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Webroot names Dick Williams president and CEO

Veteran Technology Executive Brings More Than Four Decades of Leadership and Operational Experience

Boulder, CO – August 19, 2009

Webroot, a leading Internet security provider for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets, today announced the appointment of Dick Williams as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

"We are very pleased to bring Dick on board as Webroot's CEO," said Eric W. Spivey, chairman of the Board of Directors at Webroot. "Dick has consistently delivered innovation and accelerated growth for companies that emerge as leaders in their category. His experience and strong leadership will be a tremendous asset to Webroot as we expand our position in the global consumer and enterprise security markets."

Williams has worked as CEO or chairman of several category defining companies funded by some of the most successful venture capital firms in the world. Most recently Williams was chairman of Hyperic, a leader in open source systems management software for today's large Web, SaaS and cloud applications and infrastructures. Davor war Williams als CEO von Wily Technology tätig, dem führenden Unternehmen im Bereich Web-Anwendungsmanagement, das 2006 von CA (Computer Associates) übernommen wurde. Earlier he was CEO of Illustra Information Technologies, a pioneer of object relational database technology. Danach war Dick Williams Mitbegründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender von Quokka Sports, einem Unternehmen, das ein umfassendes Angebot von Online-Sportmedien aufbaute und 1999 an die Börse ging.

Williams sammelte seine ersten Erfahrungen als leitender Angestellter bei IBM, wo er 22 Jahre arbeitete und eine Vielzahl von Funktionen im Verkauf, im Vertrieb, beim Produktmanagement und in der Unternehmensführung bekleidete. Er war unter anderem als Vice President für die Abteilungen Data Systems und General Products tätig. Danach war er als Präsident und CEO der Firma Digital Research tätig, die er aus der Krise führte und später an Novell verkaufte. Bei Novell war Williams als Executive Vice President of Sales and Support und als Geschäftsführer der Digital Research Systems Group tätig.

"The never-ending proliferation of malware makes it clear we as an industry have yet to solve the problem of cybercrime," said Williams. "This presents a tremendous opportunity for Webroot, given the company's history as a pioneer in antimalware and an innovator in cloud-based security. I'm excited to join this team of top-notch professionals as we aggressively innovate and distinguish Webroot as a leader in making the Internet a safe place for consumers and businesses everywhere."

Williams ist Direktor ohne Geschäftsbereich bei Fortify Software und 3VR Security sowie Vorstandsvorsitzender von Altor Networks.

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Webroot® is the market leader in cloud-based, real-time internet threat detection for consumers, businesses and enterprises. We have revolutionized internet security to protect all the ways users connect online. Webroot delivers real-time advanced internet threat protection to customers through its BrightCloud® security intelligence platform, and its SecureAnywhere™ suite of cloud-based security products for endpoints, mobile devices and corporate networks. Webroot sichert 7 Millionen Konsumenten, 1,5 Millionen geschäftliche Nutzer und 1,3 Millionen mobile Nutzer. Market-leading security companies, including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose Webroot to provide advanced Internet threat protection for their products and services. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Colorado, Webroot operates globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on our products and services, visit