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Meet Forescout’s New CEO, Greg Clark: CRN Exclusive

Joseph F. Kovar

Greg Clark, former president and CEO of Symantec and former CEO of Blue Coat Systems, is now Forescout’s new CEO. Clark, along with former Forescout CEO Michael DeCesare, will be co-chairmen as the security vendor plots its future growth.

Forescout Sails For New Horizons Under New Leadership

When San Jose, Calif.-based cybersecurity company Forescout was acquired in July by Advent International, one of the big changes was the injection of former executives from Symantec. This included the appointment of former Symantec President and CEO Greg Clark (pictured) to Forescout’s board of directors, and of Nicholas Noviello, who served as Symantec’s CFO from December 2016 to January 2019, who took over as Forescout’s chief operating officer. Both Clark and Noviello are affiliated with Crosspoint Capital Partners, which has an equity stake in Forescout. With Clark’s appointment, unveiled Wednesday but which CRN first reported in September, Michael DeCesare is stepping down after five years as Forescout CEO to become Forescout co-chairman with Clark.

Clark and DeCesare told CRN that while Forescout is focused on a wide range of cybersecurity issues, it has a special emphasis on security concerns around the type of digital transformation activities business and government organizations are facing, particularly with IoT and the cloud.

As co-chairmen of Forescout, the two are determined to work together to build Forescout around the future requirements of its customers. Clark called his relationship with DeCesare a “partnership.” “This is a partnership between the management team and the [investor] sponsors and, very importantly, between Mike DeCesare and Greg Clark, which I think are two very compatible and great forces to bring into the market,” he said.

DeCesare said Clark joining Forescout is a big win for the company. “When you get an opportunity to get someone like Greg Clark involved in a business the size of Forescout, you take advantage of it,” he said. “I‘ve been the CEO of Forescout for the last almost six years. And Greg will tell you that, for almost the entire time, I was trying to get him involved in some way with our company.”

Here is a look what the executives see as the future of Forescout and the types of cybersecurity issues the company and its customers face.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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