Cyan has created a new Advisory Board to provide strategic input as it works towards significant growth internationally and into new markets. Initial appointments to this board are Sir Mark Rowley, Andy Williams and former chair Simon Hardy, who between them have vast experience of sales, marketing and operations in law enforcement markets around the world.
Chosen to provide strategic counsel based on decades of experience, the three external advisors will provide unique perspectives to complement the existing strengths and expertise within the company’s board and leadership team. The board will meet regularly to contribute to key decisions on strategy and will also support the leadership team in operational planning within their respective areas of expertise.
Sir Mark Rowley
Knighted by HM the Queen in the 2018 Birthday Honours list for his “exceptional contribution to national security at a time of unprecedented threat”, Sir Mark Rowley is a globally recognised leadership expert in national security, policing, crisis management and transformation and has led thousands of people in multi-hundred–million-pound organisations. Sir Mark was a police officer for over 30 years, a history which included leading UK Counter Terrorism Policing for four years.
Since his retirement from policing in 2018, Sir Mark has taken on new leadership challenges, focusing on technology-led innovation, specialist security and investigation expertise.
Sir Mark on joining Cyan’s Advisory Board, said:
“Cyan is a company that has made great strides in a relatively short time period. Their technology is already making a real difference to law enforcement here in the UK and internationally. Cyan shares my focus for technology-led innovation and is a specialist in its field. I’m delighted to be asked to share my experience with Cyan and to work alongside the other Advisory Board members to support Cyan’s mission to transform online safety.”
Andy Williams has extensive experience of helping technology and cybersecurity companies with transatlantic expansion.
In addition to senior business development roles at BT Global, the SITEL Corporation and Titania Ltd, Andy has served as an international trade advisor on cybersecurity for both US and UK governments. He was also the first UK Cyber Trade Envoy to the US in Washington DC, helping over 100 UK cybersecurity companies to understand the US market. For the last three years Andy has been an industry advisor to the UK Department for International Trade and a business mentor on UK government cyber innovation and growth programmes.
Andy William’s on joining Cyan’s Advisory Board, said:
“I’m delighted to be joining Cyan’s new advisory board and look forward to supporting the company’s important mission to help law enforcement and social media companies to rapidly identify and block harmful content. With its highly innovative technology solutions, I believe Cyan is well positioned to make further significant strides in the US market.”
Having previously served as Chair of Cyan’s company Board, we are delighted to retain Simon Hardy as Chair of our new Advisory Board.
Simon has held senior international sales and marketing positions in major companies, and has a wealth of experience helping to realise the potential of small technology businesses working within the law enforcement space. Having spent many years building successful technology businesses, Simon now holds a number of non-Exec positions and is a consultant to industry, government and universities.
Simon Hardy on joining Cyan’s Advisory Board, said:
“I’m delighted that Sir Mark Rowley and Andy Williams have agreed to join me on Cyan’s new Advisory Board. I look forward very much to working with them to help support the business through the key strategic decisions it must take in the course of its expansion into new markets and new product areas”