New CISO appointments, February 2023

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

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Keith Brautigam named Penn State University CISO
Before stepping into the CISO role, Mr. Brautigam served as director of identity and access management (IAM) at the University and was a member of the CISO leadership team. He came to Penn State after departing his IAM role at the University of Iowa. Brautigam is a certified information systems security professional with two decades of experience in IT and cybersecurity. He has been in leadership positions within Penn State for the past eight years, during which he established the University’s IAM program. Brautigam is currently pursuing his MBA and master's certificate in strategic leadership through Penn State's World Campus and the Smeal College of Business, which he expects to complete later this year. Brautigam received his bachelor of arts degree in communications and media studies from the University of Iowa. (H/t Penn State University)

Charles Miller joins Blackbaud as CISO
Mr. Miller is active in the cybersecurity community and a sought-after expert. With a background in the financial services industry, Miller has been instrumental in successful mergers, public cloud adoption, digital transformation and driving best-in-class cybersecurity. He has experience in security operations, data configuration management, application security and data protection. Miller most recently served as SVP of Cybersecurity at Truist. Prior to that, he was SVP of Cybersecurity for SunTrust and supported cybersecurity efforts at Capital One and Verizon. (H/t Security Magazine)

New CISO appointments, April 2022

Ray Yepes joins State of Colorado as CISO
Mr. Yepes previously served as CISO for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and was co-founder and director of ATX Forensics LLC, a full-service cybersecurity company whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has also served as the CISO for Fortune 200 company Waste Management, Inc. and was the VP of Professional Services at CyberEvidence, Inc. Yepes holds a Master of Science in criminal justice and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Sam Houston State University, as well as associate of science and associate of arts degrees from North Harris Montgomery Community College. He also holds certifications including InfoSec’s Evaluation Methodology (IEM) and Assessment Methodology (IAM), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). (H/t Colorado OIT)

Stan Black joins Delinea as CISO
Prior to joining the privileged access management provider, Mr. Black held the CISO role at Lattice Security and provided executive security consulting and advisory services for private equity, commercial and research firms. He previously was CSO and CIO at Citrix for six years, leading global operational security and risk management. Black has held several C-level security and technology positions over the past 15 years including Nuance Communications, EMC, RSA, Forcepoint and more. (H/t MartechSeries)

Lori Havlovitz joins GSK as CISO Consumer Healthcare
Prior to GSK, Ms. Havlovitz was VP and CISO at Cardnial Health, and she currently holds a board member position with the National Technology Security Coalition. (H/t LinkedIn)

Mike Towers named Chief Digital Trust Officer at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International
Mr. Towers has been promoted to a new role at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International as its first Chief Digital Trust Officer. Towers is a passionate executive with over 25 years of IT experience in multinational biopharmaceutical and life sciences environments. He is proficient in global information security leadership, focused in the areas of digital resilience, intellectual property protection, data privacy, and a trusted experience for patients and physicians. Prior to joining Takeda Pharmaceuticals International he held security positions with Allergen, GlaxoSmithKline and SmithKline Beecham.  (H/t LinkedIn)

Greg Notch joins Expel as CISO
Most recently, Mr. Notch led cybersecurity operations at the National Hockey League. As Expel’s CISO, Notch will be responsible for ensuring the security of Expel's systems, as well as keeping customers educated on the threat landscape and latest techniques for mitigating risk in their environments. Notch brings over 20 years of experience in technology and information security, helping companies large and small through all three dot-com booms. In his previous role, Notch spent 15 years as the CISO and SVP of Technology at the NHL. Prior to the NHL, Notch worked on infrastructure, security and software systems for Apple, Yahoo Search, eMusic, and several other New York-based technology startups. (H/t WVNews)

New CISO appointments, March 2022

Brett Conlon joins American Century Investments as CISO
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Conlon held CISO positions at Evanta and Edelman Financial Services and spent five years working for the FBI in cybersecurity.  (H/t LinkedIn)

Robert J. Finnegan, Sr. joins Delaware River Port Authority as CSO
Captain Finnegan has been named Chief Security/Safety Officer (CSO) at the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA). As CSO, Finnegan will manage the DRPA’s strategic planning efforts related to security and safety preparedness and oversee the agency’s Public Safety, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, and Safety departments. Finnegan is the first Chief Security/Safety Officer at the organization. He joined the DRPA Police Department as a Police Officer in 1992. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000, Lieutenant in 2010, and Captain in 2017. In 2016 and 2017, he served as the Acting Director of DRPA’s Homeland Security & Emergency Management Department. He has earned more than 130 specialized police training certificates and received more than 30 letters of commendations and law enforcement service awards. (H/t Security Magazine)

David Stoicescu joins Deepwatch as CISO
Mr. Stoicescu joins Deepwatch as CISO. He has a wealth of experience in designing and leading IT and information security practices at organizations from global tech companies to startups. Stoicescu will oversee the planning, production, and execution of all information security related initiatives for Deepwatch. Previously, Stoicescu was Deputy CISO at Expel. He brings more than 16 years of experience to Deepwatch with expertise in establishing programs that scale for high growth, leading and executing strategies that strengthen security while enabling business. (H/t BusinessWire)

Sailaja Kotra-Turner joins Brown-Forman Corporation as CISO
Ms. Kotra-Turner has been appointed Brown-Forman Corporation’s CISO. Kotra-Turner has been with Brown-Forman since September 2020 as global director, IT security and governance. Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Kotra-Turner’s leadership focused on IT Security teams in the areas of security engineering, operations and strategy, security awareness, and identity management. She honed her skills at Brinker International where she headed their IT security efforts, as well as at Texas Instruments, where she held various security and IT roles. (H/t BusinessWire)

Rinki Sethi joins as VP & CISO

Rinki Sethi, VP and CISO,

Rinki Sethi, VP and CISO,

In her new role, Ms. Sethi will lead the global information security and technology functions, overseeing the protection of’s customer, partner, and employee data assets, and will advise the company on security and technology innovations. She will report to SVP of Engineering Vinay Pai. Prior to joining the financial software provider, Sethi most recently served as VP and CISO at Twitter and Rubrik Inc. (H/t

Alex Loizou joins Medibank as CISO
In his new role, Mr. Loizou will direct Medibank’s security strategy and oversee security operations, business engagement and the company's security uplift. He will also lead the team responsible for security controls and capabilities. Mr. Loizou most recently worked at Flybuys where he was head of security for two years. Prior to Flybuys, Loizou held senior security roles at Bupa, ANZ and ME Bank. (H/t it news)

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)

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