Teams are Built around Key Players Performing Great Functions – Ralston Simmons – CSP #138

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Ralston Simmons
CISO at William Blair

Ralston Simmons is the chief information security officer at William Blair. In this role, Ralston oversees cybersecurity policies, standards, and best practices to protect the firm’s information systems.   With over 30 years of IT experience, Ralston has led information security programs at telecom, manufacturing and retail firms. Ralston received a B.A. in computer information systems/business management from Butler University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.


Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.