Marci McCarthy is currently the CEO and President of Tech Exec Networks, Inc. (T.E.N.), an award winning technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. As founder of the organization, she is responsible for driving the strategic direction of this widely respected, privately held company, remaining deeply engaged with a vast network of IT and information security professionals and solution providers.
McCarthy has over 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series. Now in its TENth year, the ISE® Awards Program series is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
Under McCarthy’s direction, T.E.N. has won numerous awards for offering programs that fulfill the need for security professionals to be recognized by their peers and exchange valuable information. In 2011, T.E.N. was an AMA Amy Awards finalist for its event marketing achievements. As a winner of the TAG 2010 Excalibur Award, T.E.N. was lauded for using technology to excel in their industry. That same year the company was announced as a finalist for the TechAmerica Spirit of Endeavor Awards, recognizing its leadership in technology education.
Previously, McCarthy was the CEO and co-founder of Executive Alliance, an organization that hosts leadership-recognition forums to honor and recognize outstanding achievements of executives and their companies. Earlier in her career, she held management positions with Lancope, SecureWorks, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
A 2012 recipient of a 4th Congressional District of Georgia citation, McCarthy was lauded for fostering greater visibility and professionalism for the IT security industry. Additionally, she was nominated in 2012 and 2011 for the Leadership Character Awards sponsored by the Turknett Leadership Group, an honor given those who contribute to others in powerful ways and help their organizations achieve bottom line results and long-lasting success. As a finalist in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) 2012 Tech Marketing Awards, she was recognized for demonstrating exemplary competency in using technology to excel in both marketing and business. McCarthy has been recognized in “Who's Who in Georgia's Technology Community” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, as a "Woman to Watch" by Atlanta’s BroadSheet and a Women in Technology’s (WIT) “Woman of the Year in Technology” (WOTY) nominee.
McCarthy currently serves on TechBridge's Board of Directors and its executive fundraiser committee. A lifetime member of the WIT Honorary Council, president of WIT in 2001, and former board member, McCarthy led the Woman of the Year in Technology Awards (WOTY) program for five years. Other non-profit boards that she has served on include the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and SciTrek's Advisory Board of Directors. She served as a judge for the 2012 Emergent Authentication Challenge, an innovation contest to find the best products and ideas in mobile authentication. She is also the past Chairman of the American Diabetes Association Father's Day Council and its acclaimed Father of the Year Awards program.
As a contributing author to the WIT book, “CLIMB: Leading Women In Technology Share Their Journeys To Success,” McCarthy’s essay chapter is profiled amongst 60 leaders influencing Atlanta's business, academic and technology landscapes. She has also been a guest lecturer at George Washington University as well as a nationally sought-after speaker for panel discussions and executive roundtables on strategic technology and leadership topics.
A magna cum laude graduate of Babson College, McCarthy holds a B.S. in Marketing.