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Joe Wang, Chief Executive Officer

Joe Wang

Joe Wang, CEO of WatchGuard Technologies, has a proven track record of growing businesses and generating tremendous returns during his 20 years in the high technology marketplace. Prior to joining WatchGuard, Wang was the CEO of LANDesk Software, an Intel spin-off, where he grew the company by 150% in four years. He successfully sold LANDesk Software for over $400m, generating significant returns for shareholders. Prior to LANDesk, Wang was vice president and general manager of Symantec's Enterprise Administration Division, a business unit with $230m in annual sales. Before joining Symantec, Wang was CEO of 20/20 Software. He built the company from conception to a growing and profitable business and ultimately championed its successful acquisition.

Wang has an M.A. in Communication Management from University of Southern California, an M.S. in MIS from People's University of China, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Beijing University.


Richard Barber, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Barber

Prior to joining WatchGuard, Richard Barber has served in several executive level finance roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Insightful Corporation, a public software company, and CFO of FullPlay Media Systems, a public hardware and software company. Most recently, Barber served as CFO for MOD Systems, Inc., a privately owned digital media software company. Barber has also served as an independent financial consultant to high-technology companies and held various positions, the last of which was Senior Manager, at KPMG LLP.

Barber holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Gonzaga University magna cum laude and with honors and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.


Sin-Yaw Wang, Vice President of Engineering

Sin-Yaw Wang

Sin-Yaw Wang has more than 20 years engineering and development experience with a proven track record of managing large and diverse groups to build and deliver innovative, high quality, market-leading products. Prior to joining WatchGuard he was Vice President of the Operating Systems Technologies group at Juniper Networks where he was in charge of JUNOS kernel technologies, user interface, configuration management, data path architecture, and development tools. Wang was previously with Sun Microsystems, Inc. for eight years, most recently as Vice President of Global Engineering, Greater China Engineering Lead, in Beijing, China where he managed more than 350 engineers and provided strategic direction for pre-sales, marketing, and services activities. Wang represented Sun's engineering presence in Greater China, forging strategic relationship with government, universities, customers, and partners and initiating and managing M&A and joint venture activities.

Wang has an MBA and a MS/EECS from Santa Clara University, a Master Technology/ Manufacturing from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science/ME, from Tamkang University, Taiwan. He is a Six Sigma certified green belt.


Alex Thurber, Vice President of Sales

Alex Thurber

Vice President of Sales Alex Thurber leads all aspects of the WatchGuard sales organization in the Americas and EMEA geographies, including field sales, systems engineering, and sales operations. Before joining WatchGuard, Thurber was VP of worldwide sales for Tripwire, Inc., a software security company based in Portland, Oregon, and was previously senior VP of worldwide channels and commercial sales operations at McAfee, Inc., directly responsible for McAfee's global sales efforts in the commercial/SMB market segment. Prior to McAfee, he had a number of roles at Cisco Systems, including developing and implementing sales strategies for security, mobility, and emerging technologies. Before Cisco, Thurber started, managed and sold an early provider of Internet security solutions in Portland, Oregon, and was named Oregon's Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.

Thurber has spent a number of years living outside of the United States, including Brazil, Nigeria, Malawi, and Tanzania.


Scott Robertson, Vice President of Sales, APAC

Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson took over as WatchGuard's vice president of sales Asia Pacific in 2012, after leading the turnaround of the company's ANZ region with over 40% year-over-year growth. Prior to joining WatchGuard in 2007, Robertson was Asian Pacific general manager for CRYPTOcard, a leader in network authentication, where he held overall responsibility for business growth in the Asia Pacific region. Earlier in his career, Robertson managed enterprise sales and services business for Microsoft across FSI, telco/IPS, retail, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing verticals. He was also regional sales manager for Visio, responsible for the direct and in-direct sales business experiencing 300% growth in the five years before Microsoft acquired the company in 2000.

Robertson has a combined MBA from the University of Washington and Macquarie Graduate School of Management, with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies.


Philippe Ortodoro, Vice President of Sales, EMEA

Philippe Ortodoro

Since joining WatchGuard in 2009, Philippe Ortodoro has played a key role in building the company's presence in the EMEA security market, taking over as VP of EMEA Sales in 2013. Prior to joining WatchGuard, Ortodoro helped build LANDesk Software into a profitable division of Intel, managing the EMEA region during the transition into a privately held company. As general manager and VP of EMEA at LANDesk, Ortodoro supervised an extended period of company growth in which staff increased and total revenue increased from $6 million to more than $47 million in less than four years. Ortodoro also worked for Trend Micro as the Director of Sales for Southern Europe, and for Intel Corporation as the EMEA Manager in Europe in charge of the Systems Management Division.

Ortodoro holds a BS in Business Administration and Computer Science from Rotterdam Erasmus University.


Jon Bickford, Vice President of Strategic Sales, US

Jon Bickford

Jon Bickford has been successfully driving high-performing sales teams for over 20 years. Joining WatchGuard in 2008, Bickford was instrumental in accelerating the company's penetration into key market segments, including delivering solutions to address Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance through its host of key partners. Prior to joining WatchGuard, he spent time at Novell, directing teams to secure strategic customers in the identity management space – and securing "Presidents Club" admission five of the eight years while there. Bickford started his career with Harris Corporation, continuously moving up through the engineering organization. He was chosen as one of two key System Engineering leaders to pursue and win the U.S. FAA award of a $1.7 billion voice control and switching system replacement for en-route air traffic control, before moving into Business Development.

Bickford was chosen to attend the prestigious Harris/University of Florida Graduate Program in Business Administration, and holds a BSEE from the University of South Florida.


Dave R. Taylor, Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Dave R. Taylor

Dave R. Taylor, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, has been successfully building high tech businesses for over 20 years. Prior to WatchGuard, Taylor co-founded Sparxent, a rollup of value-added service providers in the mid-market space, which grew to over $50M of annualized revenue within 2 years. Before Sparxent, Taylor was a part of Intel Corporation's first branded business with the launch of Intel branded processors, networking products, and memory cards. As part of the team that launched Intel's LANDesk business, Taylor grew the European region to 32% of worldwide revenue within 5 years. In 2002, Taylor helped spin LANDesk out of Intel into a privately held company. Over the next four years, LANDesk grew over 30% per year and was eventually sold in 2006.

Taylor holds a BA and MBA from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management.


Shari McLaren, Vice President, Customer Services and Support

Shari McLaren

Shari McLaren became Vice President of Customer Services and Support after serving three years as Director of LiveSecurity Services at WatchGuard. In that position, McLaren was instrumental in increasing revenue growth, standardizing support offerings across all product lines, implementing critical business applications and programs to help the channel maximize services revenue, and ensuring that WatchGuard's support remained a critical differentiator for all WatchGuard products. Prior to joining WatchGuard, she held a variety of positions in the high tech industry, including Director of North America Channel Services for Computer Associates and North American Technical Marketing Specialist for Legent Corporation.

McLaren has a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.



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