New CISO appointments

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

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October 18, 2017: Gene Fredriksen moves from CISO to chief information security strategist at PSCU

Fredriksen’s new role is part of an effort at the largest credit union service organization (CUSO) in the U.S. to further strengthen its information security and compliance (IS&C) teams. In this newly created role, Fredriksen will report on several strategic functions primarily focused on relating PSCU’s perspective and stance on cybersecurity to existing clients, prospective clients, consultants in the credit union space and the industry as a whole.

Fredriksen has over 25 years of information technology experience, with the past 20 focused in information security. He joined PSCU in 2013. Since then, he has grown the IS&C teams and service offerings, implemented advanced tools and processes, and advanced PSCU’s relationship with numerous partners. His previous roles include global CISO for Tyco International, VP of technology risk management and CSO for Raymond James Financial, and adviser on various cybersecurity steering committees for the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Fredriksen has served on the R&D committee for the Financial Services Sector Steering Committee of the Department of Homeland Security and was recently appointed to represent credit unions in the Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience.

“PSCU’s Information Security & Compliance teams have evolved into a world-class operation, and this is in large part thanks to Gene’s leadership,” said David Bryant, PSCU’s newly appointed CISO, in a press release. “I look forward to working closely with Gene and the rest of the IS&C teams to ensure the highest level of service and security for our Member-Owners and their members alike.”

October 17, 2017: Ely Pinto joins Leumi as CISO 

In this role, Pinto is responsible for leading and executing the bank’s information and cybersecurity programs, and will also be tasked with redeploying an end-to-end information security program. Pinto reports directly to Martin Droney, Leumi’s chief operations and technology officer. The two will work together on developing and expanding the bank’s established information and data security culture with a risk-based approach.

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Ely Pinto, Leumi CISO

“Cybersecurity is a critical area of focus at Leumi, and we are pleased to have Ely on board as we continue to build our bank-wide information security infrastructure,” said Droney in a press release. “Ely’s extensive experience in financial services and technology will bolster Leumi’s information security efforts at a time when banks need to be hypervigilant in the face of heightened cyber activity.”

Pinto brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in providing security solutions at large financial and corporate institutions. Most recently, he spent 12 years as an information security specialist at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, where he had also previously served as a solutions architect. In these roles, he was responsible for developing the strategic direction of the bank's cybersecurity program and the overall security of bank systems, data and networks. Pinto also led the design and implementation of new security technologies and spearheaded security integration and risk mitigation efforts across all technology platforms and business applications, including cloud-based technologies.

October 9, 2017: John O’Driscoll named first CISO of Australia’s Victoria state

The appointment of a CISO is part of a shift in Victoria’s cyber security strategy from an agency-by agency approach to a whole-of-government approach, to better protect public services and information. As CISO, O’Driscoll will focus on leading collaboration across Victoria’s departments and agencies helping with ongoing work to assess, monitor and respond to cyber security risks, as well as engaging with Commonwealth and private sector experts to deliver a resilient and cohesive cyber security environment.

Other key actions from the Cyber Security Strategy that will be led by the CISO include:

  • Develop cyber emergency governance arrangements with Emergency Management Victoria, so that risks are better understood and planned for as part of ongoing work to protect government assets and services
  • Strengthening partnerships across all levels of government and the private sector to share best practice, intelligence and insights
  • Rationalizing and better coordinating the procurement of proven cyber security services
  • Developing a workforce plan to attract, develop and retain skilled cyber security public sector workers
  • Presenting a quarterly cyber security briefing to the Victorian Secretaries Board and the State Crisis and Resilience Committee, so government is better informed of cyber security issues and assessments. 

“John O’Driscoll’s extensive experience working across information technology and cyber security make him ideally suited to be Victoria’s first Chief Information Security Officer, as we seek to secure government services,” said Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings in a press release. 

October 3, 2017: Former Salesforce CSO Brendan O’Connor named ServiceNow security CTO.

O’Connor will lead ServiceNow’s efforts to help enterprises rethink security operations and reduce business risk. ServiceNow Security Operations enables customers to connect security and IT teams, respond faster and more efficiently to threats, and get a definitive view of their security posture. O’Connor will help ServiceNow introduce automation to the security response workflow, elevate the role of security teams, and better orchestrate threat response.

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Brendan O'Connor, ServiceNow security CTO

Before joining ServiceNow, O’Connor spent 10 years at Salesforce where he led Salesforce's global information security organization as CSO. Prior to his role as CSO, O’Connor was vice president of product security at Salesforce. He has also worked in the financial services and communications sectors as a vulnerability researcher, security engineer, and privacy advocate. 

“I joined ServiceNow because I want to help enterprises rethink security operations and how they manage risk in the age of cloud computing,” said O’Connor in a blog post. “We can provision infrastructure with the press of a button and deploy workloads to the cloud in minutes.  Our security operations need to keep up.  As a former CSO, I am acutely aware of how important it is to respond quickly to new threats and scale security to meet the needs of the business.”

September 28, 2017: Societe General appoints French air force general Antoine Creux as CSO

Creux joins Societe Generale in the newly created role to help improve bank’s defenses against cyber attacks and to mitigate other risks. Prior to Societe Generale,  Creux spent 38 years with the French Defence Ministry, and he was named Chief Inspector of the Armed Services in 2015. Creux will also serve as a member of the bank’s management committee. "In a time of increasing challenges in terms of safety for assets, individuals and information systems, his mission will be to ensure that Societe Generale continues to adopt the most appropriate strategic and operational answers to protect the Group's assets," the bank said in a press release. 

September 27, 2017: Phillip Mazzocco joins Peraton executive team as CSO

Mazzocco is expected to lead Peraton’s compliance programs and ensure the safety of its employees, data, and assets. “Phil brings to Peraton more than 20 years of experience providing industrial security for Fortune 500 companies,” said Stu Shea, Peraton CEO, in a press release. “He understands full-spectrum security – the complex interplay among such aspects as risk management, crisis management, program security, international operations, training and insider threat.”

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Phil Mazzocco, Peraton CSO

Mazzocco comes to Peraton from Leidos, where he served as vice president, Sector Security, leading security operations across a multi-customer $4 billion portfolio of national security programs. Most recently, he managed the security team fundamental to the multi-billion-dollar modernization of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems for the Department of Defense. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Industrial Security Working Group.

Mazzocco earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the John Carroll University and completed Master of Arts coursework in Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University.

September 21, 2017: McDonald’s names Timothy Youngblood CISO 

Youngblood will lead global food service retailer McDonald Corp.’s global information security organization. Reporting to the executive VP of operations, digital and technology, he will work closely with the McDonald's senior leadership team and board of directors to drive information security strategy and operations. Youngblood oversees risk management and brand protection on a global scale for the company.  

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Timothy Youngblood, McDonalds CISO

He has 30 years of industry experience ranging from cyber security strategy and operations, product security, IT audit, disaster recovery, risk assessment, and management consulting. Youngblood has served in multiple industries across his career including financial services, healthcare, oil/gas, retail, and manufacturing. 

Prior to McDonald's, Youngblood was the CISO for Kimberly Clark Corp., and was also the CISO for Dell, Inc. Timothy has held leadership roles at KPMG LLP, EDS, and Siemens Medical Services. He serves on the top security boards in the industry and has been recognized as a top ten CISO leader and 100 top global CISO’s in the industry. 

“McDonald’s is rapidly transforming into the next wave of customer experience and digital platforms,” says Youngblood. “The leadership recognizes the importance of maintaining customer loyalty and trust with cyber security and information risk management being critical foundational elements.  I’m proud to lead the organization that supports this for one of the leading brands globally.” 

September 21, 2017: James Donnelly appointed CISO of fscom 

As CISO at fscom, which provides regulatory advisory services to UK financial institutions, Donnelly will be responsible for helping clients understand and meet their obligations to protect and uphold the data rights and freedoms of their customers and employees. With the introduction of a second Payment Service Directive (PSD2) in the new year and applications for re-authorization opening in October, Donnelly will also work directly with firms to identify what sensitive payment data they are holding and the sufficiency of their information and technology security. 

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James Donnelly, fscom CISO

With 13 years' experience as an IT and information security manager, Donnelly is an expert in guiding companies through the process of developing strategic, appropriate, and compliant IT information security management systems. He has had responsibility for both delivering an IT infrastructure and developing and implementing the strategic governance of the technology and information systems in a non-departmental public body. 

Prior to joining fscom, Donnelly was the IT manager for the Consumer Council, where he successfully led the project to implement ITIL best practices to align the IT services with the needs of the organization. He is also a Certified ISO 27001 lead implementer, certified GDPR practitioner and Prince2 project management practitioner. 

“James brings a wealth of expertise to fscom, that we believe will add huge value to our clients in the coming months and years. With GDPR around the corner, James can provide compliance officers with clarity and practical advice to ensure they meet their regulatory and legal obligations,” said CEO Jamie Cooke in a press release. 

September 18, 2017: GE Digital promotes Nasrin Rezai to VP and global chief information and product cyber security officer

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Nasrin Rezai, GE Digital VP and global chief information and product cyber security officer


Rezai has held the position of GE chief information security officer since 2016. Previously, Rezai was the global chief information security officer for GE Capital and GE Corporate before moving to her current position. Prior to GE, Rezai worked for twenty years in Technology Risk, Strategy and Operations and senior management roles at State Street Bank, Cisco Systems, and Hewlett Packard Company.

Rezai holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in information technology and computer science. She also holds an executive certification from Harvard and Cambridge.

September 18, 2017: Rob Hopps named OWNZONES Media Network’s first CSO

In the newly created role of CSO and senior VP, platform operations, Hopps will oversee all information security, infrastructure and technology operations at OWNZONES, an OTT EntTech company that provides technology and media solutions for the motion picture, television, and digital content creation industries. He is based at the company’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA.

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Rob Hopps, OWNZONES Media Networks CSO

“We are excited to have Rob as our first chief security officer,” said Dan Goman, CEO, in a press release. “Rob’s newly created role underscores our commitment to protect our clients. OWNZONES will now have stronger oversight over the secure technology used across all of its OTT platforms and ensure the best and most up-to-date security is employed at all times. Rob has extensive experience and knowledge in handling cyber security threats and creating security roadmaps with exceptional organizational leadership and technology management skills.”

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