Chris Zell is Vice President, Head of Information Security for the Wendy’s Company, where he leads a global team responsible for the security of almost 7,000 restaurants. Chris is also the Chair of the Wendy’s Veteran Employee Resource Group. He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he spent his 22 year career building, securing, and protecting Department of Defense networks from the most advanced threat actors in the world. He holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP, GSLC, and CEH, and a Bachelor’s degree in Network Design and Management from Western Governors University. Chris is passionate about getting involved in the information security community; he is on the Board of Directors for the Retail and Hospitality ISAC, the Executive Committee of the Cybersecurity Collaborative, and the Advisory Boards for the State of Ohio Cyber Range Institute and CyberOhio Initiative.