Position: Chief Executive Officer
Chad joined the team in 2020 with more than 22 years’ experience in the cyber security field across multiple industries. During this time, he developed and led large cyber programs, transformation efforts, international teams and service lines. Prior roles include EVP, Chief Services & Operations Officer at Optiv, Managing Partner for the cyber practice at EY and Chief Technology and Intelligence Officer at FireEye.
His focus as Kivu’s CEO is to drive innovation and strategic business development to ensure the business capitalizes on the dynamic shifts in the cyber security industry.
Position: Chief Research Officer
Winston Krone has handled the investigation and analysis of hundreds of cyber incidents in healthcare, high tech, professional services, education and financial institutions. Winston has specific expertise in both the technical and legal issues behind network intrusion and cyber extortion. He is an attorney qualified in the UK and California and a court-qualified computer forensics expert. As such, Winston frequently testifies as a cyber expert in post-breach litigation, cyber insurance coverage disputes, and has presented his findings to regulators in the US and Europe. In 2015 he was appointed a Special Master in a US Federal Court class action, supervising the privacy issues of millions of student records.
In summer 2017, Winston transferred from California to Amsterdam and currently supervises Kivu’s EU operations, including international breach response and GDPR compliance.
Winston’s clients include multinational corporations, governmental organizations and high net worth individuals. Cases have included investigating hacking, unauthorized access to data, theft of trade secrets and confidential data, corporate espionage, corruption and embezzlement. Winston is also an expert in the collection, preservation, use and production of digital data in criminal and civil litigation.
Prior to joining Kivu, Winston was a Managing Director and Director of Computer Investigations for a publicly traded US risk management company. As an attorney, Winston worked for major law firms in London, Brussels and San Francisco. His legal experience includes civil litigation, white-collar crime, intellectual property and employment law. Winston represented clients at both civil and criminal cases in California state courts, the English High Court, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.
Winston has also worked for the US State Department as a field officer and senior legal advisor in the Former Yugoslavia and Central Africa. He served as the legal expert on property issues for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as part of the UN mission in Kosovo, 1999-2000.
Winston received his Bachelor of Arts in Law from Oxford University, England. He has completed numerous professional and vocation training courses in cyber forensics including at the Federal training facility (SEARCH) and the Master’s certificate course at the University of New Haven.
Position: Chief Services and Operation Officer
Jim Tiller joined Kivu in 2020 and is a global leader in the cybersecurity field with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining Kivu, Tiller held leadership positions as the SVP of Security Services Operations at Optiv. He was also the Director of Security Consulting Services for the Americas at Hewlett-Packard (HP). Tiller is also a published author on information security technologies and strategy and holds several security patents.
Jim’s focus at Kivu will be to “help organizations manage their overall cybersecurity posture by monitoring their environments and identify, respond, and help recover from incidents. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to build on our strengths in service quality and customer satisfaction while driving innovative services and compelling solutions for our customers.”
Position: Chief Financial Officer
John Garrison oversees Kivu’s financial management, operations and corporate strategy. John has over 18 years of financial experience in corporate financial roles, litigation consulting and as an auditor with a Big 4 accounting firm. Additionally, he consults on financial forensic and economic damages matters.
Prior to joining Kivu, John held senior roles at international consulting and Big 4 accounting firms, such as FTI Consulting, Navigant and Deloitte, where he directed litigation consulting engagements for matters involving economic damages and forensic accounting. He has provided expert testimony in deposition regarding economic damages and has significant experience calculating damages and providing expert witness services in intellectual property, commercial and securities litigation matters. John’s consulting projects have covered a wide range of industries, including software, semiconductors, Internet, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate, financial institutions, healthcare, consumer credit scoring and consumer electronics.
John also has experience in corporate financial management and operations. Prior to his work in litigation consulting, he was the Controller for a national medical services company and Director of Finance for ZipRealty.com, an Internet-based national real estate firm. John began his career as an Auditor at KPMG.
John holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Position: Chief People Officer
Mecca Robbins joined Kivu in February 2021. She will oversee all aspects of People Services across Kivu in order to focus on growth and develop and retain top talent; simultaneously expanding diversity, inclusion, and affinity programs. Under her leadership, Robbins will advance the company’s strategy and operations with efficiency. Robbins will report directly to Chad Holmes, Chief Executive Officer.
Mecca Robbins carries over twenty years of experience as a Human Resource Leader within High Tech Consulting Services. She brings exceptional experience across all surfaces of human resource strategy and development. Most recently Robbins held the position of Head of People Services at Trissential, an award-winning US based management consultancy. Preceding her position at Trissential she excelled as the Vice President of Human Resources at TUV Rheinland OpenSky where she executed a strategically organizational vision and managed all HR responsibilities. Robbins has a demonstrated track record in other extraordinary leadership positions at SQS Group, Oculus360, McAfee, and BT.
Position: Chief Information Officer
Mickey Perry joined Kivu in February 2021. He is an accomplished Senior IT Leader with a diverse background in creating transformative solutions within a fast-paced global consulting and business environment. As our new Chief Information Officer and Head of Alliances. Perry will be responsible for overseeing the security and functionality of the company’s information systems with a heavy focus on driving alignment between our back-office IT and our channel partnerships.
Perry brings over 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and strategic consulting within the cyber field. Prior to joining Kivu, Perry held multiple leadership positions at various corporations including Vice President of Information Security at Whitesky, and Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Optiv. With Perry’s significant senior leadership and expertise, he stands as a great fit in supporting our information technology to achieve Kivu’s company mission. His unique blend of experience across cybersecurity, data networks, cloud, and on-premise spaces provide him with the right assets for this company.
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