Chief Executive Officer
Dan Burns brings more than 23 years of business, technology and security industry experience to his role as chief executive officer for Optiv, which was created in 2015 as a result of the Accuvant and FishNet Security merger. In this role he is responsible for the development and implementation of high-level strategies and direction of the company’s growth. Being able to provide clear insight into navigating the complex information security landscape is a priority for Burns. His philosophy is to focus on building long-term relationships with clients, working with them to simplify their lives and becoming a trusted information security partner rather than a reseller or outside consultant.
From 2002 when he co-founded Accuvant, until 2012 when he assumed his position as the company’s first CEO, Burns served as senior vice president of Accuvant’s sales organization. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, sales growth and problem resolution. Burns co-developed and helped to successfully execute on Accuvant’s initial vision – to build a company with the breadth, depth and capabilities to address the information security needs of organizations worldwide. He launched the sales force and grew it to a national powerhouse organization within a 10-year period, conducting business with nearly half of the Fortune 500, and driving $740 million in revenue in 2014.
Prior to his achievements with Accuvant, Burns was the regional vice president of sales for the western region of OneSecure. He played an integral role in transitioning the organization from a managed security services (MSS) provider to a product company, delivering to the marketplace the first intrusion prevention system (IPS) and generating $40 million in product sales in the first year.
Previously, as the western region vice president for Exault, an integrator, consulting organization and reseller, Burns secured some of the largest enterprise clients in the Rocky Mountain region and helped grow revenues to nearly $150 million in two years. He also held positions at Access Graphics, Arrowpoint, and Netrex where he supported some of the largest telecommunication companies in building their information security programs, implementing technology and taking advantage of Netrex’s world-class MSS.
Burns earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Jose State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Nate Brady has 20 years of public accounting, financial management and leadership experience. As Optiv’s chief financial officer (CFO), he is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects, including the company’s ongoing investment in expanding operations and presence across North America and Europe.
Prior to his CFO role, Brady served as chief accounting officer for Optiv, where he oversaw the company’s financial organization and provided insightful business analysis and intelligence to Optiv’s business-line managers, executives and board.
Brady has held several high-profile financial leadership positions in the cyber security, software and transportation industries. He joined FishNet Security in 2013 as controller and quickly ascended to chief accounting officer. While at FishNet, Brady was instrumental in steering the strategic and operational direction of the finance department beyond financial and transactional management; he further played a key role in the company’s transformation to strategic decision making based on real-time and accurate data.
During his three-year tenure as CFO for Waller Truck Company Co., one of the Midwest’s largest truckload carriers, he helped drive significant revenue and net income growth. Prior to Waller Truck, he was corporate controller for Ascend Learning, a leading-edge education technology company that serves healthcare and other high-growth career industries.
Brady began his financial career with Ernst & Young LLP. While at Ernst & Young, Brady gained significant experience with M&As, IPOs and complex accounting issues, working with a mix of public, international and private-equity owned companies. A certified public accountant (CPA), he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Pittsburg State University where he also lettered in varsity football.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
William Croutch has 20 years of global legal and leadership experience. In his current role as executive vice president and general counsel for Optiv, which was created in 2015 as a result of the Accuvant and FishNet Security merger, he is responsible for the entire legal function for the company. He oversees mergers and acquisitions, litigation and claims, compliance, risk, contracts, human resources and patents and trademarks. Croutch also serves as secretary of Optiv’s board of directors.
Previously, Croutch was vice president, general counsel and secretary for FishNet Security, where he was responsible for all day-to-day activities of the legal department. During his tenure, he designed and implemented a refined, efficient contract review process, and managed the company’s entire risk and insurance portfolio.
Prior to FishNet Security, Croutch served as senior counsel at Euronet Worldwide, a provider of electronic payment services, where he resolved all employment-related matters and assisted with SOX compliance. Before joining Euronet, Croutch held roles of increasing responsibility at Seaboard Corporation and its subsidiary Seaboard Marine, including vice president and general counsel. During his 10 years with the companies, his duties included coordinating and resolving business, risk and legal matters abroad, and overseeing international deals in Europe, South America and Africa. Croutch began his career with Hillix, Brewer, Hoffhaus, Whittaker & Wright, a Kansas City, Mo.-based legal firm representing large organizations and financial institutions.
Croutch received his Juris Doctor degree with distinction from Drake University Law School and was a member of the Order of Coif. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University. He serves on the board of directors for KCnext, the technology council for Greater Kansas City.
Chief Marketing Officer
Peter Evans has more than 20 years of executive experience in forming, developing and managing businesses and teams, and driving aggressive business growth. As Optiv’s chief marketing officer (CMO), Peter Evans is responsible for all aspects of the company’s marketing strategy and execution.
Evans brings domain expertise in high-growth technology businesses in the cyber security, business-to-business software, cloud and telecom industries. Throughout his career, he has achieved impressive results in the areas of corporate strategy, business redesign, digital marketing and operational execution. He has been CMO of four publically held companies, and held senior executive roles in operations, business development, and sales leadership at publically traded companies such as HP, Dell and IBM. He also served as chief executive officer of two successful venture-backed start-up technology companies.
Evans holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science from Queen’s University, and an MBA from York University in Toronto.
Chief Services and Operations Officer
Chad Holmes has more than two decades of experience in the cyber security industry, building high growth international companies, innovative products, and high performance teams. He has spent a significant part of his career working as a strategic partner and thought leader for some of the world’s largest organizations. As Optiv’s chief services and operations officer, Holmes is responsible for evolving and leading the vision, strategy, development and execution of all Optiv services and operational capabilities to enable our clients around the world to better address cyber security and risk across their entire enterprises.
Holmes joined Optiv from Ernst & Young LLP (EY), where he was a partner/principal and chief strategy, technology and innovation officer for the cyber security practice. In that role, he drove innovative technology, solutions, marketing and overall strategy for a global cybersecurity practice spanning 150 countries. Prior to EY, Holmes served as the chief technology and intelligence officer for FireEye/Mandiant, where he helped rapidly grow the organization, created a new market and drove innovative products and services. During his career, he has also held senior executive positions at McAfee, Check Point and Intel in sales, product management and engineering.
Holmes holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Alabama, and completed the Harvard Business School executive program for business leadership, strategy, innovation and globalization. He currently operates The Holmes Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to academic advancements in fusing information, technology, cyber security and medical research. Holmes has a passion in mentoring startup executives, participating on boards and driving educational development for the next generation of cyber security leaders around the world.
Chief Information Officer
Paul Lehman is an experienced senior executive and leader with more than 25 years of business, technical, operational and financial experience. As chief information officer (CIO) for Optiv, Lehman is responsible for spearheading the company’s information technology vision, strategy and execution of enterprise-wide information technology initiatives to better serve internal and external clients, and help optimize business results.
Lehman has a long track record of accomplishments while leading large international teams and transformational programs. He also has extensive experience in leveraging the power of technology and operations to achieve business goals. Before joining Optiv, Lehman served as CIO and senior vice president of global technology services for Experian. Prior to Experian, Lehman spent nearly 15 years with Affiliated Computer Services, a Xerox Company, in various CIO and senior vice president roles for a number of business groups.
Lehman sits on the executive board of the CTO Forum, providing leadership for the RETHINK series, a program that addresses common challenges in information technology, software development, and research and development. He also volunteers and is involved with mission work for local organizations and charities. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Christian Brothers University.
Chief Technology and Strategy Officer
Stu Solomon has more than 20 years of information security experience across all aspects of the space. As chief technology and strategy officer for Optiv, Solomon is responsible for aligning and evolving the company’s partner strategies and related product and service offerings to help enterprises address the architectural and operational complexity of their cyber security programs.
Solomon has served in executive positions with Optiv since joining the company in 2015, first as a security strategist and then as executive vice president of security solutions and operations. In this latest role, he was responsible for the direction and operations of the organization’s global solutions and services businesses.
Formally a member of the iSIGHT Partners executive team, Solomon was responsible for building out many of their client facing functions and ultimately spearheaded the company’s efforts to manage operational, legal and reputational risks as well as leading the legal and corporate development functions. Prior to joining iSIGHT, following a number of active duty assignments as a US Air Force Officer, Solomon served in a series of information security, business continuity and risk and compliance leadership roles while an executive with Bank of America, and as a consultant to Fortune 500 and government entities.
A proud graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Solomon also received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University. After leaving the active duty U.S. Air Force, he continues to participate in the military as a senior officer in the Delaware Air National Guard focused on advanced cyber security challenges, and has been fortunate enough to serve as a Squadron Commander of logistics and cyber functions on several occasions.
Executive Vice President, North American Sales
Nate Ungerott has more than 20 years of sales leadership and corporate development experience in the information technology and cyber security industries. As executive vice president of North American sales, Ungerott is responsible for Optiv’s strategic direction to accelerate growth in existing and new markets across the U.S. and Canada. He is also focused on working across Optiv’s business and manufacturer partners to deliver integrated, holistic cyber security solutions that enable client success.
Most recently, Ungerott served as Optiv’s vice president of the Americas, where he was a driving force in growing the company from a regional security solutions reseller and consultancy to a national security solutions integrator. Ungerott spent the first part of his Optiv tenure opening, establishing and growing regional markets in the eastern U.S. As the company evolved, he transitioned to lead Optiv’s corporate development, business development, M&A and investor relations activities, finally returning to the sales organization to lead the enterprise sales division in North America including the commercial and federal divisions in the U.S. and Canada.
Ungerott has also worked for several start-up and emerging growth technology companies in the information technology, cyber security and data analytics segments.