ISACA Shares Departure of CEO David Samuelson

Schaumburg, Il, USA (Dec. 13, 2022) — Global digital trust association ISACA today announced that ISACA CEO David Samuelson will be leaving the organization at the end of December.

Among Samuelson’s contributions since his appointment in April 2019, he ensured ISACA is on a stronger financial footing and improved the organization’s focus on employees and culture, while also helping to navigate ISACA through the complex COVID-19 pandemic period and changing world.

“I am very proud of the work we have accomplished since I joined ISACA,” said Samuelson. “We have a bold vision for the future, and we have a renewed culture that respects diversity and inclusion, to ensure our future success.”

ISACA Board Director Tracey Dedrick has been appointed by the Board as interim CEO. Tracey is a long-time ISACA member and a former Board Chair and a current Board member, who knows both ISACA’s operations and culture well.

During this transition, Tracey Dedrick and David Samuelson will work together, along with the Executive Leadership Team, to help ensure ISACA is set up for continued success.

The search for a permanent CEO will begin immediately and is likely to last several months. A full search of eligible candidates will be conducted, and all those qualified for the role will be included in the selection process.

“The entire ISACA Board of Directors and I would like to thank David for all his contributions to the ISACA organization and community,” said Pam Nigro, ISACA Board Chair.

Earlier this year, ISACA launched a digital trust initiative, including plans for an upcoming framework.

“ISACA’s mission of digital trust is as relevant as ever. With the continued support of our staff and members, during this transition, our global community will continue to collaborate to help individuals, enterprises and governments realize the positive potential of technology in our digital world,” said Nigro.


ISACA® ( is a global community advancing individuals and  organizations in their pursuit of digital trust. For more than 50 years, ISACA  has equipped individuals and enterprises with the knowledge, credentials,  education, training and community to progress their careers, transform their  organizations, and build a more trusted and ethical digital world. ISACA is a  global professional association and learning organization that leverages the  expertise of its more than 165,000 members who work in digital trust fields  such as information security, governance, assurance, risk, privacy and quality.  It has a presence in 188 countries, including 225 chapters worldwide. Through  its foundation One In Tech, ISACA supports IT education and career pathways for  underresourced and underrepresented populations.