About Cipher

Cipher is an innovative consultancy focused on delivering competitive intelligence services and technology solutions that help our clients make smarter, faster decisions. Leveraging over 20 years of experience, our team of experts serves as a trusted partner to many of the world’s largest and most respected organizations. Our clients rely on us to solve their toughest strategic challenges and to provide strategic insight into all aspects of the marketplace.

Our team blends experienced corporate strategists, classically-trained primary researchers, industry experts, highly-trained former government intelligence analysts, and former “Big Four” consultants. This breadth of perspectives allows us to tackle our clients’ most challenging strategic issues from all angles. 


Peter Grimm
Chief Executive Officer

Beau Oliver
Chief Operating Officer

Fred Hoffman
Director, Research

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.

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.

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.

  • Bank of America
  • Cigna
  • Caterpillar
  • CVS
  • DOW
  • Hersheys
  • Vale
  • Grainger
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Johnson and Johnson


We help our clients craft and execute smarter, more effective corporate strategies by providing world-class services and solutions based on decades of experience. 


We strive to be the obvious choice for companies that need help solving their toughest strategic challenges as well as talented employees seeking to make a tangible impact. 


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2017 Best-Run Company

These companies in the Baltimore/Washington DC region are leading their industries, have overcome significant challenges and have created lasting value in their communities.

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.”

Finalist for the 2016 KMPromise Award

The KMPromise award recognizes innovative technology that breaks through the hype to help customers gain insights, collaborate and compete in a mobile and global business environment.