Our People

Hanno Ekdahl

Founder & CEO

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Hanno is the founder of Idenhaus, which has clients in financial services, CPG, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and local and federal governments. Hanno and the Idenhaus team excel at helping organizations design and implement effective Identity Management and Cybersecurity programs by focusing on the importance of leadership and the linkage between business strategy and the organization’s security goals.

Hanno began his career at Novell Consulting, initially working as a strategist and later as a services principal. His focus on generating meaningful and measurable client successes at Novell earned him the prestigious Presidents Award, an honor reserved for the top 2% of performers in the company.

Prior to Idenhaus, Hanno was the co-founder of a management consulting firm where he received the US Army Commander’s Award for Public Service in recognition of his efforts that revolutionized and transformed the Army’s security clearance process. As a result of this project, the Army was able to reduce the time required to obtain a security clearance by 80% via a centralized, standardized and automated process for these clearance requests.

Hanno received his Masters in International Business from the Moore School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at ETH Zurich, one of the world’s top 5 universities in engineering, science and technology.

Derek Christensen

Director of Cybersecurity

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Derek brings to Idenhaus over 16 years of experience in cybersecurity, network security, threat intelligence and risk mitigation. During his 20-year Navy career, Derek was instrumental in defining the Department of Defense’s Enterprise cybersecurity policies and procedures, leading daily defense of the DoD’s cyber operations and coordinating with the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, CIA and FBI to leverage their support and enhance defenses.

While at US Cyber Command, Derek served in multiple roles including technical expert for network defense actions as well as command representative and operations controller for all defensive actions performed on the DoD’s information networks. His hands-on experience developing a risk mitigation framework directly reduced the time required for assessing the scope of defense network threats from 2-3 weeks to 3-5 days.

Derek is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College, with a BS in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Cybersecurity. He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jerry Combs

Principal Architect

Jerry is a solutions-focused IT professional with more than 20 years of success designing, implementing, and supporting large-scale technology solutions for major global organizations. He has a proven track record leading project teams, performing risk and needs assessments and implementing systems capable of supporting multimillions of users – all while saving time, increasing security and reducing costs.

Thanks to his results-driven approach, Jerry has been entrusted by governments as well as some of the world’s largest companies to craft and implement identity and access management systems. As one example, his work for the world’s largest retailer includes leading an IAM project that supported more than 2 million employee identities, processed over 40,000 HR actions daily and required integration of 30 connected systems and data sources. The final implementation was completed in 9 months – 4 months ahead of schedule.

Highlights of Jerry’s government work include designing, upgrading and implementing the access management system used for the authentication and authorization of Mexican taxpayers. Jerry also designed and deployed the NCID-NG identity and access management system utilized by state of North Carolina, replacing a massive legacy system with no service interruption. The new system capabilities included protection of 120+ websites and management of more than 3 million identities.

Jeff Maxwell

Senior Developer

Jeff’s significant credentials speak to both his technical expertise in software development as well as his savvy in understanding the business needs and solutions that technology must support. With 20+ years as a developer, architect and manager of large-scale software development, Jeff is able to apply his wide and deep experience with web and mobile technologies to help Idenhaus clients implement smart solutions that save time, money and angst.

Having spent the better part of his career in the oil, energy and gas sector, Jeff has seen first-hand how the development and deployment of market-leading enterprise solutions can create a significant competitive advantage. During his 9 years at Chesapeake Energy, Jeff and his team developed software solutions aimed at streamlining the many workflows associated with acquiring and leasing land for the company. As a result of Jeff’s leadership and development efforts, Chesapeake was able to gain title to and/or lease properties in record time. Landman activities were completed in weeks versus months and allowed Chesapeake to gain market share all over the country much faster than competitors.

Jeff is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a BS in Computer Science. He also is a Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Database Administrator (MCDBA), Solution Developer (MCSD), and Application Developer (MCAD).

David Decker

National Sales Director

Dave is responsible for leading all sales and commercially sensitive client activities at Idenhaus. With more than 20 years of enterprise sales experience in market segments ranging from critical infrastructure, higher education, healthcare, government, and industrial manufacturing & processes, Dave excels at understanding and translating the priorities and KPIs of clients and partners into deliverables that can be advanced by Idenhaus’ team of experts.

“Spending time with organizations of varying sizes and complexities has given me a great deal of insight into what it truly takes to gain credibility with our clients. Vision, leadership, transparency, and integrity lead to trusting customer relationships that deliver value for all parties. This is the only way to receive personal and professional fulfillment.”

Nicole Keaton

Idenhaus Board Member

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Nicole Keaton has served as a fractional CxO in Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail and Health IT industries as Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategist. As a visionary and pragmatic leader with a keen focus on Business, IT and Information Security operating in harmony she has held several executive leadership positions including Senior Vice President Technology Risk and Compliance at Sun Trust Bank. She is well versed in Information Security Strategy, Enterprise Risk Management and the Governance of Enterprise IT. Keaton is a graduate of Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

Darby Coe

Idenhaus Board Member

Darby Coe currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Idenhaus Consulting and has a 20+ year proven track record helping brands, entertainment properties and technology companies activate new strategies, business models and relationships to gain reach and drive revenue. Her career includes working for an Olympic Games, producing a global marketing project for Coca-Cola, helping start a professional sports league, rebuilding an interactive ad agency, and spearheading a successful digital strategy practice with clients like InterContinental Hotels, Beazer Homes, Special Olympics and BBC. Darby is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and also holds a graduate certificate in Business Analytics from the University of Arkansas’ Sam Walton School of Business.