Primacy Creates New VP of Information Security Role, Appoints Richard Wilford, Jr.

Richard Wilford Jr., VP of Information Security

FARMINGTON, Conn. -- Independent agency Primacy announced today the hire of Richard Wilford Jr. as VP of Information Security.

A newly created role based out of the Farmington, CT location, Wilford will work with executive leadership, practice area leads and across multiple departments to proactively plan for and protect against attacks that would seek to harm Primacy’s clients and their customers. Wilford will also lead the introduction of PASS (Primacy Adaptive Security Services), a new security strategy built on a platform of implementing a deep and multi-faceted defense, which incorporates next generation technologies that leverage AI and machine learning. 

Stan Valencis, President of Primacy said, “When you consider the relationship consumers have with brands in our key areas of focus, including financial services, healthcare, and higher education, the importance of security can’t be overstated. Our clients are also very concerned about the increasing financial risks associated with cybercrime. As a full-service agency, Primacy looks at every touchpoint a consumer has with a brand, and the fact is that in 2018, that includes security. We’re thrilled to have Richard on board and look forward to his contributions as Primacy seeks to stay ahead of what’s next.”

Wilford has over 20 years of experience in IT, with 12 years of experience in security and infrastructure leadership. His experience spans multiple industries including financial services, healthcare and more.

“Security, whether it be the security of a business or the security of its customers and their information, isn’t an academic exercise” said Wilford. “It’s a real problem experienced by everyday people, consumers and businesses. It impacts all areas of our lives, so it’s exciting to be part of an agency that’s bringing security to the table as part of a core offering for forward-thinking clients across multiple verticals.”

Prior to Primacy, Wilford held roles at Fidelity Investments, Citi, CVS Health, Dell Services, NTT Data Services supporting NYU and Mt. Sinai hospitals and more. He holds a BS in Information Systems Management from Amridge University.