Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Benelux CISO Community

David Callebaut

Chief Information Security Officer

Brussels Airlines

David has been within ISO and CISO roles for almost 30 years with experience in food retailing, financial services, nautical, aviation and manufacturing. He is also a lecturer at different security trainings. 

David is a father of two and a big lover of Carnival Aalst.

Learn more about the Benelux CISO community here.

Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I started as an IT engineer, but with a passion for everything that is security related. I quickly rolled into supporting CISO roles. Becoming a CISO myself was the ultimate goal.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

As a CISO, knowing the technical IT stuff is really not that important. Being a facilitator, leader and inspiring model with the ability to listen and find solutions in sometimes complex environments is key to success.

What is the greatest challenge CISOs face today, and how are you addressing it?

Finding the right people for the job.

What is the key to success for someone just starting out as a CISO?

Building an internal, respected network with the key stakeholders.

How do you measure success as a leader?

Having a voice at the table.

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