Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Security Strategist
Mr. Dakin provides strategic management IT security program guidance for Coalfire and its clients. He has more than 25 years of experience in senior management with leading IT firms. Mr. Dakin combines an in-depth knowledge of IT controls with a comprehensive understanding of organizational needs and the rapidly emerging legislation affecting IT security. After serving in the U.S. Army following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Dakin began his management career at United Technology Corporation. Prior to co-founding Coalfire, he was President of Centera Information Systems, a leading eCommerce and systems integration firm. He is a past president of the FBI's InfraGard program, Denver chapter, and a member of a committee hosted by the U.S. Secret Service and organized by the Joint Council on Information Age Crime.
Kennet Westby, President and Co-Founder
Mr. Westby is a founding partner of Coalfire and serves as its President, COO and Senior Security Strategist. Mr. Westby brings over 15 years of IT security and IT controls design and implementation experience to the team. His broad industry experience also includes application development, e-business and business process integration. He has served as COO for a global managed application hosting company where he provided both technical and operations leadership. Mr. Westby has also served as the COO and CIO for the world's largest pharmacy e-business network and portal. Mr. Westby was selected as one of the nation's top 100 CIO's by CIO magazine. He is considered an industry leader in e-business and IT risk advisory, and has presented as a keynote speaker at some of the largest industry forums.
Alan Ferguson, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Co-Founder
Mr. Ferguson guides Coalfire's sales and marketing team and account management practices. Prior to co-founding Coalfire, he served as Vice President of Centera Information Systems, a leading eCommerce and systems integration firm. Under his leadership, Centera was repeatedly recognized by Deloitte as a Fast 50 Award winner for companies with superior revenue growth. Mr. Ferguson began his career with IBM, and has more than 25 years of experience in delivering information technology solutions to enterprise and government clients. Under his sales and marketing leadership, Coalfire has grown rapidly and has successfully delivered thousands of IT audit and information security engagements to public- and private-sector clients.
Tom McAndrew, Executive Vice President, Professional Services
Mr. McAndrew is an experienced leader with IT assessment and audit expertise in financial services, healthcare, government, and retail. He leads Coalfire's professional services practice and provides oversight for practice development and service delivery across several regional offices. He is a nationally recognized speaker and has presented on information security topics for state agencies, the FDIC, the FTC, and other information security organizations. He is the current president of the Seattle chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA), and holds numerous certifications in audit, compliance, and information security. Mr. McAndrew worked with information security and weapons systems for the Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland.
Howard Sankel, CFO
Mr. Sankel leads Coalfire’s financial and administrative functions. He has extensive experience in many of the industries that Coalfire serves. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Sankel was CFO of Amersham Corporation, a closely held manufacturing company serving the aerospace, automotive and appliance markets. He has been responsible for strategy, business development, acquisitions and divestitures and financial operations for several companies in the telecommunications, cable, and manufacturing industries. He started his career at the Federal Reserve, where he gained expertise in the regulatory environment faced by our banking clients. Mr. Sankel holds degrees from Brown University, Stanford Business School and Stanford Law School.
Bao Le, Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Le’s responsibilities include strategic planning, business development and execution to enable rapid growth of Coalfire’s business in emerging market segments. He has over 30 years of communications and information technology industry experience in the areas of corporate strategy, engineering, operations, business development and executive management. Previously, Mr. Le was an executive at Critigen, an information technology consulting company. As vice president of technology and global practice director in the enterprise management solutions business group at CH2M HILL, Mr. Le led many major worldwide client programs. He also held executive management positions, including CEO, CIO and CTO, at start-up enterprises as well as Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Le is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Information Security Manager and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He is also a Director on the Board of the InfraGard Member Alliance and a member of the University of Denver Industry Advisory Board.
Mark Lucas, Vice President, Navis Services
Mr. Lucas has more than 10 years of experience in IT risk management and control architecture across multiple industries. At Coalfire, Mr. Lucas leads the architecture and development of the Navis suite of online compliance management tools. These tools have led to a number of patent applications, proprietary control frameworks, and a new model of business services within the compliance and audit space. Mr. Lucas has led risk and control assessment projects for a number of state governments and is a trusted resource for the security and metrics committee of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Mr. Lucas completed undergraduate work at Illinois State University and his graduate work at Southern Illinois University. He holds multiple certifications in the IT security field.
Christopher Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels
Mr. Lietz manages the marketing strategy and execution at Coalfire. He also oversees channel partner relationships. He has more than 20 years of consulting and client service experience in retail, healthcare, and consumer products. He specializes in educating clients on emerging technology and information security issues. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Lietz was a client partner at Fair Isaac (FICO) and the managing director of XOR, a web development and database marketing firm. Prior to those roles, he was an associate partner at Accenture. Mr. Lietz earned an MBA degree in marketing and finance from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.