Executive Team

Kurt Hansen

 Kurt Hansen

CEO Tesserent

Kurt has over 30 years of IT industry experience driving sales and delivery transformation and impressive business growth across many IT and cybersecurity organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Kurt was the CEO at Pure Security where, as part of the PS&C Group he integrated four security businesses following their acquisition and listing on the ASX. Previous roles include executive, senior management and operational positions at Check Point Software Technologies, F5 Networks, AirData, Symbol Technologies, Telstra Wholesale, Cisco Systems, and Ericsson.

Prior to commencing his corporate career, Kurt joined the Australian Army as an electronic trainee, later becoming a commission officer and finishing his military career in Royal Australian Signal Corp with the rank of Captain. He holds a Diploma of Engineering from Swinburne Institute of Technology.

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 James Jones

Group CFO, Tesserent

James joined Tesserent after serving as CFO of the Australian FMCG business, Bellamy’s Organic Group which was formerly an ASX listed business (sold in a public to private transaction in 2019).

In his role at Bellamy’s, James was responsible for leading the Finance team across multiple jurisdictions in the delivery of technical accounting, reporting, audit and tax requirements plus statutory reporting and board reporting for Bellamy’s Group. 

James led projects to develop and improve financial/accounting systems and controls, plus cash management procedures to adapt to changes in the ownership and business operations in line with local and international requirements.

Prior to his role at Bellamy’s, James was a Director at Deloitte and then EY (in the United Kingdom) working in an advisory capacity on restructuring, distressed assets and M&A transactions.

James has worked on the ground on both sell side and buy side mandates, as well as fund raisings and Stock Exchange listings on both ASX and LSE.

James has extensive experience in financial modelling and scenario analysis, plus providing advice on bid tactics, sale and purchase contract structuring and purchase price mechanics through execution of M&A deals.

James has significant cross-sector experience, having executed transactions of businesses and operations within the airline, manufacturing, shipping, infrastructure, retail, FMCG and Financial Services sectors.

James has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne (Aust) and is a member of Chartered Accountants (CA ANZ).

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 Michael McKinnon


Michael McKinnon (CISSP, CCSP, MAISA) has over 30 years of experience in ICT and Cybersecurity, as has held several senior leadership roles in Australia and overseas. He is a strategic & innovative thinker with a focus on devising and managing complex IT environments that support fast growth organisations, while at the same time ensuring best-practice cybersecurity is front and centre. As the Chief Information Officer at Tesserent (ASX:TNT), Michael continues to contribute to the success of Australia’s largest ASX-listed dedicated cybersecurity company. And as the Victorian Branch Chair for the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), Michael generously volunteers his time to inspire, mentor, coach and welcome newcomers to the cybersecurity industry.
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 Samantha Riddle

Director - People and Culture

Samantha has extensive commercial and human resources experience spanning 30 years both in Australia, and overseas. The last 18 years, she has held senior people leadership roles across the IT Sector. She is passionate about leading a Human Resources function that attracts, develops and retains high performing leaders and teams. With her depth of knowledge and experience across the IT sector and Human resources alike, she is able to bring alignment between business and people strategies. She is both passionate and committed to making a positive impact to the business, through maximising and developing peoples’ potential and capability. Samantha, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Political Science, Honours Degree in Organisational Development and a Masters Of Business Administration.
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George Katavic

 George Katavic

Managing Partner, Tesserent Federal

George has more than 25 years of experience with consulting organisations in the Federal Government market. George founded BCT, a specialist in Defence and National Security consulting which later became part of UXC in 2006. From that time George was responsible for building UXC Consulting in the ACT, combining 6 disparate and small brands which evolved into the largest Australian owned Consulting organisation in the ACT. With over 200 staff including over 100 cybersecurity staff, UXC was largest cyber consulting organisation in the Federal Market. Prior to his current role with north, George was the Managing Partner of DXC Consulting in the ACT. He co-founded north in 2018 which has cemented itself as the leading provider of cybersecurity services in the ACT.

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 Chris Hagios

Managing Partner, Defend & Protect

Chris was the founder and Managing Director of airloom. Chris has over 20 years of start-up and high growth technology company experience leading consulting, product, software development, marketing and sales teams. He brings innovation and success in mobile, cloud and the cybersecurity industries with his unique business sense, technical acumen and vision for the future protecting enterprise data.

Chris leads the Tesserent Defend BU and has oversight to develop and grow our Assurance, Advisory/GRC, Products & Technology and Data & Analytics segments, all of which are focussing on services and solutions designed to defend and protect our client’s digital assets.

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 Craig Humphreys

Managing Partner, Cloud

Craig is an IT veteran having held leadership positions in both Australian and multi-national organisations over the past 25 years. He founded iQ3 in Sydney in 2010 with a strong vision to address the dynamic landscape of IT and the growing appetite for consuming IT as a Service. Building a team of professionals and establishing a significant position delivering Secure Cloud services to a large number of Government organisations, as well as Australian and multi-national corporate clients, saw iQ3 ranked 28th in BRW’s fast 100 in 2015.

Craig leads the Tesserent Cloud BU providing clients with highly secure services lines involving public cloud, private cloud/IaaS and hybrid managed cloud offerings.

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 Hamish Soper

Managing Partner, New Zealand

With over 15 years’ experience transforming IT businesses, this role will see Hamish taking the Tesserent Defend and Detect & Cloud offerings to the NZ Market and assisting the Tesserent Lateral Security team to expand the existing Advisory/GRC and Assurance business.

Previously, Hamish was Country Manager with Check Point Software Technologies where he built the business from $2M to $16M over a 10-year period. In 2017 he established the AppDynamics (a Cisco Company) business in New Zealand and then returned to Check Point in 2018 as ANZ Channel Director. Earlier roles include running the M2M (IoT) sector at Vodafone.

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 Deepak Singh

Managing Partner, Detect

Deepak is a seasoned Information Security professional with over 20 years of experience in the information security domain. He has held leadership roles in local and international information security organisations of various scale. He was instrumental in the growth and success of Secure Logic, which provided end to end information and cybersecurity solutions and services in various sectors. His customer focused view enables the right balance of security investment against business objectives, which is driven through his expertise in the field.

Deepak leads the Tesserent Detect BU which provides secure monitoring and detection services designed to protect our client sensitive assets and information against global cyber threats.

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Patrick Butler

 Patrick Butler

CEO, Loop Secure

Patrick has been at Loop Secure for more than 15 years, building up both the cybersecurity service and technology arms of the business. Patrick was formerly the General Manager of Sales & Marketing overseeing the national team from the Sydney office. Patrick was appointed CEO in 2016. During his time at Loop, Patrick has engaged with hundreds of clients, and understands the unique challenges posed to organisations in Australia by cybersecurity threat actors. In his role as both a shareholder and CEO of Loop, Patrick was able to understand the challenges that come with running a business securely. Patrick has extensive experience in presenting and training boards and executives on cybersecurity challenges and how to be prepared and resilient today and into the future. Patrick commenced August 2021
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 Scott Ceely

CEO, Seer Security

Scott has worked in cybersecurity roles for over 20 years, with 13 of those in the Australian Federal Government.  His government roles spanned the National Intelligence Community, the Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet and he also served as a diplomat at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC.  After leaving government, Scott built the Asia-Pacific branch of Context Information Security, before starting Seer Security in 2016.  Scott holds a Bachelor Engineering in Computer Engineering and a Master of Management majoring in Technology and Innovation.

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 Paul Taylor

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Paul has extensive experience across the financial services, e-commerce and legal industries and is a member of Tesserent’s Senior Leadership Team. Paul previously held leadership roles in the insurance and financial services sector with the Cover-More Group Limited and Insurance Australia Group Limited, and most recently acted as General Counsel & Company Secretary at Simonds Group Limited, an ASX listed business focused on residential building and construction.

At Tesserent, Paul brings his strong partnership building approach & commercial acumen to drive profitable and pragmatic business transformations. Paul holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul is qualified to practice law in Australia and New York, USA.

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