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Optiv Security Hires Seasoned Executive Cheryl McGrath as Country General Manager in Canada

June 08, 2016

Leading Cyber Security Solutions Provider Strengthens Commitment to Helping Canadian Companies Plan, Build and Run Successful Security Programs

Toronto – June 8, 2016 - Optiv Security, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, today announced it has hired seasoned Canadian executive Cheryl McGrath to serve as country general manager in Canada. McGrath will focus on expanding Optiv’s presence across the country and deepening the company’s local cyber security capabilities to support the specific needs of Canadian-based organizations. Among her primary responsibilities will be leading and growing Optiv’s local team of cyber security experts dedicated to delivering a comprehensive set of solutions and services that help global organizations plan, build and run their cyber security programs.

“Businesses in Canada are dealing with a number of cyber security issues such as ransomware, insider threat and cyber risk, which are some of the same problems organizations around the world tackle every day,” said Tim Hoffman, Optiv’s executive vice president of worldwide client solutions. “Organizations need a security partner they can trust—a partner that can help them develop and execute on a comprehensive security strategy that incorporates the right people, processes and technology. Appointing Cheryl as our country general manager underscores our strengthened commitment to being that trusted advisor for Canadian organizations. Cheryl brings to her new role extensive leadership experience in client-focused positions with respected businesses in Canada. We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to joining Optiv, McGrath served as district manager for EMC where she led an enterprise district in Canada. Previously, she was senior vice president of transaction mail for Canada Post responsible for a $3 billion line of business with a focus on developing new electronic products and services to meet the needs of Canadian customers. McGrath also held multiple leadership positions including vice president of client operations of Xerox Business Services for Xerox Canada, which included overseeing the 1,200-person delivery arm of the company’s outsourcing division.

“Optiv is clearly dedicated to helping Canadian security leaders address their specific business needs at a project, program and strategy level,” said McGrath. “I am excited to help bring Optiv’s innovative cyber security solutions and global capabilities to more Canadian organizations.”

McGrath received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary and attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton executive program and programs at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has served on the boards of directors for Purolator, a Canadian courier company providing services internationally; the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a non-profit children’s mental health centre; and VHA, a not-for-profit health care organization that provides in-home, community and long-term care services. 

About Optiv Security

Optiv is a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions. We help clients plan, build and run successful cyber security programs that achieve business objectives through our depth and breadth of cyber security offerings, extensive capabilities and proven expertise in cyber security strategy, managed security services, incident response, risk and compliance, security consulting, training and support, integration and architecture services, and security technology. A Blackstone (NYSE: BX) portfolio company, Optiv maintains premium partnerships with more than 300 of the leading security technology manufacturers. For more information, visit or follow us at, and


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