Sophos Appoints Former GoPro Executive Tony Young as Global CIO

Sophos Press Release

Oxford, UK. – August 15, 2016. Sophos (LSE:SOPH) a global leader in network and endpoint security today announced the appointment of Tony Young as its chief information officer (CIO). In this newly created role on the senior management team, Young will be responsible for the strategy, security and management of the global IT organization at Sophos.

Young joins Sophos from GoPro, where he served as chief information officer. Prior to GoPro, Young was senior vice president for Cloud and Subscription Sales at Informatica, where he was responsible for growing Informatica’s global cloud business. During his career at Informatica, Young also served as chief information officer and as the executive director of North Asia, based in China. Prior to joining Informatica in 2002, Young worked at Converge as the director of Exchange Applications and Mindcrossing as vice president of product development. Young began his career at Hewlett Packard (HP) as a software developer and held a number of information technology and marketing roles during his 11 years there.

“I am very pleased to welcome Tony to our senior management team,” commented Kris Hagerman, chief executive officer at Sophos. “These are exciting times at Sophos. Growth at Sophos continues to far outpace the overall IT security industry and we now serve over 220,000 organizations globally, across all types and sizes. Our strategy to “make security simple” and to deliver a single, cloud-enabled platform to integrate next-generation endpoint security and next-generation network security is differentiated and compelling. As we set our sights on the exciting path ahead, this is the right time for us to strengthen the leadership of our IT function and invest for future growth. Tony brings the global experience and strategic vision to ensure IT is not only an enabler for our business, but a differentiator.”

Young will be based in the Sophos office in Santa Clara, California and will report directly to chief executive officer, Kris Hagerman.

"I am honored to join the management team at Sophos,” commented Young. “Security is clearly one of the most dynamic and exciting areas in all of IT – and it’s certainly among the most mission critical.  Organizations of all sizes rely on Sophos to deliver enterprise-grade security solutions that at the same time are easy to use and manage.  That’s a value proposition that resonates with me as an IT leader. I look forward to leveraging my skill set and experience to help Sophos continue to grow and serve our customer base."

Young is considered a thought leader in IT, has written articles for several IT publications and has been recognized in industry awards. Young has appeared twice in the CIO Magazine “CIO 100” list, and in 2011 he was selected as a finalist in both the American Business Awards for Information Technology Executive of the Year and the Award for Innovation Leadership from MIT Sloan.

Young holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems and a master's degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

About Sophos

As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyber threats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-powered solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cyberattack techniques, including ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, active-adversary breaches, phishing, and more. Sophos Central, a cloud-native management platform, integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation products, including the Intercept X endpoint solution and the XG next-generation firewall, into a single “synchronized security” system accessible through a set of APIs. Sophos has been driving a transition to next-generation cybersecurity, leveraging advanced capabilities in cloud, machine learning, APIs, automation, managed threat response, and more, to deliver enterprise-grade protection to any size organization. Sophos sells its products and services exclusively through a global channel of more than 53,000 partners and managed service providers (MSPs). Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home. The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com.