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Remembering Robert E Stroud

Rob Clyde, CISM, ISACA Board Chair
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Rob ClydeThis weekend, all ISACA lost a dedicated leader, an engaged board member, a passionate colleague and, most notably, a dear friend. Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, 2014-2015 ISACA Board Chair, and Board Director 2015-2018, will be deeply missed.

Only 55 years old, Rob passed away Monday, 3 September 2018, after being struck by a vehicle while jogging on Long Island, New York, USA. He is survived by his devoted family: his wife of 35 years, Connie, sons Josh and Kyle, daughter-in-law Allie Elizabeth, and grandchildren Ayden, Haylee and Jeremy.

Robert E Stroud

Robert E Stroud Memorial Fund

To honor the contributions, leadership and legacy of Robert E Stroud, and with the express wishes and support of the Stroud family, ISACA has established the Robert E Stroud Memorial Fund within the Information Technology Governance Institute (ITGI). For more information on the Memorial Fund and to make a donation please visit ITGI.

Rob brought boundless energy and enthusiasm into everything he did for ISACA—and those contributions were many.  He was board chair for the 2014-2015 term, and was a driving force in the launch of ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX). Prior to that, he was international vice president of ISACA, member of the Strategic Advisory Council and Governance Committee, and chair of ISACA’s ISO Liaison Subcommittee. He was a COBIT champion and contributed to COBIT 4.0, 4.1 and 5, as well as numerous COBIT mapping documents. Additionally, he was involved in the creation of ISACA’s Basel II, Risk IT and Val IT guidance.

His excitement about emerging technologies and extensive knowledge of assurance, governance, cloud security and DevOps made him a highly sought-after speaker at events around the world—including ISACA’s. Rob’s technical expertise, his excitement to travel and share his knowledge around the world, and his humor and wit in delivering remarks will be greatly missed.

Rob’s dedication to the profession extended beyond ISACA. He previously served on the itSMF International Board, the board of the itSMF USA and multiple itSMF local chapters.

Additionally, he served as a member of the ITIL Update Project Board for ITIL 2011 and in various roles in the development of ITIL v3.

Rob’s high-impact career in assurance, governance and innovation leaves a lasting legacy. Rob was Chief Product Officer at XebiaLabs, where in the last year he primarily focused on DevOps scalability in the enterprise. Prior to that role, he was Principal Analyst for Forrester Research Inc., where he helped large enterprises successfully drive their DevOps transformations and guided them through organizational change.

He spent more than 15 years in multiple roles at CA Technologies, including Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, where he predicted changing trends in the domains of assurance, cybersecurity, governance security and risk. He also advised organizations on strategies to ensure maximum business value from their investments in IT-enabled business governance.

On a personal note, Rob has been my good friend and mentor. It was his inspiration and support that led me to serve on the ISACA board of directors. I have had the privilege of co-presenting with Rob many times, and frequently we have had lively discussions about new technology, cloud, DevOps and how we can help ISACA have even greater impact. The day before his passing, I was working on a DevOps presentation using slides that Rob had put together and just shared with me to use. Having collaborated with him for so many years, enjoying his advice, company, humor and zest for life, I feel like I have lost a part of me. I’m sure many of you feel the same, and we will explore a fitting way to honor his contributions and legacy. I will let you know of those opportunities as they are decided by the board in a timely fashion.

Rob was always looking forward to new trends, new challenges and new opportunities, so he could best serve his clients, his colleagues, and his friends, whether bonds were just formed or existed for decades. His exuberance lit up the room wherever he went, and he was truly a guiding light and progressive proponent for the association and our professional community.

Rob’s enduring spirit of innovation will continue to influence ISACA and our global family for years to come.

Thank you, Rob. You are gone too soon. We miss you.

Comments

We will miss Rob

The passing of Rob only reminds us of how fragile life is.  I will miss him as a colleague and a friend.  God bless Rob Stroud.
Theodore616 at 9/4/2018 1:33 PM

A tragedy, on so many fronts.

I will deeply miss my friend and mentor, Rob.  He was such an inspiration, and one who challenged all around him to strive to something better.  My thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.  You left us far too soon, Rob. 
Erik367 at 9/4/2018 2:04 PM

A True ISACA and Visionary

Such a sad incident. We will all miss Rob, with all is warm and energy. He really have given so much to us all and especially ISACA. I have had many memorable meetings and conferences. Thank you for all and will miss you smile and laugh. My best to Connie and your family.
Hans Henrik at 9/4/2018 3:17 PM

Thoughts in Memory of Rob Stroud.

"Control is important especially when you don't have it!". These were the words on one of Rob Stroud's slides when I attended his COBIT 5.0 training session a few years back. These words resonate most sadly today as I hear of his passing and the manner in which he left this physical world. He was such a enthusiastic, sharing, kind, considerable person. He would go out of his way to assist in explanations, give real life examples of controls around technology and his sense of humor and accent brought myself and countless others so much joy. May Rob's ISACA family honor him with the accolades he deserves. 
Hopefully the Stroud family receive the mental strength and comfort from knowing that many people like myself are remembering Rob  far and wide, in the USA and abroad.

God Bless Rob!
Kishan Patel, CPA, CISA, CIA, CITP, CGMA, CFSA at 9/4/2018 4:00 PM

Secret of life is 'everything is out of control'

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Rob Stroud - a great pillar of the ISACA community all over the world. I know Rob personally for over a decade and he was a man with a lot of wit and humour. Last I met him was in Sydney in 2015 at the CACS Oceanic conference where he made a brilliant keynote speech on the changing world of technology. He championed the enhancement of the COBiT framework and designed many controls for technology operations. But for all of us, there is no control over our lives and death can be at any moment. My deep condolences go to his family and loved ones. God Bless Rob!
Nalin at 9/4/2018 5:58 PM

Secret of life is 'everything is out of control'

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Rob Stroud - a great pillar of the ISACA community all over the world. I know Rob personally for over a decade and he was a man with a lot of wit and humour. Last I met him was in Sydney in 2015 at the CACS Oceanic conference where he made a brilliant keynote speech on the changing world of technology. He championed the enhancement of the COBiT framework and designed many controls for technology operations. But for all of us, there is no control over our lives and death can be at any moment. My deep condolences go to his family and loved ones. God Bless Rob!
Nalin at 9/4/2018 5:58 PM

A great loss

Rob always brought the fizz of life into the room, as well as his deep knowledge and his enthusiasm to share that knowledge with wit and insight.  He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.  It was my pleasure to know and work with you Rob.  Heartfelt condolences to Connie and family.
Lynn Lawton at 9/4/2018 6:00 PM

Too soon...

Rob was a great man, a friend, a mentor; it was an honor to be part of his circle of influence.

He will be missed, but forever in our memories as someone who brought humor and brilliant knowledge to share with all.

For Rob's family: May his memory be forever a blessing.

Vicki Gatewood, M.Sc. (MIS), CISM, CGEIT, CRISC at 9/4/2018 7:29 PM

Rest in Peace

Rest in peace Rob. God Bless !!

The suddenness of Rob's passing tells us how each day of our life is a blessing.

Debrup719 at 9/4/2018 11:09 PM

RIP ROB, CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY

What a shock. The last thing one expects to hear in the morning. Rob will surely be missed. He has been a blessing to us. May he rest in Peace and may the Lord Himself console all of us especially the family and those who worked closely with him. Rob you will surely be remembered.
Emmanuel Vanderpuye at 9/5/2018 12:24 AM

Enthusiasm and energy - that was Rob

Was priviledged to know Rob many years. His ability and energy to connect and visualise the future was outstanding. He always had something noteworthy to contribute - as a conference speaker, as an ISACA volunteer and as an individual. Met him last in May this year at EuroCACS and he was full of energy and with great ideas as always. Rob was kind enough to review my book and egged me do more. We have lost a great soul, his work shall however always be remembered.
Sandeep Godbole at 9/5/2018 12:54 AM

Great loss for family and ISACA

I was with great sadness that I got the news. Rob was a great inspiration for ISACA and me. Rob showed us the passion for our work and ISACA.

My deepest thoughts to his family in these dark days.

Claus Rosenquist at 9/5/2018 1:03 AM

ROB will be missed and sincere condolences to loved ones

Rob was a very enthusiastic and dedicated person and a sincere believer in ISACA's mission and objectives. He never missed opportunities to help and with his busy schedule always found some time to support everyone to the extent possible. He is also one of the rare ISACA leadership who has the most dedicated presentations as well. He chaired ISACA in its rough waters as well as moving ahead during the transition time of ISACA. God bless him and may he rest in peace. Sincere condolences to his loved ones. It is never an easy way of going over that Hill but am sure with good friends and parents around his loved ones and a belief in God to somehow put a bandaid on the void Rob has left. I sincerely hope that time will see things through. He is going to be remembered.
Kris Seeburn at 9/5/2018 1:24 AM

This is tragic news

Rob's death is such tragic news and a great loss to the ISACA community. Deepest condolences to Rob's beloved family. May you rest in peace.

We miss you
Angella913 at 9/5/2018 1:59 AM

Deepest and sincerest sympathy

A great loss to the professional community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

May his soul rest in peace.
Khaled at 9/5/2018 2:06 AM

Deepest and sincerest sympathy

A great loss to the professional community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

May his soul rest in peace.
Khaled at 9/5/2018 2:06 AM

Remembering...

And celebrating Rob and his gift of himself to all of us!  Just yesterday, I registered for the North America CSX conference, and I was so looking forward to attending his session!  Truly saddened by his passing.  Blessings to his family!  I look forward to helping to contribute in some manner in the future in lasting recognition of all Rob's contributions to the ISACA community!  Amazing person!!!
With gratitude, Karen
Karen Tinucci at 9/5/2018 2:10 AM

Remembering...

And celebrating Rob and his gift of himself to all of us!  Just yesterday, I registered for the North America CSX conference, and I was so looking forward to attending his session!  Truly saddened by his passing.  Blessings to his family!  I look forward to helping to contribute in some manner in the future in lasting recognition of all Rob's contributions to the ISACA community!  Amazing person!!!
With gratitude, Karen
Karen Tinucci at 9/5/2018 2:10 AM

CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
A great loss for everyone that knew Rob including our community.
Claudio B at 9/5/2018 2:32 AM

Vale Robert Stroud

A great Mate, confidante, peerless peer and one of nature's gentleman. Thanks for all the memories S-Man, the world is a poorer place with out you. Just another example of the randomness of life. I am heart broken. Cheers... Howard Nicholson.
Howard Nicholson at 9/5/2018 7:01 AM

Miss you already Rob

Always enjoyed our short times together at ISACA conferences and committee meetings and your enthusiasm and energy was always there to keep me going.  Condolences to all your family.   
TonyNobleNY at 9/5/2018 7:49 AM

Condolences

A sad news. Robert E Stroud was a great leader. RIP
Lei Zhao at 9/5/2018 8:07 AM

Sympathy

Such a senseless loss. My profound condolences to Rob's family and friends. He was so personable and willing to share his knowledge.
J.838 at 9/5/2018 8:12 AM

Vaya Con Dios Rob

OMG. What a loss for ISACA, ITSMF and the DEVOPS world.  He was so passionate on IT topics.  And he was always available for feedback or sharp expert opinions.  You always got an answer from Rob.  When he was in Belgium, he took the time to meet and discuss.  I will always keep fond memories of our talks together, your humor and your straight forward opinions during meetings and conf calls.  #RIP Rob.  Condolences to his wife Connie and his family.  It was an honor to have worked with him.  
Marc Vael at 9/5/2018 9:13 AM

RIP Rob

Losing a colleague is very painful and that too at such a young age and in tragic circumstances. He must have been in the prime in his professional and personal lives. Though I have not met with Rob, I can understand the pain in ISACA HQ as I have undergone such pain quite a few times in my career. From the comments, I can understand that he was very dedicated as a leader in ISACA. ISACA is poorer by the loss. May God provide enough strength for the grieving family and colleagues to withstand the shock and loss. RIP Rob
Nellai Suresh at 9/5/2018 9:39 AM

Remembering a great leader

This is very sad news.  Rob was a great leader and a fantastic speaker.  I am proud to have joined Rob, his wife and several other leaders for dinner while in Las Vegas for one of our ISACA Leadership Conferences.  Rob was an inspiration to us and he will be missed. 
TerryWhaley at 9/5/2018 9:40 AM

Life is too short

This hit me like a ton of bricks today.  I served on the Board with Rob, and talked with him and his wife many times.  Both were always very happy and a joy to be with.  I was struggling with some decisions today, and then I saw the article about Rob's passing. This type of sad event - where one's life is taken by a careless act - makes you realize all of our own mortality and that it can be gone in an instant.  Rob was inspiring to the entire profession, not only ISACA.  He was a true technology focused individual, and how technology can grow businesses and people.  He will be missed.
RMAmato at 9/5/2018 9:55 AM

Rob will be missed

Saddened by the news of the untimely passing away of a great colleague at ISACA.

I had the privilege of knowing and working with Rob while I was part of the EC of the Bangalore chapter. He was a thorough professional with wit and charm and a wonderful human being always willing to give more to ISACA and its members.

He will be sorely missed. Pray God to give strength to his family. RIP Rob, OM Shanti.
CNS2010 at 9/5/2018 10:22 AM

Rob will be missed

Saddened by the news of the untimely passing away of a great colleague at ISACA.

I had the privilege of knowing and working with Rob while I was part of the EC of the Bangalore chapter. He was a thorough professional with wit and charm and a wonderful human being always willing to give more to ISACA and its members.

He will be sorely missed. Pray God to give strength to his family. RIP Rob, OM Shanti.
CNS2010 at 9/5/2018 10:23 AM

We lost someone who gave us inspiration

Nothing will ease the pain for the family but a comfort is that what he has done has been highly appreciated by all of us and he was someone who really gave us inspiration.

My deep condolences go to his family and loved ones.
John_Wallhoff at 9/5/2018 10:29 AM

Sincerest Sympathy

What a mark Rob Stroud made in his short life! Sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family. As a former chapter leader, I can recall the support he gave the ISACA New Jersey Chapter and in specific me when I was negotiating with ISACA the tri-state CSX Fundamentals course launch in the US. Rob was a sounding board not only for chapters but for the professionals in this organization. 

He surely will be missed, may he rest in peace.
Yolanda Baker, CISA
Past President, ISACA New Jersey Chapter
Yolanda Baker at 9/5/2018 10:58 AM

My heartfelt condolences

I had the privilege to meet Rob at the GLS in Lisbon.  That may have been a brief moment but he impressed upon me his energy and passion for ISACA, and with life.  I could remember his cheerful disposition, he made us comfortable, he was a jokester - made us laugh so hard! Rest in peace Rob, you rocked! To his family and loved ones, please accept my condolences and prayers.
marigr at 9/5/2018 11:20 AM

Descansa en Paz, Robert

It is very sad news for those of us who had some contact with Robert. One of our most active and inspiring members. Sympathy to your family and my prayers for them. Rest in peace.
Carlos Villamizar at 9/5/2018 2:34 PM

Thoughts and prayers for Connie and boys

Rob's energy, passion, and commitment to ISACA will be missed by all. So sad, such a loss, big tear in the fabric of ISACA. I'll miss my ISACA conference treadmill buddy. Connie, it was so nice to see you and Rob together at ISACA events, including in Tokyo. Thoughts and prayers to you all in this difficult time, Brian
Brian Barnier at 9/5/2018 7:37 PM

RIP

Met Rob when he visited India.. Possibly the first to visit India to take ISACA truly global.. He was fully of energy and childlike enthusiasm to promote ISACA and the members.. Such a fitness freak and this news is really shocking and unbelievable... May his soul rest in peace and may God give the courage to his family and near ones to tide over this catastrophe...
Kumanan at 9/6/2018 2:13 AM

Missed from Australia

I met Rob 20 years ago when just starting out at a company in Australia. Rob was a great bloke. Even though he moved very far away geographically, we kept in contact via social forums including LinkedIn. Not long ago, he was encouraging me again to get involved in ISACA again and advising me how. I was bummed when I heard the news, Rob was just an all round nice person. Very sad indeed. I hope the family keeps strong, and know that he would have wanted you to keep smiling. If he was standing next to you now, you know what he'd say.
NigelHedges at 9/6/2018 2:18 AM

Sorry for the loss

It was my pleasure to know and work with Rob in PIAC and interact during ISACA events. 

Heartfelt condolences to Rob's family.Sorry for the loss.
SKA at 9/6/2018 11:54 AM

Deepest sympathy

On behalf of the Board of the Switzerland Chapter: Some of us knew him personally and do miss him. We are saddened too by the fact he passed away as he was about to visit us. We'd like to express our deepest sympathy for his family and wish them all the strength they need right now.
rtwk72 at 9/6/2018 1:17 PM

Too soon...

With deep sorrow we learned about this tragic accident which took Rob away from his family too soon. I am grateful to have known him personally and professionally.  A very brilliant and entertaining presenter at ISACA events and an inspiring, energising and bursting with humour in private. There is much more to add!
Our thoughts are with his family. May they remain strong in this time of loss and grief.
Rob will be in our thoughts. With deepest sympathy, Daniela
GschwendD at 9/6/2018 5:05 PM

I am so sorry

I am so sorry for his family, friends, and colleagues. Robert was an incredible person who you just loved being with. He had a great sense of humor that I always enjoyed and he lit up every room he entered.

The world is a sadder place without him.
Eric571 at 9/7/2018 9:26 AM

A great leader and a great loss

The West Florida Chapter of ISACA will miss Rob.  He was a true champion of ISACA and a leader in Information Security and IT.  He always answered the call when we asked him to come down to Tampa to present on current topics and his energy and passion for ISACA was infectious.  We will truly miss you Rob!

Chris
Chris Dawes at 9/8/2018 3:59 PM

RIP

Was really devastated after reading the news. We will miss his experience and knowledge of it security. Was associated with him during his visit to Bangalore and was humbled by his depth of knowledge. Pray to the Almighty to give his family the strength to bear the loss.
Ramachandra473 at 9/8/2018 10:49 PM

Tribute to Rob

I have known Rob for more than 10 years now. We had long walks and conversations during his visits to Hyderabad. In one of the visit, between meetings with Regulators, we went for a walk and he had told me his reasons for moving to US from Australia which he felt was slow, regarding his family and the present value systems. He will always remain in our memories.

I had invited him for the opening of the office premises in 2010 to which he had graciously agreed.

Yesterday in the AGM of the Hyderabad Chapter, all the members maintained a minute's silence in memory of Rob.

Really unfortunate that he died at such a age.
Niraj at 9/9/2018 3:34 AM

We will always miss Rob

The Barcelona Chapter of Barcelona feels so sad by the loss of Robert Stroud. We all appreciate the legacy of Rob, his knowledge, passion for the profession, energy delivered on every personal interaction... and all the fun and laughs he provided.
Members of the Chapter had the pleasure of personally knowing Robert and has seen him on stage in many occasions. They all have shared with the members how great Rob was and we know the world has lost a precious asset.
Rest in peace, President Stroud, a fantastic mentor, an excellent professional, an amazing human being.

(Written on behalf of the ISACA Barcelona Chapter)
Ramses at 9/10/2018 4:48 AM

A champion of the Singapore chapter

Rob was friend and coach of the Singapore chapter and played an instrumental role in enabling us over the years. His warmth, unique sense of humor and always ready to help personality will be missed greatly. The board and the members of ISACA SG convey our condolences to his family and pray that his soul rests in peace. A True Champion of ISACA indeed.
Phoram at 9/10/2018 8:38 AM

You Will Be Missed

So sorry we lose you at such a time.

May the Lord comfort your bereaved family.

Rest on Sir
Emmanuel519 at 9/12/2018 10:18 AM

A leader’s leader

I had the pleasure of connecting with Rob many times during my participation at various ISACA events. We often discussed what we need to do more to help the assurance community and how to keep ISACA on track to fulfil its mission. I found Rob to be very savvy about technology control considerations. Rob’s legacy in charting a certain course for ISACA will be remembered for ever. We will all miss Rob dearly.

Subramanian Annaswamy
Subramanian009 at 9/12/2018 7:43 PM
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