CISO Members

  • Olivier Angyal

    Head of IT Risk & Security

    Olivier Angyal is with Hilti since 2015, currently responsible for IT security risk. He has been in the IT security field since 2009, and prior to Hilti was working as Sales Engineer at McAfee for almost two years, and security consultant for secunet Security Networks for four years. He first studied telecommunication and networks at the University of Grenoble, then at the Fachhochschule Münster, where he received his diploma in computer science and discovered his passion for IT security.

  • Rich Bennett

    Executive Director, Information Security
    Goldman Sachs

    Rich Bennett is EMEA Head of Information/Cyber Security. He joined the firm as a graduate in 1997 and since 2002 has held various information security related roles including 5 years based out of the New York office. As part of his role Rich works closely with both UK government and regulators on various sector wide cyber security initiatives.
    Rich is current industry vice-chair of the UK National Cyber Security Centre’s Financial Services Information Exchange and on the executive committee of the Investment Banking Information Security Special Interest Group, a forum for chief information security officers of UK investment banks.
    Rich earned an M.Eng in Information Engineering from the University of Southampton and is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) with the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He attended the Tuck School of Business’ BESP program in 2013.

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    Christian Borst

    Head of Global IT Security

    Christian Borst is the head of the global IT Security team in Richemont providing IT Security Services & Advisory to the Group and its Maisons. This includes areas as Security Monitoring, Security Incident Management, Security Testing, Security Design & Engineering, Program & Project Management for Security projects as well as operating various Security platforms. University Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology and a focus on AI and Machine Learning. Member of the Air Force reserves. Former member of the NATO CERT team and professional background in Security Consulting in various companies in a variety of verticals.

  • Nicholas Godfrey

    Old Mutual Wealth

    Nick Godfrey is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Old Mutual Wealth since December 2017. He is the former Managing Director and co-Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Goldman Sachs International and is responsible for Information Security, IT Risk, IT Privacy and BCP in the region. He was at at Goldman Sachs for over 10 years, in a range of regional and global roles in Information Security. Previously Nick worked for Bank of New York in a number of Information Security positions. He is currently Chair of the UK IBSIG, a forum comprising CISOs in UK Investment Banking and related businesses. Nick has been a member of various cross-industry groups whose remit is the development of Financial Services benchmarks, standards and exercises in Information Security, Cyber Security and BCP.

  • Georg Huenermann

    Head of IT Governance, Group IT Security Officer

    Georg Huenermann has been with the headquarters of Clariant International in Muttenz, Switzerland as Head of IT Governance and Group IT Security Officer with global responsibility since 2005. From 1998 to 2005, he was Head of Application Maintenance in the “Core Competence C enter SAP” in Frankfurt. From 1989 until 1998 as programmer, software developer and SAP consultant in a small-scale company in Berlin. Georg studied political science and Russian language in Berlin, receiving a diploma in 1985 in political science (Diploma thesis on “Environmental politics in the Soviet Union”).

  • Thomas Kaufmann


    Working in Schindler since more than 20 years in several functions:

    System development

    IT Manager for Switzerland

    Mobile service Manager for the Group

    Chief Information Security Officer (since 2009)

    Education, the following items might be interesting/relevant:

    Study of Economics in Information Technology at HWV Switzerland

    Study of Information Security at HSW Switzerland

    Several internal and external training’s in regard to IT, Management and Security

  • Petri Kuivala
    Petri Kuivala

    NXP Semiconductors

    Petri Kuivala is a versatile Security leader who is able to combine Cyber and Traditional world as one entity. He is able to lead teams and organizations through challenging changes with his analytical and engaging style.
    He is fluent in interacting with the company board level about the security topics on a manner that can be easily understood.

    He is slightly introverted, which gives him capability to listen and analyze, but once the analysis is done execution is guaranteed.

  • Amal Mezzour

    Project Head of Group IT Security and Internal Control

    Amal Mezzour is the project head of Group IT Security and Internal Control. He has held this position since 2015. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Information Security Strategy for the Holcim Group since July 2002. Before joining Holcim group, Amal developed his own business in the IT consulting and solutions.

    Amal began his career as an application developer, system administrator and data center manager in the Banking industry.

    Amal holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science at University of Montreal and pursued studies in business administration.

  • Josef Nelissen


    Josef Nelissen was appointed as CISO in July 2003 after joining the global Information Security Team in 2001. As CISO, he is responsible for the Information Security Strategy, Policy and Governance, Measurement and Benchmarking. Josef joined ABB in 1998 as Scientist in Corporate Research, working on Software Development and Software Process Improvement.

    Prior to ABB, Josef worked 3 years as Software Developer for iXOS Software (now part of Open Text). He holds a Master and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen.

  • Thomas Schäfer

    Head of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance

    Employed at Swiss Mobiliar for 10 years, Head of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance for 8 years, with IT risk management and IT security at Swiss Mobiliar as his main responsibilities. Previously employed at a number of companies in various positions and roles (primarily developer, project manager, line manager…). Topics: ERP for mail-order trade, engineering for life science, environmental monitoring and measurement technologies, semiconductor manufacturing and photogrammetry/cartography. Qualifications include dipl. El. Ing. ETH (nowadays Master of Science), Industrial Engineer STV and Quality Manager NDS.

  • Valentin Simic

    Director, Information Security

    Valentin Simic is Director of Information Security for Swarovski. He joined the company in 2005 as an Administrator for the Active Directory. Valentin’s first project was leading the migration from NT4 to Active Directory. In 2007, he took the newly created role of IT Infrastructure Security Manager.
    Valentin attended a “Higher Technical College for Electronics” in Innsbruck.


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