Federal Group

Cyxtera Federal Group Leadership

Cyxtera Federal Group brings together executives, thought leaders, and technology innovators from the private and public sector.

Gregory J. Touhill

President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Cheryl D. Peace

COO, Cyxtera Federal Group

Leo Taddeo

Chief Information Security Officer

Jody McCann

VP, Public Sector Sales

Gregory J. Touhill

President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill (ret.), CISSP, CISM, serves as President of Cyxtera Federal Group, which offers Cyxtera’s market-leading data center services and cybersecurity capabilities to federal agencies and departments.

Under Touhill’s leadership, Cyxtera Federal Group supports agencies across the federal government with a portfolio of secure infrastructure solutions delivered from a global footprint of world-class data centers, including six in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where the division is based.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Touhill was appointed by President Barack Obama as the nation’s first ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer in 2016, where he was responsible for ensuring that the proper set of digital security policies, strategies and practices were adopted across all government agencies.

Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and combat veteran who served in several commands around the world including U.S. Transportation, Central, and Strategic Commands, and led the creation of the Air Force’s cyberspace operations training programs. He is a sought-after speaker and author within the information technology industry, where he is best-known for his “Cybersecurity for Executives: A Practical Guide,” which is used widely at colleges and universities across the country. He is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, where he teaches Cyber Risk Management.  Touhill is a recipient of numerous professional and education degrees from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Air War College, the University of Southern California and Penn State University.

Cheryl D. Peace

COO, Cyxtera Federal Group

Cheryl Peace, serves as COO of Cyxtera Federal Group. This group offers Cyxtera’s advanced cybersecurity solutions and global data center platform to the federal government market.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Ms. Peace served as a Senior Executive with the National Security Agency. She joined Cyxtera with 30 years of managerial and technical experience across the intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DOD).

As the White House Director for Cyberspace Security, Ms. Peace coordinated cyber issues across federal, state and local governments.  She was pivotal in creating the first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, where she coordinated with industry to align national incident responses to cyber threats.  She oversaw the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) and the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Council (NSTAC) made up of key industry CEOs who advised the President of the United States.

In her role as the Principal Deputy Director for the FBI’s National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), she facilitated inter-agency efforts across 20 Department of Defense intelligence community and law enforcement agencies to coordinate, integrate and share pertinent information related to cyber threat investigation across the country.  She has also worked at the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and served ten years as a Major in the United States Air Force.  

Ms. Peace is an award-winning government information security professional and was named the, “Women of Influence” by the Executive Women’s Forum and CSO magazine.  She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science and a Masters in Management Science.  She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and The Wharton School for Business Executives for Strategic Alliances.

Leo Taddeo

Chief Information Security Officer

Leo Taddeo is responsible for oversight of Cyxtera's global security operations, investigations and intelligence programs, crisis management, and business continuity processes.  He provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals, to help Cyxtera continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.

Taddeo is the former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office.  In this role, he directed over 400 special agents and professional support personnel conducting cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support, and crisis management. Previous responsibilities focused on FBI international operations, including service as a Section Chief in the International Operations Division, where he managed operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Taddeo received a B.S. in applied physics in 1987 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  After completing his studies, Taddeo served as a tank officer in the US Marine Corps.  In 1991, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor for his service in the Gulf War.  Following his service, Taddeo earned a J.D. from St. John’s University.  Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Mound, Cotton & Wollan in New York, where he practiced in the field of civil litigation until entering duty with the FBI.

Taddeo is a graduate of the CISO Executive Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler certifications.

Jody McCann

VP, Public Sector Sales

Meet Jody McCann, Vice President of Public Sector Sales in the Cyxtera Federal Group of  Cyxtera Technologies. Ms. McCann is responsible for building and scaling the sales organization in the federal partner channel. Her team focuses on delivering growth across the portfolio of Cyxtera’s best-in-class data centers, that include modern cloud and hybrid-ready cybersecurity and analytics capabilities for federal government customers. Jody’s experience spans more than 20 years in the technology industry, with a focus in the public sector market.

Before joining Cyxtera, Ms. McCann was the Sr. Director of Government Strategy and Partnerships at Equinix.  She led Equinix’s growth and expansion into the interconnected data center space across government. Ms. McCann held roles of increasing responsibility and seniority for more than 15 years at Microsoft Corporation. As Senior Director for US Federal, she was responsible for strategy and enterprise sales for Dynamics and partner hosted solutions across the US Federal Government. Another role held within Microsoft was Director of Strategy and Operations for the US Civilian Government. In this role, she led the Northrop Grumman team within the Microsoft Public Sector organization. She also served as Program Director and Partner Programs Manager for the government organization at the federal, state & local levels. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jody worked for Federal Data Corporation as the Program Director for the Microsoft Solutions organization.