December 11, 2020 – Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has been retained by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) to lead its search for a new CEO. Principal Paul Belford is spearheading the assignment.
Reporting to the board of directors, the CEO will staff and supervise CMMC-AB’s C-suite executives. The individual will have responsibility for the following functional areas: accreditation, certification, training, assessment, operations, communications and finance/accounting.
Additionally, the CEO is responsible for overall headquarters administration and board governance. The CEO has direct responsibility for and implementation of CMMC-AB’s organizational outreach and representation across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the DSC and the CMMC ecosystem, among other public and private entities here and abroad.
JDG Associates said that CMMC-AB “presents a unique opportunity to grow a purposeful business from the ground up that will significantly strengthen U.S. national security and inspire other nations of the world to deploy similar programs. For the successful candidate, CMMC-AB will require the combination of an entrepreneurial mindset, exceptional managerial ability, and the drive and professionalism needed to lead the organization from design and build-out on to the execution of a program that will significantly strengthen the nation’s security with minimal to zero impact on the DSC’s efficiency and effectiveness,” the firm said.
Experience and Qualifications
The accreditation body wants candidates with demonstrated leadership in the creation and/or growth of an organization of a size, scale and complexity anticipated for CMMC-AB; to include build out of staff, facilities, policies and business operations. They must have proven competency working with the federal government, specifically, working with general officer and senior executive service levels of the DoD or equivalent civilian government, industry or academic levels. In addition, candidates should have demonstrated ability to work with/through standards bodies, certification organizations, consortiums, or other associations, consultants and managed third party organizations.
The Department of Defense released the cybersecurity maturity model certification to provide a unified approach for implementing increased resilience against cybersecurity attacks across the DSC to significantly reduce the risk of compromise to sensitive defense information located on contractor’s information systems. Now in start-up mode, CMMC-AB has been operating as both a volunteer board-led and volunteer managed organization.
Veteran Search Consultants
JDG Associates has been providing executive recruitment services to Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research and consulting firms and defense contractors since 1973. The firm’s research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in more than 4,000 senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally.
Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has assisted the Library of Congress in the selection of Shira Perlmutter as its Register of Copyrights. Ms. Perlmutter will step into the role in late October and will assume leadership of the organization during its 150th year. Darren DeGioia, president of the search firm, led the assignment.
“Shira brings to this role a deep knowledge of domestic and international copyright law and policy and a background in negotiating international intellectual property agreements. She has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and finding common ground on complex issues,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress.
Darren DeGioia serves as president of JDG. He conducts senior-level search assignments for research and consulting organizations as well as the public sector. His areas of expertise include information technology, accounting and finance, the quantitative sciences, operations / general management, marketing and communications. Prior to joining JDG, Mr. DeGioia spent four years in the hospitality industry with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Sheraton Hotels.
Mr. Belford has completed nearly three hundred association searches, mostly at the CEO level. A professional search consultant since 1990, he joined JDG Associates in 1993. His clients have ranged in size from regional and state groups with staffs of ten or fewer to national organizations with budgets up to $75 million. Mr. Belford has worked with trade associations and professional societies from a wide range of service areas including heavy industry, information technology, finance, healthcare, engineering, government relations, communications, finance, and administration.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media