John R. McCormack
Chief Executive Officer
John McCormack is the chief executive officer of Websense, a global leader in unified web security, email security, mobile security and data loss prevention (DLP). With more than 25 years of security industry experience, McCormack’s leadership, vision and technical insight is a driving force in Websense’s global expansion and ground-breaking innovation.
Under McCormack’s guidance, Websense consistently leads the rapidly evolving security industry. His vision is realized in the award-winning Websense® TRITON™ architecture, which unifies all the key components of threat defense and data theft prevention into a cohesive content security system. No other vendor offers a similar level of security effectiveness and ease of deployment and use.
McCormack has a strong history of building innovative products. Before joining Websense, McCormack was vice president of engineering for Symantec's Client Security group, responsible for Symantec AntiVirus products and the acquired Sygate Technologies product line. McCormack joined Symantec through the acquisition of Sygate, where he was senior vice president of product development. His efforts there led Sygate's entry into the Network Access Control market and delivered products to achieve the leadership position in Gartner's Magic Quadrant.
Prior to Sygate, McCormack served as general manager of the Secure Managed Networks Business Unit of Cisco, where he led a global implementation team of more than 300 engineers, marketing and development experts responsible for a broad range of security and network management hardware and software products. During his eight-year career at Cisco, McCormack's organization delivered many innovations, including significant components of Cisco's Network Admission Control (NAC) initiative and the delivery of the company's Wireless LAN security services. Before joining Cisco, McCormack spent nine years as a development executive at Tandem Computers, where he was responsible for the development of networking and operating system software.
McCormack earned a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire. He also holds three U.S. patents in network information acquisition and presentation.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Newman is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Websense, Inc. An experienced executive in the technology sector, he has executive responsibility for finance, tax, accounting, internal audit, investor relations, human resources, facilities and administration, and legal.
Mr. Newman has been a member of the executive committee since joining the company in 2002. He is actively involved in the development and execution of the company's strategies, including the company's transformation strategy, acquisitions, and patent portfolio expansion. Additionally, Newman supports the Governance, Audit and Compensation Committees of the Websense Board.
Prior to joining Websense in 2002, Newman served as a senior attorney specializing in securities, finance and corporate development at Gateway Inc., a leading PC manufacturer. Before Gateway, Newman practiced law at Cooley Godward LLP, a leader in the representation of high-growth information technology and life sciences companies. Prior to Cooley Godward, he was an attorney with Latham & Watkins, one of the world's largest law firms.
Newman received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, after graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in finance.
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Didier Guibal is executive vice president of worldwide sales at Websense, Inc. He is responsible for helping accelerate Websense growth by leading the company's global sales organization.
Guibal brings more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a sales and marketing executive, more than half of it as a senior executive at publicly traded companies.
He was most recently president of Panda Security, where he oversaw the company's U.S. corporate and consumer security products business and architected the company's turnaround strategy. Reporting to the CEO, he worked closely the board and the management team to define and roll out best practices throughout the organization and drive the strategy to bring the organization back to growth.
For more than six years, Didier was vice president of sales at Rightnow Technologies, a successful pioneer in software-as-a-service (SaaS) business applications, and grew the business from the early start up phase to a successful IPO and beyond.
At security vendor McAfee, he grew through the ranks and held multiple strategic roles from managing director for Southern Europe to Vice President of EMEA and Latin America Sales , then Vice President Worldwide Marketing and Alliances and Vice President of Sales-Americas.
His background also includes sales roles at Sun Microsystems, Wyse Technologies and UNILOG.
He received a master's degree in business at Sup de Co-Business School in Montpellier, France.
Chief Technology Officer
Russ Dietz is the chief technology officer and executive vice president of products for Websense, a global leader in unified web security, email security, mobile security and data loss prevention (DLP). He is responsible for leading Websense security technology and product strategy, innovation and research and development. He also oversees the Websense engineering, product management and security labs teams.
Dietz has more than 30 years of experience in the technology and security space. With a proven track record of success as CTO for multiple high-tech companies, he has achieved landmark results with hardware, software and systems security companies. Dietz is also a recognized pioneer and innovator in the cloud computing and virtualization security solution areas. In addition, he currently holds more than 20 patents in encryption, authentication and network traffic behavior and analysis in the United States, European Union, Japan and China.
Prior to Websense, Dietz was CTO and CVP for SafeNet, where he led their global research and development operation and the strategic positioning and migration of new technologies into SafeNet’s portfolio. As CTO for Hifn Inc., he defined the next generation of security, service, and network processing solutions. While serving as CTO for Apptitude Inc., Dietz drove the vision, strategy, and architecture of application and network flow classification solutions.
Dietz was previously the founder and vice president of Engineering for Technically Elite; held various management and technical spots at Magnavox Electronic Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation; and was a technical author for the Digital News and Review technical journal.
He is an active member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Trusted Computing Group (TCG), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF).
Chief Marketing Officer
Johanna Flower is the chief marketing officer at Websense. With more than 15 years’ of security software industry experience, she leads a global team of more than 90 employees and directs the Websense brand, messaging and go-to-market strategy. In this role, Flower guides award-winning product marketing, corporate communications, public relations sales enablement, field marketing and channel programs.
Her vision has helped shape marketing and business strategies that have been instrumental in helping Websense gain the largest global market share in web security, while increasing annual revenues from $30M USD to $364M USD. Flower has held multiple roles at Websense over the course of her tenure, including vice president of marketing; vice president of small business sales; and senior director of marketing for EMEA and APAC.
Prior to Websense, Flower held marketing management positions at UK-based internet security distributor Wick Hill and at Global Secure Systems. Flower holds a BA Honors Business Administration from University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.
Vice President, General Counsel
Christian Waage is vice president, general counsel for Websense, Inc. He is responsible for all areas of legal guidance for the company.
Prior to joining Websense, Waage served as general counsel for Ardea Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by AstraZeneca PLC. Before Ardea, Waage was a corporate and securities partner at DLA Piper LLP, a leader in the representation of technology and life sciences companies, from early stage, venture capital financed startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Waage received his J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Vice President, Human Resources
Susan Brown joined Websense, Inc. as director, human resources in August 1999 and was promoted to vice president, human resources and administration in September 2003. Brown is responsible for all human resources/administrative functions at Websense including organizational development, training, talent acquisition and retention, facilities, employee communication, recognition and rewards, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.
Prior to joining Websense, Brown served as the director of human resources at Stac Software Inc., a publicly held high-tech software company headquartered in San Diego. In this position, she managed all human resource functions for the company. Before her six-year tenure at Stac, she was operations manager at IG Systems Inc., a software consulting firm, and manager of internal systems for Logicon/Fourth Generation Technology Inc.
Brown is a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), and WorldatWork. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.