FedScoop: With a new CEO, CMMC AB board will boost focus on strategy, chairman says

“It’s a busy time to be in supply chain cybersecurity, especially for the board chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body, Karlton Johnson.

At a time when the federal government is still reeling from the recent widespread SolarWinds hack, Johnson leads the volunteer organization charged with implementing the Department of Defense’s new CMMC standards for all defense contractors that many hope will stop the next pilferer of DOD data.

Now, Johnson’s leadership of the AB board is reaching a pivotal point: He is focused on hiring professional staff and transitioning what was a board of directors intimately involved in the day-to-day operations into one that can strategically guide a scaled organization.

In his first extended interview with FedScoop, Johnson said the board he leads will move from a body of ‘director do-ers’ to become a ‘governing board.’

That means new faces on the board, new hires at the staff level and new ethics policies.

‘I haven’t really seen the work changing significantly; actually I’d say it’s become more laser-focused,’ Johnson said. ‘Especially bringing on the CEO.’

The board recently made one of its most important hires, bringing on Matthew Travis to be CEO of the AB. Johnson spoke highly of Travis, describing him as ‘sharp’ and bringing necessary skillsets to the job. Travis is just the first major hire of many the AB wants to make in the coming weeks and months, filling out staff positions to carry out the massive undertaking before the organization, Johnson said…” Read the full article here.

Source: With a new CEO, CMMC AB board will boost focus on strategy, chairman says – By Jackson Barnett, April 5, 2021. FedScoop.

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