Software company Spreedly has named Christopher Hudel  as its chief information security officer (CISO).

“From day one, we've understood the responsibility entrusted to us by our customers to provide a secure, stable platform,” commented Justin Benson, CEO at Spreedly. “The addition of Christopher to the team reinforces our commitment to the ongoing investment and formalization of processes and services required to support our global customer base. As we expand, the expectations for our processes, technology, and business practices do as well.”

Hudel brings more than two decades of information security experience in the domains of application and product security, incident and crisis management, penetration testing ("red teaming"), security roadmap and strategy, security operations, digital transformation, architecture, evangelism and leadership. A self-described “information security pragmatist” in seeking the right approach for the right risk, Hudel has nearly 15 years of experience in the financial services vertical with organizations including First Union/Wachovia Bank, Lending Tree, Bank of America and First Citizens Bank.

Hudel previously served as an adjunct professor teaching information security graduate and undergraduate courses for the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC.

“What really impressed me about Spreedly is the focus and commitment to security, operational excellence and meeting the ever-evolving payments needs of so many different types of organizations in a variety of industries and geographies,” explained Hudel. “That level of maturity is an incredible testament to the entire team. I’m looking forward to working across the Spreedly organization to build on our success — delivering even more security innovation and value to the payments ecosystem.”