DeWalt said he brings 17 years of experience to his new role as vice chairman, particularly around scaling companies, industry knowledge, and long-standing relationships with product vendors across the market. He said he also hopes to learn from Optiv, as he has only worked for vendors to date.
"I've always been a product guy. Seeing it from the value-added reseller side will be a very unique and different view to learn. I'm excited to learn and bring my experience to bear and hopefully make one plus one equals three," DeWalt said.
The additions come after a year of drastic change for Optiv. The company closed its acquisition by new private equity owners KKR in February. The KKR acquisition came little more than a year after Optiv was formed from the merger of security solution providers Accuvant and FishNet Security, a merger that closed in August 2015.
Optiv has also seen significant executive changes, including the departure of many vice president-level executives since the beginning of the year.
Optiv has also added new executives, including former RSA top sales executive Dave Castignola as executive vice president of worldwide sales; former Symantec global head of strategic partners Anirban Chakravartti as senior vice president, worldwide partner solutions; former Equifax CISO and Dell SecureWorks CSO Doug Steelman as vice president, managed security services; and former D&H CISO Michael Lines as vice president, strategy, risk and compliance advisory services.
Optiv said it plans to continue building its executive team and board of directors. The company said it will look to fill those spots with security experts, as well as build out the set of technologies it can offer to customers.