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Optiv Security Executive Leadership Updates

Chad Holmes
Chad Holmes
Nate Brady

Optiv Security, a Top 100 MSSP for 2017, has appointed Chad Holmes as its chief services and operations officer and Nate Brady as its chief financial officer. Holmes is expected to help Optiv bolster its cybersecurity services, and Brady is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, according to a prepared statement.

Holmes has more than two decades of cybersecurity experience. He most recently served as managing partner, principal and chief strategy, technology and innovation officer for the cybersecurity practice of Ernst & Young (EY), a multinational professional services provider. Holmes also has held leadership roles at FireEye, Intel, McAfee and other cybersecurity firms.

Brady possesses 20 years of accounting, management and leadership experience. He joined Optiv as its chief accounting officer in July 2013; in this role, he oversaw Optiv's financial organization and provided business analysis and intelligence to the company's executives and board of directors.

Prior to joining Optiv, Brady served as CFO at tractor trailer carrier Waller Truck. Furthermore, Brady has held leadership and management roles at business technology consultant Ascend Technology and EY.

Optiv Appoints GM of Europe, CTSO

Optiv’s Stu Solomon

Optiv’s Simon Church

In addition to the Holmes and Brady appointments, Optiv in January appointed Simon Church as its GM and EVP of Europe. Church is responsible for establishing and growing Optiv's presence in Europe, according to a prepared statement.

Church has more than 25 years of experience running global technology and managed services programs and leading sales efforts for public and private organizations. He has held executive and sales leadership positions at cybersecurity firms Verisign and NetIQ, among other technology companies.

Optiv appointed Stu Solomon as its chief technology and strategy officer (CTSO) in January. Solomon, a 20-year IT veteran, manages Optiv's partner strategies and product and service offerings for its CTSO business unit.

What Do the Recent Moves Mean for Optiv?

With its recent moves, Optiv appears poised to capitalize on the rising demand for managed security services globally.

The global managed security services market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.3 percent between 2016 and 2023, market research firm Stratistics MRC stated. Also, this sector is expected to be worth approximately $55.1 billion by 2023.

Optiv offers endpoint protection, managed detection and response (MDR) and other end-to-end cybersecurity services. It partners with over 350 technology manufacturers and serves more than 60 percent of Fortune 1000 enterprises.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.