The Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) has named Kerri Sutherland of Axis Communications as chair of the FAST board of directors. Sutherland will lead the board of directors drawn from the membership of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) in developing and refining FAST’s strategic plan and identifying the foundation’s annual goals.

Sutherland has held a human resource business partnership position at Axis Communications since 2017. She holds an MBA with a concentration in human resource management from the University of Texas A&M and is certified as a senior professional by the Society of Human Resource Management. She has more than a decade of successful experience in the field with a primary focus on hiring, employee development and employee engagement. Sutherland’s human resource journey began at various international tech companies, and she currently supports the Americas region at Axis by recruiting and retaining top talent while safeguarding the company’s culture. She also sits as the chair for Axis’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and serves on the board of a local nonprofit humane society.

“I am delighted to have been elected as the new board chair of FAST and have the privilege to serve our community, alongside my accomplished peers on the board,” said Sutherland. “We are committed to building awareness and attracting top talent to the security technology industry through collaboration, outreach and education. Grounded in my human resource experience, I look forward to providing a fresh perspective and creating a robust future in the ever-changing industry landscape.”

The FAST Board of Directors now includes the following members:

  • Chair: Kerri Sutherland, manager, human resources business partnerships, Axis Communications
  • Vice chair: John Nemerofsky, chief operating officer, SAGE Integration
  • Secretary: Erin Mann, senior manager, business operations, Latch
  • Treasurer: Ken Kocher, president, Force Security Solutions
  • Neil Atha, president, Atronic Alarms
  • Brendan McFall, East Coast operations manager, Northland Controls
  • Yaron Zussman, general manager, Magos America Inc.

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