Rowlands will succeed Michael G. Cherkasky, who will transition his duties to Rowlands before leaving the company Dec. 31
“Under Mike’s leadership, we have assembled and integrated exceptional strategic assets serving commercial and government clients, including Kroll and USIS, and successfully launched the Altegrity global business platform, ” said Julie G. Richardson, a managing director of Providence Equity Partners, the majority owner of Altegrity. “We appreciate Mike’s significant contributions to the success of this strategy.”
The company also announced that Steve Alesio, a senior advisor of Altegrity’s majority owner Providence Equity Partners, will become chairman of the board.
Alesio is the former chairman & CEO of Dun & Bradstreet.
Rowlands has served as CEO of Penton Media, Inc., the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., since 2008, the company said.
“We are pleased to welcome Sharon to Altegrity as we focus on taking the operations of our business to the next level, ” said Richardson. “Sharon’s experience and strong track record of success in driving execution and efficiencies at large, international companies in markets analogous to Altegrity’s, make her an ideal candidate to lead Altegrity into its next chapter of operational excellence and growth.”