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Shamla Naidoo

IBM Global Security Services
Managing Partner
Shamla Naidoo is an accomplished executive with experience managing hundreds of millions of dollars in budgets for large, globally distributed teams who support operations in 170 countries. As Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services, Shamla is one of the most influential security executives among Fortune 50 companies. Her advice and thought leadership in strategy and execution is sought by governments, public institutions, and private companies. Her ability to communicate complex technical process into simpler, more understandable terms is highly regarded.

Shamla has worked in Information Technology and Information Security over the last 35 years, in every role from programmer, network designer, engineer, functional director to global leader. She has earned the respect of industry peers by taking the time to understand their businesses inside and out - aligning her activities with strategic business objectives. Her training as a lawyer gives her a unique ability to align business objectives with the legal requirements specific to different industries. She has earned the affection of her team by acting as a catalyst for unprecedented change, helping previously-stagnant organizations achieve dynamic results, leading to growth opportunities for the business and for individual contributors.

Shamla serves on advisory, not-for-profit and academic boards of various public and private institutions. She is a member of the Security 50, the top security executives in the world, recognized by the World 50. She has been admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the DC Bar and teaches technology and privacy law at John Marshall Law School.