Brian Stafford


Brian Stafford is the chief executive officer of Diligent Corporation, the leader in modern governance providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG with $600 million in revenue.

Brian assumed the role of CEO in March 2015 and is responsible for all day-to-day operations. Brian has drawn a number of leadership accolades. In 2021, he was recognized by the Stevie® Awards as an Executive of the Year in the International Business Awards and he won People Focused CEO of the Year in the Great Employers of the Year Awards.

He previously served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led its Growth Stage Tech Practice. Brian is the co-author of Governance in the Digital Age and serves on the board of directors of Diligent Corporation and Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Brian holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Brian, his wife, and their two young children live in New York City. 

Leaders at Diligent

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Brian Stafford

Chief Executive Officer
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Lisa Edwards

Executive Chair, Diligent Institute.
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Amanda Carty 

Chief Marketing Officer
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Michael Stanton

Chief Financial Officer
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Avigail Dadone

Chief People Officer
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Dan Zitting

Chief Product and Strategy Officer

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Henry Jiang

Chief Information Security Officer
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Liam Healy

SVP & Managing Director, International
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MarKeith Allen

SVP & Managing Director, Mission Driven 
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Nick Flynn

SVP & Managing Director, Americas
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Satheesh Ravala

Chief Technology Officer

Our Board

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Brian Stafford

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Adam Berger

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Betsy Atkins

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Behdad Eghbali

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Yvette Hollingsworth Clark

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Deven Parekh

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James Pade

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Christine Anderson