Webroot appoints Mike Potts as new CEO

BROOMFIELD — Webroot Inc. has appointed Mike Potts as its new CEO, replacing the retiring Dick Williams, who will remain on the company’s board of directors.

“Dick has been a tremendous CEO 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,” Jake Reynolds, a member of the Webroot board of directors, said in a prepared statement. “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.”

Potts most recently served as an integration executive in the security business group at Cisco, after its acquisition of Lancope in 2015. As president and CEO of Lancope, Potts helped drive more than 600 percent growth in five years. Prior to Lancope, Potts served as president and CEO of AirDefense.

“I am thrilled to join Webroot at such an exciting time,” Potts said. “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 cybersecurity for the benefit of our customers, employees, and shareholders alike.”

Williams’ retirement comes after the conclusion of Webroot’s fiscal year 2017, which marked 14 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth. He joined Webroot in 2009 and helped reinvent the company with the introduction of the first cloud-based cybersecurity solutions.

“I am honored to have helped build and lead the incredibly talented Webroot team for the past eight years,” Williams said. “I am proud of each of them, how they developed, and all we collectively accomplished. Webroot transformed an industry, and now protects millions of consumers and over 210,000 businesses from the risks of cyber threats. I am confident that Mike is the right person to lead this fantastic team going forward.”

Webroot delivers endpoint security, network security, threat intelligence services and security awareness training to protect businesses and individuals around the globe.


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