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NCC Group appoints EY head as new CEO

International cyber security services firm NCC Group has appointed Mike Maddison as its new CEO, as Adam Palser steps down after more than four and a half years in the role.

Maddison (pictured), currently the head of EY’s cyber security, privacy, and trusted technology practice for EMEA, will begin his new role and join the board at the start of August.

During his tenure at EY, NCC said Maddison had successfully delivered strong growth across the 97 countries in the region and reinforced EY’s position as a leading cyber security adviser. 

Prior to that, he led PwC’s Risk Services practice across the Middle East and before that was head of Deloitte’s cyber security consultancy in EMEA for ten years, where he also drove significant growth.

Palser will remain as CEO until mid-June and in the six-week interim period, Chris Stone, non-executive chair, will become executive chair.

“I would like to thank Chris and the Board for this opportunity to lead NCC Group,” said Maddison. “Throughout my career as a cyber security specialist, I have always admired NCC Group for its enormous range of skills and experience. I am very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues and leading the ceaseless fight against cyber-crime.”

Palser, added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at NCC Group and leave safe in the knowledge that its prospects have been transformed over the past four and a half years. The Group now has a great opportunity to grow by offering its unmatched skills to a blue-chip client base at a time when cyber risk has never been higher.”