Optiv, a provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, has expanded hired Simon Church in a bid to accelerate its international growth strategy.
He will take on the newly created role of general manager and executive vice president, Europe, and will be tasked with will establishing and growing Optiv’s presence in Europe.
Church has more than 25 years of experience running global technology and managed services programs, and spearheading sales efforts for public and private organisations. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Glasswall Solutions, where he advises the UK-based document security company on its international go-to-market strategy. He has helped numerous companies, including Vodafone and NTT Com Security, build or restructure vital business units.
“Organisations around the globe are finding themselves in the same predicament – they’ve built security infrastructures that have become massively complex, that are expensive to manage, and that perpetuate the breach epidemic,” said Dan Burns, Optiv chief executive officer. “Our global clients are looking to us to improve the consistency and effectiveness of their security programs. Optiv is uniquely positioned to help these organisations optimise their security programs and minimise costs.”
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Optiv helps clients plan, build and run cyber security programs that achieve business objectives. It provides managed security services, incident response, risk and compliance, security consulting, training and support, integration and architecture services, and security technology.
The company also helps to assist organisation with the cyber security components of The General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into effect in May this year. The legislation places new obligations on any business that handles the data of individuals living in the EU, independent of where the business is located. With data at the heart of GDPR, there are requirements for firms to have appropriate technical and organisational security measures.
Earlier this year, Optiv Security named Stu Solomon as chief technology and strategy officer (CTSO). In the new role, Soloman will be responsible for aligning and evolving Optiv’s partner strategies and related product and service offerings. He will also be tasked with addressing the architectural and operational complexity of the enterprises’ cyber security programs.
In 2016, global buyout house KKR purchased a majority stake of the business for an undisclosed sum. Following the deal, a private equity fund owned by Blackstone and Optiv management maintained a minority interests in Optiv.
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