|[November 27, 2012]
CertiVox Strengthens Board with the Appointment of Former Microsoft and RSA Executives
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON --(Business Wire)--
CertiVox, a leading provider of web 2.0 security services, today
announced that it has expanded and strengthened its Board, with the
appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors, each with extensive
experience in accelerating small business growth, Pieter Knook and
Pieter Knook brings a wealth of technical, commercial and
academic expertise to the Board. He holds Chairman, advisory and
non-executive positions with a number of innovative businesses in the
internet and mobile space. These include Pulsant, a hosting and cloud
provider; Better Generation, a green technology startup; the
Institution, a Swedish mobile device management company; and public
companies InterDigital (News - Alert) and Monitise.
Knook also has extensive enterprise experience, having been a member of
seven different Boards at Vodafone, where he led the Vodafone (News - Alert) Internet
Services unit. Before Vodafone, Knook spent 18 years at Microsoft,
becoming one of its top 25 executives, in an unusual career spanning
technical, sales, marketing and business management roles. In his most
recent role, he drove an embryonic startup to grow its revenues by more
than 40% a year.
Multilingual, Cambridge-educated Knook is also a Visiting Professor in
Innovation at the Engineering Department in that University.
Richard Turner comes to CertiVox after nearly a decade of
Board-level appointments in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Region and the
United States. These included an extensive career at RSA (News - Alert), where he held
positions including Vice President EMEA & Asia Pacific and Vice
President Worldwide Channels.
Most recently, Richard spent four years as Chief Executive of Clearswift (News - Alert)
Ltd, one of the largest Security Software firms in the UK. Under his
leadership, Clearswift was transformed into a profitable business with
strong recurring revenues and high customer retention rates. He
delivered successive years of increased earnings and significant revenue
growth from the company's line of Secure Gateway (News - Alert) products.
Richard's particular areas of expertise are in business
transformation/acceleration, distribution strategy and geographic market
expansion/entry. His skills were publicly recognised in 2011, when he
was awarded "Highly Commended" status in the CEO of the Year Category at
that year's SC Magazine Awards.
Brian Spector, CEO of CertiVox, said: "I can't express how excited and
proud I am that Pieter and Richard, with their proven expertise, have
decided to join our already dynamic and innovative Board. As CertiVox's
renown grows, our revenue opportunities grow with it; Pieter and Richard
are absolutely the right guys to help us drive our strategy, product
offerings and customer development to ensure that we deliver on these
opportunities. I can't think of anyone who would be a better fit for
Al Sisto, Executive Chairman, said: "The expansion and strengthening of
our Board is an important move for a ground-breaking business. CertiVox
is moving forward into its next stage of development and Pieter and
Richard bring the incremental expertise that we will leverage to make
the leap. I am looking forward to working with them."
CertiVox is a leading web security company that provides authentication
and encryption-based SaaS (software as a service) solutions to
government, enterprises and individuals. It helps them to simply and
cost-effectively secure and manage their information exchange, including
messages and files. It also enables device and software developers to
secure and protect their cloud based products, with confidence. For more
information, visit www.CertiVox.com.
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