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Management Team

Mark Hatton

President and Chief Executive Officer

As president, CEO and member of the board of directors, Mark Hatton is responsible for setting Core Security’s strategic direction and overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations.

With over 20 years of progressively diverse general management, sales and operations experience, Hatton has established a proven track record for generating revenue, building operations and providing successful leadership and direction. He has held senior roles with companies ranging from venture capital-backed, early-stage software vendors to a Fortune 500 information technology services and distribution organization.

Prior to joining Core, Hatton was president of North American operations for Sophos. During his tenure, he was instrumental in significantly growing the company’s North American business and transforming the company into the one of the fastest growing and largest independent security vendors in the industry

Hatton holds an MBA from Boston University, Massachusetts and a BA Communication from Westfield State College, Massachusetts. In 2006, he was inducted as a member into the prestigious Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), which includes more than 10,000 young global leaders in 80 nations.


John O´Brien

Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations and CFO

As Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations and CFO, John O’Brien is responsible for management of Core’s financial and administrative functions as well as leadership of the Company’s day-to-day business operations.

O’Brien comes to Core with more than 25 years of financial and operations management experience in the high-technology sector. Prior to joining Core, O’Brien served as EVP and CFO for Macgregor, Inc., a privately-held provider of software and connectivity services to the investment management industry, where he played an integral role in growing the company and its eventual sale to ITG, a financial services technology provider. O’Brien also served as CFO for Exchange Applications, Inc., a leading provider of analytic CRM solutions. Under O’Brien’s leadership, Exchange Applications successfully went from a private to a publicly-held company.
Earlier in his career, O’Brien held various senior-level financial management positions at Computervision Corporation, Wang Laboratories, Avid Technology and Advanced Modular Solutions. He began his career with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).

O’Brien is a CPA and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in accounting from Northeastern University.


Scott R. Devens

Sr. Vice President Field Operations

Devens is responsible for all Sales, Marketing and Consulting activities at Core Security. Scott joins Core from Courion Corporation, a global provider of Identity and Access Management solutions, where he was responsible for Global Sales.  Prior to Courion Scott was an executive with Talend SA, a global technology company whose application integration business he launched in 2011. He joined Talend in 2010 when it acquired Sopera, a service-oriented architecture company he expanded internationally as CEO. Prior to Sopera, Scott was vice president of global sales and alliances for Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS), where he led direct and channel sales operations. Scott joined Progress following its acquisition of IONA, a publically traded middleware software company where he was an executive officer and senior vice president of global sales. Scott has also held senior sales and general management positions at EMC.

Scott earned an MBA from Nichols College and holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University. 


Eric W. Cowperthwaite

Vice President, Advanced Security and Strategy

Eric is responsible for market directions, strategy and product placement for Core Security. Working with sales, marketing, product development, support and market development and strategy, he focuses on increasing market adoption and awareness of Core’s solutions. He works with the Core team and industry leaders to achieve mind share and product presence across a broad spectrum of the information security industry.

Eric has nearly 30 years experience as a security practitioner and leader in both civilian and military settings. Most recently he was System Director, Enterprise Security & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Providence Health & Services, overseeing IT security for 32 hospitals and more than 65,000 employees. Prior to Providence, Eric worked for EDS for ten years. He worked in the Chief Security and Privacy Office of EDS, US Government Services, Security and Privacy Professional Services and U.S. Consulting. He attended California State University, Sacramento and earned a BS in Computer Engineering.

Eric’s recognitions include:

  • 2011 SC Magazine named as one of The 5 Most Influential IT Security Thinkers
  • 2012 CSO Magazine awarded a CSO Compass Award
  • 2012 ISSA Information Security Professional of the Year


Flavio de Cristofaro

Vice President of Engineering for Professional Products

As Vice President of Engineering for Professional Products, Flavio de Cristofaro oversees the design, development and testing of Core Security professional products. His primary focus is on building and evolving Core Impact Pro as well as introducing new professional products into the marketplace.

Mr. de Cristofaro has over 10 years of experience in penetration testing and IT security, having led onsite and remote penetration testing engagements for several clients worldwide. Prior to joining the Engineering team, he led the Core Security Consulting Services practice where he coordinated leading-edge penetration testing services for multiple global organizations and drove 50% year-over-year growth in services revenue. Prior to joining Core, he worked at Deloitte leading one of the global penetration testing centers located in Argentina. He also taught at ITBA University in Argentina until 2004.

Flavio graduated as an Electronics Engineer from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires Argentina and holds an MBA from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. 


Pat Walsh

Vice President, Marketing

Pat Walsh is responsible for all Core Security Marketing and messaging strategies, programs and activities, he has more than twenty years of experience marketing and consulting to the infrastructure software industry. Most recently, Pat was the CMO of Talend, Inc., an open-source provider of enterprise integration solutions, where he re-positioned the brand and product portfolio to sell big data integration solutions into enterprise accounts.

Prior to Talend, he was the VP of marketing at Progress Software, where he re-focused the company’s products into a set of coherent go-to-market offerings for the integration, application development and data management markets. Pat joined Progress as a result of the acquisition of IONA Technologies, where as VP of marketing, he successfully launched a portfolio of open source and commercial products in the integration space. Earlier in his career, he was director of product marketing and product management at Solid Information Technology, a Finnish-based embedded database company that was sold to IBM and he spent ten years at HP leading a consulting practice specializing in networking and information security.

Pat received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College with majors in Engineering and Economics. He also has a Masters in Engineering Management from Dartmouth.


Joseph Schramm

VP of North American Sales and Alliances

Joe Schramm is responsible for sales/business development in North America and Global Alliances for Core Security. In addition to developing Core’s channel partner ecosystem, he drives the identification and enablement of strategic partners, technology partners, solution providers/MSPs and system integrators. Joe launched the Core Secured™ Partner Program soon after joining Core in early 2012, and he has since driven the acquisition of more than 50 new alliances through this program.

With a strong background in both technology and business, Joe has worked with companies across a variety of industries to help deliver solutions that have improved their operational performance. Joe has more than 25 years of experience working with leading software firms such as SAP, Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, Oco, Inc. and Endeca.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bryant University. He is also an active supporter of White Hat USA, which provides assistance to Children’s National and the Jason Constantino Scholarship Foundation.


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