Brian Stafford

President & CEO

Brian Stafford is the chief executive officer of Diligent Corporation, the leader in modern governance providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG with $600 million in revenue.

Brian assumed the role of CEO in March 2015 and is responsible for all day-to-day operations. Brian has drawn a number of leadership accolades. In 2021, he was recognized by the Stevie® Awards as an Executive of the Year in the International Business Awards and he won People Focused CEO of the Year in the Great Employers of the Year Awards.

He previously served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led its Growth Stage Tech Practice. Brian is the co-author of Governance in the Digital Age and serves on the board of directors of Diligent Corporation and Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Brian holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Brian, his wife, and their two young children live in New York City.