Empowering organisations for the Digital Frontier: unlocking technology’s potential and securing the future

We are independent and are without conflict or compromise in empowering your growth and success

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At Digital Frontier Partners, our mission is to empower organisations to thrive in an increasingly technology connected and data-driven world, where unprecedented opportunities and threats abound

 

“We collaborate with senior leaders building trust and relatedness, and we support them to powerfully enact their digital change journey – securely”

– Chris Stevens, Managing Partner and CEO

Meet Our Team

Our team excels at the highest level, having held executive and subject matter expert roles across diverse industry sectors. Now, we channel this wealth of experience to serve you with a flexible, values-driven approach

Chris Stevens

MANAGING PARTNER and CEO

Chris, the co-founder of Digital Frontier Partners, where he brings a wealth of expertise as a former CIO and COO for high-profile brands.

As a thought leader and practitioner in business digitisation, he’s all about helping clients leverage innovation and uncovering creative ways to boost business performance using leading edge capabilities. With a deep experience in leading strategy and transformation projects, Chris ensures clients achieve standout success with high levels of assurance.

Collaboration is the heartbeat of the Digital Frontier Partners team, where ideas flow freely, challenges are addressed, and high performance is in our DNA.

Chris provides support and guidance to the wider Digital Frontier Partners team, ensuring our clients maximise value from the partnership!

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Peter Hagenauer

PARTNER and COO

Peter is a co-founder of Digital Frontier Partners, specialising in delivering businesses growth and technology-enabled scale through savvy digital strategies. With an unwavering passion for ROI-focused, business change, Peter is the driving force behind transformative technology solutions that unleash the true power of data on the secure foundations needed today.

Peter’s talent stands out in crafting high-impact documents that capture the essence of strategy and roadmaps, guiding clients to realise valuable benefits while aligning technology, people, processes, and data.

His financial modelling ability stands out, uncovering hidden opportunities in digital and IT investments, empowering clients with a decisive competitive edge.

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Graham Edmeads

PARTNER

Graham leads the Technical Due Diligence and Cyber Security practices. With a wealth of global expertise in technology due diligence, software engineering, and cyber security, Graham’s mission is to empower clients through comprehensive assessments aimed at minimising risks, and charting strategic steps for substantial, secure technology enabled growth.

Graham guides clients to leverage software solutions while fostering vital people and culture changes. This unique blend drives unmatched growth and a competitive edge.

At the forefront of our Technology Due Diligence and Cyber Security practices, Graham leads with unparalleled passion and a commitment to excellence. Embark on a transformative journey, where cutting-edge technology and robust cyber security pave the way for your business’s success.

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Pieter Snyman

PARTNER, CTO and CISO

Pieter is a dynamic Partner donning two crucial hats – Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. With an impressive global track record in esteemed roles like CIO, Chief Data Scientist, and Chief Information Security Officer, Pieter is a true technology leader.

Pieter strikes the perfect balance between risk control and growth applying advanced cyber security capabilities and cutting-edge technology.

His hands-on approach to cyber security, data science, and IoT solutions is highly sought after. Collaborating seamlessly with senior executives, Pieter crafts technology plans and facilitates positively impacting change.

Our clients trust Pieter’s expertise for tackling challenging cyber security, technology, and data science needs using up to date, globally derived experience.

Tamir Levin

Tamir Levin

PARTNER

Meet Tamir, the lead Partner of our Digital, IT, Architecture and Data practices. Armed with vast global leadership experience as a CIO, CTO and as a senior consultant, Tamir helps clients to discover new value creation opportunities through cutting-edge technology strategy and digital innovation.

Being highly skilled in resolving complex challenges, Tamir enhances business performance by aligning essential enablers to execute clients’ strategies. His expertise spans Digital transformation, IT and data strategy, architecture, and innovation practices.

Clients trust Tamir’s unique skills, helping them accelerate to extraordinary levels of value creation and scalable growth.

Join Tamir on a transformative journey, where strategic technology integration leads to new levels of success.

Rick Watson

RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Meet Rick, the distinguished Regents Professor Emeritus of the University of Georgia, now leading the Research function at Digital Frontier Partners.

With a focus on maximising value creation through digitisation, Rick empowers clients with cutting-edge thinking and research. His decade-long tenure as Research Director for the Advanced Council Practices of the Society of Information Management and a visiting researcher at the esteemed Research Institute of Sweden (RI.SE) adds a wealth of experience.

Honored with an honorary doctorate from the University of Lichtenstein in 2021, Rick’s illustrious career includes 200+ journal articles and influential books on e-commerce, data management, and energy informatics. He has delivered 300+ presentations in over 30 countries.

Rick will share the latest research and insights aimed at helping our clients maximise strategic value through secure, digital change.

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Aaron McCaughan

CONSULTING ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT

Aaron leads our architecture services, helping clients maximise the value from their technology investments.

With an impressive track record spanning two decades across diverse sectors, he develops technology strategies, roadmaps, and transformative projects. His approach aligns the use of data, systems integration and ensures a ‘secure by design’ approach is built in, not added on later.

His experience includes government, transport, finance and many others. Aaron’s industry expertise addresses, technology sourcing, information management, and robust cyber security for organisational performance and growth.

Trusted by C-suite executives, he offers insights on technology design and leverage and is a highly sought after expert.

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Sarit Kannanoor

CONSULTING CISO

Sarit is an accomplished Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Cyber Security Consultant, known for his expertise in enterprise security architecture, governance, and management.

With a holistic approach to security, he goes beyond traditional boundaries, ensuring clients achieve a comprehensive understanding of cyber security, necessary in today’s growing cyber threat environment.

Having led various business functions, Sarit brings invaluable insights to fortify our clients’ security posture. Sarit is highly effective in devising proactive strategies to safeguard our clients’ organisation assets, reputation, and future.

Sarit assist clients on a transformative journey where cyber security becomes a core pillar of their business.

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David Kindlen

CONSULTING CIO

David is an accomplished CIO with a stellar track record of delivering strategic outcomes for customers and businesses alike.

With an impressive 30-year career spanning the globe, David’s expertise runs deep. As a Consulting CIO at Digital Frontier Partners, he specialises in crafting IT and enabling strategies, driving technology-enabled business performance, and implementing seamless organisational change.

David’s collaboration with stakeholders empowers businesses to optimise technology for enhanced performance and growth. Embracing change with a grounded approach, he maximizes value for clients at every step.

David’s depth of experience also enables him to be a trusted advisor to business and technology leaders alike.

Larry Howard

CONSULTING CIO

Larry is a seasoned CIO and esteemed technology executive, renowned for driving transformative organisational change and implementing growth-focused strategies enabled by technology.

With over two decades of experience, Larry steers visionary technology plans for national and global organisations, ensuring their success and expansion.

Larry’s strengths lie in delivering cutting-edge strategies and solutions, fostering team unity, and delivering scalable results that redefine industry standards. His seamless approach to change fosters evolution and continuous improvement, leading to heightened customer satisfaction and stronger client and vendor relationships.

Within Digital Frontier Partners, Larry assists a wide range of clients through CIO advice and strategy development.

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Mike Baird

CONSULTING ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT

Mike is a seasoned IT strategist and Enterprise Architect, combining business acumen, technical expertise, and a comprehensive understanding of IT planning.

With vast experience across diverse industries like retail, banking, telecommunications, and more, Mike crafts tailored solutions for unique business challenges. His approach focuses on aligning IT capabilities with business objectives to optimise the value of IT investments.

He is expert in developing strategic roadmaps and architectural blueprints to enable transformative technology change, keeping businesses ahead of the curve while being secure.

Mike separates reality from hype, building strong relationships with senior executives for seamless business-IT alignment.

Malik Rehman

CONSULTING CISO

Malik is a globally seasoned CISO and Senior Cyber Security professional, with over 18 years of expertise in developing robust information security strategies and policies.

As a cyber security industry expert, he has lead organisation-wide Cyber Security uplift programs, bolstering defences across technology and business dimensions. With a career that includes roles as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and various cyber security consulting positions, Malik has garnered a wealth of experience and insight. He is equipped with a range of advanced Cyber Security qualifications and accreditations.

Malik stands as a trusted advisor to clients, providing CISO level advice and unwavering support. His proficiency extends to conducting comprehensive cyber security assessments for global private equity and investment management clients, ensuring their acquired assets remain safeguarded.

Thomas Nanai

CYBER SECURITY ANALYST

Meet Tom, a cyber security professional with a wealth of experience in cutting-edge technology environments, including cloud-based systems and cloud security.

His expertise extends to cloud security penetration testing and security operations engineering, fortifying organisations’ cyber security and resilience. With an innovative and forward-thinking approach, Tom enhances clients’ security posture by leveraging advanced detection and response technologies like AI and the latest XDR toolsets for proactive threat mitigation.

Tom has a relentless focus on ensuring each cyber security client is optimally protected and included within the vulnerability assessments and strengthening steps.

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Angeline Tan

FINANCE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER

Angeline is a seasoned professional with 15+ years of experience in leading accounting and commercial operations processes for medium to large organisations.

As a key member of Digital Frontier Partners, Angeline manages finance, commercial, and team administration functions with practicality and professionalism. Her expertise ensures exceptional support for clients and also for our team, forming the backbone of our seamless operations.

Angeline ensures the commercial and financial interactions with clients always run smoothly and in alignment with each clients’ needs and expectations.

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Chris Stevens

MANAGING PARTNER

Chris is a co-founder of Digital Frontier Partners and has an extensive career in executive IT and business roles, having held the position of CIO in high profile brands as well as the position of COO. In his role within DFP, he works with clients helping them identify new ways to create value and improve business performance within the wider span of capabilities. Through leading many strategy and transformation assignments, Chris brings his experience using an engaging approach to tangibly drive client success. Within DFP, Chris is an active participant with the broader team, collaborating on ideas and injecting challenges to ensure we collectively are a high-performance team in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

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Peter Hagenauer

PARTNER

As a co-founder, Peter helps clients to transform the way they operate their businesses to deliver best in class customer outcomes. Peter has maintained a career long fascination about how technology has and continues to drive business change. He is adept at connecting business strategy requirements to its supporting technology, people, process and data needs, and communicates these outcomes in clear and concise ways.

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Graham Edmeads

PARTNER / SENIOR CONSULTANT

As a Partner at Digital Frontier Partners, Graham helps clients to transform the way they operate their businesses to deliver best in class customer outcomes. Graham has maintained a career long interest in how technology and software solutions combined with people and culture can enable business success. He enjoys solving complex problems and is adept at connecting business strategy requirements to the supporting technology, people, process and data needs, and communicates these outcomes in clear and concise ways.

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Pieter Snyman

PARTNER / DATA SCIENTIST

Pieter brings a wealth of global technology leadership experience to DFP, having held positions such as CIO, Chief Data Scientist and Senior Cyber Security Consultant, to name a few in high profile global organisations. A unique characteristic of Pieter is his ability to work hands on at the fundamentals of data science, advanced software development, and cyber threat mitigation while seamlessly assisting other senior executives with strategic planning and the implementation of these advanced capabilities. As a Partner within DFP, Pieter is highly sought after by clients for his experience and ability to help clients solve some of their most challenging Digital needs with clarity and confidence.

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Tamir Levin

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

Tamir’s extensive global technology leadership experience and his innate curiosity and techno-optimism assists clients to realise new value creation opportunities through technology innovation. He focuses on solving complex problems, improving business performance as well as aligning business strategy to supporting technologies. A career CIO and CTO, Tamir has deep experience across key areas including strategy formation, innovation and partnership creation. These will play a pivotal role in DFP’s on-going focus on customer value creation and growth.

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Richard Watson

Research Director

Richard (Rick) is a Regents Professor Emeritus of the University of Georgia and now leads the research function within DFP. He is focused on helping our clients connect with advanced thinking and practices used for maximising value creation through digitisation. For about a decade, Rick was the Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society of Information Management and a visiting researcher at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RI.SE). In 2021, the University of Liechtenstein awarded him an honorary doctorate. He has published over 200 journal articles and written books on electronic commerce, data management, and energy informatics. He has given over 300 invited presentations to practitioners and academics in more than 30 countries.

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Aaron McCaughan

SENIOR CONSULTANT/TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE LEAD

Aaron is a highly experienced technologist with a deep specialisation in enterprise architecture. With over 20 years of experience in medium to large organisations and a wide variety of industry sectors, he has led the development of technology strategy, operations and technology focused transformational projects. Aaron’s industry experience includes Rail, Gas & Electricity, Finance and Professional Services. In particular, Aaron has extensive experience in industries where safety, environment, contract management, information management and a strong cyber security posture are critical to organisational success. Due to his depth and breadth of technology experience, Aaron often is invited as the trusted advisor to CIO’s and other expective leaders on technology design and leverage.

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Sarit Kannanoor

SENIOR CONSULTANT / SENIOR CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST

Sarit is a highly accomplished security leader with experience in enterprise security architecture, security governance and security management. Sarit comes from an engineering, governance and technology background and looks at security from an “enterprise security as a system” view not just from an Information Security or IT Security or Cyber Security viewpoint.  Sarit also has consciously gained experience in all IT functions and a number of business functions (Governance, Risk, Compliance and Assurance) to be able to provide a balanced enterprise security advice to senior management and boards. 

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David Kindlen

SENIOR CONSULTANT

David is an experienced Senior Consultant with an extensive background as a CIO and has a track record of developing and delivering strategic outcomes to meet both customer and business needs. He brings some 30 years of experience in the IT industry across the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Specialising in business systems knowledge, technical, organisational change and general management, David has honed these skills over 20 years of Management and Consulting roles in large Corporations at a Group and Senior Executive Level in globally-focused organisations. David seamlessly works across Executive Management, Business Users, IT staff, Vendors and Outsourced organisations in optimising the use of technology for business performance. David thrives on change and brings a grounded approach while helping customers maximise value.

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Larry Howard

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Larry is an experienced CIO and senior technology executive, acknowledged for strengths in driving organisational change and executing growth-positioning strategies. Having more than two decades steering strategy and visionary technology plans for national and global entities, Larry has honed his strengths in providing solutions, uniting teams and delivering scaled results. Known for seamless and evolutionary organisational change, heightened customer satisfaction and improved client and vendor relationships, these have become the performance trademarks of Larry’s career.

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Mike Baird

ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CONSULTANT

Mike is a seasoned IT strategist who brings a blend of business acumen, technical savviness and deep expertise across the broad spectrum of ICT strategy, planning and architecture. This is backed by extensive experience across a range of industries including retail, postal services, banking, funds management, mining, telecommunications, and defense. He is highly effective in aligning ICT with business needs and optimising value from IT investments. He does this by understanding business goals and value drivers, uses innovative thinking which inform the creation of strategic roadmaps, architectural blueprints, definition of programs and development of business cases which enable fundamental technology change. Mike sorts reality from hype and establishes relationships at senior executive levels and builds bridges between business and IT.

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Malik Rehman

Senior Cyber Security Consultant

Malik is an internationally experienced Senior Cyber Security professional with over 18 years’ experience developing information security strategies and policies as well as leading organisation wide Cyber Security uplift programs and strengthening across technology and business dimensions. Over this time he has held a number of roles including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and various consulting roles. Malik also carries a range of advanced Cyber Security qualifications and accreditations.

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Thomas Nanai

Cyber Security Analyst

Thomas (Tom) is a cyber security professional with deep experience in Cyber Security Operations, specialising in modern technology environments including Cloud & Cloud Security. Tom is an experienced Cloud Security Penetration Tester and Security Operations Engineer and brings with him an innovative and forward-thinking perspective to helping organisations strengthen their Cyber Security and resilience. Tom is responsible for enhancing DFP’s customers’ security posture by automating and implementing security initiatives using advanced detection and response technologies, including AI. His role involves devising strategies to strengthen security measures and providing valuable insights to customers helping them better protect their business.

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Angeline Tan

FINANCE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER

Angeline has over 15 years’ experience developing and leading accounting and operations processes for large organisations. At DFP, Angeline is responsible for the management of our finance, commercial and legal needs. Angeline brings a high level of practicality and professionalism to support our clients as well as the Digital Frontier Partners team.