Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Ohio CISO Community

Jonathan Phillips


Klöckner Pentaplast

Jonathan Phillips is the CISO at Klöckner Pentaplast, and Governing Body Member of the Ohio CISO Community

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I started in IT out of college in 1998 with a role as a network sales engineer for 5 years. I then moved into an IT admin and ERP support role with Klockner Pentaplast in 2003. During my time, I took on many different support functions in IT and managed the global WAN, network, global projects, audits and security landscape before being promoted to CISO.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Listen to what your people are saying, not always what they are telling you.

With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CISO role going in the next 1-2 years?

CISOs will have improved exposure to board-level interactions related to cyber threats and what we are doing to protect the company.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CISO?

It is a journey, and you cannot do everything at once. Look at where your gaps are and make a plan. There is no right or wrong plan, but you need to have a plan.

Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.

I have lived in Ohio my entire life and I am happily married with three sons. I enjoy bike rides along the river, watching soccer, playing video games, reading and listening to music.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community? 

The value of Evanta is the interaction with other people in the community.

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