Vaco names Michael Welch managing director of cybersecurity practice

Michael Welch, Managing Director of Cybersecurity Practice

CHICAGO – Nov. 21, 2019 – Vaco, a premier talent and solutions firm serving more than 40 markets around the globe, has named Michael Welch a managing director of its cybersecurity solutions practice.

Welch, a leader in cybersecurity and technology with nearly 20 years of experience in risk management, compliance, and critical infrastructure, will be responsible for supporting new business relationships and spearheading cybersecurity consulting initiatives for the company. 

“Mike has a passion for advancing cybersecurity technologies across all organizations in multiple vertical markets and has the influence and knowledge to drive our teams to achieve greater success,” said Keith Hollender, managing director of Vaco’s cybersecurity practice. “His extensive background and experience will provide our clients the expertise and guidance in exceeding their cybersecurity goals.”

Welch previously served as global chief information security officer for OSI Group, a privately-owned food processing holding company that services some of the world’s best-known brands throughout 17 countries. In addition, he has worked with Burns & McDonnell, Duke Energy Corp. and Florida Power & Light, among other companies. He is an accomplished CISO, senior manager, and security consultant, leading teams of InfoSec engineers, architects, and analysts to deliver complex cybersecurity transformations that exceed compliance regulations.

In the coming weeks, Vaco’s cybersecurity practice will become part of MorganFranklin, a leading finance and technology advisory firm acquired by Vaco in August.

About Vaco

Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of consulting, consultative project resources, executive search, permanent placement and strategic staffing. Areas of expertise include c-suite search, accounting, finance, technology, health care IT, operations, administration and international managed services. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, with 7,000 employees and consultants and $750 million in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 13 years and was named to Forbes’ 2018 & 2019 lists of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.

Vaco’s cybersecurity practice offers a diverse range of solutions including strategy, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Identity & Access Management (IAM), MSSP, cybersecurity operations, application security, and incident response & risk intelligence.


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