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Webroot's New Executive Appointments Reinforce Competitive Edge

Cloud Security as a Service Innovator Continues Steady Growth with New CFO, Worldwide Operations and Enterprise Sales Leaders

Broomfield, CO. – August 20, 2013

Webroot, a leader in cloud-based security intelligence solutions, today announced a number of additions to the company’s executive team. John Post, former vice president of finance, has been named chief financial officer. The company also announced that Jeff Santelices, formerly vice president of strategic alliances, has been appointed senior vice president of worldwide field operations. In addition, Melanie Williams, formerly senior director of human relations, has been named vice president of human relations, and Scott Merkle, previously vice president of business development for BrightPoint, has joined Webroot as vice president of enterprise sales and OEM sales.

“Webroot is growing very quickly. Maintaining strong leadership is vital to accelerating that growth as we enter our new fiscal year,” said Dick Williams, CEO of Webroot. "Our success is dependent on our people, our products and our partners, and I could not be more pleased with the leadership team we have assembled to drive excellence in each of those areas.”

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As chief financial officer, John Post now oversees the company’s entire financial organization including the tax, treasury, accounting, facilities, financial planning and analysis, and information systems departments. Post brings more than 15 years of tax and finance management experience to his role as CFO. Before joining Webroot, he was vice president of tax at DISH Network and Echostar Corporation. Prior to that, he was tax director at Molson Coors Brewing Company, and has also held management roles at First Data Corporation and Deloitte Tax LLP.

In his new role as senior vice president of worldwide field operations, Jeff Santelices is responsible for global sales and demand fulfillment across all of Webroot’s markets, channels and geographies. In his three years at Webroot, Santelices has been instrumental in securing many of the company’s strategic and OEM partnerships with companies such as F5, Sourcefire and Meraki, expanding Webroot’s leadership position in the consumer sector, and establishing Webroot’s strategy and momentum in the SMB segment through both direct and channel and MSP sales. Prior to joining Webroot, he held a variety of executive positions in sales, marketing, strategy, services and support at TrackVia, Hyperic, SpringSource, Corio, IBM, Oracle, and AT Kearney.

As vice president of human resources, Melanie Williams leads Webroot’s worldwide human resources operations, including workforce planning, leadership development, employee compensation and rewards, internal communications, and employee engagement. Williams has been with Webroot more than five years, during which she has managed an increasing scope of HR responsibilities. Prior to joining Webroot, Williams held a broad range of human resource and organizational development roles with Kapalua Resort and Access Distribution, and was a co-founder of Innovative Human Resources.

As vice president of enterprise and OEM sales, Scott Merkle will manage Webroot’s initiatives with large customers in the financial, networking and mobile sectors. Previously the senior vice president of business development for BrightPoint, Scott brings 26 years of experience in the high tech and communications industries including sales, marketing and product management positions with Apropos Technology, Zenith Data Systems, GO Corporation and Andersen Consulting. 

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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. Over 7 million consumers, 1.5 million business users and 1.3 million mobile users are protected by Webroot. 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