Case Study

Global CISO, Leading Global Bank

New York City, New York, US

The Brief

Marlin Hawk’s client - a leading global bank - had struggled for a number of years to find a Group Chief Information Security Officer. Having encountered a few false starts in its search, the client moved to appoint Marlin Hawk as its search partner in late 2018.

The company required a CISO accustomed to working at scale, someone capable of motivating a global team that was “stuck in limbo”, and a person who was comfortable facing off to senior stakeholders and C-suite members.

The Approach

Knowing that our client had already explored many of the traditional financial sector-focused avenues, Marlin Hawk set out to offer a broader, more holistic view of the CISO marketplace.

We expanded the search to cover other highly regulated industries, consultancies and technology companies, targeting candidates from all corners of the globe.

The Result

Our client successfully hired a candidate from a multinational technology firm as Group CISO in 2019. The successful candidate had over 20 years of cybersecurity experience and had spent the previous 15 years operating as a CISO at a variety of Fortune 500 organisations.

As well as being a respected leader internally, the candidate was also widely known in the market. They had previously been recognised by a number of information security award providers and had acted as a presenter at a variety of cybersecurity forums and conferences.

The Impact

The success of this hire has been two-fold. The Group CIO, to whom this role reports, has been grateful for the opportunity to impart some of their remit onto a trustworthy cybersecurity professional, and the CISO function as a whole has received a much-needed boost. The fact that the successful candidate came from outside of industry has also allowed for a greater diversity of thought within the team, and indeed certain other cybersecurity leaders have been attracted to the organisation as a result.

The Stats

Candidates from 25 countries

372 candidates identified

102 companies mapped

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