Mission Secure has announced the appointment of John Adams as the new Managing Director (CEO). He will succeed David Drescher, who will remain a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Adams joins us following recent announcements that Mission Secure has closed a Series B round of funding and launched a new integrated cybersecurity solution for the maritime industry in cooperation with Ince, an international legal and professional services firm.
“A generational shift has dramatically increased the need for industrial cybersecurity and protection for highly complex and sophisticated commercial and military control systems,” said George Coyle, Managing Partner of Energy Innovation Capital and a member of the Board of Directors of Mission Secure.
“Mission Secure already provides state-of-the-art systems that protect many critical commercial and military control systems from cyber threats.
“John has created great security companies in the past and given the company’s rapid growth and technological leadership, we are delighted to have him on board to make Mission Secure the market leader in ICS. “
Adams is a highly accomplished senior executive with over 20 years of consistent business performance and growth in the security industry.
He has held successive leadership positions in global listed companies and has launched and built entrepreneurial organizations in large private companies that have demonstrated record growth and financial performance.
He most recently served as CEO of Waratek for five years and established the company as the recognized leader in application and middleware cybersecurity with a global customer base.
“With all of the focus on IT security, cybersecurity in critical infrastructure and industrial control system networks continues to lag significantly behind,” said John Adams, CEO of Mission Secure.
“The OT / ICS cybersecurity market is ready for a company to set the tone as a leader and innovator in the field. With our portfolio of highly differentiated security technologies and services, Mission Secure has everything needed to maintain and expand this position.
“My goal is to exceed the individual needs of our customers, to grow our business and to continue to strengthen why Mission Secure is the ‘new standard’ in the OT / ICS cybersecurity space.
Adams is also an active volunteer, having served on various nonprofit boards of directors during his career, including organizations such as the United Way and the YMCA.
He has received numerous awards throughout his career, such as YMCA Volunteer of the Year and the Distinguished Honor of being recognized in 2015 as the Father of the Year from the American Diabetes Associations (an award shared by dignitaries such as Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden).