Adarma has today announced the expansion of its executive team to support the business at a time of rapid growth. The additions to the company include Niall O’Sullivan, Chief Finance and Operations Officer; Sarah Coleman, Chief People Officer; and Dan Baker, Chief Delivery Officer, all of whom bring valuable experience in driving business transformation.
The appointment of these three critical roles is indicative of the growth journey Adarma has been on to transform the shape of its business. While it continues to drive an aggressive innovation programme to remain at the forefront of the UK cybersecurity market, it also aims to ensure a sustainable and profitable growth trajectory, accelerated transformation of its people strategy and the seamless delivery of its services to ensure maximum value for its customers.
In fact, this week, Adarma revealed it was awarded a £2 million grant from Scotland’s national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise. The funding from Scottish Enterprise, part of a larger investment programme in R&D by Adarma, will be used to further invest in people – creating over 50 cybersecurity roles and supporting the company’s innovation roadmap which is set to expand its suite of cybersecurity services and Intellectual Property (IP). In particular, the investment will accelerate the development of Adarma’s security operations and threat management platform. Through technology integrations and advanced automation and orchestration, Adarma’s platform seeks to enable security teams to increase the speed and accuracy of their detection and response to advanced threats, at scale.
On this news, Scottish Government Business Minister Ivan McKee commented, “I congratulate Adarma on winning substantial Scottish Enterprise funding, funding which will help create more than 50 highly skilled roles and could make us all safer from cyber threats. The Scottish Government supports these plans to increase diversity through recruitment of entry level staff from a wider pool of talent, which will help support our objectives to transform the economy. Adarma is an Edinburgh-based company which is helping deliver solutions to one of the greatest challenges facing business today and I congratulate them on driving innovation in Scotland and beyond.”
See below for more information on the newly appointed executives:
Niall O’Sullivan, Chief Finance and Operations Officer
O’Sullivan is a transformation leader experienced in executing large scale digital transformation programmes and cost optimisation strategies that deliver measurable, effective and sustainable long-term benefits for all stakeholders.
Prior to joining Adarma, O’Sullivan was the Chief Financial Officer of Datalex plc and had worked in senior finance roles for major global organisations such as Google, Vodafone, Pearson Oracle and Dell. While at Vodafone, he managed a team of over 2,500 people across 20 countries, establishing Vodafone’s first three Finance Shared Service Centres and implementing a company-wide ERP system.
Sarah Coleman, Chief People Officer
With over two decades of experience as a global HR leader and organisation change expert, Coleman specialises in helping organisations implement innovative new ways of working that support long-term culture change, improve employee satisfaction, facilitate change management and drive strategic growth.
Before joining Adarma, Coleman was Global People and Communications Director at WPP, where she was responsible for transforming the organisation’s IT people strategy and delivery model, which scaled the number of employees from 200 to 2,500. This included the transition of IT staff from WPP’s 1,500+ agencies into a centralised operating model.
Prior to her role at WPP, Coleman was Vice President of HR at ICF International, where she headed all aspects of people strategy and change for the European and Asian markets over a period of significant acquisitive and organic growth.
Dan Baker, Chief Delivery Officer
Baker has a diverse background as an Executive Information Security Professional, experienced in defining and delivering on large scale security and digital transformation programmes. He brings a proven record in building and managing high performance teams to deliver major organisation and security change within budget, agreed timescales and importantly, in line with business objectives.
Prior to joining Adarma, he held several senior security leadership roles at DXC Technology, Ladbrokes Coral Group and most recently, as Director of Cybersecurity at Deloitte.