Coalfire Appoints Larry Jones as Chief Executive Officer
Board Chairman to Continue Former CEO and Recently Departed Rick Dakin’s Vision
Louisville, Colo. – August 18, 2015 – Coalfire, a leader in cybersecurity risk management and compliance services, today announced Larry Jones has been appointed to the company’s executive leadership team as chief executive officer. Jones was named CEO with the unexpected passing of co-founder and CEO, Rick Dakin, by the Coalfire board of directors on June 21st. He will remain as the chairman of the board of directors. While serving as the Board Executive Chairman for Coalfire, Jones was responsible for technology innovation, long-term business strategy and corporate funding.
“In 2011, I joined the Coalfire board to help the team pursue the tremendous opportunity ahead of them,” said Larry Jones, chairman and CEO, Coalfire. “As cyber risk becomes part of the lexicon around the boardroom, I see enormous potential for Coalfire as the top trusted advisor on all cybersecurity matters. With Rick’s passing, I am honored, with a heavy heart, to see to it that Coalfire executes on his vision and mission and look forward to guiding the strategic direction for the company.”
Jones has a successful track record as a corporate director and chief executive for companies such as StarTek (NYSE:SRT), MessageMedia (NASD: MESG), and Neodata. Jones, alum of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BS, Computer Science) and Boston University (MBA), has more than 25 years of experience building, operating and growing public and private equity backed companies. Prior to joining Coalfire, Jones served as the President and CEO for StarTek, a provider of outsourced call center and customer support services for the communications industry. He has been an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors since 2010 and a current NACD Fellow.
“The future for Coalfire is very bright,” said Norm Willox, CEO of Bluewater International and a current Coalfire board member. “The board is very pleased as Coalfire is well positioned to scale its tech-enabled security services globally and across new industries under Larry Jones' leadership.”
Coalfire is the global technology leader in cyber risk management and compliance services for enterprises and government organizations. Coalfire’s professionals are renowned for their technical expertise and unbiased assessments and recommendations. Coalfire’s approach builds on successful, long-term relationships with clients to achieve multiple cyber risk management and compliance objectives tied to a long-term strategy to prevent security breaches and data theft. Coalfire is currently listed as #74 in the Cybersecurity 500 and was recently named one of the top 20 Most Promising Risk Management Solution Providers.
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