UK cybersecurity business Adarma has strengthened its management team with the appointment of ex-Cisco Global Vice President John Maynard as its new CEO.   

The business has made the appointment as it seeks to capitalise on its existing strong growth trajectory and track record in assisting large blue-chip organisations with threat management and security operations. 

Adarma intends to do this by expanding its service offerings and driving international growth across the UK, US and Europe. 

Maynard will take up the role at the end of November. Previously VP of the Global Security Specialists group at Cisco, he joins Adarma with years of experience in the global cybersecurity industry.

Prior to Cisco, Maynard was based in San Francisco and had a dual-role at DXC Technology as Chief Operating Officer and VP of Product Management for Cybersecurity.  

Maynard also held cyber leadership positions at Hewlett Packard for more than 10 years, was responsible for the acquisition of Vistorm in the UK and led the cybersecurity business in Asia-Pacific and Japan based out of Singapore. He has also advised global technology companies in prior roles at KPMG and at JP Morgan Cazenove. 

Current CEO David Calder will take on the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO). He will also have responsibility for a number of Adarma’s key existing FTSE 350 customer relationships. 

Since 2013, the Edinburgh-headquartered business has increased turnover from £1.5m to a record £41m, with headcount rising from 12 to more than 250. In May 2019, David also led a management buyout of the business, backed by mid-market private equity house Livingbridge. 

Maynard said: “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.

“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.” 

Calder added: “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.”