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Power Moves: Capital One has a new CPO of enterprise services

Plus, meet RegScale's new CISO and the new C-suite team at mPhase Technologies.

Capital One's headquarters in McLean, Virginia. (Courtesy photo)
Update: This article has been updated since publication to clarify that Rob Pulciani worked with Intel, AT&T and Sprint. He did not work in formal roles as an employee of those companies. (9/23/22, 12:26 p.m.)

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Meet Capital One’s new CPO

McLean, Virginia fintech giant Capital One has appointed Rob Pulciani as its new chief product officer (CPO) of enterprise services.

Having held prior roles at Amazon (where he was an early leader on the Alexa team) and Microsoft, Pulciani told he was interested in the challenge of a new industry in fintech. In addition to those tech giants, he’s also worked with Intel, AT&T and Sprint. He said that he’s eager to jump into the role at Capital One, as he thinks the financial services giant “moves more like a nimble tech company.”

Pulciani said he’ll be heading strategy and goals for the enterprise in product management. He’ll be leading a team of product managers, designers and data scientists as CPO.

“I really view this role as being the voice of the customer, whether they are associates within Capital One or our more than 100 million customers,” Pulciani said. “Great product management, data, experience design and ML are key ingredients to how we’ll meet the deepest needs of our customers and deliver for them, so we’re really well positioned to continue leading the way there. My goal is to not only keep a pulse on what our customers need to create better, seamless, secure banking experiences, but to continue to innovate using technology and experiences that will help us see around corners and get ahead of where we see the world — and customer expectations — going.”

RegScale has a new CISO

Tysons Corner, Virginia compliance tech company RegScale is following up on a recent raise with the appointment of a CISO.

A headshot of Larry Whiteside Jr

Larry Whiteside Jr. (Courtesy photo)

Larry Whiteside Jr. is the new chief information security officer for the startup, the company announced Tuesday. Previously, he was the cofounder and president of cyber company Cyversity, and has held several executive roles.

In the new job, Whiteside said he plans to spearhead the RegOps movement and compliance. He’s hoping to bring visibility to the scene and change how companies think about compliance and regulatory reporting.

Whiteside told that his previous C-suite roles have allowed him to create an extensive network in the industry, which he hopes to bring to this role.

“Through those connections, I have attained an extensive knowledge of the needs of our cybersecurity industry for organizations to be successful along with the associated trust of my colleagues,” Whiteside said. “I am hopeful that this knowledge and trust confers as I communicate this long unspoken need to automate how we continuously collect, assess and respond to regulatory compliance requirements and quantitatively measure operational risk in real-time.”

mPhase Technologies has a new C-Suite

Rockville, Maryland’s mPhase Technologies, a consumer engagement company, has a whole slew of new C-suite execs. Richard Thorpe is the company’s new CEO and Chris Smith was named CTO. Last month, the company also added Ted Fagenson in the role of chief commercial officer.

Thorpe is the cofounder of the UK School of Sustainability and comes to the position from a position as chairman and CEO of HFM Group. Smith founded and headed mPhase’s subsidiary CloseComms/21:32.

“I’ve been following this story since mPhase first began its transition into an EV commerce company, and came close to signing some EV partnerships that fit into the company’s ecosystem during that time,” said Thorpe in a statement. “This will be familiar ground for me, as I was involved in the original development of the core technology behind the mPower platform, giving me a built-in understanding from day one. I have long thought that mPhase had a superior model that addresses where EV charging is going in the future, so it is truly gratifying to assume a leadership role in making our industry-first mobility solutions a reality.”

Here’s who else is moving around DC:

  • Ser1Tech, a cloud, IT and cyber company in Woodbridge, Virginia, added Hector Collazo as CEO and Michael Fry as deputy CEO.
  • Citizant, an IT modernization company in Chantilly, Virginia, named David Romola as president and COO. Previously, Romola was the senior VP of operations.
  • The Institute for Portfolio Alternatives, based in DC, appointed Anya Coverman as its president and CEO. She’ll oversee the organization’s daily operations and provide guidance.
  • Gain Therapeutics, a Bethesda, Maryland biotech company, promoted COO Matthias Alder to the role of CEO, effective immediately.
  • Enlightenment Capital, an investment firm in Chevy Chase, Maryland, appointed Rob Harper and Michael Roualet as VPs on the company’s investment team. They’ll be honing in on portfolio companies and new investments following a $540 million fund the company raised in June.
  • Hitachi Vatara Federal, a Reston govtech company, promoted Mark Serway to the role of president and CEO. Servey had been working as CFO and VP of operations at the company.
  • Integral Federal, a national security company in Rockville, added Manuel Mendez as CFO and Jason Siminski as chief growth officer.
  • SES Government Solutions, a satellite company in Reston, appointed Scott Galus as senior VP of operations, Nitin Bhat as senior VP of engineering and Luz Martinez as senior VP of finance.
  • OneWeb Technologies, a satellite communications company, named Kevin Steen as its new CEO, succeeding Bob Roe. Steen will be based out of Herndon, Virginia.
  • Tysons, Virginia healthtech company Zephyr AI appointed Allen Hodge as its chief commercial officer.
  • Edtech company 2U, based in Lanham, Maryland, added Stephen Virostek as senior VP of investor relations. Virostek comes to the position from a role at Diebold Nixdorf.
  • Aida Sukys is the new CFO of Interos, the Arlington, Virginia supply chain tech company. Most recently, she was the CFO of Justworks, an HR tech firm.
  • Reston’s Intelligence Waves, a govtech company, appointed Shelley Sanders to senior VP of client operations.
  • Maryland’s FieldBin, a field service tech provider, launched its application for HVAC, plumbing and other trade companies in September. To oversee the future development of the app, Tim Berry was added as a senior full-stack developer.
  • Arlington space tech company BlueHalo named Trip Ferguson to the role of COO.
  • The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum, based in Falls Church, Virginia, named Meghan Gifford as its chair. Gifford is the senior director of corporate development and strategy at Octo.
  • Arlington’s Fluence Energy announced at the end of August that Manavendra Sidal would be the new senior VP and CFO, succeeding Dennis Fehr. Fehr will officially be departing on Oct. 15.
  • Defense giant Lockheed Martin appointed Tim Cahill as executive VP of its missiles and fire control business, effective Nov. 1.
  • Lumin, a smart circuit tech company in Charlottesville, Virginia, appointed Kellogg Warner as CEO and board member.
  • Finch Computing, a software company in Reston, promoted cofounder and CTO Scott Lighter to the role of president.
Companies: RegScale / Capital One
Series: Power Moves

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