With over twenty years in the information security space, Michael has a long history of success in a variety of data security roles. Prior to his position at Deckers Brands, Michael launched the security programs at West Marine, TBC Corporation, and Whataburger. Michael successfully matured the security posture of each organization and enthusiastically worked to develop the information security teams with diverse critical thinkers and communicators. Outside of retail, Michael has also worked as a product manager for security software organizations, led early efforts in merging access control with encryption technologies, and developed large scale, resilient network architectures.
Michael is an ardent advocate for data privacy rights and recently led a TEDx event on the topic of “Who’s Watching Us?” Michael participates as a board member for multiple security organizations, as well as, non-profits in the Santa Barbara area.