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CISO movements, new appointments and exits at India's top enterprise IT companies

CSO Online brings to you the comprehensive list of CISO/CSO movements and new appointments in the cybersecurity space.

With cybersecurity taking center stage across the enterprise, the role of the CISO is becoming increasingly complex and challenging, but exciting, nonetheless. We recognize the fact that it’s imperative for the new age CISO to stay updated on new appointments and executive movements in the world of cybersecurity.

CISO Movements is an ongoing compilation through which you can keep track of security heads on the move. If you’d like to share or contribute to news on security executive movements, feel free to drop a mail to soumik_ghosh@idgindia.com.

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March 2019
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Aditya Khullar OYO Rooms

Name: Aditya Khullar

Designation: Head - Cybersecurity

Company: OYO Rooms

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Paytm’s former tech security leader, Aditya Khullar has been appointed as the head of cybersecurity at India’s largest hotel network – OYO Rooms. 

In the past, Khullar has worked for various global firms such as Aricent Technologies, HCL Infosystems, Bank of America and Interglobe Enterprises.

Former Paytm security leader Aditya Khullar joins OYO Rooms as Head-Cybersecurity

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December 2018 
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Sunil Varkey

Name: Sunil Varkey

Designation: CISO

Company: Wipro

CSO movement Quit

Sunil Varkey, who was most recently VP and Chief Information Security Officer at Wipro, has joined enterprise security player Symantec as its new CTO and security strategist for emerging regions.

Prior to his 5-year long stint at Wipro, Varkey was the head of information security and privacy at Idea Cellular. 

Former Wipro CISO Sunil Varkey joins Symantec as CTO - Emerging Regions

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November 2018 
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Name: Shivanath Somanathan

Designation: CISO

Company: FreshworkShivanath Somanathan

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Shivanath Somanathan has joined Freshwork as its new CISO. Prior to his appointment, Somanathan was the CISO for India operations at Tata Communications.

In his current role, the cybersecurity veteran with over two decades of experience will be manning the helm for information security, governance, risk and compliance related to product development and production infrastructure.

Freshwork appoints Shivanath Somanathan as its new CISO

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April 2018
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Delzad P Mirza
Name: Delzad P Mirza

Designation: Group CISO

Company: Shapoorji Pallonji Group

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Delzad P Mirza has been appointed as the head of information security for Shapoorji Pallonji Group and has plans to build the entire security team from scratch.

Prior to being appointed as the Head of Information Security and Compliance, Mirza was an Associate Project Manager Info Security & Compliance at Tata Technologies.

 

Delzad P Mirza is group CISO at Shapoorji Pallonji Group
 

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March 2018
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David Gee

Name: David Gee

Designation: APAC cyber head

Company: HSBC

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Former Metlife Asia CIO, David Gee, has joined HSBC Commercial Banking as its APAC regional head of cybersecurity.

Gee recently left his position as senior VP and CIO at Metlife Asia after a one-and-a-half year stint with the company in Tokyo, Japan. In his new role, Gee is responsible for providing cyber and information security leadership across APAC and implementing the group’s strategy.

David Gee new APAC cyber head at HSBC

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March 2018
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Michael Coates

Name: Michael Coates

Designation: CISO

Company: Twitter

CSO movement Quit

Twitter’s chief information security officer, Michael Coates has quit the company with plans to co-found his own security venture post the exit.

Coates joined Twitter in 2015. In his role he led the security program for Twitter across all elements of information security. Previously, Coates was the chairman of the global board of directors for OWASP, the largest open source application security community.

 

Twitter, Google lose their top security executives
 

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November 2017
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Mathan Babu Kasilingam

Name: Mathan Babu Kasilingam

Designation: CISO

Company: National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) 

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Mathan Babu Kasilingam has been appointed as the new CISO at NPCI. With over 16 years of experience in the field of information and cyber security, Kasilingam has handled various roles – from handling account management and technology sales to holding various profiles in developing and rolling security services.

As the Head of Cyber Security Solutions and Operations at HDFC, he was instrumental in building a robust cybersecurity defence and response mechanism for the bank.

 

NPCI appoints Mathan Babu Kasilingam as the new CISO

 

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May 2017
________________Brett Wahlin
 

Name: Brett Wahlin

Designation: CISO

Company: Staples 

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Brett Wahlin has been hired by Staples as its first-ever CISO. Wahlin, who will report to the company's CTO, will be responsible for enterprise-wide information, product and data security at Staples. Wahlin joins Staples from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he served as vice president and CISO.

Previously, Wahlin was Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Sony Network Entertainment International and CSO at McAfee. He has also been CISO at Los Alamos National Laboratory and VP of security architecture for Wells Fargo.

Staples hires its very first CISO