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Potts elevated to Webroot CEO role

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Global cyber security company Webroot has appointed Mike Potts as its new chief executive to replace retiring company boss Dick Williams.

Potts joins Webroot with 25 years' experience at technology companies, spanning the application and security sectors.

In his new role he will lead both Webroot’s strategic direction and its day-to-day operations.

Williams will continue as a member of the Webroot board.

Potts most recently served as an integration executive in the security business group at Cisco, following the acquisition of Lancope in 2015.  Prior to Lancope he served as president and chief executive of AirDefense. Other prior roles include chief executive of ClickFox, president of Jacada, and sales and marketing roles at MSA, which was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet.

“Dick has been a tremendous chief executive for Webroot, and when he decided to retire we looked for a leader who could build on his legacy of disruptive cybersecurity innovation and reliable business execution,” said Jake Reynolds, a member of the Webroot board of directors.

“Mike’s exceptional leadership talent and his over 25-year track record of driving innovation and growth at technology companies make him the right choice to take Webroot to the next level of success.”

"I see great potential for Webroot across the Australia and New Zealand market,” Potts said.

“Expanding our network of managed service providers (MSPs) is a priority, to address the urgent need for businesses of all sizes to protect themselves against cyber criminals and the potentially crippling costs of security breaches.

“I also see this region as a key market for our new security awareness training solutions, that help end-users become more ‘security smart’ and less vulnerable to cyber criminal tactics.

"Dick has done a remarkable job developing a strong team and establishing a consistent record of innovation and growth. The urgent need for cyber protection and intelligence increases daily, and Webroot is in a great position to expand market share with its uniquely powerful solutions. I look forward to rapidly accelerating our growth and leadership in cyber security for the benefit of our customers, employees, and shareholders alike.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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