Thu, Jan 5, 2017

Kroll Expands Global Leadership Team: Three Elevated to Managing Director, Two to Principal

Kroll, a global leader in risk mitigation, compliance, security and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of three new managing directors and two new principals, enhancing the Company’s leadership team across the globe.  Each of the following appointments became effective January 1, 2017.

  • Benedetto Demonte, Managing Director, Cyber Risk Practice, Secaucus, New Jersey
  • Erik Rasmussen, Managing Director, Cyber Risk Practice, Los Angeles, California
  • Dan Schorr, Managing Director, Business Intelligence and Investigations  Practice, New York, New York
  • Marc Brawner, Principal, Cyber Risk Practice, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Stefano Demichelis, Principal, Investigations and Disputes Practice, Singapore

“Our newest managing directors and principals possess the extraordinary experience and client-centric approach that exemplify what has made Kroll the premier risk management firm in the world,” said David Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Kroll and its parent, Corporate Risk Holdings.  “Ben, Erik, Dan, Marc, and Stefano are leading practitioners in their respective fields who are continually raising the bar in formulating new and innovative ways to better serve clients and collaborate with colleagues.  I am very proud to announce their elevation within the Kroll organization.”

Managing Director

Benedetto Demonte, Cyber Risk Practice, Secaucus, New Jersey
In November 2012, Mr. Demonte joined Kroll after a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that spanned over two decades.  Through outstanding technical work and an extraordinary level of client service, Mr. Demonte has advanced the reputation of Kroll’s Cyber Security practice.  In his role, he serves organizations with integrated services encompassing information security, cyber investigations, computer forensics, business continuity, disaster recovery, incident response, IT audit, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments.  He investigates client issues relating to large-scale information security reviews, data breach incident response, investigations of computer security events, internet fraud, identity theft, intellectual property theft, and privacy concerns.  During his career in the FBI, Mr. Demonte served as a Senior Forensics Examiner and Assistant Director of the FBI’s Regional Forensic Laboratory in New Jersey, where he managed a staff of more than 25 examiners.  He also led a variety of complex cyber investigations, including technical analysis for national security, network intrusions, insider attacks, malware infections, internet fraud, child sexual exploitation, and theft of intellectual property.  Mr. Demonte is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Holy Family University, and holds the following certifications:  Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

Erik Rasmussen, Cyber Risk Practice, Los Angeles, California
Mr. Rasmussen leads Kroll’s Cyber Risk practice and is Head of Kroll’s Los Angeles office; he is a dynamic and tireless leader, with an exceptional background as a state prosecutor, federal law enforcement agent, and private industry cyber security professional.  Since joining Kroll in early 2016, Mr. Rasmussen has led several complex cyber engagements, and he spearheaded Kroll’s effort to obtain certification by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council both as a PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) and Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).  Prior to joining Kroll, he served as Director, Cyber Intelligence and Investigations, Payment System Risk, for Visa Inc., as well as IT Security Manager, Security and Investigations for Fidelity National Information Services.  From 2004-2013, Mr. Rasmussen was a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, where he focused primarily on domestic and international computer crimes investigations.  He investigated criminal violations related to access device fraud, bulletproof hosting services, child pornography, distributed denial of service attacks, botnet attacks, and wire fraud, and conducted the international investigation that resulted in the indictment and prosecution of complex cyber crimes in the case of United States v. Sergey Vovnenko (aka “Flycracker”).  He also served as a member of the Los Angeles FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Mr. Rasmussen began his career in 2003 as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Tacoma, Washington.  Mr. Rasmussen is a graduate of Occidental College and Seattle University School of Law, and holds the following certifications:  Qualified Security Assessor, PCI Security Standards Council (QSA); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Dan Schorr, Business Intelligence and Investigations Practice, New York
Mr. Schorr joined Kroll in 2012 and has almost 20 years of legal and investigative experience.  He manages a wide range of complex assignments, including investigations into sexual misconduct, internal investigations, asset searches, reviews of financial controls, due diligence, construction quality/labor compliance, and major fraud investigations.  Mr. Schorr served as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Queens District Attorney’s Office (1998-2001) and the Westchester County, NY District Attorney’s Office (2001-2004), specializing in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicides.  In his role as Inspector General for the city of Yonkers, New York, from 2010-2012, he supervised a staff of investigators responsible for fostering efficient and effective government through audits, investigations, and policy recommendations to the City Council and the Mayor.  In this capacity, Mr. Schorr carried out major investigations into a number of issues, including integrity monitoring, overtime costs, vendor accountability, consolidation, and cost-saving initiatives.  Prior to serving as Inspector General, he was a Vice President in the Law Division at Morgan Stanley.  Mr. Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.  He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and has appeared as a commentator on legal matters for a number of national and local news outlets.


Marc Brawner, Cyber Risk Practice, Nashville, Tennessee
With over 20 years of experience in information technology, including 16 years focused on information security, Mr. Brawner is a true expert in cyber risk management, incident response, and computer forensics investigations.  He returned to Kroll in 2013 after spending seven years leading Marsh & McLennan Companies’ incident response and risk assessment team, where he grew and refined its worldwide threat hunting, computer forensics, vulnerability management, and vendor risk management capabilities.  From 1999-2006, Mr. Brawner honed his technical and leadership skills at Kroll.  His technical work uncovered cases of corporate espionage and intellectual property theft, as well as major e-commerce and payment card breaches.  During this time, he also architected and managed enterprise technology and security solutions, conducted malware analysis and penetration testing, and implemented policy and compliance programs for Kroll and its clients.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Brawner implemented computer systems and networks for clients in healthcare, insurance, entertainment, and university settings.  Today, Mr. Brawner leads Kroll’s award-winning cyber threat monitoring and analysis team, providing Kroll’s clients with advanced threat detection and response capabilities.  Additionally, he oversees complex intrusion cases and advises both technical and executive audiences on effective ways to address cyber risk.  Mr. Brawner is a graduate of Lipscomb University and holds the following certifications:  Qualified Security Assessor, PCI Security Standards Council (QSA); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Stefano Demichelis, Business Intelligence and Investigations Practice, Singapore
Mr. Demichelis has over 14 years of experience in fraud investigations and leads Kroll’s Financial Investigation team for Southeast Asia.  He advises clients on the prevention, detection, and investigation of frauds in various industries such as automotive, manufacturing, financial institutions, and government bodies.  Passionate about the value of data analytics, Mr. Demichelis has created innovative fraud detection tests and established data mining techniques to facilitate and conduct fraud investigations.  He also has extensive expertise assisting clients with compliance reviews, internal investigations, and potential FCPA violations.  Prior to joining Kroll, Mr. Demichelis worked for TNT in the Netherlands as a Senior International Auditor before being appointed Audit Manager Investigations, responsible for carrying out fraud investigations on behalf of the Corporate Audit Department.  Earlier in his career he was Financial Controller for TRW Occupant Safety Systems Italy and a Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen Italy.  Mr. Demichelis is a graduate of Istituto La Salle per Ragionieri e Geometri (Turin) and the University of Economics (Turin).  He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensics Interviewer.
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