Onstott Group Finds Chief Strategy Officer for Mimecast

May 29, 2018 – The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, has placed Christina Van Houten as chief strategy officer of Mimecast Limited, an email and data security company. Managing director Scott Tucker led the assignment.

“Almost every organization is struggling to build truly sustainable cyber resilience,” said Peter Bauer, CEO of Mimecast. “Maintaining security, governance and operational resilience across an evolving IT estate is expensive and often inconvenient. At the same time attackers, technical failures and human errors work against IT and security teams that are already battling to attract and retain skilled personnel to do the job. Yet too often these teams are drowning in complexity – complexity compounded by well-intentioned, but narrowly focused vendors solving individual issues.”

Mimecast seeks to help customers by delivering solutions that help make cyber resilience for email much easier and more affordable with the company’s unique platform, MimeOS, said Mr. Bauer. “Christina’s experience in driving innovation on a consistent large scale technology platform, delivering a rich integrated suite and solving emerging customer problems is invaluable to us in this new role,” he said.

New Role

Ms. Van Houten is charged with driving corporate development, product management and market strategy as part of building out Mimecast’s email security, archive and cyber resilience cloud platform.

Ms. Van Houten is a veteran of the enterprise technology industry, bringing more than two decades of experience with some of the world’s largest firms, including Oracle, IBM and Infor Global Solutions, as well as Netezza and ProfitLogic, the entrepreneurial companies that were acquired by them. Prior to entering the technology sector, she was focused on public interest work with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Washington, D.C. city government, the U.S. Treasury Department and several political campaigns.


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The Onstott Group provides recruitment services for businesses across a number of sectors, including aerospace/ defense, technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech, manufacturing, consumer, business services, non-profit, higher education, venture capital, private equity and high growth companies. Based in the Boston area, with offices in Greenwich and Houston, the firm has filled senior-level roles for an array of clients, clients including American Science & Engineering, MorphoTrust USA, Dyn, Paytronix Systems, Valore, Vicon Industries, Demandware, Welch’s, Bose Corp. and Direct Energy, among a host of others.

Mr. Tucker has over 15 years of experience in training, marketing and sales. He has worked with both early stage and Fortune 500 companies. During his tenure at the Onstott Group, he has completed a myriad of search assignments, ranging from president roles to C-level and vice president positions in sales & marketing, finance, operations and human resources. He focuses on identifying executives within technology, software, renewable energy, high growth and portfolio companies within venture capital and private equity firms.

New Officer Level Roles

A handful of new C-suite titles have been cropping up at businesses around the globe, according to leading search consultants. A recent report by Odgers Berndtson found that executives climbing the corporate ladder are in hot pursuit of titles that include the words “chief” and “officer.” Among them: chief happiness officer, chief privacy officer, chief people officer, chief digital officer, chief knowledge officer, chief customer officer, chief luminary officer, chief innovation officer and chief observance officer.

Kodak and Dell a few years ago appointed chief listeners; Facebook has chief privacy officers; Microsoft has a chief people officer; Coca-Cola has a chief quality and product integrity officer. Steve Jobs called himself chief know-all.

Here is an overview of unique officer-level positions being filled by leading recruitment firms from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Beverly Hills, CA-based executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has placed Courtney Gruber as the new chief retail officer for drybar, a blowout hair salon chain. Ventura founder and partner Julie Ford led the search. The chief retail officer role, more commonly known as vice president of retail, encompasses running all retail operations.

Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to lead in its search for a chief compliance officer. Consultants Geralyn Franklin and Alan Medders are leading the assignment. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a general academic university of the University of Texas System.

Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to lead in its search for a chief program officer. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading the assignment. LAHSA is committed to ending homelessness through leadership, advocacy, and management of program funding.

Freehold, NJ-based Prodigy Sports, a nationwide leader in top-level sports recruiting, has placed Gord Lang as chief growth officer with Engine Shop. Founder and chief executive officer Scott Carmichael led the search. Mr. Lang had been chief growth officer at Octagon Marketing, which he joined in 2001.

The housing group Win, formerly Women In Need, has been transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless families for more than 30 years. The organization recently enlisted executive recruitment firm Bridge Partners to find a chief program officer. Partner and co-founder Tory Clarke is leading the search along with partner Janet Albert.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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