Advisory Board

Venari Security's advisor network is unparalleled. 21 individuals, globally recognised for their industry expertise. The majority are investors in Venari Security, not merely advisors.

We enable our clients to access this network of talent through Cyber Consultancy, providing organisations with bespoke executive solutions that make them resilient to today’s cyber risk.

Advisory Board

  • Lane Bess

    Former Palo Alto Networks CEO and Zscaler COO

    Between 2008 and 2011, Lane was CEO of Palo Alto Networks where he led the late fundraising and scaled the company from its early go-to-market to a revenue run rate exceeding $200 million on the path to its IPO.

    Lane then joined as Chief Operating Officer of Zscaler Inc., an innovator, and leader in Cloud-based Internet security services. Lane Bess is the Principal and Founder of Bess Ventures and Advisory.

    He has spent over 30 years as an operational executive and has successfully launched start-ups and grown medium-sized businesses to large scale.

    He has extensive experience in building technology businesses in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan as well as other international regions. His considerable work in the security technology sector has made him a trusted advisor for many enterprise CIOs and CISOs.

    Lane Bess with Technology Filter
  • Paddy McGuinness

    Former UK Deputy National Security Advisor for Intelligence, Security and Resilience

    Paddy advises businesses and governments globally on data and cyber issues, business resilience, and geopolitical and regulatory risk.

    Previously, the UK’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Intelligence, Security and Resilience advising two successive British Prime Ministers on national risks and the UK’s ability to respond to and recover from all hazards and threats, he oversaw the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy and Programme, the security of CNI and overall national incident response through COBR.

    Paddy McGuinness with Technology Filter
  • Cristobal Conde

    Former CEO of Sungard

    At the start of his career, Cris successfully sold his company, Devon Systems, to SunGard in 1987 where he eventually took over as CEO bringing the total value of the business to $11B.

    Since becoming CEO of Sungard, the enthusiastic entrepreneur grew the company to a Fortune 500 company (now part of Fidelity National Information Services). After moving on from the American multinational company, he now serves as Executive in Residence at Accel where the firm invests in early tech startups.

    In addition to his involvement with Accel, Cris also advises Credit Suisse’s NEXT Investors, TPG Capital, and partakes in multiple accelerator programmes.

    Cristobal Conde with Technology Filter
  • Andreas Wuchner

    Former CISO at UBS & Novartis

    With 25+ years of cyber security experience in the enterprise world, Andreas advises cyber start-ups, businesses, and global investment funds on cyber and IT risk-related issues.

    In his professional career, Andreas worked across multiple industries such as the life sciences, financial services and IT services.

    He also served as an advisor to numerous cyber security organisations like Qualys, Armis and Cylance.

  • Ian Morris

    Serial Entrepreneur and Investor

    Ian is a serial entrepreneur having founded & sold four businesses. Ian is widely recognised as a specialist in ‘what’s next’ in cyber, with extensive knowledge of Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv start-up communities.

    His businesses have pioneered next-generational approaches and as such, have been the UK launchpad and channel for vendors such as 3Com, Ascend, Juniper, Netscreen, Neoteris, Fortinet, Palo Alto, and FireEye.

    Ian Morris with Technology Filter
  • Chris Adelsbach

    Founder and Managing Partner of Outrun Ventures

    Chris is a London-based entrepreneur, fintech investor, and mentor. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Outrun Ventures, a leading investor of early-stage fintech companies. He is also a Venture Partner at Techstars.

    Previously, he helped found and led Europe's leading fintech accelerator in partnership with Techstars and Barclays Bank.

    Chris Adelsbach with Technology Filter
  • Andreas Utermann

    Former CEO and Co-Head of Allianz Global Investors

    Currently, Andreas is a member of the BOD of Vontobel and the firm's chairman designate. Andreas was CEO and previously Co-Head of Allianz Global Investors, a global asset manager within Allianz’s asset management division.

    He was a member of the Global Executive Committee throughout his executive tenure and continued as an advisor to the firm until June 2020. Prior to joining Allianz, he spent twelve years working at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he became Global Head and CIO Equities.

    Before this, Andreas worked for several years at Deutsche Bank AG.

    Andreas Utermann with Technology Filter
  • Mike Rebeiro

    Chairman of Adoption UK and Former Norton Fulbright Lawyer

    With over 30+ years of experience as an international information and technology lawyer and author, Mike has distinguished himself as a thought leader on digital transformation advising enterprise organisations and governments across the world.

    In addition to Mike’s reputable career at the global law firm, Norton Fulbright LLP, Mike is also the Chairman of Adoption UK, an organisation that provides awareness, support, and understanding for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.

    Mike Rebeiro with Technology Filter
  • Neil Ledger

    Director at Exclusive Networks

    Throughout his distinguished career, Neil established high-growth value-added distribution businesses across the UK.

    As a well-respected entrepreneur, Neil launched Data Connectivity (acquired by Datrontech Group), equip Technologies (acquired by Matrix), and VADition (acquired by Exclusive Networks). Neil is known for building businesses that were sales-led with technical expertise that offered real value to both the channel partners and the vendors alike.

    In 2016, Neil was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth for his valiant efforts of raising over £400,000 for over 40 local and national charities.

    Neil Ledger with Technology Filter
  • Chris White

    Former Global CIO of Clyde & Co

    Chris is the former Global CIO of a number of international law firms including Clyde & Co where he managed an IT team of nearly 150 people across 40+ countries. He is an experienced and highly commercial CIO with a proven track record of delivering innovative world-class business solutions.

    Creating sustainable customer and shareholder value through digital transformation, change, and innovation. A highly skilled leader with the ability to build and lead international teams maximising team effectiveness and productivity.

    Chris advises a number of businesses on developing their IT strategies and business transformation and how to maximise value from their IT investment.

    Chris White with Technology Filter

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