Q&A: WatchGuard CEO On Two-Year Anniversary, SMB Security Opportunity, And UTM Competition


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Let's look back – what was the state of WatchGuard when you joined two years ago?

Looking back at April 2015, I felt like there were really three things that I came into… The one I definitely knew was that it is a great market… The second thing I was pretty sure about – and this turned out to be very true – is WatchGuard as a company has two amazing strengths: a very solid product offering… but also a very solid go-to-market channel. The third area that I felt walking in, where I was tentative as CEO, is what impact I could really make. I knew what I brought to the table: I had worked with private equity firms in the past and it’s a different model in terms of how you work with them and drive profitable growth… and overall security background [in a CEO] is something that this company has lacked before and that was something I could help with.




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