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. Daarvoor was Williams CEO bij Wily Technology, leider in webapplicatiebeheer, dat in 2006 werd gekocht door CA (Computer Associates). Earlier he was CEO of Illustra Information Technologies, a pioneer of object relational database technology. Daarna was Dick medeoprichter en voorzitter van Quokka Sports, een online integraal sportmediabedrijf, waarvan de eerste publieke uitzending plaatsvond in 1999.
Williams ervaring met uitvoerend leiderschap begon bij IBM, waar hij 22 jaar werkzaam was in verschillende posities gericht op verkoop, marketing, product- en bedrijfsbeheer, waarbij hij onder meer vicepresident was van de afdelingen Datasystemen en Algemene Producten van het bedrijf. Daarna was hij president en CEO bij Digital Research, dat hij er weer bovenop hielp en later aan Novell verkocht. Bij Novell was Williams uitvoerend vicepresident van verkoop en ondersteuning, alsmede algemeen directeur van Novell's 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 is extern directeur van Fortify Software, 3VR Security en voorzitter van Altor Networks.
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