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MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our success is driven by our leaders, who are among the finest in the industry. We believe a strong team is built on exceptional leadership.

MANOJ ARORA

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Manoj Arora, Difenda’s Founder and CEO has always been ahead of the curve in Technology and Cyber Security. After securing his engineering degree in Computer Science, he wrote his first mobile banking application when he was just 23 years old. This accomplishment certainly set him apart from the crowd and prepared him for a lifetime of innovation and success in his field. At just 25 years old, he was selected as the youngest Cyber Security Officer for one of the largest banks in Asia.

DEREK NUGENT

VICE PRESIDENT, REVENUE

Derek Nugent, Vice President, Revenue lives by the motto “Be early, be better.” Derek leads our Revenue team and is responsible for the customer’s journey with Difenda. His high energy level and creativity have built high performing teams, whether at the Herjavec Group, CDW, or in his current leadership role at Difenda. After earning a Bachelor Administration and Management degree from the Academy of Learning, Derek started in the information technology industry in 2004 and transitioned to the cybersecurity industry in 2014.

ANDREW HODGES

VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT AND TECHNOLOGY

Andrew prides himself on building high-performing teams operating with high degrees of teamwork to achieve very ambitious goals. As Vice President Service Delivery, strives to continuously evolve our organization through the support of our people and teams. As Vice President Service Delivery, he is responsible for working with the C3 Delivery team to develop and deliver innovative and operationally effective services designed to secure our customers and exceed their expectations.

IAN MIERSCH

VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS

Ian has energy to spare, and uses his eclectic background to make a positive mark on the cybersecurity industry. As Vice President of Business Development & Operations, Ian Miersch is responsible for overseeing scalable business growth as Difenda expands throughout North America. But it is the way he does it that sets him apart. By leveraging his engineering background and critical thinking skills, he has been able to develop unique strategies that balance the company’s current business needs with its long-term growth plans.

MIRANDA MCCURDY

VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING

Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to her role as Vice President of Marketing at Difenda, where she leads global marketing and communications functions. Her responsibilities include brand management, corporate communications, media relations, and marketing operations. Her strategic vision and leadership have been pivotal in positioning Difenda as a leader in cybersecurity solutions.

FAISAL ILAHIE

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS AND TECHNICAL ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

Faisal brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic vision to the forefront of cybersecurity innovation. His journey in cybersecurity began after a successful tenure in IT Networking, where his expertise with Cisco products and an array of certifications like CCNA, CCNP, and CCVP laid a strong foundation for his career shift. His pivot to cybersecurity was driven by a desire for a fast-paced and constantly evolving field, leading him to roles such as Senior Director of Customer Success, before joining the Difenda team.

AMARDEEP JAGPAL

VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT & SERVICE DELIVERY

With a career that spans over two decades across pivotal sectors like telecommunications and financial services, Amardeep Jagpal, Vice President of Product and Service Delivery at Difenda, brings a unique blend of technical expertise and strategic insight to Difenda’s leadership team. With a passion for tackling the evolving challenges of cybersecurity, Amardeep pivoted into cybersecurity after witnessing the critical role of security in protecting business operations and customer data.