Leadership Solutions


Kathleen ("K2") Kotwica, PhD

EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, Security Executive Council

Kathleen Kotwica is EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist for the Security Executive Council (SEC), a research and advisory services firm. The SEC works with security leaders to transform security programs into more capable and valued centers of excellence.

Kathleen's responsibilities include establishing short and long-term knowledge strategies to maximize the SEC's innovative output and uphold its mission to the SEC's Tier 1 Leader community. She leads the development and production of SEC tools, solutions and publications. She also oversees online initiatives and marketing communications. In her role, Kathleen maintains the strategic goals and direction of the SEC. She additionally conducts research on security leader and program success.

Kathleen has worked both in academia and business. The combination of experiences has resulted in an approach toward processes and research that maintains a focus on intended business goals. She enjoys identifying patterns in information and stored knowledge that can help businesses maintain a competitive advantage in the market place.

Prior to joining the SEC she held a wide range of leadership positions including Information Architecture Consultant at a New England consulting firm, Director of Online Research at CXO Media (IDG) and Research Associate at Children's Hospital in Boston, a role in which she conducted behavioral research.

Previous accomplishments include leading the development of online resources geared for senior executives, IT and security-related editorial products, construction and deployment of information architectures for large-scale websites, industry taxonomy schemes, industry benchmarks, and empirical research reports.

Kathleen has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. She has co-authored scientific peer-reviewed journal articles and has authored or edited many security industry trade and business magazine articles. She has spoken at several security-related conferences including CSO Perspectives, SecureWorld Expo, ASIS and CSCMP.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Knowledge strategies including knowledge discovery, analysis, architecture, and delivery
  • Website strategy and development
  • Product management and development
  • Content marketing
  • Marketing communications including collateral, newsletters and social media
  • Research: security industry benchmark design, analysis and report writing; qualitative analyses
  • Business operations and processes
  • Managing geographically dispersed teams