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Arizona Cyber Commercial Development Initiatives

CyberSecurity Practice to Offer Leadership Recruitment & Advisory Services

Once again, the Arizona Valley’s business community is out in front; this time around city and state political and economic leaders are making great strides placing Arizona among the top tier cybersecurity states across the US, along with Virginia, Maryland and California. The Greater Phoenix’s Security Canyon Board, comprised of Valley cybersecurity company executives, city leaders and educators, or cybersecurity investor Ori Eisen’s latest startup initiative in Scottsdale, or Kudelski Group, a Swiss cybersecurity company relocating its corporate headquarters to Phoenix – the broader cyber community is taking note.

ZRG Partners, a global executive search firm that embraces data and analytics to underscore the hiring process, is especially well positioned to collaborate with, advise and enhance the Valley’s multi-pronged cyber initiatives in this regard. Leading their efforts are David Bruno, a longtime fixture in the Valley’s economic development and Stephen Spagnuolo, CyberSecurity Leadership Recruitment & Advisory Practice leader.

ZRG Cyber’s Advisory Vector is to leverage and deploy their deep connectivity across both the US National Security and Wall Street communities. Functional areas of recruitment focus include:

  • Senior consultants and business development teams for security services platforms;
  • CXO and next-generation leaders for startup and emerging / growth product and services companies;
  • CISO/CSO and other digital security thought leaders for larger corporates.

Cybersecurity, as a new growth sector, is still a young, ‘new frontier’ (aka “Wild West”) environment; e.g. abundant information overflow with a whole lot of disconnected dots; where no one person is remotely near to having all the right answers. ZRG Cyber aims to do its small part in building and enhancing this thriving albeit still disparate cyber ecosystem. Among its attack angles, ZRG Cyber regularly pushes out thought leadership content. Here are our latest articles:

ZRG Cyber’s bottom line message is it is essential that corporate and community leaders attack their information security challenges with a vigorous risk management and business unit leader mindset.


About the Authors

David Bruno covers the greater Arizona regional area for ZRG Partners. He brings 25+ years of senior level recruiting experience working on behalf of a range of client companies and organizations across multiple industries. He has actively worked in partnership with various Arizona business communities during his 22+ years living in Phoenix.  Notably, he served as Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and currently sits as past Chairman; he was a Board Director with the Arizona Business Leadership, as well as the Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL); and currently serves as Board Director with Junior Achievement of Arizona. Prior to joining ZRG, he served as Vice Chairman & Managing Director of DHR International’s Phoenix Arizona office. As a member of the Executive Committee, he was one of their eight owners. 

Stephen Spagnuolo leads the CyberSecurity Leadership Recruitment & Advisory Practice for ZRG Partners, He brings 15+ years of experience recruiting senior and next-generation corporate leaders on behalf of a wide-ranging client base, from leading global investment banks to pre-funded emerging growth companies to a cadre of consultancies of all sizes. He serves as an advisor or collaborative partner with several leading university cybersecurity studies programs, including USNA, Boston College and Kean University; and is the designated cybersecurity headhunter for RANE, the leading global risk advisory network. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, he formerly deployed to multiple overseas contingencies as a Marine Corps infantry officer.

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