Thursday, 30 July 2020 13:35

FirstWave appoints ex Cisco CTO Kevin Bloch as adviser

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Kevin Bloch newly appointed adviser to FristWave Kevin Bloch newly appointed adviser to FristWave

Australian-headquartered global cloud security technology company FirstWave has appointed former Cisco chief technology officer Kevin Bloch as adviser to the company through its newly formed Technology and Markets Board Committee (TMC).

FirstWave founder, significant shareholder and non-executive director, Scott Lidgett will chair the new Committee, and the company says that as adviser to FirstWave, Kevin Bloch’s role will be to review current product and commercialisation strategy and develop, with the TMC, “a program of work that will help the company deliver its FY21 plan in the short term, and position it for sustained success in the long term”.

Joining Lidgett from the company on the committee will be Executive Chairman, John Grant, COO Neil Pollock, Strategy Director, Roger Carvosso and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Simon Ryan, along with non-executive directors Paul MacRae and David Acton as observers.

FirstWave says Bloch brings almost 40 years of experience in the technology sector in Australia and globally to the company after recently leaving Cisco Systems ANZ where he was CTO from 2008 to 2020 “leading strategy, innovation and engineering following nine years in other senior leadership roles”.  

Prior to Cisco, Bloch was also CTO at JNA Telecommunications, a local Australian technology company, for 14 years, where he led R&D and systems integration and the sale of JNA to Lucent Technologies.

FirstWave says it intends to invite external advisers to provide critical analysis, guidance, advice, networking and introductions to assist it to “realise the significant revenue opportunity it sees for its Cloud Content Security Platform (CCSP) both domestically and internationally”.

Commenting on Bloch’s appointment, FirstWave Executive Chairman John Grant said, “Kevin’s joining FirstWave is a significant coup for the Company and for shareholders. There are few in Australia whose skills, experience and reputation are so appropriately matched to FirstWave’s opportunity.”

“Kevin’s unequivocal focus on doing only the things that drive commercial outcomes impressed both the Board and the Executive team. Clearly, he will be able to positively impact our OEM relationship with Cisco, but we expect his impact through our new Technology and Markets Board Committee to be across the whole business.”

“I am delighted to join FirstWave in one of my first engagements in my new technology advisory firm,” said Bloch.

“Why Firstwave? Australian, locally developed I.P, aiming global, in cyber (white hot!), with a great team and outstanding Chairman.”


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