Sophos Strengthens Management Team With New Senior VP of Human Resources and VP of Engineering
October 7, 2014 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Sophos today announced the appointment of two industry veterans to its senior management team: Edie Givens as senior vice president of human resources and Wolfgang Hilpert as vice president of engineering of the Sophos Network Security Group (NSG). With these appointments, Sophos adds depth and breadth of experience to its global HR and engineering groups. Both Givens and Hilpert have decades of experience in the technology sector and will be key players as Sophos advances to become a disruptive leader in the security industry and continues to deliver strong growth as a company.
"It's gratifying to have such talented and experienced professionals join our company," said Kris Hagerman, CEO, Sophos. "These are exciting times at Sophos, as we are outgrowing the market, we are attracting extraordinary talent, and we are continuing to build momentum. I believe Edie and Wolfgang will be key contributors in driving our company mission to be the best in the world at delivering complete IT security to small and midmarket enterprises and the channel that serves them."
Edie Givens has worked in a variety of high-growth technology organizations, and her areas of expertise include organizational design, talent development, M&A integration, and building strong corporate cultures and highly performing teams. Her prior corporate experience includes vice president of human resources for a number of groups within Yahoo, including the product and technology organization, numbering 6,000 employees. She also led human resources for Adobe's business units, core technologies and emerging markets, a 3,500 person organization. Edie graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology.
"I'm thrilled to be part of the high-velocity team at Sophos. I've always been drawn to up-and-coming technology companies, and Sophos is at an exciting point in its nearly 30-year history," said Givens. "Sophos has all the ingredients and talent to become a disruptive leader, and I'm excited to see what the future holds."
Wolfgang Hilpert will have responsibility for NSG engineering teams in Germany, Canada and Hungary. He has more than 20 years of experience identifying and understanding customer and business needs and delivering revenue-generating technologies in dynamic and international environments. Hilpert joins Sophos having held senior engineering leadership positions at SAP, Microsoft, Nemetschek AG and IBM. He holds the German equivalent of a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration with a strong focus in Information Systems and Data Processing.
"Sophos has a well-deserved reputation for strong products and high caliber global engineering teams. I look forward to leveraging my passion for lean and agile software methodologies to continue our team's impressive track record in delivering simple, effective, and innovative security solutions for Sophos customers," said Hilpert.
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos' complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos' award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.