May 6, 2022: CREST, an international non-profit body for the accreditation and certification of the cybersecurity industry, has appointed Nick Benson as its new CEO. He joins CREST from the position of Chief Operating Officer of ORX, the world’s largest trading association that supports operational risk management in financial services. Prior to that, he held senior positions in finance and risk management at Nationwide Building Society, one of the largest providers of retail financial services in the UK.

“I would like to welcome Nick to the global CREST community,” said Rowland Johnson, President of CREST. “He has an impressive track record in building and leading teams through expansion and transformation, and while at ORX he has managed a program of organizational change and provided strong growth and improved service. This is a very difficult time for the cybersecurity industry in the face of rapidly evolving threats, and Nick’s knowledge and experience will be key in supporting CREST members and stimulating the next steps in CREST’s development ”.

Benson began his career at KPMG in the IT consulting departments in London and Sydney, and in 2005 earned a Certified Public Accountant (ICAS) qualification. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Exeter.

As CEO, Benson will work closely with the senior management team along with CREST President Rowland Johnson, who will focus on presenting and developing business internationally.

“CREST is respected throughout the international cybersecurity industry,” said Nick Benson. “I am delighted to be able to lead the CREST team at a time when it is going to exceed 300 members and is investing in new exams and accreditation worldwide. This means a new chapter in the history of CREST, and I look forward to participating in it. “

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