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Townsend Security Appoints Joan Ross Chief Executive Officer

Olympia, WA (PRWEB) September 09, 2013

Townsend Security today announced that it has appointed Joan Ross as Chief Executive Officer. Patrick Townsend, founder and previous Chief Executive Officer will assume the role as Chief Technology Officer.

“I'm very pleased to bring Joan Ross on as our new CEO. Joan brings a wealth of security experience to Townsend Security, along with a passion for helping customers protect sensitive information. As a well-known, visionary leader in the professional security community, I look forward to extending Townsend Security's influence and thought leadership around data protection,” said Patrick Townsend.

As the new Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Ross leads the company’s efforts in revenue growth, strategic planning, and bringing industry-leading encryption key management solutions to market.

“I joined Townsend Security for the brilliant people and industry-leading technology. Encryption is only as good as your key management, and Townsend Security enables every organization, regardless of size or platform to better secure their critical information assets. As an industry leader, Townsend Security provides a range of affordable solutions to ensure organizations deploy market-leading technology across diverse systems, networks, and in the cloud to best protect their vital customer and business data,” commented Joan Ross.

To accompany this news release, Ms. Ross recorded a short video discussing her new role at Townsend Security and vision of bringing innovative security solutions to every organization – regardless of size, platform, or budget.

Joan Ross Background
Prior to joining Townsend Security, Ms. Ross was DocuSign’s Chief Security Officer, creating and evolving the organization’s security management strategy, governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) program, and internal and external audit program. Under her tenure, DocuSign became certified and re-certified to national (PCI and SOC) and international (ISO 27001) standards with no exceptions, non-conformities, or significant findings. During her tenure, DocuSign more than doubled revenue year-after-year as part of leveraging security and certifications as a key differentiator.

Formerly, and in addition to presiding over her own security consulting companies, Joan served as Security Architect and Strategist for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services Security and Compliance Division for online services and global data centers, Vice President of Information Security at Washington Mutual (now Chase), and Security Lead for the software development company WRQ, now Attachmate. In her more than twenty years of dedicated security experience, Joan works extensively to assist customers and partners to secure data while identifying, managing, and resolving risk through resilient, efficient, and affordably priced technology solutions. Joan holds numerous security certifications including the NSA IAM-IEM, CISSP-ISSAP, HISP, and FTK.

About Townsend Security
Townsend Security creates data privacy solutions that help organizations meet evolving compliance requirements and mitigate the risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Over 3,000 companies worldwide trust Townsend Security’s NIST-validated and FIPS 140-2 compliant solutions to meet the encryption and key management requirements in PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA, GLBA/FFIEC, DIACAP, SOX, and other regulatory compliance requirements. Learn more at

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