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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. Avant cela, M. Williams était directeur général de Wily Technology, l'entreprise leader en gestion d'applications Web qui a été rachetée par CA (Computer Associates) en 2006. Earlier he was CEO of Illustra Information Technologies, a pioneer of object relational database technology. M. Williams a alors cofondé et présidé Quokka Sports, une entreprise de médias sportifs « en immersion » qui a réussi son introduction en bourse en 1999.

L'expérience de cadre dirigeant de M. Williams a commencé chez IBM, où il a travaillé pendant 22 ans sur différents postes de gestion des ventes, du marketing, des produits et des affaires. Il y a notamment été vice-président des divisions des produits grand public et des systèmes de données. Il a ensuite été président-directeur général de l'entreprise Digital Research, qu'il a redressée puis revendue à Novell. Chez Novell, M. Williams a occupé le poste de vice-président exécutif des ventes et de l'assistance et celui de directeur général du groupe Digital Research Systems Group.

"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 est aussi administrateur extérieur à la société chez Fortify Software et 3VR Security et président d'Altor Networks.

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Webroot provides intelligent cybersecurity for endpoints that harnesses collective threat intelligence to protect the Internet of Everything. We protect consumers, businesses and technology providers from malware and other cyberattacks using a cloud-based threat intelligence network. Computers, tablets, smartphones and the Internet of Things can be protected by our award-winning suite of SecureAnywhere® products. Webroot protects over 30 million devices and is trusted by market-leading technology companies, including: Cisco, F5 Networks, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, and RSA. Webroot is headquartered in Colorado and operates globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Discover Smarter Cybersecurity at www.Webroot.com and www.BrightCloud.com.