CRN Exclusive: Optiv Security Adds Former SecureWorks, D&H, Symantec Execs To Lead Strategic Business Areas


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Optiv Security is prepping for its pivot to the global market, announcing on Tuesday that it has appointed top-level security executives from Symantec, SecureWorks, and D&H to lead three of its key business initiatives. 

Denver, Colo.-based Optiv announced that it had added Anirban Chakravartti as senior vice president, worldwide partner solutions, responsible for leading the security solution provider's partner strategy. Chakravartti comes to Optiv from Symantec, where he was global head of strategic partners. He has also held senior leadership positions at Cisco, AMD and HP.

Optiv also added former Equifax CISO and Dell SecureWorks CSO Doug Steelman to lead the company's managed services push as vice president, managed security services. Before SecureWorks, Steelman held a variety of positions at the Department of Defense, including cyber command director and director of DoD network defense.

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Finally, Optiv announced it had added Michael Lines as vice president, strategy, risk and compliance advisory services. Lines comes to Optiv from D&H, where he was chief information security officer. He has also held top security leadership roles at PWC and TransUnion.

In an interview with CRN, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Client Solutions Tim Hoffman said the new appointments are part of a shift by Optiv to emphasize business areas it sees as key for its push to become a global security solution provider, as well as add talent that has experience working on a global scale. He said the focus was bringing on executives that "have the ability to execute domestically and be able to expand on our global strategy." Optiv has also recently added former top RSA sales exec Dave Castignola as executive vice president of worldwide sales.

"We're bringing in people that recognize that it is fast-growing and it is an exciting time [for Optiv]," Hoffman said. "We think we're going a pretty good job of supplementing the existing team with individuals that have the experience and have done something that we're looking to do as a company, but it still allows for growth and expansion of our existing employees as well."

The appointments follow months of executive departures for Optiv, including at least nine VP-level executives. Hoffman said Optiv has replaced some of the departing executives, but is focusing on filling those positions in areas, like cloud, that it sees significant opportunity.

"As we continue to evolve our business and understand areas that are high growth, we are making sure that we have alignment to those areas … We have the agility to adapt to where the market is heading, and it's a core understanding of ours. We will make sure we do right and continue to stay ahead of the market for our partners, customers, and employees," Hoffman said.

Hoffman said some of the key areas that Optiv is looking to emphasize include managed services, risk and compliance, orchestration and analytics, and cloud security. He said Optiv would look to support its clients in those areas both domestically and on a global basis through both organic and inorganic investments.

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