A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson
A White House-mandated cybersecurity organization created to combine knowledge and experience from the public and private sectors added a new leader this week whose background includes stops on both sides.
She joins a leadership team that includes former White House national security adviser Tom Donilon and retired IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, who will respectively serve as chairman and vice chairman of the NIST-backed commission.
At Liberty Group Ventures, Todt advised public, private and nonprofit sector clients on risk strategiesfor the cyber arena and other areas such as infrastructure and homeland security.
Her government service tenure includes time as a staff member for the Senate Homeland Security Committee, where she helped draft the cybersecurity and infrastructure-related components of legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security.
The Commerce Department, NIST’s parent agency, announced Todt’s appointment in a week that saw cybersecurity become a topic of prominence again with one guilty plea and an indictment in federal courts over hacks on military technical information and critical infrastructure.
These and other incidents like the OPM hack sure to figure in the eventual 12-member commission’s agenda as it works on the national cyber strategy and ways to merge public and private sector expertise.
Sierra Space has raised $1.4 billion in a round of Series A financing led by General Atlantic, Moore Strategic Ventures and Coatue, and the Sierra Nevada Corp. subsidiary will use the new capital to further develop the Dream Chaser reusable orbital spaceplane. Accounts and funds managed by AE Industrial Partners and BlackRock Private Equity Partners
Randy Phillips, senior vice president for corporate development at Ellucian, has joined Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) in the same capacity. He will oversee Leidos’ strategic growth and development efforts through mergers and acquisitions, the company said Monday. “Phillips has been guiding transactions in our sector for many years, helping to define the market in the process,”
Robert “Bob” Swan, chief financial officer at Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), has been appointed by the company’s board as interim CEO in a move that takes effect immediately. Intel said Thursday Swan succeeds Brian Krzanich, who resigned after five years at the helm, and will oversee its operations in partnership with the senior leadership team as the board works