McAfee President Resigns, Joins Websense As CEO

Websense said in a statement Tuesday that Hodges will be responsible for driving the Web filtering and security vendor&'s future business strategies and day-to-day operations. Hodges is slated to be named to Websense&'s board later this month.

McAfee didn&'t immediately name a successor to Hodges. His team will work directly with McAfee Chairman and CEO George Samenuk, the company said in a statement.

Hodges joined McAfee in 1995. At the Santa Clara, Calif.-based security vendor, he held executive-level positions in areas such as product management, product marketing and business development.

At Websense, Hodges succeeds John Carrington, who served as the San Diego-based company&'s CEO since May 1999.

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“Although I was not seeking a change, the position as CEO of Websense was simply too compelling to pass up,” Hodges said in a statement. “Websense has all the attributes of a successful growth company--a large and expanding customer base, strong brand recognition, new products, unique technology, emerging markets, strong partnerships and a solid balance sheet,” he said.

Websense said it has granted Hodges non-plan options to buy 600,000 shares of Websense common stock.

Shares of Websense traded at $65.94, up $1.46, on Tuesday morning. Shares of McAfee traded at $28.75, down 24 cents.