Former chief financial officer of BlackBerry James Yersh has been appointed chief administrative officer of eSentire Inc., a private cybersecurity services company based in Cambridge, Ont.
Yersh played a key role in BlackBerry’s transformation from a hardware to a software business before he left the company in 2016.
Yersh will be responsible for the finance functions of the business, as well as human resources, and risk/compliance.
“James brings proven executive, financial and operational expertise with public companies in the global technology space,” said Kerry Bailey, eSentire CEO.
“This, combined with his experience in scaling high-growth companies will be a significant asset to eSentire as we enter our next phase of growth.”
Over his 20+ year career, Yersh has transformed financial strategies, revenue growth models, and led more than 30 merger and acquisition deals for leading technology and telecommunications companies, including BlackBerry and Cognos Incorporated.
Most recently, Yersh served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development for KORE Wireless, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial operations, as well as key corporate development functions.
Prior to KORE, Yersh served as chief financial officer of BlackBerry, where he successfully guided the company through a strategic transformation (from a hardware to a software company) and created the financial models and structures to enable the pivot.
Yersh also held senior level roles at companies including Cognos Incorporated and Deloitte & Touche LLP. While at Deloitte, Yersh achieved Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.
Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is an all-encompassing cybersecurity service used to detect and respond to cyber-attacks. Using the best of signature, behavioral and anomaly detection capabilities, along with forensic investigation tools and threat intelligence, human analysts hunt, investigate and respond to known and unknown cyber threats in real time, 24x7x365.
Most of the focus at eSentire has been in the mid-market, where its specially built technology and security analysts detect, investigate, and rapidly resolve cyber threats for businesses that don’t have the capacity for full internal teams and systems to protect sensitive data and the security of business transactions.