Webroot shuffles some execs; basks in fruitful fiscal 2013

BROOMFIELD – Broomfield-based Webroot, basking in the light of a sunny 2013 fiscal year, has announced a number of changes to its executive roster:

  • john-post-smallJohn Post, formerly vice president of finance, has been named chief financial officer. He will now oversee the company's entire financial organization, including the tax, treasury, accounting, facilities, financial planning and analysis, and information systems departments.
  • jeff-santelices-smallJeff Santelices, formerly vice president of strategic alliances, becomes senior vice president of worldwide field operations. He will be responsible for global sales and demand fulfillment across all of the company’s markets, channels and geographies.
  • melanie-williams-smallMelanie Williams, formerly senior director of human relations, has been promoted to vice president of human relations. She will lead Webroot's worldwide human resources operations, including employee compensation and rewards, internal communications, and employee engagement.
  • Merkle-smallScott Merkle, previously vice president of business development for BrightPoint, is the company’s new vice president of enterprise sales and OEM sales. He will manage Webroot's initiatives with large customers in the financial, networking and mobile sectors.

Webroot, a provider of cloud-based security solutions, is celebrating what company officials say was an outstanding 2013 fiscal year, which ended June 30. It was a year marked by increased market share, new customers and partnerships, and industry accolades.

According to an April 2013 report from market research firm NPD Group, Webroot has now risen to the top market-share position in the U.S. retail security software category. The report says Webroot holds a 38 percent share in units sold, outpacing competitors Symantec and Kaspersky by more than 10 points.

During the past fiscal year, the company reports sales of its cloud-based SecureAnywhere Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions grew 173 percent. It also reports that new small and medium business accounts grew by 200 percent, sales in the consumer segment grew 36 percent, and new mobile security accounts increased 134 percent.

Strong growth is not the only thing the company has to boast about. Earlier in the year, PCMag.com named Webroot’s SecureAnywhere AntiVirus consumer product as its Antivirus Product of the Year. It also awarded Webroot’s SecureAnywhere Complete product its Suite Product of the Year designation.

The 2013 fiscal year was also a year of key partnerships for Webroot. The company recently announced an expanded relationship with Facebook to protect users from malicious links within its newsfeeds, and a new partnership with RSA, the security division of EMC Corporation, to provide real-time phishing detection.

CEO Dick Williams

Webroot CEO Dick Williams

In addition, the company announced a four-year global agreement with Anittel, one of the world's largest managed service providers (MSP), to deploy security protection to 10,000 customer endpoints. The MSP market is a fertile segment for Webroot. Executives say they have signed agreements with more than 150 new MSPs to provide remote security management and administration since late 2012.

Webroot's growth during the past 12 months was also driven by the introduction of new services based on the company’s “security-as-a-service” platform. The company now offers more than 20 security-as-a-service solutions that provide endpoint protection, web filtering, mobile protection, and threat intelligence solutions.

"We had a great year at Webroot and are very pleased with the continued adoption of our unique products and services among consumers, small and mid-sized businesses and enterprises," says Webroot CEO Dick Williams. "As a SaaS company, we are growing very quickly. Virtually all aspects of our business showed strong growth this year, which is a testament to our employees, our partners and the solutions we bring to market."