SonicWall CEO Resigns


SonicWall, a provider of Internet security appliances based here, said Thursday that its CEO, Cosmo Santullo, resigned.

Bill Roach, senior vice president of partners, alliances, and strategic accounts, was appointed interim CEO, effective immediately.

Santullo, who was appointed as CEO last October, said in a prepared statement that he left the company to remain with his family in Massachusetts. He also resigned from SonicWall's board of directors.

"Over the past 10 months, it became increasingly clear that it's difficult for anyone to commute from Boston to San Francisco for an extended period," said SonicWall Chairman Sreekanth Ravi in a conference call.

"It was our hope that by now we could relocate him and his family to the Bay Area. I respect [Santullo's decision to keep his home in Massachusetts," he said.

Ravi said the company has begun the search for a permanent CEO and said Roach is a viable candidate for the position.

When asked whether SonicWall might be looking to be acquired, Ravi said there was no such plan under way.

"We have the same operating plan in place. We expect continued positive operating results to come from the company," he said. "I feel very comfortable that this change is positive for the company."