10 New Security Executives Announced


Frederick Hammett: Savannah State University's New Chief of Police

Frederick Hammett has more than 27 years of public safety experience. Previously, he was the director of public safety and chief of police and emergency management for North Carolina Central University and the police administrative chief of staff for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Congratulations, Frederick!


James Sample: Xcel Energy's New CSO

Prior to joining Xcel Energy, James Sample held leadership roles at Ernst & Young, Pacific Gas and Electric, Tennessee Valley Authority and California Independent System Operator. He also served as a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force, advising the White House on cybersecurity. Congratulations, James!


Savalas Kidd: University of Dayton's New Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Savalas Kidd previously was UD's assistant chief of police. He also served 12 years in the Ohio attorney general's office where he was an assistant special-agent-in-charge leading statewide unit operations for crimes against children, cybercrimes and human trafficking. Congratulations, Savalas!


Sean M. McAfee: Ohio Secretary of State’s Office's New CISO

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office announced Sean McAfee as is its newest CISO. He previously was a Cybersecurity Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency team, focusing on cybersecurity issues at both a domestic and international level. Congratulations, Sean!


Anne Hardy: Talend's New CISO

In her new role as Talend’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Anne Hardy will be responsible for security strategy, managing security threats and vulnerabilities, technologies and processes and ensuring compliance with security and privacy laws. She was most recently the CSO for Join Digital. She also worked for more than 10 years at SAP, where she held executive roles in security, research and developer advocacy. Congratulations, Anne!


Mike Convertino, Arceo's New

In his role, Mike Convertino will collaborate with Arceo's Insurance carriers, brokers and companies to provide insurance strategies that maximize a company's resilience in the face of an attack, decrease damage to the business and reduce losses. He previously was CISO at Twitter and Crowdstrike and CTO of the Security Product Group at F5 Networks. Congratulations, Mike!


Miguel Sierra: Seminole State College of Florida's New Director of Safety and Security

Seminole State College of Florida welcomed Miguel Sierra as director of campus safety and security. He joined Seminole State after nearly a decade at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). At SCSO, he rose through the ranks to become a lieutenant, most recently serving as the Seminole Neighborhood Policing (SNP) South Region commander. Congratulations, Miguel!


Britt Lindley: Trustmark Mutual Holding Company's New CISO

Trustmark Mutual Holding Company selected Britt Lindley as its new CISO. He has more than three decades of experience in Information Security and IT. For the last nine years, he served as a VP and CISO for Thrivent Financial. Prior to Thrivent, he held IT leadership positions with Schneider National, Marconi Communications, PNC Bank and ANSYS, Inc. Congratulations, Britt!


Kirk Fjeldheim: Syapse's New CISO

In his new role, Kirk Fjeldheim will be responsible for Syapse’s overall information security strategy including data protection, IT change management, audit and compliance. He was most recently Chief Information Officer at SugarCRM, Vice President of IT and Security at Rally Health, and has held senior IT positions at Zynga, Xsigo Systems, Openwave Systems and Siebel Systems. Congratulations, Kirk!


Aaron Heitke: U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), San Diego Sector's New Chief Patrol Agent

Aaron Heitke's new role as Chief Patrol Agent includes managing more than 2,400 law enforcement agents and mission support staff and direct oversight of San Diego Sector’s Border Patrol stations. He originally joined in November 2019 as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent after serving as CPA for the Grand Forks Sector, a position he held since 2015. Congratulations, Aaron!