With some of the best-known and most influential figures in the cybersecurity industry onboard, Venari Security is primed for success by fundamentally transforming organisations’ ability to accurately and quickly spot threats concealed in encrypted traffic.
- Management Team
Former CEO and Founder of UK MSSP, ITC Secure acquired in 2016 for then-record earnings. With over 25 years of experience in cybersecurity and tech, Tom has grown and scaled multiple businesses through his experience, leadership, and expert-led sales approach.
Former banking technologist and lead architect, Hiten has successfully scaled cybersecurity startups from the ground up, helping organisations such as Fortinet, FireEye, Menlo Security, and Cylance earn billion-dollar valuations. Hiten’s technical understanding of the security landscape along with his natural ability to connect with consumers, make him a valuable asset when it comes to creating effective go-to-market strategies across EMEA.
A seasoned IT professional, Simon has spent more than 20 years in IT roles across a variety of industries, such as Core Engineering at Service Providers, Consulting organisations, and at a number of leading IT Security vendors. These include senior roles at FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, and most recently Tanium. Simon has extensive experience in cybersecurity, software development, and cloud technologies.
With 20+ years of experience, Bira has successfully led multiple IT organisations across several countries, including a CIO role for a top FTSE 5 Company and a board member of a global service delivery business. More recently, Bira was the COO at ITC Secure where he helped the MSSP earn multiple distinguished awards.
Former CFO of ITC Secure, Nicola has spent 20+ years in finance and business development. Throughout her decorated career, Nicola frequently worked with private equity-backed companies where she served as a hands-on manager with a proven ability to develop and implement financial and operational processes to improve productivity and profitability in dynamic changing environments.
With 25+ years of experience within marketing and branding, Matt has led some of London's most high-profile agencies including Ogilvy, Cheil, Lowe Howard-Spink, and Innocean. Matt is also the Founder of Procreate, a creative agency that delivers creative ‘at pace’ to clients globally. The London-based marketer brings an innovative and creative attitude to Venari Security.
Formerly the Global Chief Information Security Officer of Vodafone and Global Chief Information Security Officer at Aviva, Bryan brings nearly 20 years of IT and network-related information security experience to the Venari Security team. After leaving Aviva in early 2018, Bryan now regularly advises multiple businesses such as CyLon, Legal & General, Cy’BEER, and Cambridge Cyber Advisers.
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. He is Senior Adviser at Brunswick Group. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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