ZoneFox, the Edinburgh-based cyber security firm, has appointed Neill Cooper as Chief Commercial Officer (COO) from Vormetric, Ian Thornton-Trump as Head of Security from Solar Winds and Miles Gould as Head of AI from Red Hat.
The trio bring decades of experience to the fast-growing Edinburgh-based firm and will be vital in its ambitious expansion plans over the next 18 months. All have been hired on the basis of their strong skill sets and deep understanding of sales, AI product development and cyber-security.
Cooper, who has also held senior positions at the likes of Carbon Black, Thales e-Security, CA and PolyCom, is charged with doubling ZoneFox’s customer base and revenues in the next 12 months. He will be supported by recent hires in technical and software development, sales and marketing as well as a rapidly-growing channel operation. He will also oversee a push into overseas markets – particularly the Middle East and North America – where he has significant experience.
Speaking on his appointment, Cooper said: “I’m passionate about Scottish business so joining a young, fresh, rapidly expanding global firm headquartered in the heart of Edinburgh is fantastic. Cyber-security is the fastest-growing part of the technology sector and with data protection officers being hired at board level and CEOs increasingly becoming more aware of the importance of protecting their critical assets, there has not been a more exciting time to be involved. AI and machine learning is driving huge overhead savings for companies and I’ve got no doubt that ZoneFox will soon be a global force with the superior solution it offers combating insider threats.”
Thornton-Trump will lend his considerable expertise to both the sales team and clients through his deep technical knowledge gained over two decades in the field. He is a Certified Network Defense Architect and Ethical Hacker and began his career serving with the Military Intelligence Branch of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Military Police Reserves.
A well-known expert voice within the cyber security space and a keynote presenter at many industry trade shows, Thornton-Trump will lend his technical knowledge to the sales team as they work with new prospects and existing clients. He will also play an active role in promoting ZoneFox at events and in the media.
Gould, who has a PhD in Mathematics from Glasgow University, will lead the building of extensive AI capabilities into the company’s AI product, which was launched last year. He will be instrumental in ensuring that ZoneFox remain at the forefront of artificial intelligence, working on offerings that greatly improve product speeds and accuracy for customers who are often analysing billions of data points.
ZoneFox founder and CEO Dr. Jamie Graves added: “The announcement of these three important positions is both a statement of intent and testament to what we’ve achieved over the last few years. ZoneFox is a rapidly maturing organisation so it’s incredibly important to hire experts in their respective fields to support myself and the rest of the team. Neil, Ian and Miles will allow us to reach the next stage in our progression while continuing to develop and refine our solutions.”
The news follows a stellar 12 months for the Edinburgh-based startup with the release of its augmented intelligence-based product ZoneFox AI, the closing of a record-breaking £3.6 million funding round from Archangels, the appointment of Distology as its UK distributor and joining the London Digital Security Centre.