Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO
Demonstrating a unique mix of technical vision, marketing and business acumen, Philippe Courtot has repeatedly built innovative companies into industry leaders. As CEO of Qualys, Philippe has worked with thousands of companies to improve their IT security and compliance postures. Philippe received the SC Magazine Editor's Award in 2004 for bringing on demand technology to the network security industry and for co-founding the CSO Interchange to provide a forum for sharing information in the security industry. He was also named the 2011 CEO of the Year by SC Magazine Awards Europe. He is a member of the board of directors for StopBadware.org, and in 2012, he launched the Trustworthy Internet Movement, a nonprofit, vendor-neutral organization committed to resolving the problems of Internet security, privacy and reliability.
Before joining Qualys, Philippe was the Chairman and CEO of Signio, an electronic payment start-up that he repositioned to become a significant e-commerce player. In February 2000, VeriSign acquired Signio for more than a billion dollars. Today, VeriSign's payment division, based on the Signio technology, handles 30% of electronic transaction in the U.S., processing $100-million in daily sales. Prior to Signio, Philippe was President and CEO of Verity, where he re-engineered the company to become the leader in enterprise knowledge retrieval solutions. Under Philippe's direction, the company completed its initial public offering in November 1995. Philippe also turned an unknown company of 12 people, cc:Mail, into the dominant e-mail platform provider, achieving a 40% market share while competing directly against IBM and Microsoft. Acknowledging the market leading position of cc:Mail and the significance of e-mail in corporate environments, Lotus acquired the company in 1991. In 1986, as CEO of Thomson CGR Medical, a medical imaging company, Philippe received the Benjamin Franklin award for his role in the creation of a nationwide advertising campaign promoting the life-saving benefits of mammography. Philippe served on the Board of Trustees for The Internet Society, an international non-profit organization that fosters global cooperation and coordination on the development of the Internet. French and Basque born, he holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Paris, came to the US in 1981 and has lived in Silicon Valley since 1987.
Melissa Fisher, Chief Financial Officer
As the Chief Financial Officer of Qualys, Melissa leads all elements of the company's finance organization, including finance, accounting, investor relations, treasury and tax. She brings 20 years experience as a strategic financial executive working with technology companies on areas including corporate finance, investor relations, treasury, financial planning and analysis, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance. Melissa previously served as VP, FP&A, IR and Treasury at Zynga Inc., a social gaming company. Prior to Zynga, Fisher served as VP, Corporate Development, IR and Treasury at Digital River, Inc. a global provider of enterprise e-commerce SaaS solutions. Prior to Digital River, she was an investment banker and advised companies on more than $400 billion of transaction volume at Goldman Sachs, Banc of America Securities and Foros. Melissa currently serves as a director and as chair of the Audit Committee on the Board of Image Sensing Systems, Inc. She previously served as a member of the Audit Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Digital Generation, Inc. Melissa received an AB in government from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sumedh Thakar, Chief Product Officer
As Chief Product Officer at Qualys, Sumedh oversees worldwide engineering, development and product management for the Qualys software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and integrated suite of security and compliance applications. A core systems and database engineer, Sumedh started at Qualys in 2003, architecting and delivering Qualys' PCI compliance platform to meet the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) requirements. Today, more than 69 percent of ASVs and 50 percent of QSAs worldwide use Qualys PCI to perform PCI DSS certification.
A long time advocate of the SaaS model and cloud computing, Sumedh worked at Intacct, a cloud-based financial and accounting software provider, before working at Qualys. Previous to Intacct, Sumedh worked at Northwest Airlines to develop complex algorithms for yield and revenue management for their backend reservation system.
Sumedh is active in the PCI and security community working closely with the PCI Council on the development and enhancement of PCI DSS. He co-authored "PCI Compliance for Dummies," an easy-to-read guide designed to educate merchant organizations about PCI. Sumedh has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with distinction from the University of Pune.
Amer Deeba, Chief Commercial Officer
Responsible for all aspects of marketing, strategic alliances and global accounts, Amer has a proven track record of driving company growth in fast-moving technology fields. Amer previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Qualys for thirteen years and led the corporate and product marketing functions. Before joining Qualys, Amer served as the General Manager for the Payment Services Division at VeriSign where he contributed to establishing VeriSign as a leader in online payments processing 40% of all credit card transactions across the Internet. Amer came to VeriSign through its acquisition of online payments pioneer Signio, where he was Director of Product Marketing. Amer’s other experiences include five years at Adobe where he led the development of Web-enabling PDF and a variety of technical and management positions at Verity and Amdahl. Amer holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Rima Touma-Bruno, Chief Human Resources Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Rima helps the Qualys workforce maintain a high level of performance by serving as an employee champion and cultivating the corporate community. She brings more than 15 years of domestic and international human resources experience to the company. Prior to joining Qualys, Rima was in HR at VeriSign as part of the mergers and acquisitions group where she was responsible for investigating potential acquisitions, focusing on talent assessment, management style, cost analysis of benefits, and stock plan transfers. Rima joined VeriSign as part of its acquisition of Signio, where she served as Director of Human Resources, spearheading employee practices and all other aspects of HR. She also led the Human Resources departments at NetObjects, Inc. and Verity, Inc. where she played an integral role in taking both companies through a public offering. Rima holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University.
Bruce Posey, Vice President and General Counsel
Bruce leads the Qualys legal team and oversees vital regulatory and governmental relations efforts. Bruce comes to Qualys from IntelePeer, Inc. where he managed their legal team and played a key role in setting policies and developing standards and practices across the company. Prior to joining IntelePeer, Bruce served as general counsel and corporate secretary at Openwave Systems, Inc., iPass Inc. and at AuraServ Communications. Previously, he was senior vice president of federal relations and regulatory law for US WEST Communications, and vice president of public policy and external affairs for MediaOne. In 1992, former Colorado Governor Roy Romer appointed Bruce to serve as executive director of the state's Department of Administration. Bruce holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is also a member of the California (registered in-house counsel), Colorado and Oregon State Bars.