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Security firm Secunia announces Peter Colsted as new CEO

Secunia, a leading provider of IT security solutions today announced that the board has appointed Senior Director EMEA Specialist Sales at Microsoft Peter Colsted as new CEO, effective July 1st, 2013

Official Press release:Secunia, a leading provider of IT security solutions that enable businesses and private individuals to manage and control vulnerability threats, today announced that the board has appointed Senior Director EMEA Specialist Sales at Microsoft Peter Colsted as new CEO, effective July 1st, 2013.

Peter Colsted joins Secunia from Microsoft, where he has spent 4½ years leading the Incubation Organization in Europe, Middle East and Africa building and growing new businesses for Microsoft in the enterprise space.

Since it was founded in 2002, Secunia has grown to become a world-leading provider of vulnerability intelligence and patch management solutions. The company is a highly respected provider of IT security for enterprises and government agencies worldwide, and was recently chosen as provider of vulnerability intelligence for the US Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the industry forum for sharing critical information concerning security threats facing the financial services industry.

Choosing to bring Peter Colsted on board as new CEO, signals Secunia’s intention to accelerate growth and international expansion:

“We are very excited to bring on a leader of Peter Colsted’s caliber. With his years of executive management and leadership experience in the international IT industry, I am confident that Peter is the right person to lead and define Secunia moving forward,” said Jesper Johansen, Chairman of the Board.

Peter Colsted will work to further strengthen Secunia’s international position.

“Secunia is a fantastic company with a great technology, and is renowned in the industry for the uncompromising quality of its research. The offerings of the company perfectly match the needs of the fast-growing, global vulnerability management market, and I look forward to lead and be part of the future success of Secunia,” said Peter Colsted.

For nine consecutive years, from 2002 to 2011, Secunia achieved hyper growth year-on-year. The company employs 130 people, and started 2013 by opening a US subsidiary in Minneapolis. Approximately 95 per cent of Secunia’s revenues come from sales in EMEA and North America, with Germany and the US representing the largest markets.
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