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04 Jan 2006

Sophos appoints new CEO

Steve Munford takes position of Chief Executive Officer

Steve Munford

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, has today announced the appointment of Steve Munford to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) worldwide, with immediate effect. As CEO, Munford will have executive responsibility for all aspects of running the company, which has more than 35 million users worldwide of its integrated threat management solutions.

Munford, who will continue to be based at Sophos's headquarters near Oxford, UK, has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the past nine months and steps up to drive strategic development at a time of great opportunity in the security market.

"Sophos is a global authority in IT security, and we aim to exploit that strategic opportunity," said Steve Munford, new CEO of Sophos. "Security threats are changing rapidly, and Sophos is well placed to give leadership and grow strongly as the market evolves. I look forward to helping drive that development."

Munford first joined Sophos in 2003, after its acquisition of the anti-spam specialist ActiveState, of which he was president. He then took the role of president of Sophos for North America and then COO for the group. Prior to his joining ActiveState, Munford held senior management positions at Seanix - the largest PC manufacturer in Canada, and at Coopers & Lybrand.

Sophos's co-founders and former joint CEOs, Dr Jan Hruska and Dr Peter Lammer, will continue to serve as company board members.

"Sophos has now been going for exactly 20 years," said Dr Jan Hruska, co-founder of Sophos. "Peter and I are very excited to have found a strong new CEO who will provide continuity of approach as well as new energy and focus."

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at