Cyan has added significant global technology and human capital expertise to its board with the appointment of Ciara Smyth as non-executive director.
Ciara brings over 20 years of impressive executive experience to Cyan, having helped scale several global organisations as an executive, such as King (the gaming company behind Candy Crush), Paddy Power Betfair and Zipcar. Ciara’s tech sector experience spans fintech, e-commerce, gaming, betting and ed tech, amongst others.
Ciara is an accomplished and proven practitioner and a trusted advisor to CEO’s, boards, and senior teams across the world. She possesses a passion for ensuring businesses view its people as strategic enablers and are committed to fostering dynamic working environments in which talent can thrive.
Discussing her appointment to Cyan’s board, Ciara Smyth said: “Cyan is on such an exciting growth trajectory. It’s a motivated, disruptive and fast-growing player in the UK and international tech safety sector, and it’s particularly thrilling to be working with a company striving to solve such an important societal issue with technology designed to make the world a safer place.
“I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the board and the wider team to help make sure Cyan reaches its significant potential. My aim is to provide advice for scaling a global organisation, fostering a world class employee experience and culture at Cyan, and to help support the business in realising its vision to help create a world where there is no place for harmful digital content to be hidden or shared.”
People are at the heart of Cyan’s current growth strategy with its team set to double in size during each of the next two years to support its growth. The importance of people at the heart of a business’ culture and growth strategy is something Ciara is particularly passionate about.
Ciara added: “For most businesses, people are typically the largest expense. So, it makes sense on a basic level to aim to attract and develop the very best talent you possibly can. In my experience, it is also important to create an environment where individuals and teams can thrive professionally, delivering outstanding results that drive successful business outcomes. I am very excited to join the Cyan team as they begin their scaling-up phase.”
Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan commented: “Ciara’s appointment brings another world class talent to Cyan. With a proven track record in helping high-profile tech companies scale-up and fulfil their potential, Ciara will undoubtedly bring an incredible level of talent and insight to the business.
“As we continue to make strides in significantly growing our business over the next 12-18 months, Ciara’s appointment adds outstanding expertise and experience to our already impressive line-up of board members.”