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Akira Kusakabe

Akira Kusakabe, President and CEO

In his position as president and CEO, Akira Kusakabe’s efforts focus on defining the strategic long and mid-term strategic goals of the company, aligning the goals and objectives of Above Security and Hitachi Systems, Ltd., meeting Above Security growth goals and expanding its global reach to become a globally recognized leader in the information security space.

Akira joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1983 and has since accumulated over 30 years of experience in corporate management, sales and marketing, information and communication technology. He played a large role in helping to grow Hitachi America and Hitachi Mexico, and he served as CEO of Hitachi Group Companies in South America at Hitachi Brazil.

Kenji Kuroki

Kenji Kuroki, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Kenji Kuroki oversees Above Security’s global finance and treasury-related activities to ensure the company is aligned with the guiding principles and standards of its parent company, Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

Kenji joined Hitachi Group in 1988 and has more than 25 years of experience in international finance and accounting. He’s held several senior management positions within Hitachi Group and Hitachi Capital America, and he has supervised an array of finance and accounting operations, including business strategy, budget planning, financial reporting, tax filing, control and procurement, payroll and funding.

Fadi Albatal, Chief Strategy Officer

As chief strategy officer, Fadi Albatal drives Above Security’s corporate strategy development and execution in bringing its services to new markets and establishing a stronger presence around the world. As acting chief marketing officer, he is also responsible for building the sales and marketing team to support Above Security’s global operations and goals.

Throughout his career, Fadi has held several management positions in the IT and security industry and co-founded Langu-edge Solutions, a language services company, where he served as CIO. Prior to joining Above Security, Fadi was the founder and CEO of Bimand, where he led a team of engineers to transform the consumer TV experience.

Daniel Gaudreau

Daniel Gaudreau, Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Gaudreau has been with Above Security since 2004. As chief operating officer, he oversees the managed security and professional service operations, as well as IT governance.

With more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Daniel is an experienced leader who adheres to the new school of management emphasis on empowerment and coaching. He’s earned numerous information security industry certifications, including CISA, CISM, CISSP, PCI QSA and ISO 27001 LA. Prior to joining Above Security, he worked for the MEI Group in different management roles and at Correctional Services Canada as regional chief of information technology.

Patrick Hayes

Patrick M. Hayes, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Patrick Hayes is responsible for the global sales and marketing strategy, development plan and execution. He leads the regional sales teams, technical engineering team and sales operations team, playing a large role in fuelling the growth of Above Security in the United States. Patrick also provides general management of Above Security’s U.S. operations as its managing director.

Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in organizing and leading strategy across broad disciplines. He has led 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 and a PCI-DSS Qualified Security Assessor. Prior to joining Above Security, Patrick was managing director for Seccuris, and SVP and CIO for IC Group. He also held senior management positions with MTS Allstream and IBM.

Michel-Ange Zamor

Michel-Ange Zamor, Research & Development Director

Michel-Ange Zamor oversees and drives Above Security’s R&D initiatives. As the former principal system architect for Above Security, Michel-Ange lead the re-engineering of the company’s information risk management platform, ArkAngel 5.0.

With more than 15 years of IT and cybersecurity experience, Michel-Ange holds several IT certificates, including CISSP, CISM and CISA. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University in Canada, and his doctoral work focuses on system engineering, specifically in industrial control systems.

Above Security U.S.A.

Ray Chehata

Ray Georges Chehata, President and CEO, Above Security U.S.A.

As president and CEO of Above Security from 2010 to 2016, Ray led the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategic plan. He now manages the overall strategy and direction of the company’s U.S. division. His commitment to the organization and its employees, as well as his focus on customer relations, played a significant role in Above Security’s acquisition by Hitachi Systems, Ltd. in October 2015.

Ray is a strategic leader with a long track record of turning promising businesses into thriving ones. Over the span of a dozen years, Ray led the turnaround teams at numerous companies, where he was instrumental in entering new markets, increasing revenue, and conducting mergers and acquisitions that delivered value to shareholders. Prior to Above Security, he worked at the Bank of Montreal for 10 years, where he held senior positions, including the bank manager.

Above Security Europe

Patrik Heuri, General Manager, Above Security Europe

Patrik Heuri advises and supports the company’s clients to ensure they implement risk management and develop data leak prevention frameworks properly.

Prior to joining Above Security, Patrik was the global head of information security risk at HSBC, where he was responsible for creating a medium- and long-term risk strategy in information protection for the private banking division. During his time at HSBC, Patrik played a large role in successfully mitigating the damages of Swiss Leaks.

Above Security Mexico

Farith-Baltazar-Above-Security-MexicoFarith Baltazar, General Manager, Above Security Mexico

Farith Baltazar is responsible for establishing the regional operations of Above Security Mexico through the new Security Operations Center (SOC).

With more than 20 years of experience in information technology and a CISM certification, Farith has become an industry leader in the IT security market.