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Ray Georges Chehata, President and CEO

Ray has extensive turnaround management, financial and marketing experience. His expertise stems from years of corporate consulting, specialized in project management and turnaround mandates, spanning the regions of North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Together with his long-term friend and business partner Phil Terriaca, Ray has set up several successful marketing campaigns, facilitated mergers and acquisitions, and held several interim executive positions. Prior to his consulting career, he worked at the Bank of Montreal for 10 years where he held senior positions including Bank Manager. His functions included commercial lending, personal finance, mortgages and public speaking.

Aside from dedicating his time between his business endeavors and his family, Ray also spends a great deal of time volunteering as a coach in various sports: hockey, baseball, football, etc. “Our children are our greatest resource of the future, and team sports help them to grow and become tomorrow’s leaders” he says.

Mario Venditti, Chief Operating Officer

Currently Chief Operating Officer at Above Security, Mario has accumulated over 15 years of experience in the areas of operational and competitive strategy and asset management, technology R&D and marketing.

He has been a consultant in the areas of operational strategy and asset management, helping to execute on the M&A plans for clients. He spent three years working on the development, management and implementation of a supply chain service delivered through a cloud computing platform.

Mario Venditti has a Master’s of Science, a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from McGill University.

Fadi Albatal, SVP Marketing

As SVP of Marketing , Fadi Albatal is responsible for building a world-class marketing and product management organization to support Above Security’s global operations and goals. He is responsible for bringing Above Security services to new markets and establishing a stronger presence globally.

Prior to joining Above Security Albatal was the Founder and CEO of Bimand where he led a team of talented engineers to transform the consumer TV experience. Albatal also served as the VP of Marketing at FalconStor where he oversaw both global marketing and product management. Prior to FalconStor, he was part of the marketing team at EqualLogic where he led the company’s strategic alliance and go-to-market strategy with Microsoft. EqualLogic was acquired by Dell in 2008 for $1.4B.

Throughout his career Albatal held several management positions in the IT industry and co-founded Langu-edge Solutions, a language services company where he held the position of CIO. Albatal holds a master’s degree in computer science from ESIG, Lyon, France.

Geoff Besko


Geoff Besko, SVP of Strategic Advisory Services

As SVP of Strategic Advisory Services, Geoff is responsible for leading a high performance team of managing consultants focused on providing trusted advisor services and delivery leadership for our key customers. He joined Seccuris in 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the next stage of company growth, coming to fruition in its merger with Above Security.

Geoff has over 20 years of experience in business and IT strategy, cyber security, enterprise architecture, project management and IT service management. Geoff continues to provide executive advisory services to key clients and teaches in the areas of security architecture, cyber security, and information technology.

Geoff holds a MBA (Finance) and BA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba. In addition, Geoff holds an array of industry certifications, including SABSA Chartered Master Architect (SCM), PCI QSA, CISSP, CGEIT, CISM, CRISC, CISM, and ITIL Service Manager.

Ahmed El-Gillani

Ahmed El-Gillani, EVP Strategic Alliances

As EVP Strategic Alliances, Ahmed El-Gillani is responsible for expanding globally Above Security’s partnerships powered by Above Security services and products. He is also responsible for managing integration process in M&A transactions.

Ahmed is an entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in technology risk, operations management, and creating and structuring departments and companies.

Prior to Joining Above Security, Ahmed co-founded ViaSafe Inc. (acquired by Descartes Systems in 2006), a private-cloud service provider to the logistics and financial industries.

Ahmed has a bachelor of Engineering from Carleton University and an MBA from McGill University. He received several information security industry certifications such as CISM and PCI QSA.

Daniel Gaudreau, Vice President, Managed Services and CISO

Daniel has acquired over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He has been involved with Above Security since 2004 and now acts as Vice President, Managed Services & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

During his career, he has received several information security industry certifications such as CISA, CISM, CISSP, PCI QSA and ISO 27001 LA. Prior to this, he mainly occupied management positions in either software firms or consulting companies.

Daniel is an experienced leader who adheres to the new school of management with its emphasis on empowerment and coaching. He worked for the MEI Group in different management roles as well as for Correctional Services Canada as Regional Chief of Information Technology.

Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes, Vice President – Managing Director – USA

As the Vice President, Managing Director, USA, Patrick is responsible for the general management of Above Security’s US Operations, including oversight of all business development, market development, service delivery and staff management.

Patrick comes to Above Security with over 20 years of experience in organizing and leading strategy across broad disciplines. He has lead international market expansion initiatives for several organizations, having directly overseen all aspects of marketing, sales, client management, operations, and IT.  Patrick also holds certifications as a SABSA Enterprise Security Architect (SCF) and a PCI-DSS Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). Prior to Above Security, Patrick was Managing Director for Seccuris, and Senior Vice President and CIO for IC Group. He also held executive management positions with Allstream, IBM and Hyper Penguin Interactive.

Tim Vanderhyde

Tim Vanderhyde, Vice President, Business Development, Canada

Tim comes to Above Security with over 15 years of sales and marketing experience, which includes successfully managing multi-million dollar opportunities in Canada, the US and overseas.

As Vice President, Business Development, Canada, Tim is responsible for the Canadian sales team, maintaining and developing new business partners, and providing guidance pertaining to sales and account management throughout Above Security.

Before taking on this role at Above Security, Tim was Director of Sales and Technology Partners at Seccuris and Sales Director for Cengea Solutions, a division of Trimble Navigation Ltd. Tim’s executive experience also includes a two-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare facility in Winnipeg, prior to returning to sales at Cengea.

Myles Halliday, Director, Professional Services

As Director, Professional Services, Myles is responsible for overseeing Above Security’s managing consultants across Canada, our engineering team, and leadership of Practice Management. Prior to Above Security, Myles was the Director of Architecture and Standards at Manitoba eHealth and a Client Executive and Enterprise Architect at IBM. During his time at Manitoba eHealth, Myles demonstrated his leadership in changing the nature of IT, from operating as independent units to delivering enterprise IT shared services. Myles holds a B. Computer Science (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

Renee Riglin

Renée Riglin, Director of Product Management

As the Director of Product Management for Above Security, Renée Riglin is responsible for defining and implementing the product portfolio strategy for the organization and as well as support of go-to-market strategies.

Renée is a senior manager with over 20 years’ experience in the IT and Security industry. She holds several industry certifications including CISM, CGEIT, and is nearing completion of her MBA.

Prior to her role with Above Security, Renée was the Director for  Managed Security Services at Seccuris and Program Director for the development and market commercialization of their security-as-a-service portal and related services. Renée has also held positions with AT&T, EDS Canada and Manitoba eHealth specializing in the areas service delivery, project and program management.