Former Cisco vice-president John Maynard appointed CEO of Adarma

New Adarma CEO Maynard, who joins as the company plans to expand its service offerings and drive international growth, was most recently vice-president of the Global Security Specialists group at Cisco.

Prior to his tenure at Cisco, Maynard held a dual-role at DXC Technology, as chief operating officer and vice-president of product management for cyber security.

In addition, he held cyber leadership positions at Hewlett Packard for over ten years, was responsible for the acquisition of Vistorm in the UK, and led the cyber security business in Asia-Pacific and Japan.

Maynard will succeed David Calder as Adarma CEO, while Calder will take up the new role of chief product officer, to maintain customer service and help leverage additional service opportunities.

Together, Maynard and Calder will collaborate on the delivery of the company’s overall strategy and services roadmap.

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“I truly believe in Adarma’s potential for growth, and look forward to working with David and the wider leadership team to take the company to its next phase of development,” said new Adarma chief Maynard.

“The vision and talent of the team at Adarma has already led to an extensive list of successes in recent years, including consistently increasing revenues by providing proactive security threat management for some of the UK’s most well-known brands.

“With this expertise and Adarma’s unwavering commitment to its customers, its people and its offerings, the business has a solid foundation for overseas growth and expansion in the cyber security market.”

New Adarma chief product officer Calder commented: “John is a leading light in the security industry, and I have no doubt that his experience in driving rapid international growth will significantly benefit Adarma’s future.

“With the global pandemic accelerating conversations about the need for comprehensive and proactive security strategies, there is a huge opportunity to grow our customer base and deliver a wider range of services to help businesses of all sizes increase their cyber resilience.

“In my new role, I’m looking forward to working with John to build on the strength of our existing customer relationships, and working closely with them as we expand our service range to provide innovative end-to-end security solutions.”

In May 2019, Calder led a management buyout of the business, backed by mid-market private equity house Livingbridge.

Matt Jacobs, investment director at Livingbridge, commented: “We are delighted to welcome John to Adarma and the Livingbridge portfolio of companies.

“With his international knowledge and experience, we are confident that John will pick up perfectly from David, who we would like to thank for his pivotal role in the growth of the business in the last seven years. His new role will enable him to build on this, and use his outstanding skill set to expand current client relationships and contracts.

“John and David have forged a strong partnership already, and we look forward to accelerating Adarma’s growth and building a business of scale in the cyber security market.”

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Aaron Hurst

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