ATLANTA, GA –November 20, 2017–- Almir Hadzialjevic, Vice President, Enterprise Risk & Security for Aaron’s, Inc., (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Representing the retail industry, Hadzialjevic will provide guidance as to the strategic direction of the NTSC and joins information security executives who represent a broad cross-section of enterprise companies and have a vested interest in protecting the security of their customers and employees through policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.
“Throughout my career, I’ve seen the impact of cybersecurity legislation—both good and bad—on businesses and how it affects the way we approach information security, privacy, compliance, and risk management,” said Hadzialjevic. “Through the NTSC, I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned from my experiences to help us articulate more business-friendly cybersecurity legislation that also protects consumers.”
As Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Security at Aaron’s, Hadzialjevic provides strategic direction, governance, and oversight over the company’s information security program. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of IT Compliance, Information Security & Privacy, where he pioneered the design and implementation of the company’s information security and privacy compliance function.
Prior to joining Aaron’s, Hadzialjevic worked for Ernst & Young, LLP as part of its Advisory Services practice where he played a critical role in advising Fortune 500 clients in assessing, developing, and maturing their enterprise technology and security strategies, compliance, controls frameworks, and business processes.
“In addition to Almir’s top-notch information security skillsets, he’s also an expert in cybersecurity auditing, compliance, and risk management—having spearheaded this function for a large public company and advised Fortune 500 clients at a Big Four consulting firm,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “Having someone on the NTSC Board with this level of expertise about the ins and outs of compliance enriches our dialogue, discussions, and policy positions around cybersecurity legislation.”
The NTSC provides a platform for information security executives to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, our annual DC Fly-In, and our National CISO Policy conference.
Hadzialjevic joins a prestigious board of information security executives from leading companies including Aetna, Aflac, AutoNation, Cox Automotive, Discover Financial Services, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Epsilon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Johnson & Johnson, Jones Day, MoneyGram International, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Synovus, TaxSlayer,Torchmark, TransUnion, Turner, US Bank, Voya Financial and Worldpay.
About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its 1,750 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 27,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.
About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)
The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.
To learn more about joining or underwriting NTSC, visit ntsc.org