SafeNet announced the appointment of Dave Hansen , an information security and cloud veteran, as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hansen will also join the company’s board of directors. Hansen succeeds current President and CEO, Chris Fedde, who has been with SafeNet since 2001.
Dave Fishman, a Partner at Vector Capital and a member of SafeNet’s Board of Directors, said, “We want to thank Chris for the strong leadership that he has demonstrated throughout his tenure at SafeNet. During that time, the company has transformed from a diversified vendor of security tools into one of the industry’s leading, pure-play data protection and rights management companies. Under his leadership, SafeNet significantly enhanced its market leading product portfolios and positioned itself to capitalize on the fast growing data protection for cloud and virtual markets.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work at and lead SafeNet over the past eleven years. I am proud of all that we have accomplished, particularly the company’s transformation into an industry-recognized data protection market leader,” said Fedde. “SafeNet is a company with tremendous opportunities and I look forward to its continued success.”
Dave Hansen has a successful track record of creating and executing innovative IT strategies and solutions for the enterprise. He arrives at SafeNet from BMC Software, where he most recently served as Vice President and General Manager. Hansen joined BMC Software through its acquisition of Numara Software, a global leader in service, asset, and mobile device management for IT professionals, where he served as the company’s President and Chief Executive officer, and was responsible for creating and driving the company’s successful cloud strategy.
“Dave is a known innovator within the security industry that brings strong strategic and execution skills, a proven ability to lead high performing management teams and a successful track record of driving growth for multi-national corporations” continued Dave Fishman. “We look forward to working with Dave and believe that his leadership and strong operational expertise will build upon SafeNet’s culture of innovation and help drive SafeNet’s evolution and growth forward.”