Rick Costanzo is an executive who has stoked a start-up mentality at some of the world's biggest companies, and a leader bringing new technologies from the theoretical to practical, everyday use.
As CEO of RANK Software, Rick helps companies with one of the most critical challenges of business today: handling the unpredictable, unrelenting pace of cybersecurity. As the scale of data—and threats—continue to grow, companies must determine bad actors from false positives in real-time. RANK Software is pioneering the use of machine learning, including intuitive, deep learning, to find the anomalies among the billion-plus events some companies receive each day. Rick is well-versed in the world of cybersecurity, and dedicated to helping enterprises remain secure and threat-free.
Rick has held a series of senior leadership roles that put him at the forefront of major technological change at some of the world's biggest companies. As Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Regional Marketing at BlackBerry, Rick introduced the smartphone maker to Europe. Within three years, he grew the business in the European market from virtually nothing to $1 billion in sales. BlackBerry then had him do it again for the Latin American market, with similar, high-growth success.
As an executive vice president and general manager at global software giant, SAP, Rick was tasked with turning around a newly acquired enterprise-mobility-software business. Rick steered SAP toward implementing cost-efficient cloud-based solutions, taking the desktop-focused SAP to a new way of nimble thinking, where people access office systems from their smartphones.
Through Rick's vision heading Kodak Alaris Information Management, a global imaging company, he quickly refocused the company from declining core markets toward ambitious, new growth opportunities. Rick helped the company leverage important yet underutilized intellectual property into high growth business in the emerging field of image recognition.
A native of Canada and graduate of the University of Toronto, Rick holds a bachelor of arts degree, with honors. He traces his affinity for technology back to his early teenage years. Growing up in Stratford, Ontario, , Rick worked from the age of 14 through university as a network operator supporting the mainframe computing infrastructure of one of Canada's largest financial institutions.