CEO Nick Galea to preside over Acunetix as Chairman
London, UK – September 2016 – Acunetix is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Martin as its new CEO, effective 1st September 2016. Chris was promoted from his position as General Manager and is to take over from Nick Galea, who will be presiding over the company as Chairman, after having successfully led the company for the past eleven years.
Announcing the appointment, Acunetix’ new Chairman Nick Galea said, “Chris is an exceptional leader. He has been a key member of the Acunetix leadership team since 2013 and his track record has been extraordinary. I am confident to be handing over the reins to such a competent and trusted colleague.”
Reflecting on his appointment, Chris said, “I am honoured and excited to have been appointed to lead this wonderful team. Acunetix has been developing cutting edge web application security software for the past eleven years. We are backed by a team of experts with broad know-how of the market, coupled with a winning strategy that has seen the company maintain a lead in the web security sphere. I am looking forward to working with the team to continue the evolution, growth and success of Acunetix.
“As an ex-Rugby player and official, I’ve always enjoyed competition and team spirit. The bar we set for ourselves at Acunetix is high but achievable. Filling the shoes of my mentor and friend, Nick Galea, will be no easy feat. Nick’s support, and that of our colleagues, has helped me reach this landmark in my career. I thank them and will work hard to reward their faith in me,” continued Chris Martin.
Biography Chris Martin
An industry veteran, Chris has worked in IT, telecoms and technology for over twenty years.
Chris has held business development, consulting, project steering and implementation roles in telecommunications, health-care, manufacturing, service and banking sectors, with hands-on experience in channel sales management, direct enterprise sales, security and telecommunication software, internet service provision, server networks, health diagnostic clinic automation and business process re-engineering.
Following 5 years working in channel sales at GFI Software, in 2007 Chris was named Sales Director of 3CX Ltd., a sister company of Acunetix and a leading global provider of VoIP PABX and softphone technology for Windows OS, iOS and Android.
In December 2012, Chris was asked to take on a similar role at Acunetix and was eventually appointed General Manager in October 2013 prior to being nominated CEO in September 2016.
When not flying a desk, managing Internet services or selling software, he would moonlight as the Malta Rugby Football Union secretary, a post he last held in 2009 after which he also coached junior Rugby between 2009 and 2012.
In 2000, as General Secretary of the MRFU, Chris developed a five-year strategic plan, affiliating Malta with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Association of European Rugby (FIRA/AER) so setting Malta firmly on the road of fully recognized international test matches.
Chris and his partner Jennifer have two teenage children. Chris now spends most of his free time following his son around from one waterpolo training or fixture venue to another to remind him that he is not a fish.