Open Systems recruits chief people officer

Open SystemsCybersecurity services provider Open Systems has appointed Alaska May (pictured) as chief people officer, to lead its global people organisation, including staff based in the UK.

May will be responsible for building a talent management programme, preserving and enhancing the business’ culture, strengthening its diversity, equity, and inclusion ethos, and promoting a positive and healthy workplace that enables employees to perform at their best.

She has also been put in charge of recruiting and retaining additional cybersecurity experts, to meet the growing demand for its managed detection and response and secure access service edge services.

May has held several executive-level HR positions over the past 15 years, with her most recent role prior to joining Open Systems being senior vice president of human resources for data services firm International Markets.

Geoff Haydon, chief executive officer of Open System, said: “Great people have always been at the heart of Open Systems. Though growing demand requires us to quickly hire additional employees, it is vital we do so without compromising the corporate culture that has made Open Systems a great business to work for.

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“Fortunately, Alaska’s extensive experience not only makes her ideal for leading our recruiting efforts, she also knows how to facilitate a positive environment that will help us retain staff while empowering them to do their best work.”

May added: “I am excited to join Open Systems and am eager to implement programs to attract new talent and improve the experience of employees who have already made the business their home. Open Systems has many advantages that make it a desirable place to build a career in cybersecurity. Its unique and inclusive culture, for example, is attractive to prospective employees.”