognizant Technology’s global cyber operations executive. Prior to Cognizant, Beggs led cyber operational capabilities for AIG, Booz Allen Hamilton, Amazon Web Services and Bank of America. In the public sector, Beggs served as the first deputy director/director of operations at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). Beggs is a former Army Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer and holds a B.S. in Political Science from Radford University. (H/t GlobalNewswire)

Doug Kersten joins Appfire as CISO
Mr. Kersten has been appointed CISO of Appfire. He is an industry veteran who will instill a positive security culture and grow the company’s security and data privacy programs. Kersten will help Appfire continue to lead the way in cloud security for the Atlassian ecosystem and software developer community at large. Kersten brings more than two decades of security leadership experience to his role, having led IT and security programs for some of the world’s top financial institutions and law firms. Most recently, Kersten served as CISO for iCIMS. (H/t Business Wire)

Andre Mintz joins Meta as VP, Global Privacy Program
Mr. Mintz joins Meta as the VP, Global Privacy Program. He has more than two decades of experience building industry-leading security and privacy risk management programs. He is an internationally recognized pioneer, visionary and thought-leader in the security and privacy risk management arena. Some of the company’s Andre has held leading security positions at are, Newport Group, Red Ventures, Nuance Communications, Leviathan Security Group, Microsoft and Reuters Americas. (H/t LinkedIn)

Ben Schommer joins Magnet Forensics as CISO
Mr. Schommer has joined Magnet Forensics as CISO, bringing with him more than 20 years of international cybersecurity experience. Between 1996 and 2013, he worked in Okinawa, Japan for the US Marine Corps and SAIC in network engineering. Prior to that Schommer held deputy CISO and CISO positions at Tata Communications, FBR Capital Markets and Proxios. He will develop and lead the implementation of Magnet Forensics’ strategy for information security, while overseeing corporate, product and customer security programs. (H/t Business Wire)

Steve Earls joins People on The Move as CISO
Mr. Earls joins PPLSI, parent company of LegalShield and IDShield, as CISO. He will be responsible for the cybersecurity strategy and elevating the company’s digital security, protection and management operations and processes. Earls brings more than 25 years of technology and information security experience in both commercial and government sectors. Prior to joining PPLSI, Earls served as CISO at Ntrepid, and served in cybersecurity leadership at the CIA. (H/t New York Business Journal)

Peter Liebert joins LifeOmic as CISO
Mr. Liebert, the state's former CISO, has joined LifeOmic, an Indiana-based provider of solutions and platforms focused on healthcare. Liebert began his new role as the company's CISO last month, having been previously the CISO for Cerner Corp. Peter started his career in the U.S. military as both an officer and a civilian where he specialized in cybersecurity and cyberwarfare working for the US Navy, United States Cyber Command and the Secretary of Defense's Cyber Policy Office. Peter has since held a variety of public and private sector security roles and has served as an investor and security advisor to multiple Silicon Valley startups.  (H/t PR Newswire)

Steven Close joins CData as CISO
Mr. Close is a seasoned executive who brings over 25 years of experience in cybersecurity and engineering to his new role as CData CISO. He will be responsible for guiding the evolution of CData's comprehensive information security program to support the extensive security needs of its customers and partners. He previously served as a security executive at SolarWinds, a leading provider of IT management software, where he managed software development and security efforts for database monitoring products. He has also worked on joint security efforts with the FBI, Australia Cyber Crime, Missing Kids, and more. (H/t Yahoo)

Tyler Jacox joins MasterControl as CISO
Mr. Jacox will take on the new role of CISO from his previous role as director of information security. As a steward to safeguard sensitive information for its customers, MasterControl has created this position to manage information security in a continuously evolving landscape. Jacox brings extensive experience, including 14 years in the military serving as a member of the cyber protection team and three years working for the National Security Administration (NSA). Jacox believes that information security is a business driver for MasterControl, enabling the company to move at the pace of its customers while identifying and treating security risks. (H/t Yahoo)

New CISO appointents, January 2022

CJ Moses joins Amazon as CISO
Mr. Moses has worked for AWS for 14-plus years, has been its deputy CISO and VP of security engineering since 2016. He was AWS’s deputy CISO from March 2010 to October 2016 before becoming general manager of AWS’ government cloud. Prior to joining AWS in 2007 as senior management of virtual private cloud, Moses was an assistant section chief for the FBI for close to 4 years with a team that provided technical investigative analysis involving software and hardware. In his spare time, Moses is an avid racecar driver. (H/t CRN)

Jon France joins (ISC)² as CISO
Mr. France, CISSP, becomes the first CISO of (ISC)², where he will be responsible for leading all cybersecurity operations and will publicly represent the association, advocate for its members and promote best practices. France brings more than 25 years of experience building and leading diverse technology and security teams. Prior to joining (ISC)², France served as head of industry security for GSMA where he led the fraud and security function for the global mobile industry, served as part of the company's leadership team and supported the risk management function. Prior to that role, he was global IT & InfoSec director. Prior to that, France served as both deputy IT director and business continuity manager at LexisNexis. He earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth and is a graduate of the CIO Academy at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. (H/t Yahoo)

Elias Oxendine joins Yum! Brands as CISO
Mr. Oxendine has been promoted to CISO for Yum! Brands, he will be responsible for Yum!’s Global Technology Risk Management (GTRM) function and establishing processes designed to protect the company. Leaders reporting into Oxendine include those overseeing cybersecurity services; identity and access management; and GTRM policy and procedure implementation at Yum!’s brands across the globe. Oxendine joined Yum! in June 2020 as Director overseeing the Yum! Brands IT organization’s governance risk and compliance. Later that year, his role was expanded to include service delivery and incident response before being promoted to Senior Director, which included new responsibilities such as communicating to the Board of Directors Oversight and Audit Committees. Prior to coming to Yum! in 2020, Oxendine spent time at Brown-Forman, where he served as Global Director of IT Security and Governance, and GE growing his career in the information technology sector.  (H/t QSR Magazine)

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