CISO Members

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    Scott Bancroft

    Group CISO
    Novartis International AG

    Scott Bancroft leads IT & Information Security for Novartis Group within the highly regulated Pharmaceutical industry. Scott joined Novartis 3 years ago after an IT career with IBM Global Services and Logica working in multiple areas from Deskside support (many years ago), through service management and IT security, Risk and Information Lifecycle Management and Governance. Scott specializes in mobile computing, cloud security and IT security related solutions architecture

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    Christian Borst

    Head of 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.

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    Nicholas Godfrey

    Executive Director
    Goldman Sachs International

    Nick Godfrey is the Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International and is responsible for Information Security, IT Risk, IT Privacy and BCP in the region. He has been 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.

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    Olivier Gourinchas

    Head of Market Reach, Service Management and IT Security

    Olivier Gourinchas is the IT Security and Data Protection Manager; Lead of the Application Security Team (SAP); Lead of the Central Application Team, responsible for Output Management Solution, deployment of Data Management solutions, and archiving of electronic documents; Lead of the Central Technologies Team, responsible especially for the company’s SAP/PI environment and document solution.

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    Georg Heunermann

    Head of IT Governance

    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”).

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    John Holland

    Credit Suisse

    John Holland is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Credit Suisse globally. Based in New York he sets the strategy and execution of the Technology Risk Management program globally with the goal of protecting and safeguarding Credit Suisse’s information assets while enabling technology advancements and aligning with its business strategies. John joined Credit Suisse First Boston in April 1997 in the London office relocating to the New York office in April 2001. Prior to his current position, he has held a number of risk management roles, including the Head of IT Risk Americas and the Head of Business Continuity Management in the Americas.

    John has over 19 years of experience within the financial sector focusing on technology. He plays an active role in the industry, particularly with the Financial Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (FS ISAC) and recently completed a two year post as a board member of the FS ISAC.

    John also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

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    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

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    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.

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    Amal Mezzour

    Global IT Security Officer

    Amal Mezzour is the Global Information Security Officer for Holcim, and has been responsible for the development and implementation of the Information Security Strategy for the Holcim Group since July 2002. Prior to his current role, Amal was Head of IT for a subsidiary of Holcim Group.
    Before joining Holcim group, Amal developed his own business in the IT consulting and solutions.
    Amal begun 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.

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    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.

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    John Petersen

    Group IS/IT Security Manager

    In 2003, John Petersen entered the Nestlé Group as an IS/IT Auditor in the GLOBE Program*. In 2007, he moved to Canada to take up a role in the Program Management team within the GLOBE organization in Zone Americas.

    John then moved back to Switzerland in 2009 to take up the role of IS/IT Audit Manager within Nestlé Group Audit leading the IS/IT Audits across the Group. He remained in this position until March 2012 when he was appointed Group IS/IT Security Manager reporting to the Group CIO.

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    Rodolfo Quiroz

    VP, Global Information Technology Operations
    Coca-Cola Enterprises

    Bio is forthcoming.

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    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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