Blockchain Security Firm SpiderOak Taps Skinner for CEO

Job Appointments | November 14, 2017 By:

Blockchain data and security systems company SpiderOak has appointed Christopher J. Skinner as Chief Executive Officer. He brings more than two decades of experience scaling organizations in the technology, data, FinTech, media, and retail spaces, Skinner will lead SpiderOak in its expansion into a new enterprise cybersecurity platform and sales. SpiderOak uses private blockchain technology to help organizations and individuals ward off military-grade cyberattacks.

“Christopher is a transformative leader with a powerful track record in building and scaling companies for massive growth,” says William Wolf, chairman of the board of SpiderOak. “As SpiderOak enters this critical next phase of development – working to protect some of the top organizations in the world from potentially devastating breaches – Christopher brings the ideal skill set and experience to lead the company.”

“CEOs and boards representing every industry in the Fortune 1000 are seeking to protect their software supply chain,” says Skinner. “The exponentially expanding threat of data theft and criminal behavior affecting all companies provides a huge opportunity for SpiderOak to meet this need. Our best-in-class, end-to-end encryption technology, paired with authority management to confirm the identity of users, is unparalleled in the market today. Our core technology truly slashes risk for companies.”

 As CEO, Skinner will oversee strategy and operations at SpiderOak, bolstering its sales and marketing presence and driving innovation in its enterprise-level platform. SpiderOak built its reputation in cybersecurity with its encrypted storage and messaging applications targeted to individual users. In the new platform, SpiderOak has leveraged its encryption and identity management processes to a broader enterprise application. A key element of the platform is a secure software updater that gives companies the ability to send customers secure updates to programs without allowing entry from bad actors.

Most recently, Skinner served as Chief Innovation Officer at the rapidly growing Raise Marketplace, an online marketplace where consumers buy and sell their gift cards and merchandise credits. He helped organize the company for growth and scale. Prior to Raise, Skinner was Vice President of Strategic Insight at digital media-buying technology provider Centro, serving in a high-level, strategic technical leadership role, where he established a stronger talent- and training-focused HR department.

At United Airlines, Skinner implemented a digital marketing transformation, and, at Vodafone, he drove strong e-commerce sales growth in major E.U. markets within 18 months.

Skinner’s work with Oreck Corporation transformed the company from a small manufacturer to a large, direct-to-consumer model throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. His execution boosted annual revenues by multiples, inventing technology that helped connect call center, store, and e-commerce.