Cyber Toa Appoints Mandy Simpson as Chief Executive Officer

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Cyber Toa, previously the cyber division of Total Risk, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Simpson as Chief Executive Officer. Mandy joins Cyber Toa from NZX where she has been Chief Operating Officer for the past four years, responsible for capital and wholesale electricity markets operations. 

Mandy is an experienced leader with 20 years’ experience in New Zealand and the UK. She has a law degree from Cambridge University and an Executive Master’s degree from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Chris Ward, Director of Cyber Operations said: “Mandy brings deep operational and financial management capabilities to the Cyber Toa team. Cyber Toa is a fast growing company, on a mission to establish a centre of excellence for cyber security here in Wellington, New Zealand, and we look forward to Mandy’s expertise in supporting that growth.”

Mandy Simpson said: “I’m excited to be joining Cyber Toa in this key growth phase. As the use of technology accelerates in all areas of our business and personal lives, the need for qualified, capable cyber security professionals has never been clearer. With Cyber Toa’s world class expertise, and in partnership with Victoria University, we’ll be able to make a significant difference to our clients’ ability to respond to this growing threat.”

Professor Dale Carnegie, Dean of Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Engineering said “The appointment of someone of Mandy Simpson’s calibre as Chief Executive Officer is further testimony to the quality and impact of Cyber Toa. A combination of Victoria’s research and teaching excellence, Cyber Toa’s status as one of just 10 certified training partners in the world of the gold-standard Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States and Mandy’s extraordinary leadership skills makes for cybersecurity capability and potential unmatched in New Zealand.”