Board of Directors
Kevin W. Massengill, Chairman
Sean B. Ward, CEO
Sean B. Ward is the founder and CEO of White Strix Holding Company, a Colorado-based holding company targeting IT/Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure businesses for acquisition and growth.
Ward is also the Founder of Oscar Mike, Inc. a non-profit borne out of the US withdrawal of Afghanistan in 2021 focusing on supporting the needs of individuals and families in conflict zones seeking a new life.
He is known as a highly effective cybersecurity and technology executive bringing executive, operational and technical experience in cyber and physical security. Ward facilitated clients in managing sensitive and nuanced security risks both from a cybersecurity and security perspective through strategic planning, to tactical execution, by leveraging partnerships. For over ten years have provided detailed planning and operational management in security and intelligence within the defense, commercial and telecommunications industries to include Cyber Threat Intelligence Management, Insider Threat Program Management, Account Management, Physical Security Program Management, Project Management, Program Development and Strategic Business Development.
Qualifications as a Technical Security Advisor include Certified industry recognition as a Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner, Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Expert Penetration Tester and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
He is currently an advisor to several small companies and has advised companies up to approaching 1000 employees and several hundred million dollars a year in revenue. Ward has previously served on the board of industry leading ISC2 as the Director of Corporate Partnerships and as an Director of Operations
Brian Wieber, Financial Director
Brian is an experienced non-executive outside Board Director, Qualified Financial Expert, Chief Audit Executive (CAE), and Senior Advisor with over 30 years of commercial experience leading financial, operational and information technology risk management. He served in these capacities for some of the largest multi-national and U.S. companies including KKR, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, D&T, and Grant Thornton, encompassing all ownership structures, from public, private, private equity, and non-profits, as well as start-ups. In addition to directing the financial wellbeing of White Strix, Brian currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Grant Thornton supporting their Private Equity Advisory and Execution Practices, and as an Operating Partner for Cadiz Capital. Brian has a great ability to advise, coach and shape strategic agendas, with a real passion for driving change and an imaginative approach to creating transformative outcomes. He is recognized for his skills in building effective relations, supporting investors and Boards of Directors, and rallying teams to achieve results materially beyond what would ever be expected. He places an ethos of fairness and integrity of all corporate, colleague and client-facing activity to enhance performance, engender mutual collaboration, and enable solutions that meet a need. Lastly, Brian is known for being adept at collaborating with boards of directors and executive teams to evaluate internal controls over operational, technological, financial, regulatory compliance and corporate governance and creating a culture of willingness to change.
Prior to his current roles at White Strix, Grant Thornton and Cadiz Capital, Brian was the CAE for KKR, accountable to the Audit Committee and the Firm’s Board of Directors. This position worked closely with all levels of executive senior management, providing strategic direction, leadership and management of the Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk and SOX functions. Such role was responsible for developing, coaching, and leading teams, and developing best practices and nurturing a culture of commitment, with the highest order of integrity.
At KKR, Brian resided on various firm leadership committees: Operating Risk Committee, Global Valuation Committee, Portfolio Management Committee, Information Security Committee, Innovation Committee, and Business Approval Group Committees (Private Equity and Credit), and an active member of domestic and international subsidiary boards (AIFM [Dublin], UK [PE, Credit, Capital Markets], MENA, Asia). Brian has a great ability to advise, coach and shape strategic agendas, and to rally teams to achieve results materially beyond what would ever be expected. He has a real passion for driving change and an imaginative approach to creating transformative outcomes.
Prior to KKR, Brian held executive senior leadership positions at Lazard Freres & Co. and Morgan Stanley, with selected impactful achievements that included global SOX IPO readiness; top rated regulatory audit ratings; best in class audit functions that achieved firm-wide distinction; and a differentiated bench for which front office would tap as part of their hiring programs. Brian began his career at D&T where he secured his CPA license.
Brian holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance with Honors distinction from New York University. He received his certifications as a CISA and CFE, and is Series 7, 63 and 27 registered. Brian frequently speaks in public forums, serves as a part-time adjunct professor for Fordham University, and provides strategic advice to business leaders about governance and private equity.
Brian lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife of 30 years, and has two sons. He is an active participant and avid fan of sports, loves to travel and is committed to health and fitness.
Eduardo Vidal, Legal Advisor
Ed Vidal has over 40 years of experience practicing corporate law and advising on business transactions. He practiced for over 30 years in major New York and Chicago law firms, working on a wide range of corporate matters, including securities transactions, loan financings, private placements, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, corporate governance and financial restructurings, as well as supervising litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.
During the last 10 years he has served from Houston and Miami as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a startup online media group as well as serving as a member of the board of directors providing legal advice to several startups seeking to execute roll-up strategies in such industries as electrical contracting, plumbing & HVAC, property management and senior living facilities.
He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago and is a member of the New York and Illinois bars. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Election Integrity committee of the Republican Party in Miami, Florida.