WatchGuard Technologies Announces Interim CEO

SEATTLE – May 13, 2014WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in integrated security platforms, today announced that its Board of Directors has named Michael Kohlsdorf as interim CEO while it conducts a selection process to replace Joe Wang, who has announced his departure.

Kohlsdorf is an operating partner with Francisco Partners. Previously, he was CEO and board member of Cross Match Technologies, CEO and board member of Aderant and, before that, was senior vice president of enterprise services and a corporate officer of IKON Office Solutions. For more than 25 years, Kohlsdorf has had an active executive management role in both public and private technology companies.

"Under the leadership of Joe Wang, WatchGuard has risen to be a leader in Gartner's Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant four years in a row. He has led the charge to introduce new technologies onto the company's security platforms, including a data visualization tool called WatchGuard DimensionTM, and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) services," said WatchGuard board member, Alex Slusky. "We appreciate Joe's years of contribution to WatchGuard. Network security continues to be a dynamic, fast-growing market and Mike will ensure, through this transitional period, that WatchGuard continues to deliver innovative technology that helps organizations secure their networks."