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Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO

Demonstrating a unique mix of technical vision, marketing and business acumen, Philippe Courtot has repeatedly built innovative companies into industry leaders. As CEO of Qualys, Philippe has worked with thousands of companies to improve their IT security and compliance postures. Philippe received the SC Magazine Editor's Award in 2004 for bringing on demand technology to the network security industry and for co-founding the CSO Interchange to provide a forum for sharing information in the security industry. He was also named the 2011 CEO of the Year by SC Magazine Awards Europe.

Before joining Qualys, Philippe was the Chairman and CEO of Signio, an electronic payment start-up that he repositioned to become a significant e-commerce player. In February 2000, VeriSign acquired Signio for more than a billion dollars. Today, VeriSign's payment division, based on the Signio technology, handles 30% of electronic transaction in the U.S., processing $100-million in daily sales. Prior to Signio, Philippe was President and CEO of Verity, where he re-engineered the company to become the leader in enterprise knowledge retrieval solutions. Under Philippe's direction, the company completed its initial public offering in November 1995. Philippe also turned an unknown company of 12 people, cc:Mail, into the dominant e-mail platform provider, achieving a 40% market share while competing directly against IBM and Microsoft. Acknowledging the market leading position of cc:Mail and the significance of e-mail in corporate environments, Lotus acquired the company in 1991. In 1986, as CEO of Thomson CGR Medical, a medical imaging company, Philippe received the Benjamin Franklin award for his role in the creation of a nationwide advertising campaign promoting the life-saving benefits of mammography. Philippe served on the Board of Trustees for The Internet Society, an international non-profit organization that fosters global cooperation and coordination on the development of the Internet. French and Basque born, he holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Paris, came to the US in 1981 and has lived in Silicon Valley since 1987.

Sumedh Thakar, President and Chief Product Officer

As President and Chief Product Officer at Qualys, Sumedh oversees worldwide field operations, engineering, development and product management for the Qualys software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and integrated suite of security and compliance applications. A core systems and database engineer, Sumedh started at Qualys in 2003, architecting and delivering Qualys’ PCI compliance platform to meet the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) requirements. Today, more than 69 percent of ASVs and 50 percent of QSAs worldwide use Qualys PCI to perform PCI DSS certification.

A long time advocate of the SaaS model and cloud computing, Sumedh worked at Intacct, a cloud-based financial and accounting software provider, before working at Qualys. Previous to Intacct, Sumedh worked at Northwest Airlines to develop complex algorithms for yield and revenue management for their backend reservation system.

Sumedh is active in the PCI and security community working closely with the PCI Council on the development and enhancement of PCI DSS. He co-authored “PCI Compliance for Dummies,” an easy-to-read guide designed to educate merchant organizations about PCI. Sumedh has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with distinction from the University of Pune.

Joo Mi Kim, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Qualys, Joo Mi has worldwide responsibility for all elements of the company’s finance organization, including finance, accounting, investor relations, treasury and tax. A strategic and operational finance executive, Joo Mi brings more than 15 years of combined experience in financial planning and operations, investor relations, investment banking, and economic consulting.

Joo Mi previously served as the CFO of Impact, a leader in partnership automation, and prior to that was the CFO of Aera Technology, an enterprise SaaS company. From 2016 to 2018, she served as the Vice President of FP&A and Investor Relations at Qualys. Earlier in her career, Joo Mi was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and an economic consultant at Ernst & Young. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ben Carr, Chief Information Security Officer

Ben Carr is the Chief Information Security Officer at Qualys. He is an information security and risk executive with more than 25 years of experience in developing and executing long-term security strategies. Ben has demonstrated global leadership and experience, through executive leadership roles of advanced technology, high risk, and rapid-growth initiatives, at companies such as Aristocrat, Tenable, Visa and Nokia. While at Aristocrat, Ben built a world-class global cybersecurity program from the ground up as part of a digital transformation. As a senior cybersecurity executive at Visa, Ben was responsible for developing and leading Visa’s Global Attack Surface Management Team and capability. Prior to Visa, he led all security programs for Nokia corporate IT as the Global Head of IT Security. Ben holds a certificate in Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC), is a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) and pursued a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The College of New Jersey.

Rima Touma-Bruno, Chief Human Resources Officer

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Rima helps the Qualys workforce maintain a high level of performance by serving as an employee champion and cultivating the corporate community. She brings more than 15 years of domestic and international human resources experience to the company. Prior to joining Qualys, Rima was in HR at VeriSign as part of the mergers and acquisitions group where she was responsible for investigating potential acquisitions, focusing on talent assessment, management style, cost analysis of benefits, and stock plan transfers. Rima joined VeriSign as part of its acquisition of Signio, where she served as Director of Human Resources, spearheading employee practices and all other aspects of HR. She also led the Human Resources departments at NetObjects, Inc. and Verity, Inc. where she played an integral role in taking both companies through a public offering. Rima holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University.

David French, Executive Vice President, Field Operations, Americas

As EVP of Americas Field Operations, David is responsible for leading a world-class technical sales organization built on customer and partner success, expanding Qualys’ addressable market and driving customer retention and revenue growth.

David is a proven sales leader and brings over 20 years of security and leadership experience to Qualys, having built and scaled sales organizations from early-stage to market-leading companies. Most recently, David served as VP of North American Sales for Transmit Security, a leading low code identity provider. Previously, he was VP of Sales and Business Development at Kenna Security, helping drive its initial go-to-market strategy and strategic partnerships. From 2004 to 2012, David previously held several positions at Qualys prior and leading up to the company’s IPO. David began his career in consulting at Ernst & Young and holds a B.S. in Information Systems Audit & Control from Bowling Green State University.

Dilip Bachwani, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Cloud Operations

As Senior Vice President of Engineering and Cloud Operations, Dilip is responsible for leading Qualys’ broad security product portfolio, including product development, platform engineering, DevOps, site reliability engineering, and cloud operations. Dilip started at Qualys in 2016 to drive Qualys’ own internal digital transformation efforts. He was instrumental in helping to scale the Qualys Cloud Platform, infrastructure, and organization in support of the company’s accelerated product growth from four to more than 18 products in under four years.

Prior to joining Qualys, Dilip served in multiple engineering leadership roles at various mid-sized and large organizations across retail and logistics to build and deliver complex, scalable, distributed enterprise products, and big data cloud platforms. Dilip has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in computer science from Ball State University.

Mustafa Mahudhawala, Vice President, Global Customer Support

As Vice President of Global Customer Support, Mustafa leads technical support, customer service, technical project management, documentation and training globally. He is a long-time open source technology enthusiast with more than 20 years of industry experience as a developer and in leading enterprise tech support organizations spanning entrepreneurship and the electronics manufacturing industry.

Before joining Qualys, Mustafa was the global director for Enterprise Cloud support at Red Hat. Over the course of 15 years at Red Hat, he led world-class support delivery teams across 7+ countries. During this time, he helped roll-out a new ticketing platform, drove the shift towards KCS (Knowledge Centered Support) and Specialty/Skills Based Routing (SBR) models, and led the implementation of both remote access and chat support. Mustafa helped build the Pune support center during his time at Red Hat growing it from 12 associates to over 800. Additionally, he built a support organization in Brno (Czech Republic) at an existing Red Hat R&D site, which served as a key EMEA support delivery center, especially for EU language coverage.

Mustafa is passionate about technology, especially in the open source/Linux world and is fascinated with how it solves the business needs of organizations. Outside of the technology world, he has a passion for developing people and leaders and has interests in economics and corporate finance. Mustafa has a bachelor’s of science (electronics) with distinction and master’s in computer management from the University of Pune. He holds a certificate of leadership from the ILM (City & Guilds of London Institute).

Bruce Posey, Vice President and General Counsel

Bruce leads the Qualys legal team and oversees vital regulatory and governmental relations efforts. Bruce previously served as general counsel and corporate secretary at IntelePeer, Inc.; Openwave Systems, Inc.; iPass, Inc.; and AuraServ Communications. Also, he was senior vice president of federal relations and regulatory law for US WEST Communications, and vice president of public policy and external affairs for MediaOne. Further, former Colorado Governor Roy Romer appointed Bruce to serve in a cabinet postion as executive director of the state's Department of Administration. Bruce holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is also a member of the California (registered in-house counsel), Colorado and Oregon State Bars.

Karun Malik, Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Channel Development

Karun leads Qualys’ worldwide strategic alliances and channel partnerships with MSSP’s, VAS partners, consultants and resellers. A computer engineer with a passion for cybersecurity, he has been at Qualys since 2013, supporting and helping grow its business with channel partners globally. Today, Qualys powers security and compliance solutions for the majority of MSSP’s in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Security Services.

He has been a cybersecurity and cloud advocate since his early days at HCL Technologies, one of the large global systems integrators, where he ultimately led cybersecurity pre-sales and business development for North America . Karun’s experience includes advising CIO’s and CISO’s of large fortune 500 organizations on adapting cybersecurity programs for the digital and hyperconnected age. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Pune and a post-graduate Management degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Amity University, India.

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