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 email@example.com.
Name: Mohd Shadab Siddiqui
Designation: Head of information security and trust
Mohd Shadab Siddiqui has joined Hotstar as head of information security and trust. Siddiqui was the head of information security, trust, fraud, risk and compliance at Ola.
He stated that being responsible for security, privacy and trust at that scale is an exciting experience.
Name: Deepak Kalambkar
Designation: IT head and CISO
Company: Marvel Data Sciences
Former IT Head and CISO of Marvel Data Services, Deepak Kalambkar has joined SafexPay as the AVP-Infrastructure. At Safexpay, Kalambkar will be responsible for the total Infrastructure and the compliance of ISO 27001 and PCI-DSS.
He shared that at SafexPay, he would be looking after the total Infrastructure and also play parts of the CISO's role. In a career spanning over two decades, he has previously worked at Progressive Infotech, Nextstep Infotech, Seeinfobiz, CMS Computers and Alphabetic Business Machines.
Name: Mohd Shadab Siddiqui
Designation: Head of information security, trust, fraud, risk and compliance
Mohd Shadab Siddiqui, who was most recently head of information security, trust, fraud, risk and compliance at Ola, has quit the company following a four-and-a-half year stint.
At Ola, Siddiqui built everything from scratch and managed a centralized security team that was primarily responsible for proactive security guidance, security research, risk/threat modelling and for defining clear security roadmaps for product teams.
Name: Shiju Rawther
Designation: Executive VP-IT
Company: India Infoline
The former head of IT infra and security operations at TransUnion CIBIL, Shiju Rawther has now joined financial services major, India Infoline as Executive VP-IT.
With close to two decades of experience accrued across India’s top companies like Sify, Wipro Infotech and Fullerton India Credit Company, Rawther has bagged the prestigious CIO100 as well CSO100awards in 2016 and 2018 respectively. He is also an advisory board member of CSO Online.
Name: Sharat M Airani
Designation: Director-IT and CSO
Company: Intellinet Data Systems
Sharat M Airani, formerly Director-IT and CSO at Intellinet Data Systems has joined Bluechink as its new chief digital officer. At Bluechink, he will be responsible for all digital activities across APAC and EU regions.
With an experience of 25 years, Airani’s expertise lies in creating business value supported by technology, aligning IT with business, IT transformation, managing teams with a focus on outcomes and strategic outsourcing, and cost management.
Name: Aditya Khullar
Designation: Head - Cybersecurity
Company: OYO Rooms
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.
Name: Sunil Varkey
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.
Name: Shivanath Somanathan
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.
Name: Delzad P Mirza
Designation: Group CISO
Company: Shapoorji Pallonji Group
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.
Name: David Gee
Designation: APAC cyber head
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.
Name: Michael Coates
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.
Name: Mathan Babu Kasilingam
Company: National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI)
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.
Name: Brett Wahlin
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.