20Mary Ann Davidson

Closeup image of the chief security officer at Oracle “Mary Ann Davidson.”

“Going back to a job where my core integrity was valued meant everything to me.”

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Mary Ann Davidson is the chief security officer at Oracle, responsible for Oracle software security assurance. She serves on the international board of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Davidson has testified on cybersecurity to the U.S. House of Representatives (Energy and Commerce Committee, Armed Services Committee) and the U.S. Senate Committee on commerce, science, and technology.

Davidson has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

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