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

Andrew van der Stock vanderaj at owasp.org
Sun Nov 19 20:19:25 UTC 2017

Welcome Karen!

I look forward to working closely with you especially as we set the 2018 budget over the next few weeks!


> On Nov 19, 2017, at 10:23, Adrian Winckles <adrian.winckles at owasp.org> wrote:
> Excellent news at last ;-)
> Welcome on board, Karen.
> Adrian
> OWASP Cambridge Chapter, UK
> Sent from my iPad
>> On 19 Nov 2017, at 18:14, Azzeddine Ramrami <azzeddine.ramrami at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Congratulations Karen and welcome.
>> Azzeddine RAMRAMI
>> OWASP AppSec Africa
>> OWASP Morocco Chapter
>> Le 19 nov. 2017 7:07 PM, "Josh Sokol" <josh.sokol at owasp.org> a écrit :
>>> 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 organization.
>>> 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.  
>>> 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.
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Josh Sokol
>>> On Behalf of the OWASP Board of Directors
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