Qualys announces the passing of former CEO and industry visionary Philippe Courtot
HOST CITY, California, June 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – It is with deep sadness that Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), announces today the death of Philippe Courtot, former CEO, President and CEO of the company for the past 20 years. Philippe died on June 5, at the age of 76.
Philippe has led Qualys through a remarkable journey and made it a leading provider of cloud-based information security and compliance solutions. Philippe initially invested in Qualys in 1999 when the company was founded, then became CEO in March 2001. Philippe brought to the company a vision that was unique from the start: to create a cloud delivery platform that would allow analysis of any network in the world. He then undertakes to create it. As the company continued to innovate and customer adoption increased, he led efforts to go public in 2012, as a subscription cloud service that enabled organizations to identify risks. security and protect them from cyber attacks. Under his leadership, the company has grown into a well-run, profitable business valued by investors and offering careers to thousands of people around the world.
“Philippe was my mentor and advisor; the entire Qualys team and I are deeply saddened by his passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, ”said Sumedh Thakar, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “We are always grateful to Philippe for his exceptional leadership, vision and passion for helping corporate clients with practical solutions to the biggest security challenges. He is committed to making life easier for everyone, from security analysts to CISOs. “
Sandra E. Bergeron, Senior Independent Director of Qualys, said: “The board and the company are incredibly saddened by the loss of Philippe. He was a transformational leader with a passion for business and cybersecurity, who cared deeply about Qualys and its people. We look forward to honoring him by continuing to grow the business based on his vision. ”
Philippe was born in France in 1944 and began his career selling minicomputers. He arrived in the United States in 1981 and became CEO of Thomson CGR Medical in 1986 where he was awarded the Benjamin franklin Award for the creation of a national advertising campaign promoting awareness and the vital benefits of mammography.
In 1988 Philippe founded cc: Mail and turned it into the dominant email platform provider, gaining a 40 percent market share before selling it to Lotus in 1991. In 1993, Philippe was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of enterprise knowledge extraction firm Verity, leading the company through an initial public offering in 1995 before stepping down two years later and joining Signio. He led Signio through an acquisition by VeriSign.
Philippe has also worked to expand and support the role of the security industry more broadly and helped support the founding of the Cloud Security Alliance in 2008, founding the Trustworthy Internet Movement and the CSO Interchange. He was also a curator for the Internet Society. He received the Decade of Vision Leadership Award from the Cloud Security Alliance in 2019 and was honored with the Benefactor Award from the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) Education Foundation for his support for cybersecurity and cybersecurity training in 2020.
Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions with more than 19,000 active customers in more than 130 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100 rankings. Qualys helps organizations to streamline and consolidate their security. and compliance solutions on a single platform and integrate security into digital transformation initiatives for greater agility, better business results and substantial savings.
The Qualys cloud platform and its integrated cloud applications provide businesses with continuous critical security information, enabling them to automate all auditing, compliance and protection of IT systems and web applications on site, endpoints, cloud, containers and mobile environments. Founded in 1999 as one of the first SaaS security companies, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as service providers. managed and consulting organizations including Accenture, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Deutsche Telekom, DXC Technology, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies, IBM, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, SecureWorks, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance. For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.
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