McAfee Bumps Weiss into President Slot

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-03-14 Print this article Print

The anti-virus security vendor is carrying forth with refreshing its management lineup in the wake of legal troubles and sudden top executive abandonment.

McAfee has turned inside to fill the leadership hole left when its president, Gene Hodges, abruptly quit on Jan. 10. The anti-virus security vendor announced March 13 that it is plucking McAfee veteran Kevin Weiss out of his role as executive vice president of worldwide sales and plugging him into the role of president. McAfee is also giving more power to Chief Financial Officer Eric Brown, who will take on the additional responsibilities of chief operating officer.
Weiss, for his part, has been on McAfees executive management team for the past three years.
Before he was EVP of Worldwide Sales, he was responsible for Sales, Business Operations and Partner relationship development. McAfee said in a release that in his new role, Weiss will be "driving strategic direction, global marketing, sales and technical support operations" for the company. Weiss has a 25-year track record in the technology industry, having held senior management positions for Ariba, BindView and BMC. He was also at IBM for 16 years, working in sales, strategy and marketing. Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: Learn how to proactively shield your organizations against threats at all tiers of the network, Symantec will show you how, live on March 21 at 4 p.m. ET. Sponsored by Symantec. Brown has been with McAfee as CFO since January 2005. Hodges departure came mere days after McAfee was ordered to pay $50 million to settle long-running securities fraud charges. McAfee denied any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, but agreed to pay the hefty fine, in addition to hiring an independent auditor to review its accounting practices and expand a program that allows customers and business partners to anonymously report unethical behavior. This isnt the only instance where, in the wake of its legal troubles, McAfee has worked to slap its management team into shape. On March 9, the company announced it was hiring George Heron as chief scientist and John Viega as chief security architect. Viega is a renowned cryptographer and security researcher who has written several books on application security. Most recently, Viega co-authored "The 19 Deadly Sins of Software Security" with Microsoft security gurus Michael Howard and David LeBlanc. The personnel changes came right on the heels of a separate announcement that Stuart McClure would take the reins of McAfees AVERT (Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team). McClure took over from Vincent Gullotto, who also resigned suddenly earlier in 2006. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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