US Aussie Rules star scores top job in cybersecurity

Former US Aussie Rules star Brad Rankin has become the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of leading cybersecurity company Carbon Black. He is based at the company’s headquarters in Waltham, Mass., and leads all marketing activity.

Brad was mentored by Sydney Swans great, Paul Roos, the man credited with starting the U.S. national team while living in Los Angeles.

Brad was introduced to Aussie Rules football in 1999 while living in Arizona, by a former teammate from the Baylor University soccer team, where Brad was a goalkeeper. A group of Aussie lawyers wanted to create a team based in Phoenix that could join the CAFL, a division of the USAFL. Brad was invited to the team’s practice and immediately fell in love.

In his inaugural game, against the Santa Cruz Kangaroos, hed was tasked with playing fullback against John Ironmonger, the former Australian rules footballer who played with the Sydney Swans and Fitzroy in the VFL/AFL.

Brad enjoyed success throughout his inaugural season and was invited to join the U.S. Revolution, America’s national team. He went through various combines and tryouts and joined the first ever U.S. team to go to Melbourne in 2002. Brad was named vice captain of the squad.

“It was an amazing experience,” Brad said. “We were playing on hallowed grounds of Aussie Rules against some of the best teams in the world.”

Brad played for the U.S. Revolution from 2002 until 2008, playing in Australia in both 2002, when the U.S. finished fifth, and in 2005, when the team finished the world tournament in third place, losing to Papua New Guinea by 1 point in the semifinals. During the 2005, tournament, the team became the first to defeat Ireland.

Brad, who played at 191cm and 93kg, played both forward and fullback throughout his career, which extended back to the U.S., where he played for the Boston Demons. After hanging up his boots in 2012, Brad was named to the ‘Team of the Decade’ and was one of four Revolution players to be named to the USAFL Hall of Fame. Later he served on the board of directors for the USAFL.

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