About Cipher

Make smarter, faster decisions with the world’s most innovative partner.

The world’s greatest companies trust Cipher. Our team combines strategy experience from top-tier consulting firms, industry expertise from Fortune 100 companies, and analytical prowess honed in briefings of top-level executives, up to and including, the President of the United States. We offer the broadest set of perspectives and the most capable team of intelligence experts available anywhere.

Following a decades-long history of innovation that dates back to 1996, our newest solution, Knowledge360®, is powered by the most advanced technologies in semantic analysis and natural language processing. And while our capacity to deliver all the resources you need has grown over the last 20 years, we remain small enough to stay as responsive, nimble, and innovative as we were on our first day.

Whether it’s delivering cutting-edge technology solutions, partnering with clients on research and analysis, or advising the C-Suite on effective strategy, the world’s greatest companies trust us to deliver actionable results.

  • DOW
  • Xerox
  • Cigna
  • Toyota
  • Aetna


The leadership team at Cipher strives to promote a relationship-based culture that adheres to a set of employee-driven Core Values. Cipher employees value Collaboration, Innovation, People, Humor, Ethics, and Results. Learn more about our team by clicking on the photos below. 

Peter Grimm
Chief Executive Officer

Beau Oliver
Chief Operating Officer

Conor McManus
Chief Technology Officer

Nick Repetti
Chief Financial Officer

Fred Hoffman
Director, Research

Derek Heiss
Director, Consulting

Dawn Faint
Director, Life Sciences

Peter brings a rich blend of national security and commercial strategy consulting experience. Following service in the US Navy and as a government counterterrorism analyst, he joined the strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting where he led teams delivering strategic planning and business transformation services for clients in both the Federal and commercial spaces. Peter is passionate about helping clients make smarter, faster decisions.

He holds a B.S. from the US Naval Academy and a M.S. from the National Intelligence University.

Beau specializes in competitive intelligence, strategic planning, change management, risk mitigation, and knowledge management and brings extensive experience in commercial and government sectors across the globe. Since completing his Naval service, he has advised some of the world’s most respected companies in healthcare, transportation, consumer goods, hospitality, aerospace, information technology, and financial services.

He holds a B.S. from the US Naval Academy and a M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

Conor oversees the software division at Cipher, including the product and engineering teams. In this capacity, Conor acts as the primary driver of strategy for Cipher’s Knowledge360® solution and manages the roadmap for future development. Prior to joining Cipher, Conor was the Director of Business Analysis for Connections Education.

He has extensive experience developing software and holds Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner Certifications.

Nick oversees the firm’s financial planning, analysis, and reporting activities and other associated back office functions. Prior to joining Cipher, Nick served as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for ASRC Federal where he was responsible for the financial forecasting, trending and indirect rate management and analysis for 3 operating groups with combined annual revenues of $800 million.

He holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland.

Following a 30-year career as an intelligence collector and information operations practitioner in the US Army and multiple civilian intelligence organizations, Fred now draws upon his broad experience in worldwide intelligence collection, information operations, corporate personnel and intellectual property protection to support both government and commercial clients.

He holds a B.A. from Lawrence University, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. from the National Intelligence University.

Derek is specialized in competitive intelligence and market strategy consulting for corporate clients with a particular focus on CPGs and e-commerce platforms. Prior to joining Cipher, Derek worked for Deloitte for seven years where he supported the Strategy & Operations consulting practice in Washington, DC from 2009-14, and most recently worked in the M&A Corporate Finance group in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 2014-16.

He holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University.

As the Director of Life Sciences, Dawn will lead the development of healthcare-focused initiatives at Cipher. Dawn helps companies map their competitive environment, develop intelligence strategies which identify risks, and position them for future growth. Prior to joining Cipher, Dawn worked for many years in the Healthcare space in leadership roles at Cigna, Schering-Plough, Pharmacia (now Pfizer) and Johnson & Johnson companies Ortho Biotech and Ortho-McNeil, and in the Management Consulting space for Right Management.

Dawn earned her Masters of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Masters of Library Service from Rutgers School of Communication and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College.


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Top 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management 2017

"The companies on this list create solutions that help their customers turn vast amounts of data into usable knowledge that they can leverage to enhance collaboration, gain insights and achieve their goals.”

20 Most Promising Knowledge Management Solution Providers 2016

“Cipher helps clients craft and execute smarter, more effective corporate strategies by providing world-class services and solutions.”

Top 10 Knowledge Management Solution Providers 2016

“We are glad to showcase Cipher this year due to its continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology driven solutions.”