Category: Top Management
Name: Kevin O'Brien
Title: CEO and Co-Founder
Why nominated: Kevin O'Brien's nomination is based on his long track record as a senior executive for a series of Boston-area security startups over the last 15 years. This capability came from his prior experience leading firms such as @stake.
Profile: A quick glance at Kevin O'Brien's background might not give one the impression that he is a mover and a shaker in cybersecurity circles. Although, his interest in the martial art Aikido might give him a few ideas on how to defend a corporation and his degree in philosophy and metaphysics might give him some interesting insight into the mind of a cybercriminal.
However, these skills are backed up by O'Brien's resume which includes stints at CloudLock, @stake and Experian.
At GreatHorn, which he co-founded with company CTO Raymond Wallace III, he is a leader who believes security is an essential component in relation to how organizations collaborate and communicate.
What colleagues say: “GreatHorn's partnership with tech giant Microsoft has proven Kevin's ability to bring a startup's appearance and utilization amongst legacy security players.”
- Tereza Nemessanyi, Microsoft Entrepreneur-in-Residence