NightDragon Expands Advisor Council to 100 Top Executive Leaders

Growing NightDragon Advisor Council now includes top executive leaders across nearly every major critical infrastructure category, as well as new program elements

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – February 27, 2024 – NightDragon, a dedicated cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy investment firm, today announced a key growth milestone to the NightDragon Advisor Council, which now includes more than 100 top executive members that represent the leading Fortune 500 companies, government leaders, international geographies, critical infrastructure sectors, and industry innovators. These Advisors play an essential role in NightDragon’s NightScale value creation platform, helping advise portfolio companies, guide the firm on market trends, and drive thought leadership.

The new NightDragon Advisor Council members were strategically selected and curated to represent an expanded cross-section of global regions, executive functions, critical infrastructure sectors and key market themes. In addition to Chief Information Security Officers, new roles include Chief Digital Officers, Chief Security Product Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Security Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Trust and Safety Officers and Former Directors of Intelligence. 

With the new additions, the Council now includes all experts from all major critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), including defense, communications, utilities, energy, healthcare and manufacturing and expanded geographic coverage across including the United States, Israel, Europe, Mexico, Asia and more. Additionally, the Council includes industry representation from key NightDragon investment themes including cyber-physical convergence, dual-use technology, space, and more.  

“As cyber and national security threats continue to rise around the world, it has never been more important for our industry to come together and drive forward the next generation of technology innovators. Through our Advisor Council, NightDragon continues to bring together the leading security executives in every category to drive investment and portfolio growth alongside us to secure our world for tomorrow,” said Dave DeWalt, Founder and CEO, NightDragon. 

Additionally, NightDragon has added new program elements designed to expand the value that the NightDragon Advisor Council can bring to its platform and portfolio, as well as to the Advisors themselves. This includes: 

  • Enhanced Onboarding Experience – An enhanced onboarding process to match advisor skills to portfolio companies, including identifying potential matches for portfolio company advisory or board of directors’ positions  
  • Thought Leadership Promotion – Welcoming our advisors and promoting their backgrounds through a dedicated “NightFeature” social media series and offering other thought leadership opportunities 
  • Quarterly NightDragon Focus Groups – Intimate community sessions held quarterly to share best practices, discuss emerging trends and build inter-network relationships
  • Regular NightDragon Advisor Surveys – A formalized inquiry process, to leverage the collective expertise of the Council, drive thought leadership, and benchmark industry trends
  • NightDragon Advisor Portfolio Days – Special virtual events to drive engagement with existing NightDragon portfolio companies and feature their technology to Council members

New additions to the NightDragon Advisor Council include:

  • Dave Baumgartner, former EVP, CIO and CTO of Mandiant
  • Christophe Blassiau, SVP, Cybersecurity & Product Security, Global Chief Information Security Officer & Chief Product Security Officer, Schneider Electric
  • Neil Boland, CISO – SVP, Technology & Security, Major League Baseball
  • Grant Bourzikas, Chief Security Officer, SVP, Cloudflare
  • Tim Brown, Chief Information Security Officer and VP of Security, SolarWinds
  • Brian Cincera, SVP, Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Infrastructure & Operations, Pfizer
  • Edna Conway, CEO EMC Advisors, Former Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure Infrastructure, Microsoft, Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Cisco.
  • Kirsten Davies, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Unilever 
  • Noopur Davis, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Product Privacy Officer, Corporate EVP, Comcast
  • George Eapen, Group Chief Information Officer, Petrofac
  • Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Security Officer, Kodiak Robotics
  • Adam Evans, Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President, RBC
  • Adam Gladsden, Senior Vice President, Cyber Risk Intelligence Product Leader, Marsh
  • Ramy Houssaini, Chief Cyber & Technology Risk Officer & Group Privacy Officer, BNP Paribas
  • Prabhath Karanth, Chief Information Security Officer, Dolby Laboratories
  • Yaron Levi, Chief Information Security Officer, Dolby Laboratories
  • Dr. Bilyana Lilly, Chair, Democratic Resilience Track, Warsaw Security Forum
  • Adrian Ludwig, Former Chief Trust Officer, Atlassian
  • Jake Martens, SVP & Chief Information Security Officer, Aristocrat Technologies
  • Heather McMahon, Former Defense Intelligence Senior Executive & Veteran, Counterintelligence Officer, Board Member
  • Michael Morgan, Chief Information Security Officer, Phillips 66
  • Jairo Orea, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Fotis Papazafeiropoulos, Chief Information Security Officer, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
  • John Petrie, Counsellor to the NTT Global CISO, NTT
  • Christoph Peylo, Chief Cyber Security Officer, Bosch Global 
  • Steve Pugh, Chief Information Security Officer, International Exchange 
  • Thomas Quinn, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, T. Rowe Price
  • Christopher Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Bradley Schaufenbuel, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, Paychex
  • Sharon Schusheim, Chief Information Officer and VP Technical Services, Check Point Software Technologies
  • Skip Sorrels, Director of Cyber Security, Ascension 
  • Paul Stapleton, Chief Product Security Officer & VP Cyber Security Engineering, Dexcom
  • Hanan Szwarcbord, VP and Chief Security Officer, Micron Technology
  • Rishi Tripathi, VP & Chief Information Security Officer, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Almon Tse, Global Chief Information Security Officer at Saks Cloud Services (SCS) and Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), Saks Fifth Avenue 
  • Luis Veronesi Joao, Global VP Technology Operations & Data, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Jesse Whaley, Chief Information Security Officer, Amtrak
  • Gregory Wilson, Chief Information Security Officer, Putnam Investments
  • Adam Zoller, Chief Information Security Officer, Providence Health & Services

The full list of Advisors can be viewed here

Supplemental Quotes

“NightDragon continues to grow the value it provides to its Advisor Council by offering us unique opportunities to engage with the next generation of cybersecurity innovators, as well as collaborate and share best practices with our peers from leading organizations in the private and public sectors. I look forward to continuing to engage with the NightDragon network and community for many years to come,” said Yaron Levi, Chief Information Security Officer, Dolby Laboratories.

“Today’s fast-changing security environment demands rapid access to deep insights from across industry and government.  As a NightDragon Advisor, my peers and I can quickly leverage each other’s strengths and experience to share insights, solve problems, and drive innovation essential to improving the human condition and securing our world for tomorrow,” said Heather McMahon, Former Defense Intelligence Senior Executive & Veteran, Counterintelligence Officer, Board Member.

“Working with the NightDragon Advisor Council means we get early access and engagement with some of the most compelling up-and-coming startups in the market. As we look to increase our ability to mitigate risk within our organization, having these unique insights into the market through the Council community and through our engagements with the NightDragon portfolio is essential,” said Adam Zoller, Chief Information Security Officer, Providence Health & Services.

About NightDragon

NightDragon is an investment and advisory firm focused on growth and late-stage investments within the cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy industries. Its platform and vast industry network provide unparalleled threat insights, deal flow, market leverage and operating expertise to drive portfolio company growth and increase shareholder value. Founded by Dave DeWalt, the NightDragon team has more than 25 years of operational and market expertise leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Mandiant, Avast and FireEye. Read more about NightDragon at

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