ForeScout Nabs HP Enterprise Network Security VP As CMO

In the latest of a series of big executive additions for ForeScout Technologies, the Campbell, Calif.-based company has added former Hewlett-Packard Vice President Rob Greer as chief marketing officer, according to his LinkedIn profile.

CRN confirmed the move with ForeScout CEO Mike DeCesare, who said in an email that he was "very fired up" to bring Greer on board, calling him the "next generation of CMO." He said he brings "technical marketing leads" and "really understands the company's value proposition."

According to Greer's LinkedIn profile, he left HP in May to join ForeScout this month. HP confirmed in an email that Greer left the company.

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Greer was at HP for more than two years, serving as vice president and general manager of HP Software, Network Security, responsible for leading the company's HP TippingPoint enterprise network security business. In that role, according to his LinkedIn profile, he stabilized the business and drove it to outpace market growth by seven times.

Before joining HP in February 2013, Greer led the launch of Symantec's enterprise mobile security business as vice president and general manager of enterprise mobility. He also held positions at the company in its endpoint and mobility group, core security group and data loss prevention group, according to his profile.

ForeScout has been on a hiring spree over the past few months, reeling in high-ranking executives from some of the top technology and security vendors in the industry. Most recently, the company added FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt as vice chairman of its board of directors.

The month before, ForeScout named former Intel Security Senior Vice President Pedro Abreu as chief strategy officer, following up on the company's February announcement of DeCesare as CEO, who also joined the company from Intel Security, where he was president.

At the time of his appointment, DeCesare told CRN that he both wanted to retain the company's roughly 300 employees as well as add top-notch security executives he knew from previous positions. In particular, he said he hoped to bring leading sales heads that he had worked with in the past.

The end goal of that hiring, he said at the time, was to continue accelerating growth for the network security vendor, which has already broken past $100 million in revenue and is growing at more than 50 percent year over year.