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8 Big Bets To Watch From New Optiv CEO Kevin Lynch

From investing in underpenetrated segments and verticals to pursuing strategic outsourcing opportunities, here’s a look at the key investments former Deloitte leader Kevin Lynch plans to make as Optiv’s new CEO.

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Big Shoes To Fill

Longtime Deloitte leader Kevin Lynch will start Friday as Optiv’s second-ever CEO, replacing Dan Burns, who co-founded Accuvant in 2002 and helped architect the 2015 merger between Accuvant and FishNet that created the world’s largest pure-play security solution provider. Burns will stay on as an executive advisor to the CEO, partnering with Lynch and the board to ensure a smooth transition.

Lynch takes over as Denver-based Optiv, No. 27 on the 2019 CRN Solution Provider 500, has evolved its business beyond provisioning and reselling security technology to deliver advisory, configuration, implementation and managed services. But Optiv’s transformation into a security systems integrator has created points of friction that could slow the field sales team down as the company continues to grow.

“At the end of the day, Optiv’s mission is really valuable to me,” Lynch told CRN in an interview Monday. “And that part is incredibly exciting to me.”

From investing in underpenetrated market segments and verticals to pursuing strategic outsourcing engagements to streamlining and prioritizing corporate initiatives, here’s a look at eight of the biggest bets Lynch plans to make as Optiv’s new CEO.

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