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Advisory Board

Effective on or about October 1, 2017, the OTA Board of Directors will become part of the Internet Society's Organizational Member Advisory Council (OMAC) and serve as an advisory body to ISOC leadership.  The Advisory Board will continue to operate as an advocate for existing OTA members.  Comments please email Board @ otalliance.org.


Neill Feather
CEO SiteLock

Ashit (Ash) Kumar
CISO Interections / Identity Guard

Geoffrey Noakes
Senior Director of Business Development
Symantec Corporation

Craig Spiezle
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Online Trust Alliance
Strategic Advisor, Internet Society
Managing Director, Agelight Strategic Consulting Services

Sal Tripi
Assistant VP, Digital Operations & Compliance
Publishers Clearing House

Gary VonHoch
Vice President, Web Operations
American Greetings Interactive

Ben Wilson
General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Industry Relations
DigiCert 


Craig Spiezle,
Chairman Emeritus Online Trust Alliance
Strategic Advisor, Internet Society

Craig is the founder and managing partner of AgeLight LLC, a professional services firm focused on online and digital services.  Craig is a recognized authority on trust and the convergence of privacy and security promoting ethical privacy practices, end-to-end security and the importance on moving from a compliance mindset to stewardship. Craig serves as Charmain emeritus of the Online Trust Alliance, an initiative of the Internet Society and a strategic advisor and industry analyst. Craig frequently briefs international policy makers driving awareness of best practices by both the public and private sectors and importance of internet governance. As the founder of the OTA, Craig championed security best practices to help protect consumers, innovation and the role of meaningful self-regulation.  He created IoT Trustworthy Working Group an international coalition focused on security, privacy and sustainability. Prior to OTA, Craig spent over a decade at Microsoft focused on digital marketing, security and privacy enhancing technologies and standards driving the development of brand protection, anti-spam, anti-phishing and privacy enabling technologies.  Craig is on the board of the Identity Theft Council, editorial board of SC Magazine and a member of InfraGard, the Internet Society International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Anti- Phishing Working Group (APWG).  In addition, Craig is a past member of the City of Clyde Hill Utility Commission, served on two terms on the Federal Communications Commission advisory councils pertaining to online security and reliability of critical infrastructure, past board member of MAAWG and participant in multiple NTIA multi-stakeholder working groups including facial recognition, vulnerability disclosure, mobile privacy disclosures and IoT patching and upgradability.  Current and past clients include Internet Society, Microsoft, Pfizer, the US Postal Service and other leading organizations.


Neill Feather, President, SiteLock
Neill is the president of SiteLock, the leading provider of website security solutions for business. At SiteLock, Neill leads the company’s approach to 360-degree domain security  by providing industry analysis and utilizing rapidly evolving data sets related to security and hacking trends. Neill has over 20 years of experience in the technology and systems industry, notably providing technology solutions and industry insights for Johnson & Johnson prior to joining SiteLock. Neill holds B.S. degrees in Statistics & Information Systems and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Neill’s areas of expertise include security industry insights, security / hacking trends, technology, and systems. 

Ashit (Ash) Kumar, CISO, Intersections
Ash is the CISO at Intersections Inc., an Identity Theft Protection services company. He is responsible for all Information security for the organization including infrastructure, risk management, policy and compliance with standards. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Security including running his technology company. His experience has spread across systems and network architecture, training, security architecture, security event management and incidence response. He is a CISSP and holds a degree in electrical and electronics engineering. 

Geoffrey Noakes, Senior Director of Business Development, Symantec Corporation
Geoff  is the Senior Director of Business Development for Symantec’s Trust Services and Business Authentication group – previously known as VeriSign SSL.  Geoff has been with VeriSign/Symantec since 2003, and has worked on a broad variety of security-related initiatives (mainly around SSL and Code Signing) with organizations including Microsoft, Google, and almost all OS providers, mobile network providers, and mobile phone OEMs globally. Geoff drove VeriSign’s early efforts leading to the definition, standardization, and acceptance of EV SSL certs.  Geoff has a BS in computer science from Cal Poly, and an MBA in finance from USC.

Sal Tripi, Assistant VP, Digital Operations & Compliance, Publishers Clearing House
Mr. Tripi is an assistant vice president  at Publishers Clearing House (PCH), the United States' largest and best known sweepstakes company. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in Privacy, Marketing, Operations, new customer recruitment, relationship marketing and ecommerce. His work encompasses a variety of digital operational areas including digital operations, ad operations, compliance and privacy, and he has successfully developed and implemented compliance policies and practices that have allowed PCH to expand their entrepreneurial endeavors while maintaining a reputation for strong consumer and brand protection. 

Gary von Hoch, Vice President of Web Operations, AG Interactive
Gary is responsible for web operations, security and email integrity for AG Interactive, the digital communications subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation, a Cleveland, Ohio-based creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products. The interactive division oversees one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web. Gary has been with American Greetings for 35 years and has served in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing and internal systems, before helping to form the Interactive Marketing department in 1994, which eventually evolved into AG Interactive. His knowledge and insight have been instrumental in continuously advancing AG Interactive’s technology infrastructure, ensuring systems run securely and efficiently. He and his team routinely explore new technology to understand how people use it to communicate and how it can support social expressions product. Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Accounting from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He went on to earn his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Ben Wilson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations - DigiCert, Inc.
Ben has practiced law for over 20 years, focusing on Internet and information security.  As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Ben has deep expertise in the public key infrastructure (PKI) implementation, with a focus on the identification processes used to authenticate and issue digital certificates to PKI subscribers.  He is an active participant in the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology Law and its Information Security Committee.   Mr. Wilson also represents DigiCert with the Certification Authority / Browser Forum.  Locally, Mr. Wilson has been chair of the Utah State Bar's Cyberlaw Section, and he is a Master of the Bench in the Sutherland-Watkiss American Inn of Court.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Utah in 1987 with an Honors B.A. in Economics and in 1990 with a Juris Doctorate. 


Board Members - Emeritus 

In memory Howard was the first Board member of OTA and was a great friend, mentor and advisor.  We will miss his guidance and wisdom.  RIP.

Howard Schmidt, Partner  Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, former White House Cybersecurity Advisor
Howard serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).  Howard A. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.  He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.