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

martin.knobloch at owasp.org martin.knobloch at owasp.org
Mon Nov 20 06:38:50 UTC 2017

Welcome on board Karen!

Looking forward working together with you!

Kind regards,

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, Josh Sokol wrote:
> 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 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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