Q&A: FireEye CEO On Layoffs, Realignment And What It All Means For Partners


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How is it being CEO? Is it any different?

Mandia: It is different. It's absolutely different. The reason why is everyone becomes CEO through different tracks and different experiences: you have your sales and marketing CEOs, you have financial CEOs. I'm a cybersecurity person with a forensics background. … I bring the art form of what we're trying to accomplish here from a vision perspective to the table, but I have to rely on others such as Mike Berry as COO. ... I have to rely on those [executives to have the] broad-based experience you need to be CEO of a public company. I think we have a great executive team and they're willing to take me and lead me in the areas where I have less experience. I'll be learning a lot. I will just have to stay open-minded and keep learning. The one thing I do know is our marketplace, what we need to build and how to be successful. I will play to that strength.




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