Sourcefire appoints chief executive

Board member John Becker takes reins; interim CEO Roesch to remain as CTO

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Sourcefire appoints chief executive Becker: I have witnessed firsthand how Sourcefire has established itself as an outstanding organisation.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 9, 2013

Cyber security solutions specialist Sourcefire, Inc today announced it has appointed John Becker as chief executive officer, with immediate effect.

In addition, the company said Kevin Klausmeyer has joined its board of directors as an independent director.

"We are thrilled to announce John as the new CEO of Sourcefire,” said Lt Gen (ret) Steven R Polk, chairman of the board of directors.

“He is a seasoned technology leader with a demonstrated track record of success. John has been an active member of our board of directors for several years, and Sourcefire has already benefitted from his experience and leadership. The board is confident that John will be successful in leading the company on the execution of its Agile Security vision."

"I am honoured and excited to be named Sourcefire's CEO,” said Becker. “As a board member, I have witnessed firsthand how Sourcefire has established itself as an outstanding organisation based on innovation, industry-leading solutions, a diverse go-to-market model and a strong company culture. I look forward to building on this solid foundation as we continue to drive the future of network security, capture our significant market opportunity, and grow the company."

Becker remains a member of the board while Martin F Roesch, founder of the company who has served as interim CEO since June 28, 2012, will continue in his role as chief technology officer and remain a member of the board.

Polk added, "The board would also like to express its profound thanks to Marty for his vision and leadership over the past several months."

Kevin Klausmeyer has joined Sourcefire's board of directors as an independent director and been named chairman of the company's audit committee and a member of its compensation committee.

From July 2003 to September 2012, Klausmeyer served on the board of Quest Software, a publicly traded company, and was chairman of that company's audit committee. From August 2006 to February 2011, he served as chief financial officer of The Planet, a provider of dedicated Web hosting products and services.

Before joining The Planet, he was CFO of RLX Technologies, a developer of management and provisioning software for utility computing environments; CFO of PentaSafe Security Technologies; corporate controller and chief accounting officer of BMC Software, a publicly traded company; and spent 13 years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Klausmeyer graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Accounting.

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