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SafeNet appoints new chief executive

Dave Hansen to succeed Chris Fedde

SafeNet appoints new chief executive
Hansen: SafeNet is set to lead the way in securing access and data for the cloud and from the cloud.

IT security specialist SafeNet this week announced the appointment of Dave Hansen as the company's new president and chief executive officer. Hansen will also join the company's board of directors. He succeeds current president and CEO, Chris Fedde, who has been with SafeNet since 2001.

"We want to thank Chris for the strong leadership that he has demonstrated throughout his tenure at SafeNet," said Dave Fishman, a partner at Vector Capital and a member of SafeNet's board of directors.

"During that time, the company has transformed from a diversified vendor of security tools into one of the industry's leading, pure-play data protection and rights management companies. Under his leadership, SafeNet significantly enhanced its market leading product portfolios and positioned itself to capitalise on the fast-growing data protection for cloud and virtual markets."

"I have enjoyed the opportunity to work at and lead SafeNet over the past 11 years. I am proud of all that we have accomplished, particularly the company's transformation into an industry-recognised data protection market leader," said Fedde.

"SafeNet is a company with tremendous opportunities and I look forward to its continued success."

Dave Hansen arrives at SafeNet from BMC Software, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager, Commercial Division.  Hansen joined BMC Software through its acquisition of mobile device specialist Numara Software, where he served as the company's president and chief executive officer, and was responsible for creating and driving the company's cloud strategy.

"Dave is a known innovator within the security industry that brings strong strategic and execution skills, a proven ability to lead high performing management teams and a successful track record of driving growth for multi-national corporations" added Fishman. "We look forward to working with Dave and believe that his leadership and strong operational expertise will build upon SafeNet's culture of innovation and help drive SafeNet's evolution and growth forward."

Prior to Numara Software, Hansen spent more than nine years at CA Technologies, where he led the development and execution of CA's Enterprise Solutions and Cloud Strategy and also led its Security Business Unit. Prior to that, Hansen served as the company's chief information officer, where he was responsible for implementing the company's global IT strategy, applications development, and IT compliance. 

"SafeNet has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past five years, and is uniquely positioned to solve the most complex security issues facing CIOs and CSOs today," said Hansen.

"With SafeNet's market-leading data protection and rights management portfolios, and the recent introduction of game-changing cloud and virtualisation products, the company is set to lead the way in securing access and data for the cloud and from the cloud. I'm very excited to join SafeNet and I look forward to working with SafeNet's talented team to further build upon the company's momentum, and continue to deliver strong value to customers and drive growth across the company." 

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