The Kudelski Group, an independent provider of media content protection and value-added service technology, has announced the appointment of Andrew Howard as CEO of Kudelski Security, the Group’s cybersecurity division. Howard is currently Kudelski Security’s Chief Technology Officer. He will be taking over as CEO from Rich Fennessy effective August 1st.
In this role, Howard will report to André Kudelski, Chief Executive Officer of the Group. His mission will be to further expand the division’s international market footprint and drive innovation in Kudelski Security’s products and services to build on the Group’s unique approach to cyber-focused innovation.
Since joining the Group in 2016, Howard has been in charge of Kudelski Security’s technical strategy, product development, engineering and research, leading in particular the launch of the Internet of Things Security Center of Excellence, the delivery of Secure Blueprint – the Group’s cyber business management platform – and the recent launch of the company’s Blockchain Security Center.
“Rich Fennessy has successfully transitioned Kudelski Security from a Swiss start-up into an important player in cybersecurity, active both in Europe and in the US. We are very thankful for his leadership during the development stages of this new business,” said Kudelski. “Rich was instrumental in preparing Andrew for this role. As we now look to expand the development of new, innovative solutions, we are pleased to have Andrew as the new leader of our cybersecurity business.”
“I’m honoured to take up the reins of Kudelski Security and work with our clients, partners and employees around the world to address the most complex cybersecurity challenges,” said Howard. “It has been a pleasure working with Rich over the past three and a half years and I look forward to building upon the great achievements we’ve experienced with our clients since we launched the global strategy in 2016.”
After a transition period, Fennessy will pursue new opportunities outside of the Group.