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Cisive is led by individuals who are recognized in their fields, dedicated to our mission, and together, guarantee success for our clients and our company.
Chief Executive Officer and PresidentMore
Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Owens is Chief Executive Officer and President of Cisive. He has over 17 years of operations and information technology experience, including:
- Business Unit Operations
- IT Strategy
- IT Management
- Enterprise IT Architecture
- IT Security
- Large-scale Application Development and Package Integration
- N-Tier E-commerce Systems Design and Implementation
- Complex Systems Implementation and Coordination
Mr. Owens originally joined Cisive as the Chief Information and Technology Officer (CITO). First as CITO, and then as CITO and head of the Research Division, he led the modernization of Cisive’s technology and operations, implementing industry-leading approaches to the performance of high-volume background screening and vehicle pre-insurance inspections while further improving Cisive’s high quality level. On July 30, 2007, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. On July 1, 2008, he was then promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President.
Prior to joining Cisive, Mr. Owens was Lead Architect at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGEY). At CGEY, he designed and implemented numerous large-scale systems, including a number of innovative Web-based applications. These applications included advanced workflow and rules-based automated decision-making in the financial services and life sciences industries.
Previously, Mr. Owens was a naval officer in the U.S. Submarine Service, where he served as Information Systems Department Head for the U.S. Navy Submarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC) in Norfolk Virginia and Combat Systems Department Head for the USS Albany (SSN-753). As Information Systems Department Head at SUBTRAFAC, he spearheaded the modernization of the entire information technology infrastructure, including the development and implementation of modern Web applications that significantly improved employee productivity and the quality of training for Norfolk-based submarines and associated submarine personnel. As Combat Systems Department Head on the USS Albany, Mr. Owens led the integration of commercial off-the-shelf technology with the existing submarine mainframe sonar system, resulting in significantly improved sonar capability and reduced costs.
Mr. Owens holds a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was certified in the supervision, maintenance, and operation of a submarine nuclear power plant.
Chief Operating OfficerMore
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Bennett is the Chief Operating Officer of Cisive. He is responsible for assisting in the formulation of the company’s business strategy, oversight of the company’s day-to-day operations, and participating in the maintenance of client relationships and in the development of new business areas.
Prior to joining Cisive, Mr. Bennett served as an FBI Special Agent and completed a distinguished 26-year career, to include 18 years of directing criminal and national security investigations and two years as the FBI senior executive leading human resources functions. As an Assistant Director of the FBI, heading the FBI’s Human Resources Division, he directed a change in strategic workforce planning throughout the FBI, focusing on mission-critical skills, threats to the nation, and diversity of the workforce. He also led the development and implementation of a new automated human resource information system for the FBI and led several critical human capital management initiatives that yielded a mission-focused, customer-service organization that served over 35,000 FBI employees.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Bennett was a Senior Management Consultant with the firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., supporting clients within the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation.
Mr. Bennett was a naval officer in the United States Navy and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. He was the Combat Information Center Officer aboard a Guided Missile Cruiser and was later Aide to Commander U.S. Forces Philippines.
Mr. Bennett’s professional awards include the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for distinguished public service, and the FBI’s Manuel J. Gonzalez Ethics Award.
Mr. Bennett holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and is a graduate of the FBI’s Executive Development Institute.
Chief Information OfficerMore
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Gordon currently serves as the head of all software development and holds the title of Chief Information Officer at Cisive.
Mr. Gordon has over 24 years of information technology experience, including: web-based system development; enterprise architecture (both .NET and J2EE); project management; and complex system integration. He has been with Cisive for 13 years.
Mr. Gordon leads Cisive’s team of information technology professionals and is responsible for the development of Cisive’s technology solutions, including the Onboarding solution, mobile applications, the I-9/E-Verify process, and more. His team has successfully integrated with countless ATS, HRIS, DMS, and ERP systems for a completely configurable, compatible solution, providing a seamless process for our clients.
Prior to joining Cisive in 2003, Mr. Gordon was a senior consultant at a boutique NYC consulting firm with a specialization in the architectural, construction, and engineering industries. At this firm, he worked on several large-scale systems, including the management software for a multibillion-dollar construction project for New York’s Department of Environmental Protection.
Mr. Gordon has a BBA degree from Hofstra University.
Chief Financial OfficerMore
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kucza is the Chief Financial Officer of Cisive. He is responsible for leading the Finance Division and partnering with the executive team to achieve Cisive’s strategic growth initiatives.
Mr. Kucza comes to Cisive with over 20 years of executive-level leadership experience driving operationally focused financial initiatives within a variety of organizations.
Prior to joining Cisive, Mr. Kucza was the Chief Financial Officer of the Investor Communications Solutions Segment at Broadridge Financial Services.
Mr. Kucza holds a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business and he earned his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.
Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President and Corporate SecretaryMore
Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Berger joined Cisive in 1995. He is currently responsible for the New York practice of Cisive Investigative Solutions & Consulting. Mr. Berger, as the Corporate Secretary, is responsible for the official corporate records, public filings, licensure, legal research, and legal and regulatory affairs. Mr. Berger is also the leader of the “corporate security” function, which includes the physical security and safety of the corporate entity, employees, facilities, and assets. Mr. Berger is responsible for maintaining and overseeing incident response planning and risk management. He is the senior officer with oversight of human resources, facilities, and purchasing. On Sept. 23, 2013, Mr. Berger was named Chief Compliance Officer.
While at Cisive, Mr. Berger was previously responsible for the ongoing research, development, and maintenance of the company's state-of-the-art criminal history, public record repository/vendor network, and the initiator of the VendorCommDe system. He was also formerly responsible for Cisive’s competitive intelligence functions, international capabilities, and other special projects.
When Mr. Berger joined the Cisive team, he had more than nine years of experience in the background and commercial investigative industries. At Cisive, he was promoted from Special Project Manager to Director — Special Projects in 1998 and subsequently to Vice President in 1999. Mr. Berger was elected as Corporate Secretary in 2000.
Mr. Berger was Cisive’s representative to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) for almost 10 years. During this time, Mr. Berger was a member of the NAPBS Board of Directors and the Ethics Committee. Mr. Berger served as Chairperson of the Accreditation Task Force in 2009 and subsequently Chairperson of the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). He was instrumental in the rollout of the industry accreditation program, which was officially announced and launched by Mr. Berger at the 2009 NAPBS Annual Convention.
Prior to joining Cisive, Mr. Berger held management positions with Equifax Services Inc. (aka ChoicePoint Inc.), in San Francisco, Calif.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Great Neck, N.Y.; and Hartford, Conn. He is a former patrolman with the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Berger received his B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science, from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn. He has formal training in Total Quality Management and Process Improvement, and is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Senior Vice President, Research DivisionMore
Senior Vice President, Research Division
Mr. Davidson is Senior Vice President of the Research Division. John is responsible for overseeing all aspects of investigation, case analysis, and quality control within the division. Mr. Davidson’s efforts enhance Cisive’s performance and increase efficiency throughout all of Cisive, specifically in Operations, HR, Sales, IT, and Finance. Within the financial realm, John is part of the budget planning process and oversees short- and long-term financial and operational goals for the division. In addition, John assists with sales and marketing and serves as an executive sponsor for some of Cisive’s largest clients.
Mr. Davidson joined Cisive in 2000 as a customer service representative and steadily earned his way through the ranks becoming the Director of Customer Service, Vice President, and now Senior Vice President. Prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President, John served as the Vice President of Operations for the Research Division.
Prior to joining Cisive, John served as an Infantry Non-commissioned Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. It is with this background in mind that John serves to assist our senior leadership in identifying service members for Cisive’s philanthropic endeavors, such as partnering with 4 Wheel To Heal to donate Trackchairs to our combat-wounded service members. John helped Cisive work with the Warrior Transition Battalion, a United States Army command that provides and facilitates care to combat- and non-combat-wounded soldiers.
Senior Vice President, Strategic InitiativesMore
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Mr. Giles is Senior Vice President of Cisive’s Research Division. He has more than 30 years of experience in loss prevention, public record retrieval, employment screening, corporate asset protection, and investigative interviewing. Most recently, as the Vice President of Background Information Services at National Diagnostics Inc. (NDI), he was responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for NDI’s background information services division.
Immediately prior to joining NDI, Mr. Giles served as Vice President of Research Services in the Consulting & Investigations Division of an international security company. Prior to that, he served as President of a wholesale public records provider to the background industry and worked 10 years as Vice President of the nationwide backgrounds verification division of a multinational company where he oversaw divisional growth from a small internal resource to a leader in the field.
Mr. Giles is a licensed Private Investigator and a Board-certified Protection Professional with ASIS International. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
He is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), where he currently serves on the Background Screening Credentialing Council and the Government Relations Committee. He is also a previous Chair of the NAPBS, previous chair of the Government Relations Committee, and has served on the Global Advisory Committee.
Mr. Giles holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and has completed several postgraduate and in-service training courses, including studies at the North Carolina Justice Academy.
Senior Vice President, Business DevelopmentMore
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Jackson is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Cisive. In this role, he leads a team responsible for all aspects of business development strategy, sales, alliances, and marketing. Mr. Jackson brings 25 years of senior-level sales and sales management experience to Cisive with more than 15 years providing human resources and corporate security solutions to customers ranging from midsize to the Fortune 100.
Prior to joining Cisive, Mr. Jackson was the VP of Sales for Assess Systems, a company focused on providing behavioral-based, job-fit assessments for pre-employment and employee development. Mr. Jackson was also VP of Sales at CVM Solutions, a supplier diversity data provider and Director of Enterprise Sales at HireRight, a pre-employment screening provider.
In addition to building and leading world-class sales organizations, Mr. Jackson has worked in direct sales providing technology-based human resource solutions to multinational organizations. The key to Mr. Jackson’s success is working with customers to understand where processes and procedures can be improved and providing transparent and ethical feedback on solutions to problems.
Mr. Jackson holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with his wife, Brandi and their three daughters.
Vice President and General Manager, Global Executive Intelligence DivisionMore
Vice President and General Manager, Global Executive Intelligence Division
Early in his career, Mr. Jones worked for the British government, serving in investigative and diplomatic roles. After leaving government service, he established a successful investigative practice for clients of a major accounting firm in Canada.
He later worked as a security and investigative executive for a number of multinational companies and has leadership experience in multiple business sectors. Mr. Jones has managed numerous complex multinational investigations and for the seven years prior to joining Cisive, held a leadership position with a specialist global risk management consultancy. In this role, he developed and implemented risk assessment, due diligence, and compliance programs for Fortune 100 corporations operating internationally.
Mr. Jones is a member of the ASIS commission on guidelines and standards and has helped develop reference documents on a wide range of security and investigative topics. Robert is an honors graduate of University College, London, England.
Vice President, Client ServicesMore
Vice President, Client Services
Ms. Adamo leads all aspects of Cisive’s Client Services and Account Management divisions, and has been with Cisive for nine years.
She is responsible for the customer and candidate experience, existing business development, and client compliance. Ms. Adamo’s goal is to build strategic partnerships to provide advance screening solutions to a broad range of industries. She is also responsible for allocating resources, measuring performance, and successfully managing the relationships with our clients.
Ms. Adamo’s previous experience includes more than 25 years supporting C-suite executives in the high-tech human resources industry. She attended Dowling College with a concentration in Business.
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