Executive Team

Tom McAndrew, CEO

Tom McAndrew is chief executive officer for Coalfire. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts in both the commercial and government sectors. Mr. McAndrew joined Coalfire in 2006, and since that time, has held key leadership roles spanning Sales, Operations, Service Delivery, and Technical Testing, most recently serving as the company’s COO. Mr. McAndrew is focused on driving aggressive growth for the company’s strategic business units; under his leadership, Sales and Delivery teams have grown the business an average of 40+% annually over the past five years while supporting more than 2,000 customers annually.

During his time at Coalfire, he has established the vision and implemented new services to meet the growing challenges in cybersecurity in such areas as cloud computing, forensics, penetration testing, architecture, and cyber engineering, and expanded Coalfire’s compliance and assurance services. He has established Coalfire as the cyber security leader in a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare, government, payment processors, technology, and cloud. 

Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. McAndrew had a distinguished career in information security and weapons systems for the Navy. He has worked for the Space and Naval Warfare Command, Office of Naval Intelligence, National Reconnaissance Office, Office of Naval Research, and has made deployments in support of overseas combat operations.  

He has received several awards in cybersecurity and leadership including being recognized as one of the top influencers in Federal IT (FCW Federal 100), 40 under 40 business leaders in Seattle, top senior security leaders in North America (ISC2), and has several certifications in cybersecurity.

He has served on several boards including start-ups, not for profit, and education. Mr. McAndrew is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, holds an MBA from the University of Washington, a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s certificate in Space Systems from the Naval Post-Graduate School.

Michael Chao, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Chao is chief financial officer for Coalfire, responsible for overseeing all corporate finance, accounting, legal and IT operations. Mike brings over 20 years of experience in both public and private companies leading financial management, strategic growth planning and all aspects of organizational financial operations.

Prior to joining Coalfire, Mike was chief financial officer at KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining KeyPoint, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Famous Brands International. He also served in key financial management positions with Vail Resorts Inc., eBay Inc., InterTrust Technologies and KPMG. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alan Ferguson, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

Mr. Ferguson guides Coalfire's sales 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.

Leslie Jones, Chief Human Resources Officer

Leslie Jones is a seasoned HR executive with over 20 years’ experience as a strategic and operational leader with global experience in all aspects of human resources. Her focus throughout her career has been in creating organizations, cultures, programs and processes that drive business performance. Jones and her team place their focus on making Coalfire a Great Place to Work, through effective HR and recruiting programs, training and development, compensation and benefits, talent management, and an engaging and vibrant culture.

Most recently, Jones was the Vice President, Head of HR, at Benefitfocus, a public cloud-based benefits management company, where she led the people strategy through a successful IPO and high growth. Prior to that, she was the HR Director with Blackbaud, a software company, where she was the global HR Partner and instrumental in transforming HR into a strategic, business focused organization. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jones held leadership positions with prominent technology organizations, Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and StorageTek (now Oracle).

Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a Masters in Organizations & Leadership from the University of Denver. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and certified Executive Coach. She also currently sits on the advisory board at the University of South Carolina and at JMM-Engage, an HR software company.

Patrick Kehoe, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Mr. Kehoe has over twenty-five years of experience working with software, hardware, and service providers in High Tech and cybersecurity markets, where he has successfully built and deployed growth strategies and innovative marketing approaches. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Kehoe served as Chief Marketing Officer for Arxan, where he and the team analyzed application security vulnerabilities and deployed solutions to protect applications. Previously, he held leadership positions at Siemens Enterprise Communications (now Unify), a global provider of communications software and services, where he was responsible for North American marketing and partner business, and he oversaw the development of the strategic plan and drove market awareness and pipeline generation. Prior to his work at Siemens, Mr. Kehoe spent nearly 20 years with Booz Allen Hamilton and MarketBridge, a sales and marketing professional services firm, providing business and IT strategy consulting services.

Mr. Kehoe has a track record of success in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and has spoken at conferences and corporate events on a variety of sales and marketing topics. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Kennet Westby, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder

Mr. Westby is a founding partner of Coalfire and serves as its president and chief security strategist. Mr. Westby has over 20 years of leadership experience in IT security, IT controls design and implementations. Mr. Westby provides cyber risk advisory to some of the world’s largest organizations and is a regular participant in programs advancing cyber risk management. Mr. Westby’s broad industry experience also includes application development, e-business and business process integration. He has served as COO for a global managed service provider where he provided both technical and operations leadership. Mr. Westby has also served as the COO and CIO for a major online healthcare network and telecommunications provider. He was selected as one of the nation's top 100 CIOs by CIO Magazine, is considered an industry leader in IT risk advisory and has presented as a keynote speaker at some of the largest industry forums.

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