New US CISO appointments, June 2022

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

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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)

Chris Lugo joins Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as VP and CISO
Mr. Lugo has been named VP and CISO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). He will be responsible for information security and privacy, business continuity, risk and compliance activities. He’ll collaborate with the 35 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to coordinate information security policies, procedures and compliance activities. Lugo brings extensive technical and leadership experience to BCBSA across multiple industries, including science and technology, hospitality and financial services. Prior to joining the Association, Lugo served as the vice president and global CISO of Danaher Corporation, where he oversaw the global information security, cyber risk and compliance program. Lugo was recently included in the Business of Infosec’s 2021 Global Top 100 Leaders in Information Security report. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in information technology from Northwestern University. (H/t Becker’s Hospital Review)

Bryan Payne joins BetterUp as CISO
Dr. Payne joins BetterUp in a newly created CISO role to oversee all aspects of information security including product and enterprise security, customer trust, compliance and overall cyber risk management. Payne has focused his entire career on computer security and data privacy, most recently at Netflix where he served as Engineering Director, Product and Application Security. During his tenure, he led the organization’s pioneering global scalable programs that covered product security for all software created at the company, customer fraud and abuse protections, infrastructure security, critical software services, and security program management. Prior to that, Dr. Payne was Director of Security Research at Nebula, Inc. (H/t Yahoo)

Antonio Anderson joins Somos as VP, Information Security & IT
Mr. Anderson joins Somos as VP, Information Security & IT. He will lead the information security program for Somos focusing on implementing modern security policies and practices to safeguard critical information. As a visionary change agent and technical subject matter expert, Antonio provides both strong technical capabilities as well as strategic thought leadership. With over 20 years of IT and cybersecurity experience at global companies in a range of industries, including telecommunications, he has been instrumental in promoting enterprise risk management as well as in implementing best practices that effectively manage risk, prevent exposure and protect investments. (H/t citybiz)

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)

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