Nicole Ford

Vice President and CISO, Rockwell Automation

As Rockwell Automation’s cybersecurity leader, Nicole is entrusted to protect enterprise technology assets with scalable, future-ready platforms that enable the business. She has guided enterprise organizations, including Carrier Global Corporation and Baxter International, through security transformation journeys, built best-in-class cybersecurity programs and led high-performing teams. Nicole has 20-plus years of IT strategic leadership in the corporate sector and federal government, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Nicole Darden Ford is recognized as an influential communicator, accountable business partner and professional, who confidently adjusts to change in a rapidly evolving threat landscape. In addition to building cybersecurity programs for organizations across industries including manufacturing, healthcare and legal, Nicole has helped position two enterprises for IPOs. Nicole serves as a member on several cybersecurity and technology advisory boards to share knowledge with peers and determine how to combat ever-changing risks. Board memberships include the Cybersecurity Collaborative, Evanta CISO Governing Body, and the Lola Mercedes Parker Foundation. She is an active corporate advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives, women’s leadership, and employee resource groups.