Deloitte has announced the appointment of Rob Wainwright as a senior partner in its European cyber security practice to help lead and grow the team and energise business with clients. In his new role, Wainwright will also be engaged in areas of related risk, such as financial crime and fraud.
Wainwright joins Deloitte from Europol, the European Union (EU) law enforcement agency, where he has served as executive director for the past nine years. As a high-level executive in the EU and the leading voice in European policing, Wainwright managed the agency that harbours 1,000 members of staff and boasts an operational network spanning 40 countries.
Europol connects upwards of 1,000 law enforcement agencies and supports almost 50,000 cross-border investigations each year designed to defeat transnational threats posed by crime and terrorism.
Wainwright has enjoyed a 25-year career in the spheres of intelligence, policing, Government, EU and international affairs, including posts with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the British Security Service. Wainwright is an honorary fellow at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University and a member of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Task Force on Modern Slavery.
Understanding of cyber risks
Jacques Buith, managing partner of risk advisory at Deloitte for the North West of Europe, explained to Risk UK: “Rob’s expertise simply speaks for itself. Not only has he nurtured a long career in Governmental service, but he has also helped to transform Europol into the leading European security institution on cyber, terrorist, financial crime and other threats. Having held such a significant role, Rob has an unparalleled understanding of how cyber and related risks are evolving and the criminal behaviour behind such acts. His experience and insights will be an invaluable addition to the team and to our clients’ businesses.”
Speaking about his new role in the private sector, Wainwright observed: “With the majority of my career spent on intelligence and global security issues, I’ve developed a deep interest in the rise of cyber security as a leading concern for Governments and businesses in today’s world. I’ve enjoyed my experiences at Europol, all the while helping to shape Europe’s response to cyber security and, indeed, other major threats. Now, I fully intend to bring that experience into the private sector, working with a wide range of clients in multiple industries as part of a highly enterprising and professional team here at Deloitte. The firm’s global network, coupled with its excellent reputation in the market, an inclusive culture and the sheer breadth and depth of its cyber capabilities makes Deloitte the perfect next step in my career.”
Growth of the cyber practice
Wainwright will join Deloitte in June (his standard term at Europol expiring on Tuesday 1 May). While he will continue to be based in the Netherlands, he’ll work with clients right across Europe.
David Sproul, chief executive of Deloitte in North West Europe, commented: “Rob’s hire is part of the continued growth of Deloitte’s cyber security practice across Europe, which continues to expand in order to meet client demand. This includes actively hiring around 500 people by the end of the year. Cyber crime represents a borderless threat to all businesses regardless of their size, industry sector or location, and it must be at the forefront of all executive’s minds. Rob is in a fantastic position to help lead Boardroom conversations on this issue.”