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Sources: Firemon Executive Exodus Sees CEO, CTO And CISO Departures

Sarah Kuranda

FireMon has seen an executive exodus in recent weeks, with the departures of three of the network security intelligence and management company's top executives, multiple sources told CRN.

The departures include CEO Jim Lewandowski, who joined in the Overland Park, Kan.-based company last June. He was originally hired as president and COO, but transitioned into the CEO role in July, replacing co-founder Jody Brazil.

Sources said Firemon has also lost CTO Brandy Peterson, who joined the company in April 2015 from FishNet Security, as well as CISO Mark Carney, who was promoted into the role in January after serving as general manager for FireMon’s security analytics platform Immediate Insight.

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One source said two of the three executives had lined up positions with other channel companies.

FireMon did not respond to CRN requests for comment on the three departures, but Chairman of the Board Gary Fish confirmed them in an email to CRN.

Fish said Lewandowski "was not working out" in his role as CEO and "it was decided he wasn't a fit for the business."

Lewandowski did not immediately reply to a request for comment from CRN.

Fish said both Peterson and Carney had been contemplating leaving FireMon when their positions were created, so their departures were not unexpected. "Both of these gentlemen have worked for me for many years and they remain friends of both mine and FireMon, and we are very supportive of them and their new employers," Fish said.

Fish said in an email that the changes will be good for FireMon, and the company will look for new executives to "keep the strong momentum going."

"We view recent changes as a positive step for FireMon and remain very excited and confident about the business moving forward," Fish said.

FireMon was created in 2004 when it was spun off from FishNet Security, now part of Optiv Security and founded by Fish. One source with knowledge of the situation said FireMon has had a "tough road" from a momentum and culture perspective since it landed a majority investment from Insight Venture Partners in 2014. However, the source said FireMon is seeing success and business is growing, despite the internal challenges.

Some partners said they're starting to feel the effects of the executive turnover and changes at the security vendor.

One partner, who did not want to be named, praised Brazil, but said he has seen the company falter in its sales approach since Brazil began to serve as chief product strategist. The partner said he has some deals in the pipeline, but hasn't landed any net new business this year.

Fish said the company has already started a retained search for a new CEO, a search he said he will be assisted by private equity firm Insight Venture Partners and himself personally. He did not specify plans for the CTO and CISO roles.

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