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Power Moves: Kevin Hanes is the new CEO of Cybrary

Plus, Securrency has a new CTO and Ohio's Veeam is launching a DC office with new leadership.

Kevin Hanes, the new CEO of Cybrary.

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Correction: This post was updated to clarify that Earl Matthews is the president of Veeam Government Solutions, and Gil Vega is Veeam's CISO. (6/17/21, 10 a.m.)

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College Park, Maryland-based Cybrary has a new CEO.

Secureworks alum Kevin Hanes will replace cofounder Ryan Corey in the top day-to-day leadership role at the cybersecurity-focused workforce development platform.

Hanes, who previously served as the COO at Atlanta-based cybersecurity company Secureworks since 2013, said he’ll be looking to accelerate the company’s growth and hone in on its cybersecurity focus.

“I want to be the destination where if you’re a learner or if you’re a business and you need to get skilled up in cybersecurity, you come here,” Hanes told Technical.ly. “So I want to make sure we’re very focused on cyber and not getting distracted with other stuff.”

Hanes added that Cybrary has millions of users in its community from a multitude of industries, and one of his number one plans is to engage that community further as Cybrary grows. In May, the company announced it would be adding 600 cybersecurity apprenticeships to its network.

“I just want to be a little more targeted in and think about who are the people that most benefit from cyber, and how do we make sure that we’re talking to them in their language,” he said.

Hanes is looking to continue the company’s momentum in hiring, which has been strong over the past year, though he is unsure at the moment how many total new staff members Cybrary will be looking to add.

Corey, who has served as CEO since cofounding the company with Ralph Sita in 2015, will continue to serve as an advisor to the CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors.

The CEO shift comes after Cybrary moved into a new headquarters within College Park’s Discovery District last month.

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MonaLisa Raas Como

MonaLisa Raas Como. (Courtesy photo)

In a close follow-up to its $30 million Series B raise in April, D.C.’s Securrency appointed MonaLisa Raas Como as chief commercial officer and Bill Ashlock as CTO. At the time of the raise, Securrency policy and government relations director Jackson Mueller told Technical.ly that the company would be using the money for hiring.

In the new role, Como said she wants to nail down Securrency’s role in the blockchain space so that the company can expand into the marketplace at an institutional scale. She added that the company will also be taking a more methodical approach to its launch, testing and learning as it deploys new products.

“Being able to see the vision of vertical progress is elusive to many,” Como told Technical.ly in an email. “It is even more so with blockchain, and digital assets given the rise in cryptocurrencies. Therefore, my goal is to ensure Securrency is very thoughtful yet innovative about how we are building out this space for ourselves and others in the marketplace.”

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Ohio backup and cloud data management company Veeam Software announced this morning that it was launching a D.C.-based subsidiary, Veeam Government Solutions.

Based in Penn Quarter, the new office will focus specifically on data protection in federal government technology. The company will be led by former White House national security official Earl Matthews as subsidiary presidentand former Department of Defense cybersecurity leader Gil Vega, who is Veeam’s CISO. They were also named board members, per the announcement.

“We want to provide the best solutions we can to the government, we want to expand our presence in the federal government and so that’s my whole role is to lead the overall effort to increase our presence to build our brand better than it is now,” Matthews told Technical.ly.

The new office will work to provide cybersecurity and data protection for the military, public health service and the Homeland Security and Defense departments, as well as various Native American tribes. Matthews and Vega said the company also plans to grow its presence within the federal government following the launch. In addition to partnering with federal agencies, it hopes to engage directly with the city’s CIO community.

“We think that there’s a tremendous growth opportunity for a company like Veeam that delivers innovative products that are specifically tailored to some of the most significant challenges that federal IT is facing today, and that’s data protection and data security,” Vega said. 

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Peep below for some bonus power moves from the past few weeks:

  • Douglas Bemis was appointed the new CTO for D.C.-based returns technology firm Optoro, where he’ll oversee investments in engineering and data analytics and team expansion.
  • The Richard Nixon Foundation elected Bobbie Kilberg to its board of directors. Kilberg is a president and CEO emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
  • Alexandria-based TransForce Group named Stuart MacFarlane as its chief marketing officer. MacFarlane was the former CMO at WebMD, an Internet Brands subsidiary.
  • Solar real estate investment fund SolaREIT announced Laura Klein as its COO/CFO and Jeff Gorman as senior VP of business development.
  • Dulles. Virginia-based SkyePoint Decisions promoted current employees Frank Sturek and Heather Conigliaro to president and COO, respectively.
  • McLean, Virginia-based mobile satellite communications company Iridium Communications named Greg Pelton as CTO.
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