Leading AI decisioning platform Rich Data Co appoints first CISO – digital banking information security expert Dr Kevin Tham

Leading AI decisioning platform Rich Data Co appoints first CISO – digital banking information security expert Dr Kevin Tham

Rich Data Co, a leading AI decisioning platform that helps banks make high-quality lending decisions efficiently and safely  has appointed seasoned information security veteran Dr Kevin Tham as its first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Kevin has 20 years’ experience in information security, technology risk and cyber security roles across major organisations including Qantas, UBS, Woolworths, and consulting firms Deloitte and Accenture. He has dedicated most of the past decade to establishing high banking security standards at financial services companies including Westpac Group, Tyro Group, and fintech startup Avenue Bank.

Most recently, Kevin was CISO at purpose-driven fintech etika, where his role encompassed various cyber security and risk management aspects including cyber compliance and regulatory requirements. He is currently a steering committee member at CISO Tribe, a professional community led by CISOs. Kevin has also held various board roles at information software and IT professional membership organisation ISACA’s Sydney Chapter for nearly eight years.

In his newly appointed role, Kevin will be responsible for overseeing RDC’s cyber security risk and building resilience capability, implementing the RDC cyber security strategy and roadmap, uplifting the Information Security Management System (ISMS), and improving overall risk posture.

Ada Guan, CEO and co-founder of Rich Data Co, said, “Following a record 12 months of growth at Rich Data Co, we are energised to continue expanding in Australia, New Zealand and North America and growing our industry leading position in the AI Decisioning space. We are at a critical time in our business where the next 6-12 months will see us hit new milestones and forge more partnerships with banks. Ensuring RDC holds a high ISMS standard and has the strongest expert team in place is vital.

“Kevin’s expertise across banking security and interest in fintech security innovation will enable us to continue to successfully and responsibly build our platform as a force for good. We are proud to be an AI decisioning platform banks trust who can provide them with high security standards, and Kevin will play a key role in RDC’s continued commitment to information security.”

Dr Kevin Tham, CISO at Rich Data Co, said, “It’s an exciting time to join RDC during this growth stage. The team has done an excellent job creating a truly world-class AI decisioning platform, and security has been, and will continue to be, a focus. I am very happy to be part of the RDC team delivering this to the market.”

Kevin’s appointment marks the first of several imminent hires this year. It follows RDC’s successful $28 million Series B raise last November.