Bob joined Palo Alto Networks after more than 20 years in leadership roles with banks, product companies and professional services organizations. He is responsible for evangelizing how Prisma Cloud facilitates the transition to the cloud. Bob provides counsel to Palo Alto Networks’ customers, prospects, governments, regulators and partner ecosystem.
Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Bob was a managing partner at West Strategy Group, where he provided his clients with counsel in cyber risk and business strategy. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Bob was a managing director in Deloitte’s cyber risk services practice, where he was part of the leadership team responsible for growing the business. Prior to Deloitte, Bob was managing director for CISO for York Risk Services. Prior to this role, Bob was Chief Trust Officer at CipherCloud, where he was responsible for working across the company’s business divisions, customer base and partner ecosystem to evangelize the importance of cloud data protection. Prior to CipherCloud, Bob was CEO at Echelon One, an information security consulting and research firm. Prior to Echelon One, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Information Security Officer for Bank One’s Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.
Bob is a frequent speaker on cloud security and strategy, information security and risk, identity, mobility, and on global policy issues such as payment fraud and critical infrastructure. He also has visibility into and advises key people that influence national legislation. He is quoted frequently in the press including publications such as Bloomberg, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Bob is on the board of directors for the USA Track and Field Foundation and on vArmour, innerActiv and Lookout’s advisory boards. He has been on the advisory board the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), the board of management for the Jericho Forum, the advisory boards for the Agiliance, AirPatrol (acquired by Sysorex), CipherCloud, Securent (acquired by Cisco), TriCipher (acquired by VMWare), Trusteer (acquired by IBM), The University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts and Education, a member of RSA Security’s Customer Advisory Council and the ISS Customer Advisory Council.
Bob received the 2022 HITEC 100 award for being one of the most influential Hispanic technology executives in the world. He was also a nominee for the ISC2 Senior Information Security Professional of the Year, 2011, received the 2004 Digital ID World Conference award for Balancing Innovation and Reality, and a 2004 InfoWorld 100 Award for implementing SAML. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and then received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from North Central College.