February 12, 2020
Spirion Expands Executive Team to Strengthen Position in Data Privacy Management Market
Recent $20 million investment and appointment of new CEO further position company for accelerated growth
ST. PETERSBURG, FL―February 12, 2020―Spirion, a pioneer in building solutions that enable companies around the globe to take the critical first step towards data security and privacy, today announced that it has expanded its executive team, adding five senior data security and technology leaders to advance the development of its data privacy management framework. Spirion’s new executive leadership includes Michael Scott previously from The Wendy’s Company as Chief Privacy and Security Officer; Stanley Curtis from Pilgrim Quality Solutions as Executive Vice President of Development; Scott Giordano from Robert Half Legal as Vice President and Senior Counsel, Privacy and Compliance; Jennifer Holtvluwer from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise as Vice President of Demand Marketing; and Tom Palomaki from LogRhythm as Senior Vice President of Sales.
These leadership appointments follow the recent appointment of Kevin Coppins as President and CEO, accompanied by a $20 million investment by The Riverside Company, Spirion’s private equity owner. Under the strategic guidance of Coppins, Spirion is using its latest funding to accelerate the development of products that strengthen its data privacy management framework.
“Thanks to our obsession with protecting data privacy, Spirion has experienced exceptional growth by reducing the technical complexity commonly associated with data privacy and making it more manageable for organizations of all sizes,” stated Coppins. “The addition of Mike, Stanley, Scott, Jennifer and Tom to our leadership team and the important depth of expertise they bring across data privacy, compliance and enterprise software further strengthens our ability to develop distinct security features that will continue to position Spirion ahead of the curve when it comes to trusted and effective data privacy management.”
Spirion’s new executives include:
Michael Scott, Chief Privacy and Security Officer
Michael Scott is an information security leader with more than 20 years of experience providing scalable and secure solutions for global organizations. Most recently, he held the positions of Chief Information Security Officer for The Wendy’s Corporation; Executive Director, Office of the CISO with Optiv, Inc., a security solutions integrator that delivers end-to-end cybersecurity services globally; and Digital Security Services Leader with NCR Corporation where he built and managed security solutions for the retail, hospitality, and banking industries. Previously, he served as the Global Information Security Manager for Verint.
Stanley Curtis, Executive Vice President, Development
Stanley Curtis has more than 30 years of experience overseeing the development of enterprise software and hardware solutions for high-tech companies, including those in healthcare and life sciences. Most recently, Curtis was CTO of Pilgrim Quality Solutions, where he led the development of enterprise quality management software for the life sciences industry, including medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Previously, he held executive positions leading the development of enterprise software for healthcare companies, including MTS Medication Technologies, McKesson Provider Technologies, and Kronos.
Curtis holds a graduate certificate in information assurance and cybersecurity from the Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Old Dominion University. He also attended the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute at Stanford University.
Scott M. Giordano, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Privacy and Compliance
Scott M. Giordano, Esq., is an attorney with more than 20 years of legal, technology, and risk management consulting experience. An IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy and a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), Giordano serves as Spirion’s subject matter expert on multinational data protection and its intersection with technology, export compliance, internal investigations, information governance, and risk management. Before joining Spirion, he served as Director, Data Protection for Robert Half Legal and established the global privacy program for Esterline Technologies Corporation. Giordano has held senior positions at several legal technology firms, holds a patent for Intelligently Searching of Electronically Stored Information, and taught the first law school course on electronic evidence and e-discovery.
Giordano is a member of the bar in Washington state, California, and the District of Columbia. He holds a master’s degree in economic crime management from Utica College, a Juris Doctor and MBA from Santa Clara University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Jen Holtvluwer, Vice President of Demand Marketing
Jen Holtvluwer has more than 20 years of senior marketing and business development experience with success creating compelling stories that impact audiences and ensure a customer-focused approach to business opportunities. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Marketing and Inside Sales for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and as Head of Marketing and Business Development with Cherwell Software. Previously, Holtvluwer held senior marketing positions with BMC Software, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, and Dover Corporation.
Holtvluwer holds a master’s degree in communications from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Hope College. She is a board member of AA-ISP (American Association of Inside Sales Professionals).
Tom Palomaki, Senior Vice President of Sales
Tom Palomaki has over 25 years of executive sales, services and support leadership, channel partnership, and operations experience in the software industry. Before joining Spirion, he held leadership roles with Novell, Fortinet, BDNA, Flexera, and LogRhythm. Throughout his career, Tom has successfully built high-performing sales teams that help customers address complex business problems with technology.
Palomaki holds an MBA in information systems from The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in business from Cornell University.
About the Data Privacy Management Framework
Spirion’s comprehensive data privacy management framework includes data privacy, compliance and behavior analytics solutions that protect customers by enabling them to accurately discover and classify sensitive data, understand the data within the context of their business, and then take actions to control that data so they can operate with minimal friction and comply with laws and regulations built to protect the personal data privacy of individuals.
Spirion is a pioneer in designing the critical first step of data security and privacy through its data discovery, persistent classification, and behavior software and services. Since 2006, thousands of organizations across all industries worldwide have reduced their sensitive data footprint and proactively minimized the risks, costs, and reputational damage of successful cyberattacks and regulatory violations. The company was recently ranked by CIOReview magazine as one of the “20 Most Promising Compliance Technology Solution Providers of 2019,” an annual listing of 20 companies that are at the forefront of providing compliance technology solutions and transforming businesses.