The FINANCIAL -- Accenture has appointed Ahmed Etman as managing director for its security practice in Canada, effective immediately.
In this role, Etman will be responsible for expanding Accenture’s cybersecurity services to protect its clients’ entire value chains, and help clients prepare, protect, detect, respond and recover along all points of the security lifecycle.
“We are pleased that Ahmed Etman has joined our leadership team to help our clients build resilience from the inside out, so they can operate and grow confidently in a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape,” said Bill Morris, senior managing director and Canada president of Accenture. “At Accenture, we have the global presence, commitment to innovation, unmatched industry know-how, and the business strategy acumen to solve security challenges for our clients – combined with the expertise to operate what we implement for our clients, at speed and at global scale.”
A senior executive and a cybersecurity thought leader with more than 20 years of experience, Etman will lead initiatives to help drive Accenture’s leadership and engagement within the Canadian security ecosystem. He will work with clients and security ecosystem partners at the executive level to deliver services that result in business-driven, risk focused security strategies, operating models and compliance plans that are aligned with their unique business needs, according to Accenture.
“In today’s marketplace, cybersecurity is critical to any business, and I am excited for the opportunity to help our clients create and run leading edge security strategies aligned specifically to their industry and unique business goals, together with Accenture Security’s team of about 5000 professionals,” said Etman. “Now, more than ever, organizations must be proactive in addressing cyber risks, and I look forward to helping our clients tackle these challenges putting in place strategies and technologies that result in effective security capabilities.”
Accenture Security has 330 clients in approximately 67 countries, with more than 350 pending and issued patents, managing more than 100 million digital identities.
Prior to joining Accenture, Etman led the Networking and Security business for Cisco in Emerging Markets before relocating to Canada late 2012 to lead Cisco’s Security business. Prior to Cisco, he held various leadership positions at Internet Security Systems Middle East and Africa.
Etman received an MBA from both Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business and from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He speaks three languages – English, French and Arabic – and is a proven leader who empowers cross functional teams in large organizations.