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Executive Leadership Team

Focal Point's executive team consists of seasoned corporate executives, risk management professionals, and thought leaders who come from diverse backgrounds in the Fortune 100, the U.S. Military, and Big Four accounting firms. 

Brian Marlier

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Marlier brings over 35 years of sales and leadership experience in the technology industry, and is one of the Founders and original Board Members of Focal Point. He currently serves the company as its Chief Executive Officer, leading the overall growth and business direction of the firm.

Brian retired from Cisco in 2017 where he spent 21 years, most recently serving as their Senior Vice President of Global Architectures and Global Enterprise Sales, where he was responsible for services and product bookings of $26 billion annually, and a global team of 3,000. As a member of Cisco’s Sales Executive Leadership team, Brian had an unbeatable track-record evolving sales to meet changing market dynamics and customers’ business needs. By working cross-functionally to design and implement innovative go-to-market models for customers’ multiyear digital transformations, Brian helped customers consume Cisco’s portfolio of services and solutions in the different ways required to drive their business outcomes.

Laura Hunter
Laura Hunter

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer

Laura serves as Focal Point's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, working with the executive team to drive the company’s near and long-term overall strategic initiatives and business goals. Laura brings over 25 years of experience in strategy driving transformation within businesses ranging from technology to government to media.

Prior to Focal Point, Laura worked at Cisco, where she ran their CEO’s global transformation program creating new billion-dollar strategic partnerships, and helped develop Cisco’s Security Services business from inception to a $250M organization. Previously, Laura was the Principal at The Hunter Group, a D.C.-based strategic management consulting firm, and has also held senior positions with SAS Analytics, CNN, NBC News, and worked in politics for various top US elected officials.  

Dan DeSantis
Dan Desantis

Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Dan DeSantis leads Focal Point's global sales and business development efforts. He has 25 years of experience as a tech founder, Chief Technology Officer, and sales leader, working with many of the largest companies in the world.

Prior to Focal Point, DeSantis worked for Cisco Systems, where he ran a cyber security sales team supporting some of Cisco’s largest enterprise clients. During his tenure at Cisco, DeSantis grew a $150M business for his area and formed deep and lasting ties to numerous CISOs and other senior security executives across the U.S. Previously, DeSantis ran a strategic sales team for Venafi focused on securing the encryption infrastructure of some of the top financial services organizations in the world. He was also founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Cleveland-based technology companies Stratos Internet Group and BlueBridge Networks, where his responsibilities ranged from building carrier-class data centers serving tens of thousands of customers to working with the United States Secret Service to develop and host anti-money laundering infrastructure.

Andrew Cannata
Andrew Cannata

Chief Information Security Officer

Andrew Cannata leads Focal Point's national Cyber Security practice, and serves as the company's CISO. Andrew manages all client relationships and coordinates business development initiatives for the Cyber Security practice. He has over 25 years of information technology and security work experience, having worked at the senior management level within “Big Four," defense, and private sector organizations. 

Prior to starting Focal Point, Andrew was a Senior Manager at KPMG, and also led one of the largest Department of Defense Information Assurance Programs as a part of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He is a CISSP, CISM and PCI QSA.

Buffy Ellis
Buffy Ellis

Executive Vice President, Focal Point Academy

Buffy Ellis is the Executive Vice President of Focal Point's Academy division, bringing over 25 years of experience in Network Design, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Network Monitoring and Analysis to lead a team of phenomenal technical experts in delivering hands-on cyber training courses. 

As a former instructor, Buffy has trained over 4,000 students in the networking, firewall policy, intrusion detection and malware analysis fields. As the EVP of Academy, she oversees all elements of Focal Point’s evolving Cyber Security Training portfolio, keeping our courses up to date and relevant to the cyber challenges our customers are facing every day.

Buck Bell
Buck Bell

Executive Vice President, Focal Point Force

Buck Bell serves as the Executive Vice President of Focal Point's Force division, bringing over 18 years of experience in the Identity and Access Management space. 

Prior to Focal Point, Buck served as Vice President, IAM Consulting at Optiv, where he lead a team of 110 across consulting, PMO, and India Operations, and grew their services and software business from $18M to $135M. Prior to Optiv, Buck held sales leadership positions with IAM software vendors, including OpenNetwork Technologies (acquired by BMC) and Omada, and technical implementation and practice leadership roles with Logic Trends and FishNet Security. The combination of those experiences has given him insight into all aspects of the risks and opportunities inherent to identity programs.

Michael Ebert Focal Point
Michael Ebert

Executive Vice President, Advisory Services

Michael is the Executive Vice President of Advisory Services at Focal Point.

Michael is a former senior partner in the Philadelphia office of KPMG’s Advisory Services Practice and also served as a leader its Cyber (Security, Privacy and Continuity) practice focused on Healthcare Life Sciences. Michael was also KPMG’s National Leader for HIPAA Services working with the Office for Civil Rights. He is experienced with various areas of Healthcare Regulatory compliance, Information Management and Information Security with particular specialization in the fields of risk management and business enablement. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).