This 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.
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.