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October 1, 2009

McAfee appoints George Kurtz as worldwide CTO

New CTO to facilitate mergers and acquisitions, and business development activities

By CBR Staff Writer

McAfee has named George Kurtz as its executive vice president and worldwide chief technology officer (CTO).

Santa Clara-based McAfee said Kurtz and his team will have both external and internal responsibilities focusing on activities such as keynotes, media presentations, industry associations and thought leadership with key customers, partners and worldwide government interfaces.

McAfee said that Kurtz’s responsibilities will also include facilitating mergers and acquisitions and business development activities. Kurtz will work closely with McAfee’s EVP of product operations Bryan Barney, and other senior leaders to ensure McAfee products meet the requirements of its customers.

Mr Kurtz, who spent past two years with McAfee’s risk and compliance business unit, will continue his role of general manager of the unit until his replacement is found. He will continue to report to Dave DeWalt, president and chief executive officer of McAfee.

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DeWalt, said: “In George, I have found both a technology visionary and a results-oriented leader with a unique combination of business acumen and security expertise. While at McAfee, George has helped grow the risk and compliance business unit by 60% over the last fiscal year, and has helped position the company for rapid growth as one of the premier pure-play security solutions providers in the industry.”

The company said that the ‘Office of the CTO’ will be built with both regional and business unit CTOs, including a leader for the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Mr Kurtz, said: “McAfee has a rich and powerful heritage of innovation that I will continue to foster. As always, I look forward to helping customers solve complex security problems and solidifying our position as the strategic global leader in digital security.”

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