Executive Team

  • Daniel Nutkis
    Daniel Nutkis
    Daniel Nutkis

    Chief Executive Officer

    Since founding HITRUST in 2007, Dan has set the company’s strategy as CEO with a clear vision that established HITRUST as the vanguard in managing information risk and meeting regulatory compliance to secure critical data. Initially focusing on establishing HITRUST programs as the standard for healthcare organizations seeking security and privacy and certification, he is now focused on bringing HITRUST’s landmark services to a global audience and paving the path to ensure the company’s services are industry agnostic. Dan has been recognized as a top information security influencer by both SC Magazine and Health Information Security Magazine.

    Daniel Nutkis Chief Executive Officer
  • Carl Anderson
    Carl Anderson
    Carl Anderson

    Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

    Carl Anderson leads an in-house legal team providing legal advice and recommendations on matters related to global legal strategies including human resources, real estate, antitrust and global compliance/regulations, as well as key business transactions and venture opportunities. He manages the public policy portfolio and monitors federal and state legislative and regulatory activities. He also leads the advocacy activities before the House of Representatives and Senate as well and federal and state agencies.

    Carl Anderson Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
  • Steve Baram
    Steve Baram
    Steve Baram

    Executive Vice President, Customer Engagement & Operations

    Steve integrates a consistent message throughout all of HITRUST’s product and service lines. He ensures HITRUST’s external messaging and brand resonate with clients and prospects as the company expands its reach in Europe and Asia as well as across multiple industries. Steve has spent his career building brands and expanding their market reach for business-to-business and business-to-consumer enterprises.

    Steve Baram Executive Vice President, Customer Engagement & Operations
  • Kelley Baumgardner
    Kelley Baumgardner
    Kelley Baumgardner

    Director of Finance

    Kelley focuses on driving all financial relationships with HITRUST customers, partners, vendors, and employees. Under Kelley’s leadership, the finance team produces timely and accurate financial reports for internal stakeholders and manages expenses against budget targets. Additionally, Kelley oversees the human resources, benefits, payroll, travel, and procurement functions at HITRUST. Prior to joining HITRUST, Kelley served in numerous finance, accounting, and internal audit roles.

    Kelley Baumgardner Director of Finance
  • Vincent Bennekers
    Vincent Bennekers
    Vincent Bennekers

    Vice President of Quality

    Vincent leads the HITRUST Compliance Program. He is responsible for overseeing the integrity of the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program, which provides centralized reporting and oversight for all HITRUST CSF Assessments and reports. He is also responsible for championing continued improvements to the integrity, transparency, and ultimately the rely-ability of HITRUST reporting. Vincent has spent a significant portion of his career in the Netherlands and Belgium, supporting clients to achieve their IT assurance and cybersecurity goals.

    Vincent Bennekers Vice President of Quality
  • Bryan Cline Ph.D.
    Bryan Cline Ph.D.
    Bryan Cline Ph.D.

    Chief Research Officer

    Bryan provides thought leadership on risk management and compliance and develops the methodologies used in various components of the HITRUST Approach. This includes a focus on the design of the HITRUST CSF and the assessment and certification models used in the HITRUST CSF Assurance Programs, for which he provides technical direction and oversight. He’s also responsible for addressing emerging trends impacting risk management and compliance to ensure the HITRUST Approach sets the bar for organizations seeking the most comprehensive privacy and security frameworks available. Bryan previously served as HITRUST’s Vice President of Standards and Analysis.

    Bryan Cline Ph.D. Chief Research Officer
  • Nikole Davenport
    Nikole Davenport
    Nikole Davenport

    Chief Privacy Officer & Vice President, Privacy Programs

    Nikole leads privacy initiatives for HITRUST, providing industry experience to the organization, and integrating privacy regulations into the various components of the HITRUST Approach, including MyCSF. She works closely with the HITRUST Standards and Assurance teams to develop and optimize the incorporation of privacy principles in the face of emerging privacy regulations globally. Nikole has spent her career providing clients and companies with risk-based, regulatory compliance guidance as an attorney and consultant. She is recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Fellow of Information Privacy.

    Nikole Davenport Chief Privacy Officer & Vice President, Privacy Programs
  • Jeremy Huval
    Jeremy Huval
    Jeremy Huval

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Jeremy is responsible for developing and implementing HITRUST’s innovation strategy; ensuring HITRUST’s innovation provides value to customers, assessors, and relying parties; and overseeing the rollout of new products and capabilities in support of HITRUST’s Standards Development Organization and the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program.

    Jeremy Huval Chief Innovation Officer
  • Bimal Sheth
    Bimal Sheth
    Bimal Sheth

    Vice President, Assurance Services

    Bimal leads the HITRUST Assurance Program; his team is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the HITRUST Certification program through quality assurance reviews of all submitted assessments and the production of final reports as well as deploying training for the CCSFP Certification. He is also responsible for communicating with assessors and customers during the quality assurance process and works closely with the Compliance team to design, develop, and implement new solutions to optimize the quality assurance process.

    Bimal Sheth Vice President, Assurance Services
  • Jason Taule
    Jason Taule
    Jason Taule

    Chief Information Security Officer & Vice President of Standards

    Jason oversees the ongoing development and evolution of the HITRUST CSF to ensure its relevancy and continued sufficiency with our clients. This includes a broad range of HITRUST risk management framework support such as requirements integration and control specifications. He also oversees HITRUST’s internal information assurance efforts to ensure that we continue to earn and keep the confidence of our customers and third parties who have entrusted HITRUST with the safekeeping of their data.

    Jason Taule Chief Information Security Officer & Vice President of Standards

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