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Monday, July 13, 2020 

Lloyd's Register cybersecurity services provider subsidiary Nettitude has appointed Karen Bolton, currently EVP Americas and Chief Marketing Officer, as CEO, replacing Nettitude founder Rowland Johnson.

Bolton joined Nettitude in 2017, from Marsh Clearsight, a cloud-based software platform. She will continue to be based at Nettitude’s North American offices, demonstrating the company’s commitment to growing its international business footprint.

Bolton said: “It is a source of pride and excitement to be given the opportunity to lead Nettitude’s continued growth. Cybersecurity risk impacts organisations globally and Nettitude is a world-leading provider of threat-led cybersecurity services. My appointment also shows how cybersecurity can be a career choice for women in technology and I’m keen to support the continued advancement of women in cybersecurity roles.”

Johnson, who led Nettitude through its successful acquisition by Lloyd’s Register in 2018 and has gone on to oversee the delivery of all key elements of its two-year post-acquisition financial plan, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities. Over the past two years, Nettitude has opened up overseas offices in Asia and Europe and introduced new service offerings focused on Industrial Control Systems and Operational technology, whilst also maintaining year on year growth of 25%.

Paul Butcher, MD Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance and Inspection Services, said: “Rowland has been a driving force in Nettitude, successfully creating a market-leading business which has protected the cybersecurity interests of organisations around the world and we’re fortunate he has chosen to stay on in the role of strategic advisor. I’m delighted Karen has accepted the position of CEO – she has already demonstrated significant expertise and leadership in her roles as EVP and CMO and I’m sure she will build on the company’s past success to ensure an even brighter future for the business in the coming months and years.”

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