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Rob Van Straten Appointed to Lead International Expansion of IT and GRC Management Solutions


SAI Global is pleased to announce the appointment of technology, governance, risk and compliance (GRC) specialist Rob Van Straten to head the company's commercial division in EMEA. Leveraging his expertise, extensive network and industry knowledge, Rob will be initially responsible for the company's risk products and service business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Primarily tasked with expanding the company's presence throughout EMEA, Rob has extensive experience growing GRC businesses and joins SAI Global from NASDAQ BWise where he was the Global Head of Sales & Professional Services.  

Originally from the Netherlands and fluent in three languages, Rob has worked extensively across the globe, both at private and public companies, predominantly in complex sales environments. He is recognised as a GRC thought leader, valued public speaker and content publisher in the field. Adding to his strength, Rob's experience as a founding owner of QSight IT, a storage, IT security and networking solutions provider, has helped him develop a unique understanding of operational demands and risk management requirements across the entire organisational structure.  

"To achieve SAI Global’s growth targets within the EMEA technology, risk and compliance market, we need the best talent, and I believe Rob offers this and more. His fresh thinking, extensive experience and deep understanding of the international technology and GRC landscape will help lead SAI Global to realise its potential in this market."

Paul Butcher

SAI Global’s Chief Commercial Officer

Continuing the strategy for investment in SAI Global's market-leading suite of risk management software and online learning solutions, the company is ideally positioned to leverage increased future demand in EMEA for technology, governance, risk and compliance solutions.

"SAI Global’s powerful GRC software and online learning product suite is well-positioned to quickly expand their current market share in EMEA as companies strive to strengthen their risk culture. The new General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 is likely to drive immediate interest in the company’s IT Risk Manager product."

Rob Van Straten

Head of Commercial – EMEA, SAI Global

SAI Global's IT Risk Manager (formerly Modulo International), was purchased in late 2016 to significantly bolster the company's cybersecurity offering.  The software platform (referred to as Modulo), received a five-star rating by independent SC Magazine's Peter Robinson.  

Within the European context, IT Risk Manager offers an excellent platform from which to manage IT Risk including the stringent new regulations and obligations under GDPR.

"I predict the company’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) risk management software and knowledge offering will experience strong demand from Europe’s democratic economies due to increasing regulations and a focus on ensuring worker’s safety and protecting the environment. Furthermore I see tremendous growth opportunities leveraging SAI Global’s unique market position in retail and agriculture, and combining SAI Global's broad standards and knowledge offering with GRC software and services."

Rob Van Straten

SAI Global's new Head of Commercial – EMEA