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, operating across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada; specializing in managed security services, advisory services, identity 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 is a member of 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 show Shark Tank.
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 Customer Success
Sean C. Higgins is the CTO, Customer Success for Herjavec Group, responsible for driving partnership through Managed Services onboarding experiences. Sean thrives on site with our customers, supporting architecture reviews and operations assessments to set the partnership up for success as we go forward into our services relationship. 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.
Ira Goldstein Chief Operating Officer
Ira Goldstein is the Chief Operating Officer for Herjavec Group, accountable for business development, investments, and service advancement initiatives globally. Ira has previously held executive roles in Managed Security Services and Professional Services across the organization. He has led complex information security programs and projects in a variety of sectors, with companies across Canada, the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (U.K.). Ira completed his graduate studies at the London School of Economics.
Jennifer Ogle, CPA, CA Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer is the Chief Financial Officer at Herjavec Group, responsible for enhancing the organization’s operational performance, financial reporting, and value in alignment with the executive team and financial community. Reporting directly to HG’s CEO Robert Herjavec, she has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, accounting and corporate reporting having held multiple executive roles including Director of Finance & Corporate Controller at Teranet Inc and Chief Accounting Officer and Country Controller at GM Canada Inc. Jennifer holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration with high honors from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Erin McLean SVP Marketing & Human Resources
Erin McLean is the SVP of Marketing and Human Resources for Herjavec Group, responsible for directing the brand, driving go-to market strategy and supporting internal and external communications. She oversees all branded programming, channel alliances, and end to end human resources initiatives. 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.
Jerry Nguyen VP Threat Management & Incident Response
Jerry leads Herjavec Group’s Threat Management & Incident Response team with accountability for HG’s Incident Response, Threat Hunting, Red Teaming and Vulnerability Management Services. His efforts drive innovative and collaborative content development between our Professional Services and Managed Services teams. Prior to joining Herjavec Group, Jerry Nguyen was the CSOC Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and also held executive roles at Crowdstrike and Mandiant. With over seventeen years of experience in information security, Jerry specializes in incident response, computer forensic investigations, and information security training. He has been involved with multiple credit data theft cases, government intrusion cases and Fortune 500 intrusion cases. Jerry also had a nine year career in the US Marine Corp specializing in both physical and information security. On his last tour he led the Marine Corp CSOC.
J.R. Cunningham VP STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS
An accomplished innovator and premier thinker in cybersecurity and risk management with a proven track record of success, J.R. Cunningham has performed executive consulting, architecture, and assessment work across the globe and in a wide variety of industries, including finance, insurance, healthcare, education, the intelligence community, retail, and government. J.R. is noted for leveraging his IT, security and business acumen to build an industry respected consulting practice for Optiv. Prior to his work in security and risk, J.R. directed technology operations at MarketWatch.com, one of the world’s most visited websites. As VP of Strategic Solutions at Herjavec Group, J.R.’s areas of expertise include (i) building & running security programs (CISO & CIRO), (ii) Security Strategy Assessment & Consulting, (iii) Cyber Practitioner & Sales Force Leadership and (iv) creating successful product & services pipelines through strategic consulting.
Melissa Zicopula VP Managed Services
Melissa Zicopula has over 15 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, driving content development and enriching customer analytics.
Adam Crawford VP Managed Services
Adam Crawford brings significant experience in risk management & compliance, security operations, incident response and cloud adoption to his role as VP Managed Security Services. He holds an MBA from Durham University and retains the CISSP, CISM, CRISC, GCIH, SFCA & GCFE certifications, is a member of ISACA & ISC2 and also holds Canadian secret clearance. Prior to joining Herjavec Group Adam was a partner in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services. He also held management roles at Forsythe Technology Canada and NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC).
Eric Cowperthwaite VP Professional Services
As Vice President of Professional Services, Eric oversees HG’s Advisory Services, Security Assessment & Testing, Technical Architecture & Implementation, and Identity Services practices. He is committed to hiring, and retaining top talent, investing in training, and continuing to elevate HG service delivery methodologies. Eric is a veteran security leader with 30+ years of experience across multiple industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, state and local government, and financial services. Previously, Eric has served as a CISO at Providence Health & Services, Global Director of Information Security at Esterline Technologies, and has held a variety of Professional Services roles with expertise in risk management, governance, system engineering, and operational delivery. Eric has also served in the US Army for 10 years and upon returning to Sacramento, CA, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from CSU.
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.