Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot is President of Kilovolt Consulting Inc. and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Wells Fargo, Symantec Corporation, ECOLAB Inc., Parsons Corporation and Battelle Memorial Institute. Previously, Zan achieved the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force where she accumulated over three decades of experience in space and cyber operations. Before retiring from active duty, Zan served as the commander of all Air Force cyber forces where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar cyber enterprise; leading a workforce of 14,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, while conducting worldwide cyber operations on behalf of 850,000 customers. Zan was instrumental in the establishment and early operation of U.S. Cyber Command with responsibility for conducting offensive and defensive cyber activities for the Department of Defense.
Zan is universally respected as a motivational leader, speaker and change agent. As a cyber subject matter expert, she addresses technical, business and university forums, guides key task forces, and provides testimony before Congress. She currently advises industry, academia as well as government agencies and laboratories on Cybersecurity strategy, technology innovation and workforce development. Zan was selected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree as one of the earliest female graduates the U.S. Air Force Academy, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff and Air War Colleges, as well as the Harvard Black Sea and International and National Security Programs.