McAfee Bumps Weiss into President Slot

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.

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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.

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