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Archer Leadership Team Adds French Caldwell as Chief Strategy Officer

November 17, 2021—Overland Park, KS. Archer®, a leading provider of integrated risk management (IRM) solutions, today announced that Dr. French Caldwell, DLP, widely known for his contributions to the GRC industry, has joined the company as chief strategy officer. As the newest member of Archer leadership, Caldwell will work with the team on overall strategic direction and coordinate the company’s product development, go-to-market, and corporate development strategies.

“Over the past year, we’ve been very focused on acquiring talents and capabilities that extend our leadership position,” said Bill Diaz, CEO, Archer. “Having French join the Archer team is a particularly exciting addition for our customers and employees as he brings unsurpassed levels of industry expertise that will greatly enhance our product and market strategies.”

“Having served as an executive leader and strategist for multi-national organizations, I know firsthand how well-planned and executed strategies enable enterprises to accomplish extraordinary goals,” said Caldwell. “Right now, integrated risk management is at a critical inflection point and Archer is demonstrating global market leadership in delivering integrated risk management solutions that enable executive leadership to set and execute their strategic goals effectively, while also addressing the needs and priorities of risk management, compliance, IT security, audit and third party management professionals across all levels of the business. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to help drive Archer’s strategic vision going forward.”

Prior to Archer, Caldwell founded and served as chief research officer of FCInsight and as chief financial officer for The Analyst Syndicate, a platform for independent analysts. Caldwell was chief evangelist and global head of marketing for MetricStream, where he led strategic initiatives including significant effort around product modernization. He served as vice president and fellow at Gartner, Inc. where he established and led research and advisory programs on knowledge management, digital society, government, public policy, cybersecurity, risk management and compliance, legal information technology, and disruptive trends and technologies.

As director of knowledge services in Arthur Andersen’s Office of Government Services, Caldwell worked with strategic clients, including the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Defense. He completed a career as a nuclear submarine officer, and he directed special congressional projects for the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. Upon retiring from the U.S. Navy, Caldwell served as the international liaison and special projects officer for the congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Services.

Caldwell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy, Master of Arts in international studies at Old Dominion University, and Doctor of Law and Policy at Northeastern University. He earned his command and staff degree at the U.S. Naval War College. Caldwell has been a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution, an adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and an adjunct professor and board member of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management in the graduate engineering management program at George Washington University.

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