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Based in New York, Kal Bittianda is a trusted advisor for helping companies and leaders leverage and harness technology. As the leader of Egon Zehnder’s North America Technology Practice, he works closely with companies in the mobility, communication, systems, software, and technology-enabled service sectors. He also conducts executive search for chief technology, data, and information security officers.

I love helping executives creatively address their leadership and business challenges. When I was an executive, I aspired to be the best player on the field, and now I revel in helping others achieve excellence.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Kal led business units for Kyriba (enterprise cloud solutions), EXL (knowledge and business process outsourcing), and Inductis (analytics consulting and services). As a Consulting Partner at Azendant and Inductis, Kal advised C-level executives on growth strategies. Previously he was an Engagement Manager at the Mitchell Madison Group. Kal began his career in technology and leadership roles at Unisys and International Paper.

Kal earned a BTech in naval architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Madras/Chennai, in India, an MA in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He advises nonprofit organizations and early-stage companies in the New York area, also investing in some of the latter. Kal has two young daughters and enjoys exploring new places in other countries, running in marathons, and following his favorite sports teams and athletes.

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Security Roundtable — Making Boardroom Changes Today to Ensure a Cyber-Secure Tomorrow

Security Roundtable — Making Boardroom Changes Today to Ensure a Cyber-Secure Tomorrow

Cyber risk experts Kal Bittianda, Selena Loh LaCroix, and William Houston explain why changes to improve security are necessary at the board level.

Security Roundtable —  Millennials: An Urban Legend In Cybersecurity

Security Roundtable — Millennials: An Urban Legend In Cybersecurity

It’s tempting to over-generalize when it comes to Millennials, especially with cybersecurity concerns. But Egon Zehnder's Global Head of Cybersecurity says these Millennials, or "Digital Natives" have a different perspective on things like SSNs posted online because they’re already out there.

What’s The Best Reporting Structure for the CISO?

What’s The Best Reporting Structure for the CISO?

As cybersecurity risk management has emerged as a top strategic priority for companies across industries, the question of whom the CISO should report to has likewise risen in importance

Security Roundtable — It’s Time for CISOs to Become True C-Suite Business Leaders

Security Roundtable — It’s Time for CISOs to Become True C-Suite Business Leaders

Many CISOs now find that their jobs exist at the intersection of risk mitigation and business innovation, requiring them to manage their own information-security organizations as well as their relationships with CEOs, boards, and the rest of the C-suite.

Security Roundtable – With IoT, Security Must Be Built in From the Beginning

Security Roundtable – With IoT, Security Must Be Built in From the Beginning

Despite growing security concerns about IoT and IIoT, many businesses still overlook key factors, as well as offer products and services that lack essential protections.

Tahawul Tech – The Rise of the CISO

Tahawul Tech – The Rise of the CISO

The CISO role continues to evolve and is now more varied and critical than ever before.

Security Roundtable – Cybersecurity, Seat Belts and How We Learn to Manage Risk

Security Roundtable – Cybersecurity, Seat Belts and How We Learn to Manage Risk

If it seems like cybersecurity is always playing catch-up to a new generation of threats, it's because cybersecurity today still is where traffic safety was in the 1970s, writes Egon Zehnder’s Kal Bittianda for Security Roundtable.

What Your Chief Data Officer Wants You To Know

What Your Chief Data Officer Wants You To Know

As more and more organizations undertake digitalization and innovation initiatives, they are turning to the chief data officer (CDO) to help them fully leverage those investments. While the role still is evolving, its broad outlines are clear.

A New Mindset for Managing Information Risk

A New Mindset for Managing Information Risk

After transitioning from technical guru to core senior leader, the chief information security officer (CISO) role is evolving to embrace information risk, writes Egon Zehnder consultant Kal Bittianda in Security Roundtable.

Hunt Scanlon Media – Egon Zehnder and Kal Bittianda Among Cyber 20

Hunt Scanlon Media – Egon Zehnder and Kal Bittianda Among Cyber 20

With cybersecurity being one of the big top management challenges of our times, Hunt Scanlon recently published a first-ever listing of search firms dedicated to this space.

Executive Search Review – US CISOs Need to Gain Global Exposure

Executive Search Review – US CISOs Need to Gain Global Exposure

American CISOs aspiring to top global jobs need to follow a more international career path, writes Egon Zehnder consultant Kal Bittianda in the Executive Search Review.

Hiring and Retaining Top Talent to Lead Your Cyber Risk Management Program

Hiring and Retaining Top Talent to Lead Your Cyber Risk Management Program

Attracting and Retaining Top Cyber Security Talent

InformationWeek – American CISOs Need Broader Perspective to Go Global

InformationWeek – American CISOs Need Broader Perspective to Go Global

Why are companies with a global reach wary of hiring US CISOs, asks Egon Zehnder consultant Kal Bittianda in an article for InformationWeek. Their rule-based approach is generally seen as too narrow to manage the challenges of different global environments, explains Bittianda.

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015 New York

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015 New York

The combination of data ubiquity, decentralized control and sophisticated new underworld actors presents organizations with a perfect storm to be confronted by their information security leadership.

High CISO Turnover

High CISO Turnover

With the ongoing drumbeat of security breaches at corporations and other institutions, it shouldn’t be surprising that the job of chief information security officer is considered one of the toughest slots on the organizational chart.

Evaluating and Attracting Your Next CISO: More Sophisticated Approaches For a More Sophisticated Role

Evaluating and Attracting Your Next CISO: More Sophisticated Approaches For a More Sophisticated Role

The role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has changed dramatically in the last decade. No longer merely a digital sheriff called on to protect the firm’s data valuables, the CISO is expected to act as a full strategic partner with the rest of the C-suite.

FundFire – Asset Funds Need More Tech Experts

FundFire – Asset Funds Need More Tech Experts

Recent high-profile hacks have encouraged asset funds to tighten up their cybersecurity, reports FundFire. This, in turn, has boosted demand for tech experts.

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015

In February 2015, President Obama, speaking at a White House Summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, declared that the Internet has become a sort of Wild West, where private corporations are prime targets of hackers and cyber criminals.

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