Jerry Perullo Profile
Jerry Perullo is an accomplished business and technology executive with over 20 years leadership in critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, and risk governance. Perullo built, acquired, and operated highly regulated financial infrastructure across the world, forging close relationships with global regulators and inspiring digital transformation through challenging environments. A motivational self-starter, Perullo is recognized as a global leader of the financial services CISO and CIO communities, serving as Chairman of FS-ISAC through 2021.
TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Jerry Perullo is a risk and technology leader with deep experience leading some of the world’s most venerable institutions through digital transformation. As part of the core leadership team, Perullo helped grow IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE:ICE) from 40 employees to over 10,000 spanning the globe, transforming financial market infrastructure through a combination of organic innovation and strategic M&A evolving traditional institutions into technology-first disrupters. As an innovator Perullo has a “builders buying” approach to engineering and works closely with the venture capital community as an investor, mentor, and startup advisor. He holds a patent for a blockchain based payments system and is one of only a handful of people in the world to build and operate digital custody platforms holding over $1 billion in crypto assets.
STRATEGY, M&A, & INTERNATIONAL
Perullo was a key figure in the integration of $30 billion of M&A across his 20 years at ICE. He holds extensive experience bridging cultural and geographic divides and determining when to move aggressively or slow down and invest personal attention. He built and integrated teams in the EMEA and APAC regions in addition to North America, spanning a wide range of labor markets and legal environments. His largest body of international work was in the UK where he spent significant time in-country since 2001, digitizing an open-outcry trading floor and building the first UK clearinghouse in over a century. In Europe, Perullo worked closely to formulate an arms-length integration with Euronext NV, ensuring 6 continental European Bourses were secured and prepared for divestiture via an IPO in Paris. In APAC, Perullo worked closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, built teams there and in India, and secured infrastructure and business from China to Australia.
RISK MANAGEMENT, CYBERSECURITY, AND RESILIENCY
Jerry Perullo has built and operated cyber programs that have withstood persistent attack from all classes of adversary. ICE and its flagship marquee NYSE attracted targeting from criminals, hacktivists, terrorists, and nation states. He has been published and spoken on his unique threat objective approach to bringing Boards into cybersecurity mission, strategy-setting, and metrics. Perullo joined the Board of Directors of the FS-ISAC – the world’s premier financial services cybersecurity and resiliency organization - in 2015 and was elected Chairman in 2019. As Chair, Perullo has forged close relationships with hundreds of financial services CISOs and CIOs across 5000 global member firms.
REGULATION, COMPLIANCE, & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Perullo built the cybersecurity governance programs for ICE's highly regulated parent and subsidiary entities. He worked with global Board governance including the NACD and served as the CISO of record for over 25 ICE subsidiaries under examination by 18 regulatory agencies across 8 countries. A strong proponent of test-based maturity over framework mappings, Perullo believes strongly in the value of “peacetime relationships” with international regulators and law enforcement by serving as a sounding board outside the supervisory cycle, serving on rulemaking committees and speaking regularly to broaden understanding of key concepts and strategies. As the CISO of two “Section-9” designated critical infrastructure entities in the US, Perullo holds a Top Secret/SCI clearance and was a Board Director of the Analysis & Resiliency Council (ARC) where financial services leaders collaborate with energy sector CEOs on critical infrastructure.
Perullo studied computer engineering at Clemson University before going on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from UMUC and an MBA from Georgia State University. He has worked closely with research groups at Clemson, MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is a Professor of the Practice within the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy teaching a course on his unique Adversarial Risk Management framework.