Leadership

 

Richard Blech

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Blech is an entrepreneur, investor and innovator. His primary business focus is on data security, technology and strategic alliances. As managing member of Imperium Management LLC, Richard actively invests in technologically advanced ventures. He has a discerning ability to determine market trends that are not only lucrative, but also pave the way to technological advancement across the globe.

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Background – Born in 1963 in Los Angeles, California, Richard Blech achieved his formal education in Switzerland when he completed a BA degree in Business Administration at the Business School Lausanne in 1994. Before launching his first entrepreneurial venture, Richard gained invaluable experience in business administration and management in the United States and Europe. Richard settled on the European mainland where he lived for 20 years before returning to California nearby his offices in Irvine.

Current Ventures – As a resolute advocate of disruptive technology, Richard Blech holds vested interests in cyber-defense and digital content. With cyber-crime breaches now reaching epidemic proportions, Richard’s objective is to turn the ever evolving digital world into a risk adverse space that allows everyone to function securely within their ecosystems. As CEO of Secure Channels, Inc., Richard is leading the the company to be a leader in enterprise data protection through the development of innovative encryption and authentication based technology solutions.

Michael R. Feinberg

Chief Information Officer

Michael Feinberg, with over 18 years of Executive IT Management, Systems, and Architecture Experience, serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Secure Channels, Inc.   As a certified expert in Enterprise Architecture, Oracle, IBM, and other leading technology platforms; Mr. Feinberg is driving Secure Channels high-tech cryptography and security vision, as well as its ability to scale upward at the speed of innovation.

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Previously, he served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Strategic Global Advisors, a $4.2 Billion AUM institutional funds manager.  Mr. Feinberg was responsible for designing the data model, big data, flow and accuracy for worldwide stock portfolios driving a quantitative portfolio model.  Prior to that, he served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of American Tours International, the largest inbound hotel travel receptive in the United States where he was responsible for the development of high-volume data systems, architecting sophisticated connections to Fortune 100 hotel chains, and implementing a network capable of executing tens of thousands of daily financial transactions.

With a broad background of information systems design, Mr. Feinberg also has experience in the aerospace industry where he created strike fighter jet software for Raytheon, lead tech teams and created ultra-high performance networks for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Certified and currently fluent in multiple major programming languages; Mr. Feinberg demonstrates his passion for technology as a keynote speaker and visionary IT expert for the IAOP and other televised panels internationally.  In 2014 Mr. Feinberg shared a stage with the CTO of IBM China in Beijing for the Devott Global IT Leadership Conference.  In 2013 Michael was nominated for CIO magazine’s CIO of the Year as well as the CIO Top 100 Award.  Michael Feinberg holds a BS in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Henry J. Sienkiewicz

Chief Innovation & Revenue Officer

Henry J. Sienkiewicz is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Designated Authorizing Authority (DAA) for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the provider of information technology services for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), its mission partners, and the Executive Office of the President (EOP). In that role, he served as the senior decision authority and was personally liable for the cyber security posture of the DoD’s enterprise level networks and computing services, to include the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) and the Situation Room.

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Henry is also a Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security’s Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, which is part of the University of Houston, and an adjutant faculty member at Georgetown University. Prior to joining federal service, Henry served as an executive with multiple technology companies, primarily in the travel industry. In 2013, ComputerWorld named Henry as a Premier100.

Henry is a best-selling author in cyber security and philosophy; his works primarily concentrate on the intersection of technology and humanity. His most recent book is “The Art of Cyber Conflict,” an Amazon best-seller, is a unclassified, doctrinal piece that uses Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” as a baseline to understand cyber.

Adam Firestone

EVP, Solutions Engineering

Adam leverages more than 20 years of experience in the security, defense, intelligence and government contracting industries. During this time, Mr. Firestone has provided executive leadership and routinely conceived and led security, Cloud, service oriented architecture (SOA) and other complex system and system of systems engineering and design efforts.

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He has led a cybersecurity organization, designing and marketing solutions specifically for United States government (USG) customers. He led the defense and federal subsidiary of a global Cloud-native middleware company where he designed advanced technology solutions for the challenges faced by the military, intelligence and government organizations. Adam has a patented invention for ensuring multilevel data security. Additionally, Mr. Firestone is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches graduate courses in systems engineering and technology management. He graduated from Yale University, is a former United States Army officer, and also possesses a legal background, holding a Juris Doctorate, and having practiced law in New York.

Deirdre Murphy

Chief Brand Officer

Deirdre Murphy is a seasoned professional with diverse strategic marketing, sales and social media expertise leading world class entertainment, technology and other innovative brands. Key areas of leadership within the startup culture include sales, guerilla and niche marketing, multi-platform social media and partnership development. Her strong reputation within the entertainment industry has roots in her screen writing, journalism, campaign marketing, program development and speech writing.

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Murphy founded Short Mondays, a monthly short film festival that successfully showcased new film makers with seasoned industry professionals, creating a rich environment that was admired for 5 years with 50 unique festivals. Short Mondays validated Murphy as a guerilla marketing expert, keeping the marketing simple with a point of view and allowing the industry to stay relevant and competitive in the ever changing world of digital media.

Ian Searle

Director of Sales

Ian Searle is passionate and experienced sales leader who brings over 20 years of experience in IT sales leadership, business development, and direct global client management focusing on enterprise architecture, information security and engineering services. Ian’s past positions include senior sales positions with Fortune 1000 companies such as Kellogg’s, EMC, and Dimension Data.

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Ian sales skills, technical acumen, and project management background and methodology helps him to play a strategic role in his client’s business. He devotes himself to understanding his clients business, their market, and the policy and compliance forces surrounding their industry. Ian has successful developed and managed partner relationships with IT Distributors, VAR/Integrators, and ecosystem partners to propose and deliver packaged solutions to his clients. Ian holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing and served as President of the American Marketing Association CSUF Chapter.

Victor Webber

Research & Development, Principal Software Engineer

Victor Webber joins Secure Channels as Lead Developer.  At Secure Channels Victor will be delivering efficient robust systems into all of our markets and charting a fundamentally vetted application of new technologies.  Victor has played important roles at companies such as IBM, SGI, Inktomi, Intel and Oracle.  Victor has honed his craft as a software developer and his projects have spanned the areas of database systems, file/storage systems, networking, process control, and security.

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Ian sales skills, technical acumen, and project management background and methodology helps him to play a strategic role in his client’s business. He devotes himself to understanding his clients business, their market, and the policy and compliance forces surrounding their industry. Ian has successful developed and managed partner relationships with IT Distributors, VAR/Integrators, and ecosystem partners to propose and deliver packaged solutions to his clients. Ian holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing and served as President of the American Marketing Association CSUF Chapter.

Carl Hebeler

Chief Financial Officer

Carl Hebeler, CPA, is a financial executive experienced in financial management, business development, pricing, administration, operations and costing in diverse industries from start-up, early stage to public companies. Directed all accounting through audits. He consults and manages financial operations for companies in early formation. He previously was CFO for SageMetrics, Inc and NextMedium, Inc. until their acquisitions.

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Before working as a CFO and Controller in Los Angeles for a number of start- up technology and printing companies, he was a senior manager of accounting at SystemOne, a technology subsidiary of Continental Airlines in Miami before moving to Los Angeles in 1994. As a CPA licensed in California and Florida, Mr. Hebeler holds deep experience in corporate taxation, IRS and State matters along with corporate accounting and auditing. He holds Master Degrees in Business Administration and in Accounting, and a Law Degree.

Hiro Ochi

SVP of Global Strategy

Hiro, our SVP of Global Strategy & Enterprise Architect, comes to us with extensive background and experience in enterprise architecture, information security and strategic planning. Hiro has advised US and Japanese organizations on designing, adopting and implementing the best IT solutions including enterprise cybersecurity solutions, systems/software quality metrics and risk management.

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Hiro’s background also includes helping US and Israeli organizations penetrate Japanese, Korean, Chinese and other Asian markets. Hiro has also consulted for everything from IT/business solutions to global, large organizations, specializing in resolving troubled package implementations or consolidation of two entirely different systems into one, common system. Hiro has advised, developed, managed implementation projects for strategic IT, cybersecurity, compliance, human resources development, marketing and sales, “turn-around” business plans and implemented them productively. Hiro specializes in combining an enterprises current business status with the future business goals. Accurately and clearly identify business units and IT services, allowing the company to focus enterprise goals with a clear understanding of direction, options and risks. Assigning the appropriate priorities, strategic and tactical plans within the specified scope under the given conditions throughout the project lifecycle. This top down strategy creates an advantage over competition. Hiro will be focusing on a macro to micro approach in merging the technical requirements identified by the SCI engineering team with that of both the customer’s technical and business goals. Additionally, Hiro will seek to bring his wealth of global business, government (Japanese and US) and technology contacts to SCI by introducing to them SCI’s solutions for adoption.

Hiro will facilitate customers, sales and technical personnel to identify customer’s needs, wants, and goals accurately and clearly. Coordinate sales activities based on market size, potential customers with priority to penetrate (the roll out). Supporting technical team in advancing the specialties as well as technical enhancements defined for different verticals and companies.

Hilary MacMillan

VP, Solutions Architecture

Hilary has spent over 15 years in the defense, intelligence and cybersecurity industries. She spent the majority of her career with a large defense contractor in the DC area, providing technical leadership and project management to a number of programs across the Department of Defense including the CVN 21 Future Aircraft Carriers Program and US Air Force Special Operations Command’s Next Generation Remotely Piloted Aircraft Command and Control Operations Center.

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Her work focused on requirements engineering; modeling and simulation; enterprise and system architecture development and analysis; and system of systems design, integration and test.

Most recently, Hilary served in an executive role at US-based subsidiary of a global anti-malware provider. In this role, she guided and executed efforts to engineer and deliver unique and otherwise unobtainable cyber threat information to customers within the US government and US national critical infrastructure sectors. Hilary holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

Jonathan Katz

VP Cryptography Engineering

Jonathan Katz joins Secure Channels as the VP, Cryptography Engineering. Jonathan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, and Director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. His research interests lie broadly in the fields of cryptography, privacy, and the science of cybersecurity. He is a co-author of the widely used textbook “Introduction to Modern Cryptography,” now in its second edition, as well as a monograph on digital signature schemes.

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He has served as the program chair for the annual Crypto conference and as an editor for the Journal of Cryptology, and is a member of the steering committee for the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative and the State of Maryland Cybersecurity Council.

Katz received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT, and a PhD in computer science from Columbia University. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2005, was a member of the DARPA Computer Science Study Group from 2009-2010, and received a Humboldt Research Award in 2015. He has held visiting appointments at UCLA, the École Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Leslie A. Wittlin

VP Corporate Affairs

An experienced business lawyer with a substantial background in both litigation and Corporate legal affairs, Les has built a loyal and varied clientele from diverse professional practices. This history lead Les to merge his first career as an attorney into his second career as a business developer, leveraging his extensive relationship capital with a vast network of connections around the world.

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With a lifelong chain of connections, Les has become a bridge for many companies. Connecting people to business opportunities and business opportunities to funding, has allowed Les to support a rich environment of partnerships and innovative projects.

Keith Erickson

Business Development & Tech Evangelist

Keith is nothing short of a legend. Keith’s background includes playing for the legendary Coach John Wooden at UCLA, where he was an integral part of Wooden’s first two NCAA Championship teams. Coach Wooden said of Keith” He is the best athlete that I ever coached.” Keith went on to be on the US Men’s Olympic Volleyball team and playing for the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Champion team.

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The Lakers won 33 consecutive games; this 1972 streak was the longest winning streak in professional sports history. Keith will be working with Business Development and as a Technology Evangelist with Secure Channels Inc.