Mr. Spinelli is the Founder, CEO and Chief Advisor at S7 Advisors, where he brings a depth of experience in strategic digital and cloud transformation to cybersecurity and enterprise technology through thoughtful risk management navigation, new digital strategies, and cloud security solutions. Mr. Spinelli is also currently a Venture Partner at Sorenson Ventures and a member of the Board of Directors of Peapack Gladstone Bank (PGC), a publicly traded boutique private bank listed on the NASDAQ where he is a member of both the Risk and Compensation Committees. Mr. Spinelli is also a Board Member of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the CIO of Urban One.
Prior to these roles, Mr. Spinelli was President and Chief Operating Officer of Qomplex, a cybersecurity startup focused on delivering digital data science and artificial intelligence innovations through real time cyber telemetry consumption. Mr. Spinelli was also Senior Vice President/CISO for Capital One Financial Corporation. As Capital One’s Chief Information Security Officer, Mr. Spinelli was responsible for developing and executing security programs to ensure customer and proprietary corporate data is protected from cybersecurity threats. Mr. Spinelli played the central role in transforming Capital One’s digital and technology agenda with the secure adoption of public cloud native computing and engineering cybersecurity innovations that leverage emerging technologies, open source, analytics, and machine learning.
Even before Capital One Mr. Spinelli was recognized as a trusted steward of technology for the Financial Services industry. He served as the Chief Information Security Officer of Tyco International, Equifax and First Data Corporation where he led the strategic cybersecurity program development while developing global teams responsible for security engineering, security operations, security compliance and policy, and cybersecurity threat management.
Mr. Spinelli was honored in 2007 to be appointed to the US National Security Agency Advisory Board, providing leadership, policy direction, and counsel in cybersecurity matters while holding a current Top Secret security clearance. He also maintains an external presence on corporate advisory boards of leading and emerging cybersecurity companies such as Coalfire, Cisco, Cycognito, and many others.
During his career, Mr. Spinelli has contributed to advancements in cybersecurity practices and research. He holds multiple patents: in the area of data loss prevention to ensure the security of electronic communications data; in methods of network risk reduction and internet browsing habits.
Mr. Spinelli is a graduate of Saint Louis University and received his MBA in the Executive Program at Washington University with residency at Fudan University in Shanghai and Imperial College of London to complete his degree abroad. Mr. Spinelli maintains CISSP accreditation.