Cybersecurity Visionary Rowland Johnson Appointed as CREST President

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CREST, a not-for-profit accreditation and certification body representing the technical information security industry, announced it has appointed Rowland Johnson as President for an initial term of one year. As a former member of the CREST Great Britain (GB) Executive Board, serving between 2014 and 2020, he is ideally placed to take over from Ian Glover, who announced his retirement in June.

A dedicated supporter of CREST for many years, Johnson was instrumental in CREST’s international growth, playing a key role in the creation of CREST in Singapore and the United States. He was also a founding director of cybersecurity company Nettitude and oversaw its acquisition by Lloyd’s Register in 2018.

Johnson’s appointment was unanimously approved by the CREST GB Executive Board and CREST’s regional Advisory Boards in the U.S., Australia and Southeast Asia.

“I feel privileged by the support from CREST’s elected members and regional chairs for my appointment to this prestigious role,” commented Johnson. “I will be working closely with Ian and the whole of the CREST team to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible for CREST members and for everyone we work with across the industry, governments, regulators and academia.  It is important that members are always right at the heart of everything CREST does and we will be focusing on providing greater support and encouraging closer collaboration, as we progress forward and build on Ian’s legacy. He leaves CREST in a very strong position.”

Ian Glover retired as President of CREST on September 1 after almost 13 years in the role. He will continue supporting CREST projects internationally until December 1, 2021.

“Having worked closely with Rowland for six years while he was a member of the CREST GB Executive, I am delighted that he is taking up the President’s role,” said Glover. During my time with CREST I hope I have helped organizations to mature and grow while encouraging individuals to enter and thrive in an increasingly professional industry. I am confident it will also be Rowland’s mission to carry on this work.”

“On behalf of CREST USA I would like to welcome Rowland back to CREST and to his position as President,” commented, Tom Brennan, Chairman, CREST USA.  “I know the passion he has for CREST and its importance to the global cybersecurity ecosystem. This, along with his significant industry experience, make him ideal for the role and I very much look forward to working with him, alongside the CREST team.”

Johnson will be supported during the transition period by a CREST senior management team comprising Elaine Luck, Operations Manager; Samantha Alexander, Principal Accreditor; and Richard Beddow, CREST’s Financial Controller.

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