About the Speaker
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    Brian McGowan, CISM
    VP, Global Security & Privacy, SharkNinja

    Brian currently leads the cybersecurity and privacy program as Vice President, Global Security & Privacy at SharkNinja, a relentless innovator and global leader in the housewares industry. Previously, he served as head of IT security & compliance at Hasbro, where for seven years he led the maturity of a global cybersecurity program designed to meet everchanging cyber risk of a company that evolved from a toy manufacturer to a global entertainment company serving the film, unscripted TV, and online gaming industries. Prior to Hasbro, he served as Director of IT Compliance for Upromise, the Boston-based pioneer of loyalty and 529 college savings programs, where he led development of the company's PCI and SOX compliance programs.

    Brian established himself as a leader in cybersecurity, privacy, and compliance program development. His career path differs from many IT professionals; he started his professional career in technology sales with Cabletron Systems in the mid-90s where he was first exposed to information technology and shifted to a career in IT operations in 2001. He was drawn to the structure of process and controls, which led to a role in IT security & compliance in 2005.

    Brian has a passion for developing teams with a focus on individual team member success and career growth. He attributes relationship and team-building skills developed early in his career as a sales professional as keys to his program development and leadership success.

    BS, Management Science, Bridgewater State University
    Executive Leadership Professional Coach Program, AIIR Professional Consulting
    Executive Leadership Certificate, Business Engagement & the Information Security Professional, Tuck School of Business
    Executive Leadership Certificate, Harvard Leadership Management Program