AHAD Appoints Somnath Sarkar As New CISO

appoints as CISO to strengthen cybersecurity offerings across META & APAC.

by Samiksha Jain April 24, 2024 in Cybersecurity News, Firewall Daily Reading Time: 3 mins read 0

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AHAD, a cybersecurity, digital transformation, and risk management company, has announced the appointment of Somnath Sarkar as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

With over 30 years of extensive experience in the BFSI sector and a proven track record in spearheading cybersecurity initiatives for renowned institutions, Somnath brings unparalleled expertise to AHAD's Board & Leadership team.

On joining AHAD, Somnath Sarkar expressed, “Joining AHAD as the Chief Information Security Officer is a thrilling opportunity for me. Drawing on my extensive experience in the BFSI sector across Asia, Middle East, and Africa, both as a CISO and CIO, I'm excited to contribute to AHAD's cybersecurity and data protection capabilities.”

Somnath Sarkar Roles and Responsibilities

In his new role, Somnath will leverage his strategic insights and profound industry knowledge to enhance AHAD's commitment to delivering the highest standards of digital security to clients across the META & APAC region.

As Executive VP and CISO at Mashreq Bank, Somnath provided singular accountability for all information security and privacy standards globally. He envisioned and implemented effective digital resilience, system designs, and data controls that positioned the bank as a market leader in cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Mashreq Bank, Somnath held key roles as CIO and CTO in multinational banks and insurance companies across Asia and Africa, where he led security transformation programs and launched digital banks. His tenure at Citigroup saw him pioneering smart banking architecture and driving IT virtualization Initiatives, resulting in substantial cost savings.

Somnath's key competencies lie in strategic alignment of technology with business and regulatory requirements, compliance frameworks, data protection and privacy program management, security and risk-based audit lifecycle management, third-party risk management, IT strategy, enterprise architecture, and business continuity management.

Throughout his distinguished career, Somnath has held pivotal leadership roles and served as CISO for renowned institutions such as Mashreq Bank, Citigroup, and Citibank.

Commenting on the appointment, Rohan Daniel Nair, Founder & COO of AHAD stated, “Somnath's appointment comes at a right time for AHAD as we continue to expand our cybersecurity offerings and strengthen our commitment to providing unparalleled security solutions to our clients across the META & APAC region.”


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