March 6, 2016 – Hunt Scanlon Media, a global market research provider focused on executive search and C-suite hiring, today released its first-ever ranking of cybersecurity recruiting specialists. Twenty leading search firms were inducted into Hunt Scanlon’s inaugural ‘Cyber 20’ based on market reputation and dedication to finding best-in-class cybersecurity leaders. The ranking can be found in the company’s special edition of Executive Search Review.
“The hunt for seasoned cybersecurity talent has seen a dramatic increase in the last two to three years,” said Scott A. Scanlon, the report’s editor-in-chief. “This comes as companies have put a greater emphasis on, and given higher priority to, corporate security. But stepped-up demand is exceeding the available talent supply by a widening margin.” Therein is the opportunity, and tremendous challenge, for recruiters dedicated to the sector.
Mr. Scanlon said that as corporate cyberattacks grow in magnitude, complexity, and frequency, massive security lapses have left many companies vulnerable and exposed. “To address this risk, executive recruiters are leveraging their networks to identify next-generation leaders in the space,” he said.
“Cybersecurity is quickly transforming from an independent corporate function to a full-fledged integrated business sector,” said Mr. Scanlon. “That’s the biggest shift we’ve seen and why companies have been caught flat-footed and short on talent.”
“Information security is the ultimate competitive advantage of the 21st century,” said Mr. Scanlon. “The hunt for top-flight cybersecurity talent is therefore the crowing management challenge of our times.” Mr. Scanlon said high demand and a short talent supply line is leading to a ‘bidding war’ for cybersecurity talent throughout the security and risk sectors.
Below is a list of the cybersecurity practice leaders included in this year’s Hunt Scanlon Cyber 20 ranking:
Heidrick & Struggles
Matt Aiello is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington D.C. office, specializing in the recruitment of national and global senior-level technology, engineering and operations executives. He currently co-leads the firm’s cybersecurity practice and leads the Americas Information and Technology Officers Practice. With more than a decade of executive search experience, Matt has led numerous chief information and technology officer searches – and their direct reports.
Aileen Alexander is a senior client partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Korn Ferry, where she co-lead’s the firm’s cybersecurity center of expertise and specializes in the aerospace, aviation & defense sector. She also has expertise in the financial services, government services and board services sectors as it adheres to military veteran talent. In delivering integrated talent management solutions, Aileen partners with a diverse client-base as an advisor focused on building and developing effective leadership teams at the C-suite and senior executive levels.
Jim Bethmann is managing partner at Caldwell Partners where he currently co-leads the TMT & IT services and information security practices and focuses on recruiting board directors and C-suite executives in software, IT services, cloud/outsourcing, internet/media, telecommunications, hardware/systems and defense markets on a global basis. Previously, he held leadership roles at Heidrick & Struggles, Highland Partners, Korn Ferry and Russell Reynolds Associates.
Kal Bittianda is a consultant with Egon Zehnder who heads up the firm’s cybersecurity search practice which focuses on technology and communications, specifically the systems, software & services, and digital segments. He also serves in Egon Zehnder’s private equity and financial services practices. Kal conducts executive search and provides leadership development services to help companies leverage technology to drive growth, transformation and innovation, while managing emerging leadership opportunities/challenges, such as cybersecurity and big data.
Julie Bridgen is managing director and chief executive officer of Bridgen Group, a Canadian based cybersecurity search firm. Businesses come to Bridgen Group seeking assistance in finding a number of security and risk professionals, including CISO, CIO, CDO, among other senior level positions in an effort to minimize risk and implement workforce planning strategies that include cyber response teams. Prior to founding Bridgen Group, Julie worked for The Staffing Exchange, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and Transunited Executive Search.
Joyce Brocaglia is the founder and CEO of Alta Associates. Founded in 1986, the firm has become the most one of the prominent boutique executive search firm specializing in information security, IT risk management and privacy. Joyce is a strategic advisor to her clients who has gained the trust and respect of the industry’s most influential executives by accomplishing their strategic and diverse hiring goals. She is a career advisor to industry thought leaders and a trusted member of the information security, risk management and privacy industry.
Russell Reynolds Associates
Matt Comyns is the global cybersecurity practice leader at Russell Reynolds Associates. Matt recruits chief information security officers and next level down top lieutenants in information security for large global corporations and fast-growing private companies. He also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms and top executives for cybersecurity technology companies. Matt is a leader within the firm’s consumer, digital & media practice; he has a track record of recruiting digital leaders for companies seeking transformative talent.
Jamey Cummings is a senior client partner in Korn Ferry’s global technology practice. He co-leads the firm’s global cybersecurity practice and is also a member of the firm’s aviation, aerospace & defense and information officers practices. Jamey is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information technology as well as information security & risk management talent at all levels, including the board of directors.
Dave Feligno is vice president and manages the information security practice at 680 Partners. His career in the technology and executive search arenas stretches back over 10 years. In that time, Dave has crafted for himself a reputation for penetrating analysis and sure-footed decisiveness, along with an extensive network of professional contacts across a wide range of industries and endeavors. Prior to his work at 680 Partners, Dave worked for and advised several leading technology companies.
Tom Figueroa is a partner and leader of the cybersecurity practice at JM Search. He has over 20 years of experience recruiting senior executives. He has helped build the executive leadership teams of technology companies since 1996, primarily focused on board, CEO and other C-level searches for clients. Prior to joining JM Search in 2003, Tom spent seven years at Kenexa, the last three years as a director leading their technology executive search practice.
Benchmark Executive Search
Jeremy King is founder and president of Benchmark Executive Search. He specializes at the intersection of VC/PE backed innovators, government contractors, and federal mission needs. Jeremy has developed trusted relationships with government and industry insiders, particularly within the intelligence, DoD and national security communities and has a top secret clearance. He has worked with over 300 VC backed startups and 50 PE backed growth companies — and is now turning his sights on assisting Fortune 1000 companies with their security and risk management challenges.
Anthony Laudico is the leader of Spencer Stuart’s global digital practice, and is also a member of the firm’s private equity and North American board and CEO practices. Anthony has recruited more than 100 senior level digital executives across multiple industries, geographies and functions with a focus on CEOs and boards. A former senior executive in the technology and digital industry, Anthony is adept at advising companies and boards on the leadership challenges and opportunities brought about by digital transformation.
Kathy Lavinder founded SI Placement in 2000 after working as an investigator with a leading investigations firm in the 1990s. After a decade of conducting and managing complex investigations for corporations, financial institutions, and law firms, Kathy turned to the challenges of talent acquisition. She focuses on finding high caliber investigators (anti-fraud, anti-money laundering, financial misconduct, electronic investigation, forensic accounting, due diligence, and litigation support), as well as senior level security management.
Tony Leng is a managing director of Diversified Search and in charge of the firm’s technology and private equity practices. He also leads the firm’s San Francisco office. Previously, Tony was managing partner of Hodge Partners and headed up the CIO, technology and private equity practices within the firm. Tony’s clients include public and private companies where he has placed CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and other C-level executives.
In 2001 Dean Madison founded TD Madison & Associates on the principal of providing a more predictable approach for evaluating the culture, strategic fit and qualifications of potential candidates for key senior level positions within the cable and telecom industries. Prior to founding the firm, Dean was a senior partner of the global telecommunications executive search firm Warren, Morris & Madison for 14 years. Dean provides recruiting services and leadership consulting to Fortune 500 companies and emerging growth organizations.
Peter Metzger serves as vice chairman of DHR International and is based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining DHR, Pete was vice chairman at CTPartners. His clients include large public companies and privately-held firms spanning a wide range of industries. His personal relationships with national business and political leaders, and board chairs provide his clients with the best possible choices in forming their leadership teams.
Veronica Mollica is an executive information security recruiter and the founder of Indigo Partners. She has been in the recruiting industry for over 15 years, excelling at several national firms before opening Indigo’s doors in 2003. She was named to CT Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2011 and prior to building a national niche in senior information security leadership, her firm was twice voted the Top Employment Search Firm in Fairfield County for her exceptional track record in IT search, integrity, and personalized approach to the search process.
Andy Price recruits CEOs, board directors and senior officer level executives for companies in information technology (all things cloud, security, storage, software, comms, etc.), consumer technology and sustainability related sectors. Andy has been doing executive search for 20 years and has completed more than 500 searches. He’s seen it all: from all things enterprise and cloud, to mobile, to digital media, to sustainability. He’s run high profile CEO searches and built entire teams for raw startups, and everything in between.
Alexander Ross is the founder and practice leader of the global security specialty practice at Kaye/Bassman International. Alexander began his career in recruitment in 2003 with MRI Worldwide where he launched a new security recruitment practice, winning awards such as Rookie of the Year and setting production records within the firm. Alexander then founded Globus Search in 2006; the company quickly became a leading recruiting firm within the European security recruitment sector. Alexander joined Kaye/Bassman in 2011.
Heidrick & Struggles
Phil Schneidermeyer is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a member of the life sciences and information officers practices. Phil’s life sciences experience focuses on hospital systems including for-profit and not-for-profit as well as faith-based systems and academic medical centers. He also works with leading technology vendors in the life sciences industry and supports clients in the payer, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Phil joined Heidrick & Struggles with the acquisition of Highland Partners where he was a managing director.
Stephen Spagnuolo is the managing partner in charge of the cybersecurity search and advisory practice at ZRG Partners. Stephen brings talent solutions to his clients, ranging from early stage startup to emerging growth to mid and large global platforms. In doing so, he leverages his deep and extensive network across the Wall Street community and U.S. national security organizational structure. Prior to ZRG, Stephen was the founder and managing principal of SASearch Advisors, a strategic leadership advisory firm.
Alan Work launched Work&Partners in 2002, building on his then 20 plus years as a leader in the executive search business. In focusing on the development of C-level teams, Alan has filled roles at the level of managing director, partner, vice president and president. His expertise spans a range of industries and includes deep knowledge of the management consulting, technology consulting, financial services, information security, risk management and telecommunications sectors.
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