Shamla Naidoo

Advisor | Former CISO, IBM

Shamla Naidoo is a global technology executive and board director who applies her business and leadership experience to help clients succeed in a complex global environment. A digital transformation leader, she is currently Head of Cloud Strategy and Innovation at Netskope, where

Shamla Naidoo is a global technology executive and board director who applies her business and leadership experience to help clients succeed in a complex global environment. A digital transformation leader, she is currently Head of Cloud Strategy and Innovation at Netskope, where she is helping pioneer and build the Agile and risk-aware platform companies need for the future of work. She previously served as the Global CISO at IBM, supporting innovative growth and a culture of security.

Throughout her career at companies such as ABN AMRO, Anglo American, Anthem/Wellpoint, Bridgewater, Northern Trust, Shell & BP Refineries, and Starwood, Shamla helped companies in dozens of countries execute their digital transformation and technology journeys. In each role, her business acumen and judgment were foundational to her handling of business priorities, trade-offs, and P&L management.

One way Shamla consistently creates value is by turning every employee into a force multiplier. Using her intuitive ability to develop people into leaders, her teams have dramatically surpassed expectations across every metric. Many of her former employees credit her with turbocharging their careers and continue to seek her counsel years later.

Shamla serves as an Independent Director for Stonebridge Acquisition Corporation, QBE North America, and WisdomTree. She is a member of World 50, Security 50, and the National Association of Corporate Directors and an ambassador for Cyversity, where she works to create an inclusive cybersecurity workforce. She is a sought-after author and speaker for multiple publications and events and is the author of The Cyber Savvy Boardroom (2023).

Shamla earned a degree in Management Information Systems from the South African Institute of Management, a degree in Commerce from the University of South Africa, and a JD from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where she currently teaches courses on technology law and privacy.

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Advisor | Former CISO, IBM

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