Founder & CEO
A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec has built and sold several IT companies. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, consulting, delivery and incident response for enterprise level organizations. Robert’s ability to interpret industry trends and understand enterprise business security demands has helped him achieve the profile of a global cybersecurity expert. He has served as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and recently joined the US Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. His views on the threat landscape, on emerging technologies and on the need for a proactive security framework are regularly profiled across print, digital and television mediums. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank.
Co-Founder & SVP Sales
George Frempong is Senior Vice President of Sales and Co-Founder of Herjavec Group, bringing nearly twenty years of sales experience in the Canadian networking security industry to the company. George started his IT career with BRAK Systems in 1997 as a Security Solutions Sales Representative. When BRAK was sold to AT&T Canada in 2000, George worked with AT&T’s Internet and eBusiness division and later moved to Deloitte & Touche. In 2003, George co-founded Herjavec Group, where he has sustained his executive sales track-record. He has brought high-level security solutions to many notable corporations across a variety of industries.
Sean C. Higgins
Co-Founder & VP of Professional Services
Sean C. Higgins is the VP of Professional Services and co-founder of Herjavec Group. Sean has worked in the Information Technology Field for over 30 years with a specific focus on Internet Security for the last 20 years. In the early days of Internet Security, Sean worked closely with Check Point Firewall-1 in bringing the technology to Canada and then assisting in the development and delivery of Check Point training courses throughout Canada.
Over the years, Sean became a trusted advisor in Internet Security and has been called upon to lead teams to assist companies in remediation of corporate security incidents. Sean was one of the first to be called as an expert witness in a Canadian court regarding a cyber-security incident. He was named the first CTO of the month in September 2012 by IT Focus. Sean is also a speaker and author.
SVP Global Technical Operations
Ira Goldstein is the SVP of Global Technical Operations for Herjavec Group, accountable for all technical operations and corporate development globally. He provides leadership to teams supporting Consulting, Identity, Implementation, Remediation and Managed Security Services. He has led complex information security programs and projects in a variety of sectors, with companies across Canada, the US and UK. Prior to this position, Ira served as SVP Business Development and was previously Director of the Project Management Office. Ira has a passion for building and growing technology services companies. In addition to his operations role, Ira regularly evaluates prospects for acquisition and is responsible for post-transaction integration. Ira joined Herjavec Group in 2009, is a certified Project Management Professional, and holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in the UK.
John Moy is the SVP Finance at Herjavec Group. He graduated from York University / Schulich School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, majoring in accounting. He did his CA internship with Coopers & Lybrand (now called PricewaterhouseCoopers). John has been leading the company’s finance and operation department since 2003 and has assisted in the growth of the company internally and through acquisitions.
SVP Marketing & Customer Success
Erin McLean is the SVP of Marketing and Customer Success for Herjavec Group, responsible for directing the brand, driving go-to market strategy and supporting internal and external communications. She oversees customer engagement through leadership of the Project Management Office and Technical Account Manager organization. Prior to joining Herjavec Group, Erin contributed to the acceleration of some of Canada’s top brands at Virgin Mobile, Bell Mobility and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Erin holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
VP Managed Services
Melissa Zicopula has over 10 years of experience in government and corporate sectors in various executive roles within global cybersecurity operations. She has been responsible for developing and improving the managed services practices and SOC operations across US federal and global gaming organizations. Melissa leads the overall Managed Services practice for Herjavec Group, overseeing SOC operations, enriching customer analytics and supporting enhancements to the firm’s Managed Services practice.
VP Customer Success
Atif Ghauri is the VP Customer Success for Herjavec Group and is primarily responsible for Managed Security Services customer engagement and service development. Atif has over 15 years of experience in technology strategy, operations, and business development at IBM, Unisys, and Comcast. Prior to Herjavec Group, he spent four years at Comcast serving as the CISO of the product engineering group. He led all product and operational security work streams to launch the X1 Platform and Xfinity Home Security business unit. Atif patented an industry first user behavior analytics technology for embedded consumer devices and deployed it on over twenty-five million devices.
Atif earned his undergraduate degree with honors from the Schreyer College at Penn State University and holds Master of Technology Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
VP Sales US
Chris Risenhoover, Herjavec Group’s Vice President of Sales in the US, has had an exciting and varied career in cybersecurity. He started as a software developer in the defense sector for Texas Instruments and held various roles in engineering and sales across the organization. He held executive sales positions with Raytheon, Spearhead Securities and CopiaTech (a specialized VAR he founded and sold, focused on mainframe security solutions). Chris joined Herjavec Group through the acquisition of Galaxy Tech in 2014 and now leads the enterprise sales team across the US. He serves on the SMU Cyber Security Advisory board, were he helps shape course content and training offered for executive certificate programs. Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Mathematics.
Director Sales UK
Andy Woolford is the Director of Sales for Herjavec Group in the UK. He has over 17 years sales experience in the security market space. Andy started his journey in Security in 1998 working for Network Associates (Now Intel Security) where he held several sales and management positions engaging with Global Enterprise Clients and System Integrators. Andy then joined Integralis (Now NTT Communications) to manage their largest System Integrator before joining Sysec LTD (acquired by Herjavec Group) to build a sales team and deliver on the growth strategy. Andy is passionate about security and focusing on delivering customer excellence.
VP Remediation Services
Matt Anthony is the VP of Remediation Services at Herjavec Group. Prior to joining Herjavec Group, Matt held numerous leadership positions focused in enterprise security programs, most recently at Alberta Health Services, a $14 billion, 115,000 seat enterprise.
Matt has been at the forefront of the information security practice for many years, building and implementing effective programs to govern and manage risk. He has developed and operated Security Operations Centres, led security incident response practices, created policy and governance frameworks, and implemented and operated digital investigation teams. Matt believes strongly in positioning information security as an enabler of business by promoting an architectural and risk-based approach to program development and management.
VP Consulting Services
With over 30 years of experience in IT Risk Management and information security, Robert assists organizations in delivering enterprise information risk management engagements.
In addition, he oversees teams responsible for governance, risk and compliance support, information security policy & strategy, technical security assessments and PCI compliance. Prior to joining Herjavec Group, Robert lead the IT Risk group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in computer security and information protection strategies.
VP Identity and Access Management
Ketan Kapadia is an accomplished, results-driven executive with experience in information security, consulting, product management, and Identity Management and Access Governance. Ketan was the founder and President of Aikya Security Solutions Inc. (acquired by Herjavec Group in Q4 2016), an Identity and Access Governance consulting firm. Prior to founding Aikya Security, Ketan held the position of Director and Chief Architect at Aveksa (acquired by RSA Security LLC), responsible for World Wide Professional Services. There, Ketan’s responsibilities included sales support, professional services, partner management and enablement, field enablement, competitive intelligence, product management support, and technical sales.