[Owasp-board] Please Welcome Karen Staley as the OWASP Foundation Executive Director

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Sun Nov 19 18:07:02 UTC 2017

OWASP Community, Leaders, and Friends,

After several months of working with Scion Executive Search to find the
perfect person, I hope that you will please join the Board of Directors in
welcoming Karen Staley to the OWASP Foundation as our new Executive
Director.  Karen will join us from her prior position as the Senior Vice
President of the IAAPA EMEA, based out of Brussels Belgium.  In this role,
she lead, directed, and managed all aspects of the association for 1,370
members across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, working to develop and
efficiently manage a $5M annual budget.  She has managed strategic business
planning including the development of future growth and revenue models and
overseen brand development, sponsorship, and overall communication strategy
for the organization.  She speaks English, German, and French and the Board
is delighted that she has decided to join OWASP and feels that her
international leadership experience will be a huge benefit to our

Throughout the interview process, Karen impressed us all with her
tremendous amounts of experience.  When asked about many of the situations
OWASP has been faced with in the past, Karen put forward a calm and
rational strategy for resolution.  She'll be the first to admit that she is
less experienced with information security topics, but she has shown an
extreme passion for OWASP's mission and a strong desire to take the OWASP
Foundation to the next level.

Over the past couple of weeks, Karen has been working with the OWASP Staff
in order facilitate Matt Tesauro's transition and to understand the roles
and responsibilities of our other Staff.  She has also reached out to some
of our Leaders in order to understand the challenges they face, and, with
the full support of the Board, she will continue to work with all of
OWASP's stakeholders to formulate a strategy on the next iteration of

OWASP is an incredible organization full of some of the smartest and most
dedicated people I have ever had the fortune of working with.  We are bound
together by a singular mission to educate the world on the importance of
application security.  In Karen, the Board believes we have found an
experienced, global, leader who can make us all more successful in
accomplishing that mission.  Please join us in welcoming Karen Staley as
the OWASP Foundation's new Executive Director.


Josh Sokol
On Behalf of the OWASP Board of Directors
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