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Source: Yar Ebadi, 785-532-7227,
News release prepared by: Emily Vietti, 785-532-2535,

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Jon Darbyshire, general manager for RSA Archer's eGRC Solutions, a part of EMC's Security Division, will be the fall speaker for Kansas State University's College of Business Administration Distinguished Lecture Series.

Darbyshire's presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the K-State Student Union's Forum Hall. The lecture is free, and the public is welcome. Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation sponsor the lecture series.

The founder of Archer Technologies in 2000, Darbyshire sold the company to EMC in January 2010.

A 1988 finance graduate, Darbyshire was the president and CEO of Archer Technologies LLC prior to its acquisition by RSA. In founding Archer Technologies, his vision was to create enterprise-wide informational technology risk and compliance management solutions that would replace traditional manual processes and disparate point solutions. His work evolved into the award-winning Archer eGRC solution suite, which today is used by one-third of Fortune 100 companies and more than 6.5 million people around the globe.

"We are always delighted to welcome successful and accomplished alumni like Jon Darbyshire back to campus to inspire current students in their career paths," said Yar M. Ebadi, dean of the College of Business Administration. "He is a prime example of how an entrepreneurial spirit combined with hard work produces outstanding business results. We are very proud of his achievements and appreciate him making time to share with our students this semester."

Prior to founding Archer, Darbyshire held senior executive positions in the security and risk management practices of Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse. He has more than 20 years of experience in the security, risk and compliance management field.