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BlackDice appoints former IBM and Leeds City Council tech chief as security lead

BlackDice has appointed Paul Jenkins to the newly created role of chief information security officer (CISO).

Jenkins previously played a key role in the formation of BlackDice in 2019 as co-founder, and has returned to the business to focus on our next stage of growth in a combined role as CISO and data protection officer (DPO).

An accomplished industry veteran, Paul Jenkins rejoins the company with a wealth of experience and a renewed commitment to driving innovation and growth. Jenkins was instrumental in shaping BlackDice’s initial vision and played a pivotal role in establishing the company as an AI-driven cybersecurity firm.

Jenkins most recently served as the chief technology officer for Leeds City Council and NHS West Yorkshire ICB, and previously held senior roles at companies such as IBM, Capita, EMIS, Arcadis and CallCredit. His extensive expertise in information security, gained from managing complex systems in highly regulated environments, makes him the ideal candidate to lead BlackDice’s security initiatives.

As the CISO at BlackDice, Jenkins will assume responsibility for safeguarding the firm’s information assets, managing cyber risk, and implementing robust security measures to protect customers and their data. He will oversee the development and execution of comprehensive security strategies, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and best practices while fostering a culture of continuous improvement, inclusivity and innovation.

“We’re thrilled to have Paul back on board with the BlackDice family,” said Paul Hague, CEO at BlackDice. “His combined expertise and leadership will fortify our commitment to providing top-tier cybersecurity solutions and ensure that our customers’ sensitive data remains secure. We look forward to Paul’s invaluable contributions in advancing our company’s purpose to build trust in a connected world, and driving success in the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity.”

Jenkins will be based at the company’s new UK headquarters in Leeds, West Yorkshire, a rapidly growing ‘hub’ for technology-focused companies.

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