William Jenkins appointed Barracuda Networks CEO

Jenkins to drive company strategy and growth

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William Jenkins appointed Barracuda Networks CEO Barracuda has a proven customer-centric business model, says Jenkins.
By  Manda Banda Published  November 6, 2012

Barracuda Networks Inc., a provider of security and data protection solutions, has appointed William Jenkins as president, CEO and member of the Board of Directors.

Jenkins, a former president of EMC's Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) Division and 16-year IT industry veteran, will lead Barracuda 's strategy and growth as it moves towards IPO.

"Barracuda Networks has a proven customer-centric business model focused on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions," remarked Jenkins.

"I have had the chance to look at many technology companies throughout my career, and recognise what an amazing opportunity we have at Barracuda Networks. The company has an incredible brand and reputation, expansive partner and customer base, and innovative product portfolio that creates enormous opportunities as customers look to simplify their IT deployments. I am honoured and ecstatic to join the team and build on the company's successes."

"William is a dynamic and engaging leader, and we are thrilled to bring him on board at such an exciting time in our company's history," said Michael Perone, co-founder, executive VP and chief marketing officer at Barracuda Networks. "He has an impressive background, having run one of EMC's highest growth businesses and helped transition the storage solutions giant from a single product company to one with a portfolio of products and proven success driving innovation and strong revenue growth. We are confident that William will be an instrumental part of our company's success."

Barracuda commenced its CEO search in July, after former CEO Dean Drako announced his resignation. Earlier this month, Barracuda Networks completed a financing and recapitalisation in which Francisco Partners and Sequoia Capital increased their ownership in the company with a $130 million new investment, in a move to speed growth, and expand sales, development and support operations.

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