New US CISO appointments, September 2021

The upper ranks of corporate security are seeing a high rate of change as companies try to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Many companies are hiring a chief security officer (CSO) or chief information security officer (CISO) for the first time to support a deeper commitment to information security.

Follow this column to keep up with new appointments to senior-level security roles and perhaps gain a little insight into hiring trends. If you have an announcement of your own that you would like us to include here, contact Amy Bennett, executive editor.

New CISO appointents, September 2021

Leo Howell joins Georgia Tech as CISO
Howell most recently served as CISO and interim chief technology officer at the University of Oregon. Before that, he held information security and audit roles at North Carolina State University. (H/t EdScoop)

Jim Nelms joins North American Dental Group as its first CISO
Nelms serves on the Board of Directors for BluePoint Security and most recently worked as CISO for healthcare diagnostics company LabCorp. He also served as CISO for the Mayo Clinic and The World Bank. (H/t Cision)

Selim Aissi joins Applied Dynamics Board of Directors
Aissi is a board member of the National Technology Security Coalition, Chairman of the mortgage risk committee for the FS-ISAC, and serves on several advisory boards. He was SVP & CISO at Ellie Mae, VP of Global Information Security at Visa, and held security leadership roles at Intel, Applied Dynamics, General Motors, and General Dynamics. (H/t

Richard Foltak adds CISO duties to his role at Dito
Foltak’s new title is SVP, head of cloud & CISO. Prior to joining the cloud service provider, Foltak was Chief Architect at Deloitte, where he helped build their Cloud Delivery Center and Managed Services practice. He also worked in technology and security leadership rolls at Verizon and Cisco. (H/t Cision)

Kevin Brown returns to SAIC as CISO
Earlier in his career, Brown was SVP and operations manager for cybersecurity at SAIC, a role he left in 2011 to join Raytheon as Vice President of its information security business. Brown most recently served as VP and CISO at medical device maker Boston Scientific. (H/t Washington Technology

Kevin Ford joins Esri as CISO
Prior to joining the mapping technology company, Ford served as North Dakota’s CISO since 2019. (H/t StateScoop

Chris Olsen joins Sphere board of directors
Olsen currently serves as ADP’s VP of global cybersecurity services and CISO. Earlier in his career, he held product management and security leadership roles at Stealthbits Technologies and Merck. (H/t Cision)

Jason Kees joins Ping Identity as CISO
Prior to joining Ping, Kees most recently served as CISO of VP of information security at Groupon. Prior to that he held security leadership roles at CBS Interactive and Oracle. (H/t Businesswire)

Shane Dwyer is the new statewide CISO for the State of Iowa
Prior to his new role with the State of Iowa, Dwyer served for six years as CISO for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. He also served as Senior Director for Information Security and Privacy Officer at Minnesota State University, Mankato and as Operations Manager with the US Air Force. (H/t StateScoop

Devin Ertel joins Menlo Security as CISO
Most recently, Ertel served as CISO at finch company Blackhawk Network. Prior to that he was head of security and IT at Guidebook. He has also worked as a security consultant at Mandiant and as penetration testing manager at the Federal Reserve. Ertel is a venture advisor at YL Ventures. (H/t Yahoo!)

Gregory Edwards named FEMA’s first CISO
Edwards joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2020 as senior technical advisor to the Office of the CIO. Prior to joining FEMA, he served as director of infrastructure services at the NATO Communications and Information Agency in Belgium. He also held leadership roles at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). (H/t Meritalk)

Jesse Kinser joins Pathwire as CISO
Prior to joining the email marketing solutions provider, Kinser was CISO at LifeOmic, a healthcare-focused software company. She is active in the bug bounty community and was featured as one of the World’s Top 100 Hackers on the NBC Nightly News. In her new role Kinser will report to Pathwire CEO Will Conway. (H/t Businesswire)

Andy Ellis joins Orca Security as Advisory CISO
Ellis is an operating partner atYL Ventures, founder and CEO of professional development company, Duha, former CSO of Akamai, and was inducted into CSO’s Hall of Fame in 2021. (H/t Orca Security)

New CISO appointents, August 2021

Pamela Fusco joins Splunk as CISO
Prior to joining Splunk, Fusco held CISO and CSO roles at Apollo Education Group, Digex, and Merck and served as executive vice president, head of global information security at Citibank. She currently serves on the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) board of directors as CFO and is a founder of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and SAFE-BioPharma. A former U.S. Navy cryptologist, Fusco began her career focused on supporting security proceedings for government and national intelligence special operations, including advising the U.S. White House. (H/t Splunk)

William Hanning joins Groups360 as CISO
Prior to joining Groups360, Hanning most recently served as AVP of information security at Ardent Health Services. (H/t Hospitality Net)

Angelica Phaneuf joins Army Software Factory as CISO
Before joining the Army Software Factory, Phaneuf served as chief of cyber security engineering for the Air Force. (H/t MeriTalk

Fermin Serna joins Databricks as CSO
Prior to joining Databricks, Serna most recently served as SVP & CISO at Citrix. Before that, he spent seven years at Google, where he led the Product Security team and four years at Microsoft as senior security software engineer. Serna is a board advisor for DeNexis, Inc.  (H/t Information Age)

John Avery joins Direct Technology as CISO
Avery has held security roles in the managed services, financial services, and health technology sectors. (H/t Techwire)

Chris White joins Tego Cyber as CISO
Prior to joining the threat intelligence platform provider, White served as deputy CISO at Interpublic Group and before that worked at EY, where he built the professional services firm’s managed security service. (H/t MSSP alert)

Rinki Sethi joins ForgeRock board of directors
Ms. Sethi is currently VP & CISO at Twitter. She also serves as a board member at OneProsper International and Women in CyberSecurity. Prior to joining Twitter, Sethi held security leadership roles at IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Intuit, and eBay. (H/t The Joplin Globe)

Larry Grossman assumes CISO role at the Federal Aviation Administration
Before stepping into the CISO role, Grossman served as the agency’s deputy director, information security & privacy since June 2014 and acting CISO since April 2019. (H/t MeriTalk)

Meron Behar joins Transmit Security as CISO, VP
Prior to joining the identity authentication provider, Behar most recently served as deputy CISO at fintech payment processor Nuvei. Before that he held security leadership roles at SafeCharge, ForeScout Technologies, Psagot Investment House, and Phoenix Insurance. (H/t BusinessWire)

Shane Swanson joins WaTech’s state Office of Cybersecurity as deputy CISO for policy & program management
Prior to joining WaTech, Swanson served as deputy CISO for the Texas Department of Information Resources and as a strategic advisor on cybersecurity for the North Dakota Information Technology Department. (H/t WaTech)

Jason Shockey joins Cenlar FSB as SVP & CISO
Before to joining the mortgage loan subservicer, Shockey held CISO roles at CyberPoint International and ProSight Specialty Insurance. Prior to that, he served in cyberspace ops and IT leadership for the US Marine Corps. (H/t DSnews)

Andre Mintz joins Absolute Software board of directors
Mr. Mintz, a former law enforcement officer and US Air Force veteran, currently serves as CISO of financial services firm Newport Group. Earlier in his career he held security leadership roles at Red Ventures, Reuters, and Kinko’s. (H/t Valdosta Daily Times)

Ron Green joins SailPoint board of directors
Mr. Green, who is currently serving as EVP and CSO of Mastercard, joins the identity and access management provider as an independent board director. He is also chairperson for the Financial Service Sector Coordination Council (FSSCC) and is a board member for the Cyber Investigation Advisory Board with the U.S. Secret Service. (H/t HelpNetSecurity)

Malcolm Harkins joins Epiphany Systems as chief security and trust officer
Prior to joining the offensive security platform provider, Harkins served as chief security and trust officer at Cymatic and Cylance. He also served as VP and chief security and privacy officer at Intel. (H/t Cision)

Ross Hosman joins Drata as CISO
Prior to joining the compliance automation provider, Hosman served as head of information security at business intelligence company Sigma Computing and at subscription platform Recurly. He also served as JPMorgan Chase’s head of cloud security and was a cloud security architect at VMware and Cisco. (H/t Cision)

Alma Cole joins Caterpillar as senior deputy CISO
Prior to joining the construction equipment manufacturer, Cole served for over four years as CISO at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Cole previously served the agency as chief systems security officer and director of the DHS security operations center. (H/t MeriTalk)

New CISO appointents, July 2021

Hardik Parekh joins Five9 as CISO
The former head of product security at Splunk, Parekh most recently served as head of information security at Rollbar. Parekh also held security roles at Intuit and Amazon. (H/t businesswire)

Kelly Isikoff joins Common Securitization Solutions as CISO

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Kelly Isikoff, CISO, Common Securitization Solutions

Isikoff joins the FinTech firm, a joint venture owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she served as Cyber Security Business and Strategy Advisor. She has also held CISO positions in the insurance/reinsurance sectors at Axis Capital and RenaissanceRe, as well as other information security leadership roles including Executive Director and CISO at JPMorgan and Senior Vice President, Global Information Security at Citigroup.  (H/t Cision)

Karl Mattson joins Noname Security as company’s first CISO
Prior to joining the API security company, Mattson held CISO roles at PennyMac Loan Services and City National Bank. He is a senior fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, is an advisory board member for Cyberstarts, and is a venture advisor at YL Ventures. (H/t globenewswire)

Jacob DePriest joins GitHub as VP, Security Operations
In his new role, DePriest will lead GitHub’s Security Operations team under CSO Mike Hanley. DePriest comes to GitHub from the National Security Agency, where he built the NSA’s Developer Experience function from the ground up and was in charge of fostering private and public sector engagement with the open source community.

JR Riding joins MultiPlan as CISO
Riding brings more than 20 years of experience in technology to the new role, most recently serving as CISO at ION Group, a global technology company with offices in 30 countries. (H/t businesswire)

Joseph Zhou joins Linode as CISO
Prior to joining the cloud hosting provider, Zhou held CISO roles at Evive, Transworld Systems, and Topco Associates. He is a cyber security graduate program advisor at Northeastern University. (H/t helpnetsecurity)

John McClure named VP and CISO at Sinclair Broadcast Group
Prior to taking the newly created role with the media giant, McClure held several security leadership roles at Laureate International Universities and most recently served as CISO. He reports to Brian Bark, SVP & CIO.

John Garstka joins the Department of Defense as acting CISO for acquisition and sustainment
Garstka, a former U.S. Air Force officer and a cybersecurity specialist, has held leadership roles within the Pentagon’s Office of the CISO since 2012, most recently as director of cyber programs. (H/t FedScoop)

Mark Breunig joins the Department of Homeland Security as cybersecurity adviser
Breunig previously served as CISO for the state of Alaska. (H/t StateScoop)

Marnie Wilking joins Virsec as Board Advisor
Wilking is the global head of security and technology risk management at Wayfair. (H/t Security Magazine)

Prakash Sethuraman joins CloudBees as CISO
Prior to joining the provider of devops tools, Sethuraman served as global head of cloud security at HSBC. (H/t helpnetsecurity)

J.R. Tietsort joins Aura as CISO
Prior to joining the security solutions provider, Tietsort most recently served as CISO of Darktrace. Before that, he held the CISO role at Micron Technology. (H/t prnewswire)

Gunter Ollmann joins Devo Technology as CSO
Prior to joining the security analytics company, Ollmann served as CSO in the CSO cloud and AI security division at Microsoft and as CSO at Vectra AI. He also held CTO positions at NCC Group, IOActive, and Damballa and was chief security strategist at working within the CTO Office at IBM.