Arik Hesseldahl

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Now That Intel’s In Control at McAfee, President Dave DeWalt Resigns

McAfee, the Intel-owned security software company, just announced the appointment of two new co-presidents: Michael DeCesare and Todd Gebhart. They will report directly to Renée James, Intel’s senior vice president and chairman of the McAfee subsidiary.

The bigger news is that Dave DeWalt, the McAfee president who saw the company through its $7.7 billion acquisition by Intel last year, is departing, though he will remain on McAfee’s board.

It’s not the first time that DeWalt has taken a company into a large acquisition. In 2003, he was the CEO of Documentum, which was acquired by storage giant EMC. He’s also chairman of the board at Polycom and recently joined the board of Jive Software, the pre-IPO social enterprise concern where former McAfee director Tony Zingale is CEO.

Last month VentureBeat reported he was going to Palo Alto Networks, a security start-up backed by Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Globespan Capital Partners and JAFCO Ventures.

DeCesare joined McAfee in 2007 and had run its global operations, including manufacturing, facilities, and worldwide sales. Gebhart joined McAfee in 1999. His most recent role was running the retail and direct web sales strategies for the consumer, mobile and small business units.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik