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 Accounting Officer
Nate Brady has 20 years of public accounting and financial management experience. In his current role as chief accounting officer for Optiv, which was created in 2015 as a result of the Accuvant and FishNet Security merger, he is responsible for all day-to-day transactional accounting for the company; management of the company’s cash flow, credit and collection policies; financial reporting; internal and external budgeting and forecasting; and providing insightful business analysis and intelligence to the business leaders.
Previously, Brady served as chief accounting officer for FishNet Security where he was charged with overseeing the company’s financial organization, including processes, reporting, budgeting and decision support. He was instrumental in steering the strategic and operational direction of the finance department beyond financial and transactional management, and he played a key role in the company’s transformation to strategic decision making based on real time data.
Prior to joining FishNet Security in 2013, Brady held several high-profile financial leadership positions. He spent three years as CFO for Waller Truck Company Co., one of the Midwest’s largest truckload carriers, where he helped drive significant revenue and net income growth during his tenure. 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 started his financial career with Ernst & Young LLP, where he served five of his twelve years as a senior manager working with a mix of public, international and private-equity owned companies. While at Ernst & Young, Brady gained significant experience with M&As, SEC financial statement preparation and Sarbanes Oxley.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Pittsburg State University where he lettered in varsity football, and is a certified public accountant (CPA).
Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales
David Castignola is a veteran security sales executive with nearly 30 years of sales, marketing and operations experience. In his role as Optiv’s executive vice president of worldwide sales, Castignola leads the company’s sales organization with a specific focus on global sales expansion, account management, enablement and readiness. He is driven by a desire to ensure clients achieve their positive business outcomes.
Castignola joined Optiv after more than 20 years at RSA Security where he helped deliver operational excellence, exceeded customer expectations and drove product evolution that addressed industry challenges. Castignola’s groundbreaking market strategies and exemplary track record in security solutions sales enablement are recognized across the industry and provide him with experience and insight to further Optiv’s vision and global strategy.
Prior to RSA, Castignola held various sales management positions at Intermind, Attachmate, Mod-Tap and Data Systems Network. He has served as a speaker at cyber security events and is often asked for his insight to meet the growing and challenging industry needs and trends.
Castignola earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing from Michigan State University.
Anirban (Oni) Chakravartti
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Partner Solutions
Anirban (Oni) Chakravartti brings more than 20 years of experience in multi-faceted senior leadership roles in global sales, product management, marketing, operations and business management. As senior vice president of worldwide partner solutions for Optiv, he is responsible for the strategy, development and management of Optiv’s partnerships with leading security technology manufacturers.
Chakravartti is a visionary and analytical thinker with strong operational leadership and a track record for building high performance teams. Prior to joining Optiv, he was global head of strategic partners for Symantec, where he was responsible for defining and driving strategic partner business for the company worldwide. He drove double digit growth with key partners during this period and scaled business with net new wins globally. Chakravartti also held sales leadership, marketing and business development positions at CISCO, AMD and HP/Compaq. During his career, Chakravartti has managed channel partners and various business units on a global scale and was instrumental in launching major brands and products with AMD and HP worldwide.
Chakravartti has a degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT-A India) and attended Stanford School of Business’s Executive Marketing Management program.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
William Croutch has 20 years of global legal and leadership experience. In his current role as senior 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 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.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Jim Rudolph brings more than 20 years of sales, management and leadership experience to his position as senior vice president of operations at Optiv. He is charged with overseeing and leading operations and business intelligence. As a member of Optiv’s executive leadership team, Rudolph will be responsible for adding scale to our business and driving efficiencies.
Rudolph is recognized as a strategy-driven executive with expertise in leading and managing global growth and successfully implementing global deals and initiatives. He also has outstanding acumen in the areas of change management, operations/systems improvement, and operational excellence and will apply these skills to making Optiv more data and process focused. A worldwide traveler, Rudolph has a thorough grasp of the legal, financial and tax implications of conducting business internationally.
Prior to joining Optiv, Rudolph completed a successful career at Avnet Technology Solutions, during which he managed global sales, led strategic growth initiatives, ran operations for $750M of annual product sales, and managed service and software product lines. Prior to Avnet, he worked for both Qwest Communications and Verizon, specializing in managing business client portals and product management of internet services.
Rudolph received an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at University of Texas and held the position of vice president of the entrepreneur society. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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.