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Group photo of Qualys management. Earl Porter Earl Porter Jonathan Trull Rima Touma-Bruno Wolfgang Kandek Philippe Courtot Don McCauley Amer Deeba Sumedh Thakar Bruce Posey

Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO

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­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.


Don McCauley, Chief Financial Officer

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As the Chief Financial Officer of Qualys, Don brings over 25 years of unique financial and administrative experience in successfully growing early-stage software and services companies. Included among his achievements are three initial public offerings resulting in over $5 billion of shareholder value. In 2003, Don led the successful $112 million IPO of iPass, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a $165 million provider of secure enterprise mobility services. In his six years with iPass, Don was a key driver of sales strategy and international expansion that resulted in more than 10 times revenue growth with consistent profitability and cash flows. Don led the successful development and implementation of best-of-breed financial systems and controls which resulted in a fully unqualified opinion for the company's first Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 audit.


In the 1990s, Don teamed with Philippe Courtot at Verity as CFO for four years which resulted in a very successful IPO and follow-on offering. After ten years as a public company, Verity was acquired in 2005 for $500 million. Don also spent eight years as the CFO of GTECH Holdings. As their Senior VP and CFO, he was a key contributor to significant worldwide market expansion as well as systems and organizational development resulting in 20 times revenue growth and consistent profitability. Don led both a successful IPO and follow-on offering. GTECH was acquired in 2006 for $4.4 billion. Don has also served as CFO for a number of other private technology companies. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island and is a certified public accountant.


Amer Deeba, Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances

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Responsible for corporate development, 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 Computer Science.


Wolfgang Kandek, Chief Technical Officer

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As the CTO for Qualys, Wolfgang is responsible for product direction and all operational aspects of the QualysGuard platform and its infrastructure. Wolfgang has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing information systems. His focus has been on Unix-based server architectures and application delivery through the Internet. Prior to joining Qualys, Wolfgang was Director of Network Operations at the Online Music streaming company myplay.com and at iSyndicate, an Internet media syndication company. Earlier in his career, Wolfgang held a variety of technical positions at EDS, MCI and IBM. Wolfgang earned master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.


Wolfgang is a frequent speaker at security events and forums including Black Hat, RSA Conference, InfoSecurity UK and The Open Group. Wolfgang is the main contributor to the Laws of Vulnerabilities blog.


Sumedh Thakar, Chief Product Officer

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As Chief Product Officer at Qualys, Sumedh oversees worldwide engineering, development and product management for the QualysGuard 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 QualysGuard's 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 QualysGuard 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.


Earl Porter, Vice President of Americas Sales

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With more than 20 years of senior leadership experience, Earl manages the company's field operations for the Americas. Prior to joining Qualys, Earl held a variety of technical and management roles with Microsoft, Transamerica Reinsurance and Trustwave. Over the years Earl has spoken at numerous industry conferences and has held a variety of technical certifications. Earl holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Business Administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University.


Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer

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As the CISO for Qualys, Jonathan is responsible for working with Qualys’ growing customer base to develop and share security best practices, researching real world threats and collaborating on how to address them. Before joining Qualys, Jonathan was the CISO for the State of Colorado, where he oversaw the information security operations for 17 executive branch departments, encompassing approximately 26,000 employees and 150,000 systems. In cooperation with federal and state partners, Jonathan formed the State’s first Cyber Crime Task Force, which is charged with conducting criminal investigations into computer crimes, developing and sharing cyber intelligence, and working with local government and private sector partners to increase cyber resiliency. Jonathan is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Offensive Security Certified Professional, and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. He is a frequent speaker at security events such as RSA and Gartner and was recently named by the SANS Institute as one of the 2013 People Who Made a Difference in Cyber Security. Jonathan also serves his country as a cyber warrior in the U.S. Navy Reserves.


Bruce Posey, Vice President and General Counsel

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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.


Rima Touma-Bruno, Vice President of Human Resources

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As Vice President of Human Resources, 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.

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