Company

Big data drives our economy. Stop it, lose it, impair it, or misuse it and the consequences are crippling – whether by regulatory fines, lost organizational productivity or a damaging breach of public trust.

The big data footprint your business relies on grows larger every day and your challenge and charge is to secure it all and maintain ongoing compliance in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. But how can you protect something if you don’t know where it is? And how could you know? The rampant collection and replication of files and the misuse of sensitive personal data – intentional and accidental – is virtually uncontrollable. Until now.

Our Story

Spirion is the critical first step toward data privacy and security. We build and deliver the most accurate data discovery and classification solutions on the planet to position our customers for unparalleled data privacy, security, and regulatory compliance. Since 2006, Spirion has empowered the data privacy, security, and compliance strategies of thousands of organizations worldwide and across multiple industries.

Our Mission

Spirion exists to protect what matters most – the sensitive personal data of our colleagues, our customers, and our communities.

Our Core Beliefs

Spirion understands that data is the lifeblood of modern society. We believe that, to allow data to drive growth in a boundless digital frontier, there must be an open flow of information that is protected from misuse – intentional or not. With this core belief comes the responsibility to protect every individual’s right to data privacy and security, and every organization’s sensitive data and intellectual property.

Our customers don’t want fast and easy – they want accurate and persistent. And that’s what we will always focus on – because you cannot protect what you cannot find.

“The real victims of enterprise data breaches are always the people. That was the genesis of Spirion; to protect people from identity theft by enabling companies to find and protect sensitive data. Since day one, we have made our focus to be the most reliable, accurate, and scalable data discovery and automated persistent classification solution on the market. We invite you to join us in eliminating the risk of fraud caused by successful cyberattacks”

Todd Feinman, Spirion Co-Founder

Leadership Team

Spirion’s leadership team is comprised of internationally recognized leaders in cybersecurity, data privacy, and electronic commerce.

Kevin Coppins

Kevin Coppins

CEO & President

A tech industry veteran, Coppins has served in senior executive roles at software and hardware companies both large and small, equipping him with the breadth of skills and experience needed to thrive at Spirion. Coppins leads a team of passionate data privacy professionals who work with clients in the daily battle to protect what’s important — their sensitive data. Prior to serving as CEO at Spirion, Coppins held leadership positions at Novell, Alcatel Lucent, Meru Networks, EasyVista, CyFIR, and NEC. His educational background includes a BA in Marketing from Penn State, MBA from Loyola University New Orleans, and a Certificate of Professional Development from The Wharton School of Business.

Ty Hurner

Ty Hurner

Chief Financial Officer

Hurner is an experienced executive with a Big 4 background. Along the way, he acquired expertise in PE, M&A, GAAP, financial modeling, corporate governance, global consolidation, financial accounting, venture capital, and performance analysis. At Spirion, Hurner is responsible for the company’s financial due diligence, systems and functions integration, and strategy. Prior to Spirion, Hurner was Director of Financial Integrations at j2 Global, and VP of Global Finance at VIPRE Security. He obtained a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida. 

Mike Scott

Mike 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 building managed security solutions for the retail, hospitality, and banking industries. Previously, he served as the Global Information Security Manager for Verint. 

Scott M. Giordano, Esq., FIP, GSEC-G, CISSP, CIPP

Scott M. Giordano, Esq., FIP, GSEC-G, CISSP, CIPP

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), he 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.  

Scott 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. 

Tom Palomaki

Tom Palomaki

Global Sales

Tom is an experienced leader in multiple customer-facing executive roles, predominantly with software manufacturers. These positions include Enterprise Sales, Worldwide Services and Support and Sales Operations, at companies including Novell, Fortinet, BDNA, Flexera and LogRhythm prior to joining Spirion.  Throughout his career he has had the privilege to work with many talented, smart and energetic people, with the common thread of helping customers solve complex business problems through the application of technology. Tom enthusiastically supports our channel partnerships, working as a team to make our customers successful.  Tom holds a B.S. in Business from Cornell University and an MBA in Information Systems from The Simon School at the University of Rochester. 

Deidra Colvin

Deidra Colvin

Global Marketing

Colvin brings 25 years of B2C and B2B marketing experience to the Spirion team. She is recognized as an expert in marketing operations; consumer behavior; brand development; and integrated communications and has spoken on these disciplines at a national level. Deidra is passionate about developing marketing teams and building best-in-class infrastructures to advance the company’s mission to protect what matters most – personal data privacy and security.

Deidra holds a B.A. in Advertising and Creative Writing from Pepperdine University, and an MBA and Doctorate in Business Administration from Anderson University. One of few empirical researchers in the field of electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM), Colvin published original research on the effects of eWOM (as measured by online ratings, reviews, likes, and social media engagement) on the sales success of experience goods.

Dave Canelis

Dave Canelis

Global Customer Success

With an extensive background in customer success, Canelis heads up this program at Spirion to drive maximum value for customers. Today, he is responsible for leading the professional services, technical support, education, and customer success functions with the goal of enabling customers to be successful at identifying, classifying, and protecting their sensitive data. Prior to joining Spirion, Canelis served as senior vice president of global client services at Avoka (acquired by Temenos) where he was responsible for services, support, training, customer success, and partner enablement. He has also held leadership roles at Service Source, Serena Software, and Oracle. 

Jen Holtvluwer

Jen Holtvluwer

Global Demand Generation

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). 

Stanley Curtis

Stanley Curtis

Head of Engineering and Product 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 and human capital management 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. 

Gabe Gumbs

Gabe Gumbs

Head of Product Strategy and Innovation

From solutions architecture to security, Gumbs brings wide and deep technical experience to his position as Chief Innovation Officer at Spirion. Today, he is leading the Spirion product team through strategic product development to create technologies that push data security forward in an increasingly complex digital world. Prior to his new position at Spirion, Gumbs held a range of positions in security technology, including VP of Product Management at Spirion. Other prior positions include VP of Product Strategy at STEALTHbits Technologies, and Director of Research and Products at WhiteHat Security. Gumbs also served on the Board of Advisors at eGRC.com.

Cully Buchanan

Cully Buchanan

Head of Human Resources

McCullough (“Cully”) Buchanan, joined the Spirion team in January of 2019, as our Human Resources Director. Cully has enjoyed 20 years in human resources leadership. She’s originally from Virginia, where she previously served as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Universal Health Services, supporting 11 locations throughout DC, VA and MD. Her prior roles also include VP of Human Resources for a CCRC in Florida, Director of Human Resources for Medical Facilities of America and HR Management with Rehab Management, Inc., where she supported 50 long-term care facilities, in 3 states. She has also served as an Executive Committee Member for The National Alliance on Mental Illness, as a committee member and judge for the Richmond Society for Human Resources Management  “Employer All-Star Award” selection for employee engagement and retention,  as an Executive Committee Member for The Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association,  and as a Committee Member for (FACES) Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services,  where she testified before the General Assembly on behalf of Mental Health Courts. 

Tim Shen

Tim Shen

General Counsel

Tim Shen is an experienced attorney in the areas of technology law, intellectual property rights, and software licensing and distribution.  At Spirion, Tim provides comprehensive general counsel services and legal advice. Tim’s legal experience includes serving as senior counsel for a Fortune 100 software company and leading his own law firm after working for a Houston-based international law firm. Tim is an adjunct professor of law at South Texas College of Law in Houston and is a registered U.S. patent attorney. In addition to a law degree, Tim holds a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas and University of Houston. 

Todd Feinman

Todd Feinman

Co-Founder

Driven by extensive technology experience, Feinman co-founded Spirion in 2006. Over his 11 years as CEO, he grew the customer base to over 1,000 organizations and helped win multiple industry awards. Today, he is in charge of leading product vision and corporate strategy. As an industry leader, Feinman has appeared in several major news outlets, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Morning America. He authored Microsoft’s book on securing Windows, as well as several textbooks. Prior to co-founding Spirion, Feinman was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in security and privacy, a Product Manager for Microsoft in the enterprise server group, and CIO of an energy retailer. Feinman holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

David Goldman

David Goldman

Co-Founder

Goldman had acquired extensive experience in technology development — from strategy to support — when he co-founded Spirion. Since 2006, he has led the organization, and headed up product vision, strategy, management, delivery, quality, and support. Today, he is responsible for the company’s technology vision, product strategy, and R&D initiatives. Prior to his founding role at Spirion, Goldman was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the information security consulting group, where he helped solve complex problems for Fortune 50 customers. In his role as an industry leader, he has written numerous white papers and articles, and presented at industry conferences and international symposia. Goldman has a BS in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis.

John Kish

John Kish

Chairman of the Board

John Kish is the Chairman of the Board for Spirion and serves as a Senior Operating Partner with The Riverside Company. He has more than 30 years of senior management experience in the software and hardware industries and has led seven companies as President and CEO. Those businesses ranged in size from raw start-ups through $200M+ multi-national businesses.

Earlier in his career, John served in several senior management positions at Oracle, including Senior Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of the Desktop Division, and Assistant to the President responsible for market strategy and planning. Reporting directly to Larry Ellison, John established Oracle’s Desktop Division and founded the Business Development organization.

John graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Logics and received a Ph.D. in Logics from The Johns Hopkins University.

Marci McCarthy

Marci McCarthy

Board Member

Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. With more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, McCarthy founded T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada and celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2020.

McCarthy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), and was previously a member of their Strategic Advisory Board since its founding. She partnered with the ICMCP to create “The Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program,” which provides $5,000 over a two-year period to help talented women and minority students advance into cybersecurity and obtain their Security+ Professional Certification via CompTIA. Six deserving individuals have been awarded this scholarship to date.

McCarthy has been a guest lecturer, speaker, and moderator at national conferences such as the ISE® Executive Forum and Award Program Series, ISSA Local Chapter and International Conferences, and more, speaking on cybersecurity, women in technology/security/business, STEAM, entrepreneurism, and leadership topics.

Alan Peyrat

Alan Peyrat

Board Member

Mr. Alan Peyrat started at Riverside in 2007. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Peyrat was a Principal at Apax Partners, where he served on deal teams and portfolio company boards with a focus on the technology and telecommunications sectors. Previously, Mr. Peyrat helped found Telephia, where he served as Director of Sales and Director of Engineering and Operations. He has also worked at the Mayfield Fund, A.T. Kearny, and Public Financial Management, Inc. Mr. Peyrat holds a BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University.

Ken Athanasiou

Ken Athanasiou

Board Member

Ken Athanasiou is the Chief Information Security Officer at VF Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Retail and Hospitality Information Analysis and Sharing Center (RH-ISAC). He also serves on the board of the National Technology Security Coalition and Spirion, LLC.

Ken has extensive experience in leadership, cyber security, and risk management. His career includes 13 years as an officer in the United States Air Force and Chief Information Security Officer positions at JP Morgan Chase’s retail line of business, American Eagle Outfitters, and AutoNation. Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Computer Resources Management and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jennifer Mailander

Jennifer Mailander

Board Member

Jennifer Mailander is a data protection and technology attorney advising senior and executive management on strategy, business, and legal matters with extensive experience in data rights, cybersecurity, privacy and compliance. Before joining Fannie Mae in 2018, Mailander was Associate General Counsel of Privacy at ComScore and Associate General Counsel and Director of Compliance & Privacy at Corporation Service Company. She currently serves as Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Women in the House (WITH) network and Co-Chair of the DC Chapter of The Quorum Initiative. Mailander holds a BA in English and Political Science from Miami University and a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Spirion believes in helping clients manage data security and compliance initiatives together with partners. We are the leader in data discovery, classification, and privacy for organizations of all types and sizes, helping to transform the biggest threat to an organization’s security: the mass proliferation of sensitive data. Our company has enjoyed exponential growth year over year and partnership with us can help prospective partners unlock new revenue streams.