Executive Team

Robert Herjavec

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.

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George Frempong

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 & CTO

Sean C. Higgins is the CTO 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.

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Atif Ghauri

CTO USA

Atif Ghauri is the CTO for Herjavec Group in the USA and is primarily responsible for developing strategic relationships to further our managed services practice. Atif has over 15 years of experience in technology strategy, implementation and business development from Comcast, IBM and Unisys. Prior to Herjavec Group, he spent four years at Comcast serving as the CISO for the advanced engineering group. He led all product and operational security work streams to launch next generation X1 Platform and Xfinity Home Security product and services. At Comcast, Atif invented and deployed a patent pending fraud detection technology operational on over one million customer devices.

Atif earned his undergraduate degree with honors from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University, and holds Master of Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Chris Pratapas

SVP Technical Operations

Chris Pratapas is the SVP of Technical Operations for Herjavec Group, accountable for all technical service teams including consulting, professional, managed and remediation services. Chris has a wealth of experience in executive operations across multiple industries including: financial services, telecommunications and hospitality. Prior to joining Herjavec Group, he held the position of VP of Technology Support Services for Hilton Hotels Worldwide supporting over 12,000 employees globally with a responsibility for internal IT services. Chris was also responsible for IT, networking and telephony globally as VP of Telecommunications & IT Infrastructure at the Royal Bank of Canada from 2009-2012.

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Ira Goldstein

SVP Business Development

Ira Goldstein is the SVP of Business Development for Herjavec Group, accountable for the organization’s expansion across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.  Prior to this position, Ira has served as PMO Director, and VP of Technical Services leading technical SMEs and clients from diverse industries to deliver a wide array of IT Security projects. Ira has a passion for building and growing technology services companies. He regularly evaluates prospects for acquisition and is responsible for post-transaction integration. Ira joined Herjavec Group in 2009, as a certified Project Management Professional, and holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in the UK. 

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John Moy

SVP Finance

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.

Erin McLean

SVP Marketing & Communications

Erin McLean is the SVP of Marketing and Communications for Herjavec Group, responsible for directing the brand, driving go-to market strategy and supporting internal and external communications. 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.

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Nathan Sherlock

VP Client Advocacy – Managed Services

Nathan Sherlock is the VP of Managed Services Technology for Herjavec Group. He has worked within the Managed Services field for almost 10 years and is passionate about SIEM and security monitoring. Nathan holds various certifications including CISSP, CEH, GCIH, GSLC, and always strives to advance his security knowledge, while improving the security posture for Herjavec Group’s managed clients. 

Melissa Zicopula

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. 

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Andy Woolford

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.

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Matt Anthony

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.

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Ketan Kapadia

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.

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