Daversa Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for SoSafe

June 12, 2024 – Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has assisted in the recruitment of Laura Ryan as chief people officer of SoSafe, Europe’s largest security awareness and human risk management vendor. Jamie Sanger led the assignment. “One of the pillars of our success is the excellence of our people – we are proud to have an outstanding team to drive our ambitious plans,” said Niklas Hellemann, CEO of SoSafe. “Laura brings a wealth of experience in fast-paced, multi-cultural organizations and has proven her ability to build and lead people divisions in high growth technology companies. I am very excited to have her join our management team and look forward to working with her to drive further growth for the business.”

With over 20 years of hands-on experience in the technology and financial services industries, Ms. Ryan has actively supported the evolution of HR functions. Prior to joining SoSafe, she worked almost nine years at Dropbox, most recently as vice president global HR business partnering. Prior to that, Ms. Ryan spent over five years at Google and over seven years in financial services in a number of HR roles.

In her new role with SoSafe, Ms. Ryan will support the organization as they continue to scale operations internationally in the face of rising global cyber security threats. She will lead SoSafe’s people function, overseeing the development of a best-in-class team to help deliver the company’s next chapter of strategic growth. Ms. Ryan will manage human resources, people and talent, workspace and community, and operations, acting as an engine to accelerate the company’s mission and long-term vision to strengthen digital self-defense.

“Throughout my career I’ve been passionate about scaling organizations, helping companies achieve this by fostering innovation and creating workplaces that inspire people to do their best work,” said Ms. Ryan. “SoSafe is working in an extremely interesting market with very strong dynamics: Cybercrime is the biggest threat to organizations and SoSafe delivers a human-centric solution based on psychology. This gives the company and the team a very strong purpose and I am very excited to contribute to their mission to empower people facing digital threats.”

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SoSafe is currently leading the category evolution from security awareness and training to human risk management through product innovation, accelerating its sustainable growth. Since the beginning of 2022, they have grown from 180 employees in Cologne, Germany, to 500 employees across nine locations in Europe with around 100 open positions, recently adding two additional office hubs in Dublin, Ireland, and Chemnitz, Germany.

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Daversa Partners was founded in 1993. Its global footprint spans two continents and eight offices, giving its teams visibility into the entirety of the market. Daversa is dedicated to developing meaningful relationships with entrepreneurs, executives, and investors across consumer and enterprise businesses. In addition to its primary location in Westport, Conn., the firm has offices in New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Orlando, FL; London; and Waterford, Conn. where the firm maintains a data and people analytics facility.

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Daversa Partners’ Lindsay Keith, Paige Kuderka, and Kenny Denton are serving at the front lines of the fast-growing artificial intelligence market. In a recent interview, they shared their insights and experiences in finding leaders that are helping to change the world for companies like Scale AI, Jasper AI, and a host of others.

A senior partner in the firm, Mr. Sanger built and leads Daversa’s international practice and launched the London office. He has placed executives across the U.S., Europe, Asia and LatAm for companies including Deliveroo, SaltPay, Monzo, Spendesk, IMMO, Omio, GoHenry, Cobalt.io, TechStars, Builder.ai, Unibuddy, Comply Advantage, Freddie’s Flowers, Discovery, Catawiki, and Sandbox VR. Mr. Sanger works with top venture and private equity firms including Index, Highland, General Atlantic, DST, Greenoaks, Accel, Softbank, Kindred, Lakestar, Mosaic, Bond, and Andreessen Horowitz.

Daversa also recently assisted in the placement of Linda Aiello joining as chief people officer of DraftKings. She brings over two decades of operational experience, having led people strategies for category leaders such as Qurate Retail Group, Stitch Fix, Salesforce, and Uber. As chief people officer at DraftKings, Ms. Aiello will focus on driving employee and organizational development while spearheading operational effectiveness as DraftKings enters its next phase of growth.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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