Gavin A. Grounds
Executive Director - Governance, Risk & Compliance, Verizon
Gavin Grounds leads Cyber Security Strategy and Enterprise Information Risk Management, as part of the executive leadership team of Verizon’s Corporate Information Security organization. With 2019 revenues of over US$131.9bn, US$35.7bn in cash flow, and assets in excess of US$291bn, Verizon is a global Fortune 20 company, delivering innovative communications and technology solutions through its various divisions including Verizon Consumer Group, Verizon Business Group, and Verizon Media Group. Its services and solutions include 5G, 4G LTE Network services & technology, communications services and products, video, and data services, managed security and managed network services, and various Internet of Things (IoT) services and products. In the leadership of cyber security strategy and transformation and delivery of Enterprise Information Risk Management, Gavin drives the development and execution of the cyber security strategy across the Verizon Corporation. Additionally, he leads the Enterprise Information Risk Management function and strategy, covering information & cyber risk, policy, standards, governance and compliance management practices, to ensure that Verizon’s information assets are adequately protected throughout the full system lifecycle and ensuring that operations and controls meet Verizon’s policy, legal, regulatory and governance requirements. Prior to joining Verizon’s leadership team in 2018, Gavin was Sr. Director of Information Security, Risk & Compliance (CISO, Global Delivery) at DXC in its Global Delivery Organization. Gavin led end-to-end security operations and information risk and compliance management in the delivery of DXC’s broad portfolio of services. His leadership included defining and executing the DXC BionixTM automation strategy for Security, Risk & Compliance on the transformative “Platform DXC.” DXC was formed in 2017 when Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) spun out its Enterprise Services business and combined it with Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC). At HPE, Gavin served as Global Director of Information Risk Management, Enterprise Security Services, where he led a global organization of more than 1,800 security and compliance professionals to underpin HPE’s services with solid Security and Compliance operations and frameworks and drive significant revenue growth by driving strategic direction for clients through C-Level advisory engagement. In partnership with the Legal department, Gavin served as the primary interface with strategic global clients and with various external agencies and government entities around the globe. Gavin first joined Enterprise Services (at EDS) in 2000 and has previously held several leadership roles including Director of Global Strategies for Information Assurance and as Client Security Officer for some of the world’s largest Financial, Energy and manufacturing companies. Gavin has held various leadership roles including CIO of a Business Process Outsourcing company, CEO & Founder of a security consulting firm, security & network strategy leadership for a large off-shore bank and Founder of an industrial plant operations software house. Gavin is a qualified member of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. He serves on the advisory board of security technology companies, is a member of the IoT European Council, and as a Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, he is currently the Chairman of the USA Section. Gavin is the author of several International and US patents and patent-pending applications, including: Method and Apparatus for Processing Financial Transactions (WO2002079922A3; US20020128917A1; AU2002338252A1; JP2004537088A; MXPA03008054A; ZA200306883B) System, method, and computer program product for taxation of online transactions (WO2004081839A2; US 2004O18147OA1) Systems and Methods for Automated Quantitative Risk and Threat Calculation and Remediation (Patent-Pending) Born and educated in the UK, Gavin has lived and worked in various countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, is fluent in English and Spanish and now lives in the USA. In his private time, he is a musician and also enjoys various sports activities including fitness, distance running (having raced 4 marathons and 4 half-marathons in the past 15 months) and motor racing. He is a fundraiser for various charities, particularly focused on benefiting children, suicide prevention and eradicating extreme poverty.