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Power Moves: Tenable adds a chief product officer, and a board member

Plus, Nemphos Braue continues to grow, and CPower appoints an innovation-focused VP.

Nico Popp (left) and Niloofar Razi Howe. (Courtesy photo)

Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region, and other people-oriented updates. Got a new hire, new gig or promotion? Tell us: baltimore@technical.ly.


Tenable, the publicly-traded cyberecurity company based in Columbia, this month hired Nico Popp as chief product officer and appointed Niloofar Razi Howe as an independent director on its board. The company said both leaders will help Tenable as it continues to expand in cloud-focused technologies.

Popp will lead the company’s engineering and product management organizations. He previously served in the same role at Forcepoint, the cybersecurity software subsidiary of Raytheon, and held senior roles at Symantec and VeriSign. The technologist is also a coinventor of WebObjects, which is used by Apple to power its iTunes Store.

“His experience will be critical as Tenable continues to expand into more cloud deployments globally, helping customers accelerate their digital initiatives through the continuous, dynamic monitoring of assets and user permissions, along with the means to prioritize remediation based on risk,” said Tenable CEO Amit Yoran, in a statement.

Howe, who assumed her board seat on March 25, is senior operating partner at the energy-focused venture capital fund Energy Impact Partners. She also previously held key operating roles at cybersecurity companies as the chief strategy officer at both RSA and Endgame. Along with Tenable, she serves on the board at Morgan Stanley Private Bank, NA and Morgan Stanley Bank, NA, Pondurance, Recorded Future, Swimlane, and Tamr.

“With her expertise in cybersecurity and a track record of leading corporate strategy and global expansion at high-growth companies, Niloo is a key addition to the Tenable board,” Yoran said.

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Mike Ratliff. (Courtesy photo)

Mike Ratliff. (Courtesy photo)

Harbor East-based energy solutions provider CPower Energy Management appointed Mike Ratliff as vice president of utility solultions this week.

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In the new role, Ratliff will add to the company’s technical team, which has members in Baltimore, Portland and Silicon Valley. He will be responsible for developing CPower’s technology roadmap to help utilities.

Ratliff brings experience developing distributed energy resource platforms, having previously served as the CTO of Enbala and Comverge.

“Mike’s solid track record will prove invaluable as we break new ground with our customers, and we are thrilled to leverage his expertise as we guide the industry towards a clean and dependable energy future,” said John Horton, CEO of CPower, in a statement.

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Nemphos Braue, the Towson-based corporate and business law firm, recently brought on Vinay K. Sharma as corporate associate. It comes as the firm has been growing staff to meet demand, as it has made eight hires over the course of the pandemic.

Nemphos Braue works with entrepreneurs and businesses on a variety of transactions, including venture capital and private equity deals, as well as business structuring and day-to-day counseling.

Sharma brings experience from a hotel company, and will be supporting clients on mergers and acquisitions, financing and more.

“Having in-house experience will allow Vinay to truly connect with our entrepreneurial client,” said George Nemphos, the firm’s cofounder and managing member in a statement.

Vinay Sharma (Courtesy photo)

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A Baltimore deupty mayor was recently appointed to the advisory committee for the social equity fund of The Parent Company, a vertically-integrated cannabis platform based in San Jose, California.

Faith Leach, who was recently appointed as deputy mayor for equity, health and human services, joined the seven-member committee for the company’s $10 million fund.

According to a news release, the fund seeks to “discover the industry’s future entrepreneurs of color, offering them the capital and mentorship necessary to build generational wealth as part of a more equitable and diverse cannabis industry.”

In Baltimore, Leach oversees areas like recreation and parks, library services and the city’s COVID-19 public health response. Prior to joining city government in April, Leach served as chief of staff for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.


Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-
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