McAfee announced the appointment of George Kurtz as executive vice president (EVP) and chief technology officer (CTO).

An international industry veteran, Kurtz will be responsible for creating and leading McAfee’s ‘Office of the CTO’, among other things. The ‘Office of the CTO’ will be built with both regional and business unit CTOs from around the world including a leader for America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific.

The regional CTOs will be instrumental in advancing McAfee’s understanding of these markets and driving products that meet their unique local country/government requirements, a company release said.

Kurtz and his team will be given both external and internal responsibilities. External responsibilities will include a focus on activities, such as keynotes, media presentations, industry associations and thought leadership with key customers, partners and worldwide government interfaces. It will also include assistance with possible mergers, acquisitions and business development activities.

Internally, the job will require him to harness innovative ideas throughout McAfee by identifying market trends, besides customer feedback, and driving it back through the product development cycle.

Commenting on the appointment, Dave DeWalt, president & CEO, McAfee, said, "In George, I have found both a technology visionary and a results-oriented leader with a unique combination of business acumen and security expertise."

"While at McAfee, George has helped grow the Risk and Compliance business unit by 60 percent over the last fiscal year, and has helped position the company for rapid growth as one of the premier pure-play security solutions providers in the industry. Given his entrepreneurial background and international experience, he is the perfect candidate to help drive innovation throughout our organization," he added.

Prior to joining McAfee via the Foundstone acquisition in 2004, Kurtz served as the CEO of Foundstone. 

Kurtz holds a bachelor of science degree from Seton Hall University and several industry designations, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Kurtz is also the co-author of the security book, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.