Meet the Team

Ascent Global Security is a group of individuals united by shared values and friendships. Below are the key
client facing managers. If you are interested in potential opportunities with us, please get in touch on 0044 (0) 207 316 3111 /

Camille Johnston

Managing Director
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Camille is the Managing Director of Ascent Global Security and has over 6 years’ experience headhunting specifically in the Information Security market on an international level. She was born in America with family members working in Cyber Security and has lived in London for almost a decade, so she is very well versed in these two markets.

Camille has also travelled to over 80 cities on 5 continents, which has played a pivotal role in Ascent’s global reach.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan and then moved to London to complete her Master’s Degree at Sotheby’s Institute. Her arts background helps her to think of creative solutions and she is especially competent at high level diplomatic negotiations between employers and candidates.

Camille is actively involved in the InfoSec community; from attending DC4420 conferences, to being a featured speaker at multiple UK Universities about how to start a career in Cyber Security. She is also a member of the Women in Security group and is passionate about women's rights. In her free time she is an image/text artist who regularly exhibits her work throughout London.

Additionally, she loves yoga and dance, is the member of a book club and a philosophical debate organisation, and enjoys evenings of witty banter with friends. 

Frank Ingram

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Frank is the founder of the Ascent group and his experience of over 15 years in international recruitment is a cornerstone of Ascent Global Security’s strong position within the market.

Having travelled to over 50 countries in the world (with a family background in the foreign office), Frank is ideally equipped to understand the challenges of global business, and as a result has successfully placed professionals in over 30 different countries. In his spare time Frank loves to dive, play football, spend time with family and relax watching a good film with his 2 cats sat next to him.

He is passionate about the welfare of animals and has volunteered at both the RSPCA and more recently Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

Christian Dierker

Senior Consultant
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Christian started with Ascent as an intern and then came on after graduating from university as a full time employee. With a few strong years in the industry, he brings energy, experience and key technical knowledge to the table.

Coming from a very international background, having lived in 5 countries and studying in Switzerland for over 7 years, Christian has had exposure to a multitude of cultures and mentalities which gives him an advantage in forming solid international relationships with clients and candidates alike. This, coupled with his drive and ambition, makes Christian a reliable and determined face in information security recruitment.

Christian has been growing business a lot in the US recently, solidifying Ascent’s presence across the pond and has had success with a high volume of placements over there, as well as in Europe.

To pass his free time, Christian enjoys skiing, football, travelling the world, reading, history, and a good BBQ.

Francois Kojey-Strauss

Senior Consultant
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Before joining Ascent, Francois worked for over 20 years as a market strategist, procurement & compliance consultant as well as a designer in the toy market before moving into oil & gas and renewable energy industries.

His work has spanned across the Far East, the USA and Europe. Due to his international upbringing in Paris where he evolved in a widely multicultural environment, Francois has subsequently always focused on global markets. He brings along a solid knowledge and expertise in various fields, including technology, compliance, logistics, production, marketing & branding, legal matters and of course international relations.

His view on recruitment is that behind every great job is a great person. He endeavours to bring to his clients not only a great person but the best person for the right job.

Francois is a passionate foodie who enjoys cooking for and with his family and writing cookbooks. He is also a long-time trekkie and a flea-market hunter.

Cameron O’Connor

Senior Consultant
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Cameron is a graduate from the University of Bath, where he studied International Management and French, he also has a background in sales and real estate. With a variety of professional experience under his belt, including a year in Paris with real estate services giant Cushman & Wakefield, Cameron brings his enthusiasm, quick thinking, and strong client rapports to Ascent.

As a British expat living in Switzerland, where he pursued an international education, Cameron has an intrinsic knowledge of interacting and conversing with people from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, a skill that expands Ascent’s broad global client base.

In his spare time, Cameron greatly enjoys reading and writing fiction and is currently working on a first novel. As a keen sportsman, he can usually be found skiing in his home resort during the winter months, or mountain biking for the rest of the year.

Kristina Malgina


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Kristina is another valued member of our international Ascent team. Prior to joining our office, she completed internships at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, international trade companies in China, and Ernst & Young in Moscow. Her varied experiences aid her in thinking outside the box and are an underlying reason behind her persistent character.

Born in Russia, she grew up in a boarding school in the UK, completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science at Boston University in the US, and did the majority of her internships in China. Her multicultural upbringing helps her find a common ground not only with clients, but also with candidates from all over the world, and she works tirelessly to achieve their most underlying needs.

Besides being a passionate traveller, Kristina has recently become a vehement activist for dog rights. On the weekends you are most likely to find her at a modern art gallery or exploring unknown parts of the city, always accompanied by her Jack Russell and a glass of rosé.

Susan Dodenhoff

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Susan recently received a Master’s in European International Relations from Durham University, with a focus on Russian foreign policy. Susan is a dedicated and enthusiastic team-player.

Outside of academics, she has gained valuable experience in teaching and community development while volunteering for the Peace Corps in Ukraine. She continued teaching while living in South Korea, which allowed her to continue developing her interpersonal and communication skills. Susan fell in love with the UK while studying at Durham University and recently settled in London. This international experience has equipped her with the ability to deal with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Susan has a strong interest in following current affairs, travelling the world, and learning foreign languages. She loves cooking and trying different kinds of global cuisine. Susan is currently honing her Korean cooking skills.