WatchGuard Announces New VP of Engineering
Thom Linden named vice president of engineering
Seattle, WA - July 16, 2007. WatchGuard Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of security appliances and unified threat management (UTM) solutions, announced today that it has selected Thom Linden as the new vice president of engineering. Linden has more than 25 years experience in engineering architecture and methodology, delivering software and hardware products, and large, globally distributed services. He will report directly to WatchGuard CEO Joe Wang.
"Given the depth and breadth of Thom's background in engineering, his years of leadership, and his proven commitment to quality, he is the ideal choice to lead the WatchGuard engineering team," said Wang. "The experience Thom brings will add new dimensions and momentum to our efforts to provide far superior, innovative security products."
As VP of engineering and CTO of Command Audio, Linden was instrumental in developing and launching a wireless multimedia service and handheld receiver/player winning "Most Innovative Product" award at CES, the leading trade show for consumer electronics. His team also enabled the licensing of this technology to digital satellite broadcast systems and the European Eureka 147 broadcast system. As VP of data development and architecture at iBiquity Digital, he established the integration of this advanced on-demand technology for the U.S. digital radio broadcast system. Linden was chief architect and senior director at Oracle, overseeing their 24x7x365, geo-center CRM deployments in Australia, US, and Europe, as well as their world-wide Internet-based customer service portals.
Linden has directed international product development teams at Cisco Systems delivering RFID, Financial Transaction Monitoring and B2B network-embedded products to the market and at IBM delivering products for large distributed system management, programming language compilers and operating systems. He was the IBM programming language standards authority to ANSI and ISO and currently holds five U.S. patents.
"I am impressed with WatchGuard's aggressive plans to enhance all areas of product performance," commented Linden, "as well as the commitment to add new products to its well-established line of security appliances. It's an exciting time to come on board and I look forward to helping build the security technologies of the future."